Sunday, October 18, 2009

Green Beans for Breakfast

Another good day, filled with good food and productivity. I do have a passel of sick kids. One has an ear infection, one seems to have the flu (fever, aches, severe fatigue, sore throat), another is recovering from the same thing that kept him out of school almost all of last week, and the little one is almost completely better from a bad head cold. I am doing well, myself, crossing my fingers I don't come down with any of this stuff. Lots of vitamin C, fruits and veggies, fluids, and hand washing!

How would you like some zucchini and canned green beans for breakfast? Sound good? What, no?? Come on, try it:

Egg Beaters scrambled with a whole (8" or so) chopped zucchini, french cut green beans, and half of a Habernaro Monterey Jack Chicken sausage, sliced, with a side of pears canned in juice. So delicious! Only 225 calories. I always try to incorporate a veggie and a fruit into my breakfast, whether it's in an omelet or a scramble like this, a spinach mango smoothie, or cooked butternut squash or canned pumpkin stirred into my oatmeal. It gets me off on the right foot each day.

Lunch was a low fat turkey salad sandwich and some Fiber Select crackers. Dinner was a homemade turkey pot pie with lots of veggies, low fat gravy, and a pie crust (top only, no bottom crust. Saves calories, looks pretty). I had some lovely tea for dessert later.

I feel really good, I don't have *any* overwhelming cravings. There's the very rare food-thought that flits through my head, but it is gone before I can dwell on it and nurture it into action (because I DISMISS those thoughts immediately). I am not hungry. I am satisfied. I bought a little monthly planner and in it I record some stats on each day's calendar square: my weight, my total calories eaten, any exercise I did, and my mood on a scale of 1 to 10. I think this will be helpful to me over time, as I look over what I am doing long term and the results. And I like record keeping. It's fun!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend. Try some veggies for breakfast tomorrow!


Diana said...

That breakfast looks awesome. :)
I hope your children get better fast!

Leslie said...

That is a yummy looking breakfast. Great to hear you sounding so strong and satisfied.

John's Weight Loss Blog said...

Well I think I'll pass on canned green beans for breakfast, but the zuchini looks great! I've had that with eggs a long time ago and forgot it was a nice mix, I'm going to have to buy one the next time I'm at the store.

Sarabei said...

That looks great! I'll have to try that sometime.

I hope your kids get better soon and you avoid getting ill.

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Thats an interesting breakfast! I have tried to put spinach in my smoothies. I can't taste it, but hubby (chef by trade) can't bring himself to like it.

Brenda said...

Looks like a yummy breakfast!! I love spinich in my eggs now (something I would NEVER have done when I was at my worst).
Hope your family is feeling better soon!

Vickie said...

I love that you mentioned keeping track of your mood on a scale of 1-10 along with all the other factors (input/output)

one suggestion - track your SLEEP on this planner too. That is an important element and if you track it - cause/effect will help you see trends.

moonduster said...

It sounds like a great breakfast, and I love all of these positive, on-the-right-track posts lately!

Anonymous said...

I like vegetables for breakfast!

Today it was fresh organic spinach in a smoothie. Sometimes it's a big pile o' greens. Just depends on my mood and what's in the fridge or ready to harvest in a garden, LOL!

Speaking of green beans, I'm going to plant more of those in one of my basement Aerogardens later today. Fresh tender green beans off the bush. Yum!

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

I love veggies for breakfast! Hope those little ones are better soon. Sending you healthy vibes and not the sniffles I seem to have come down with.

The Crazy Woman Inside Me said...

Sorry about your kids being sick. I guess it’s that time of year. Hope they’re all feeling better soon!

I think your breakfast looks great, Lyn. I often have dinner-type foods for breakfast and breakfast foods for dinner--basically whatever I feel like on a particular day. Some people think it’s a little weird, but as long as I enjoy it and the healthy food makes me healthier and thinner, then that’s really all that matters. ;-)

Tammy said...

I love veggies for breakfast, but can't say I've ever had green beans, lol. My egg white scrambles are more like mushrooms, onions, peppers, fresh spinach, and a tomato diced on top. :)

Ames said...

Would love to see some more ideas for vegetables at breakfast. . .

Anonymous said...

for the record, your breakfast was definitely not under 300 calories, as there's 100 calories in a pear. just saying.

Lyn said...


You are mistaken. A lot of people overestimate calories. It was easy for me to go back six months to when I posted this menu and look at my food log to see exactly how many calories are in this breakfast:

1/2 c Egg Beaters - 60
1/4 c canned green beans - 10
1/2 c zucchini - 17
.4 c pears canned in juice - 57
1/2 Bistro chicken sausage - 81

Total = 225 calories.

I strive for accuracy.