Every month we have a big breakfast get-together in my house. We invite our friends and cook up a big Irish fry-up. It consists of the usual trimming: sausages, bacon, egg, black pudding, tomato – and in Ireland we also have white pudding and mushrooms on the plate. Just writing this down feels as if I am piling on the pounds… Hence my recent reluctance to take part in our monthly fry. Not much fun watching the others munch while I nibble on a piece of dry Weetabix.
Or so I thought – wrongly. In fact, with the right ingredients, I can take part in our big breakfasts. This is what I had this morning (right) for a triumphant 2 WW SmartPoints: 2 rashers, 1 sausage, a fried egg and a good helping of fried mushrooms. The secret is not in the sauce but in the lean meat. Instead of pork products, these are turkey rashers and sausage. Grilled on our grill (or on something like a George Foreman grill), and fried with only a spray of oil, you come away with 2 points. A proper alternative to the usual pork fest, and you don’t feel left out at all.
However, big fry-ups are reserved for leasurely weekends, so on ordinary workdays, my breakfast is much more modest. Here are a few ideas for a healthy, tasty breakfast that will still keep you satisfied until the mid morning snack.
I like Weetabix when on a diet because it is easy to measure. 1 Weetabix = 2 SmartPoints. I like to soften my weetabix with boiling hot water and then add a dash of unroasted almond milk (0 points). For a nicer taste, I add a handful of blueberries or a few slices of banana (0 points).
When the family makes porridge, I have a 20g portion (measured pre-cooking) = 2 SmartPoints. Again a dash of almond milk, some berries/banana.
When I have time, this is a fantastic alternative to cereal-based breakfasts. (I often have this at lunchtime, actually.) Whisk up 2 eggs (0 SmartPoints) with 1 peeled banana (0 SmartPoints) in a blender. Possibly add a dash of liquid sweetener if the banana isn’t particularly ripe yet. Spray a couple of sprays of oil onto a non-stick frying pan and heat. Pour the egg/banana mixture in individual pancakes no larger than palm size into the pan – flip over after 3 minutes. Tastes delicious, has no points whatsoever, so you can splash out on a spoonful of peanut butter (2 SmartPoints), or Nutella (2 SmartPoints), or even a dash of cream or honey. Or you go the healthy way and add 0% fat plain yoghurt (0 SmartPoints) and some berries (0 SmartPoints).
Theoretically, with four such breakfast options available, it is possible to rotate the various dishes every morning, so it doesn’t get too boring. Have you got other go-to low-cal, low-carb breakfast ideas?
And in case you were wondering – Richard’s favourite morning food is: