If you’ve been following along with my Desktop Gourmet series up to this point, you have probably realized that the breakfast recipes I’ve provided fit very nicely into a healthy weight loss plan.
Like many others here in Columbia, I am trying to reduce. I actually use these recipes myself so that I can report the results from a personal perspective.
Before I proceed into the lunch phase of the Desktop Gourmet series, I want to reiterate the reasons I have created these recipes the way I did. Not everything works the same way for everybody. I want my readers to understand why these recipes work for me.
- Plain oatmeal is about as healthy as I –an Instant Cook — can hope for. It makes a great base for other foods, and contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals that my body requires. All of these oatmeal recipes can be adapted to use long-cook oatmeal or oat bran for use at home.
- Protein powder adds that little extra punch that I need to control my appetite. The flavored ones add sweetness to the recipe without adding tons of sugar. Adding protein powder to my morning oatmeal makes the difference between being hungry at 10:30 and not being hungry until 12:30pm.
- Chopped nuts and nut/peanut butters are also very healthy in the right portions. Each of my recipes uses a proper portion of nuts to add flavor, texture, and nutrients without overdoing it.
- Using ingredients from my desk means I can always have a healthy breakfast before work – even when I don’t have time to cook at home.
- By using my Desktop Gourmet recipes on a regular basis, I’m saving a lot of money by not eating out at breakfast — and I don’t have to brave the temptations of the BlueCross cafeteria and all the perils therein!
- My recipes have a nice balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fats and don’t rely on a fad diet concept or overemphasize any particular food group.
- These oatmeal recipes are tasty and satisfy my need to eat something solid and substantial.
That’s why these recipes work for me.
I hope these recipes have given you some “food” for thought (pun intended!) and that you will continue to innovate based on your own flavor preferences as well.
If you have suggestions for additional Desktop Gourmet breakfast ideas, feel free to email me and if it fits my basic criteria for healthy, instant meals, I will include it in the series.
Note: Flavored protein powders can be purchased at any Sam’s Club or WalMart and at some Target stores. But I was only able to find the unflavored whey protein powder at my local GNC store in Northeast Columbia.
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