Well it's time to address the breakfast topic.
My nutrition plan requires the following for breakfast:
3/4 C DRY oatmeal (this used to be 1 C dry but I begged for some relief, this is what I got)
8 egg whites (can be subbed out with a scoop of protein powder with similar macros)
1 cup melons (although I do sub in different fruit b/c really, who can eat melon every day??)
These ingredients don't really seem to go together all that fantastically. At least to me. But a quick google search showed me that these ingredients are very common in the bodybuilding and clean eating world. So I sucked it up, and started working on how to make this work. Especially considering I'm eating clean - so watching the sugar and sugary toppings for the oatmeal.
Trial 1 - Cook up the oats and scramble up the eggs. Verdict? HELL NO. Not sure if you realize - but 1 cup of oats is MASSIVE when cooked. That amount is what I normally would cook at home to feed multiple people. And scrambled egg whites - uh no.
Trial 2: Oatmeal Pancakes. Verdict? Better - but still massive. I used some maple syrup on top to get through it (and didn't have the fruit thinking the sugar would cancel...a little). It's a better option, but I only ate about 3/4 of this.
Trial 3: Oatmeal Cake. Verdict? Okay so this chick said it tastes like cake right? I think she needs to find better cake. It was dense. Like I ate 1/4th of the portion I was supposed to eat and was so full. More choking down of food. And it wasn't cake by anybody I know's definition.
Trial 4: Give up and eat Subway. Yeah - see I figured I could just eat a subway egg white flat bread and let the bread sub for the oats. Pile with veggies. Verdict? Delicious of course - but I knew this wasn't a long term solution. It got me through some days where the thought of more oats made me want to throw people.
Trial 5: Protein Oats. Protein powder mixed into the oats. Verdict? Not bad with some stevia and a banana mixed in. But still too much. The bottom line with oats is that 3/4 cup dry makes a metric ton of oats when cooked. I still want to try egg white oats, but maybe when I'm down to a much lower amount of oats. After this, I decided I will never eat oats again...I managed to eat about 3/4 the bowl.
Trial 6: Panera is healthy...right? Breakfast power sandwich w/ fruit cup. Verdict? Of course it tasted delicious. And again, like the Subway, it's not sustainable. But I think it was a good option for when I was desperate and tired and trying to keep myself from eating pizza for breakfast. And guess what. No effing oats!
Trial 7 (TODAY!!): Oatmeal Smoothie. Verdict? Folks - we may have a winner. This is by far the BEST option I have found so far with my ingredients. I made some modifications - used some 0% fat chobani, no honey, added protein powder, used 3/4 cup oats, a mix of strawberries/peaches/bananas b/c that was what was in my freezer, a little extra banana for creaminess, and used plain water. Oh and a spoonful of chocolate PB2 because what isn't better when it's flavored with PB2? Nothing, that's the answer. Anyway - this is the first time since starting this plan that I actually finished an entire serving of protein + oats for breakfast. Accomplishment for sure. This is a keeper.
So that is my story of breakfast tried and failed for the last 3 or so weeks of the plan. Mind you, I've only been in town for about 2.5 weeks of the plan - so these 7 breakfasts happened over that time frame. I really have been experimenting! I pin a lot of my internet ideas on my Max Muscle Nutrition Plan Board, so follow me over there if you want more ideas or try anything and want to leave a comment. I leave a comment on all of the pins (on all of my boards) if I use/cook them so if you check out an idea you will see my comments if I have any. If you make something please share so I can learn from you!