Healthy Breakfast Under 300 Calories
Skipping breakfast can put you at greater risk of being overweight and slow down your weight loss no matter how hard you work on everything else. Start your day with these healthy under 300 calorie breakfast ideas. You will feel better, be more energized and be able to lose weight or maintain your goal.
Having cereal for breakfast is a great idea, but having the same thing every morning can get a bit boring. Try making your morning cereal interesting by adding in fresh fruit, dry fruit or nuts. Here are some great ideas:
- 1 cup Cheerios cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup Special K cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 cup Cheerios cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 10 raspberries, 4 small strawberries
- 1 cup Special K cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon raisins, 1 tablespoon almond slivers
You can use any whole grain cereal you like not just the two mentioned above. Make sure to measure your cereal and stick to whole grains, oats and not the sweet, sugary kind.
Another great breakfast idea is oatmeal and you can make it so many different ways. Preferably cook your oatmeal in water, don’t add salt and use old-fashioned oats not the instant kind that has so many added things not good for you. Oatmeal is great with fresh fruit like bananas, berries, peaches… It’s perfect with honey and nuts. Be creative, add the right things, but don’t over do it. You just need some interesting flavor with your morning cereal (hot or cold) and not too many ingredients or calories.
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 banana sliced
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon honey, 1 medium pear diced, 1 teaspoon almond slivers
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon honey, handful of chopped walnuts
Another great way to enjoy oatmeal is to make it overnight without cooking.
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon raisins, 1 tablespoon pecans
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, 1/2 banana sliced
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup rice milk, 1 tablespoon almond slivers, 1/2 cup raspberries
Even when you are watching your weight or trying to lose it you don’t need to deprive yourself to reach your goal. You can still enjoy your favorite breakfast like bagels, cereal, eggs, waffles, pancakes all you need is a bit of planing and know your portions. More great breakfast ideas:
- Bagel with Cream Cheese & Tomato, 1 small (3 ounce) whole grain bagel, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 2 slices of tomato, dash or two of pepper
- Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup, 1 whole grain waffle (frozen), 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon pecans
- Spinach & Bacon Omelet, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, 2 slices cooked turkey bacon (crumbled), 1 cup baby spinach, cooking spray, 1 slice whole grain toast, 1 teaspoon butter
- Peanut Butter & Banana Pancakes, 1/3 cup prepared whole-grain pancake batter, 1/2 small banana (chopped), 2 teaspoons peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey
- Vanilla Spice French Toast with Apple, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, dash each cinnamon and nutmeg, 2 slices whole grain bread, 1/2 medium apple (sliced)
- Banana Pecan Waffles, 2 frozen low-fat whole grain waffles, 1/2 banana (thinly sliced), 2 tablespoons pecans (chopped)
- Santa Fe Egg Scramble, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons canned green chilies (dried), 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, 1 whole wheat tortilla (heated), 1/2 grapefruit
Remember to have variety in your diet. Add in wholesome ingredients and always pay attention to portion control. Measure your food, make it yourself and have fun on your healthy journey!