…is a gift I didn’t think could be real!
In my lastHealthy Eatspost (from yesterday, because I’m over-enthusiastic like that), I featured #1 on my list of the 5 BEST WAYS TO START THE DAY. Well, without further ado: here’s #2!
My second favorite way to start the day is with a plate of light scrambled eggs and baked beans (light — I usually buy organic Waitrose brand, or Ayam Brand here in Singapore – a can that has 4 servings in it ranges from S$1.50-S$3.50 in price depending on sales/time of year/grocery you choose to shop in).
For my scrambled eggs, I always mix one egg white with one whole egg – more to save on calories and cholesterol content than anything else. If you like the yolk a lot though it’s totally okay to have both whole eggs. It won’t kill you (especially if you’re not busy stuffing yourself with high-cholesterol dairy foods 24/7) and the yolk actually has plenty of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that the egg whites lack! Anyway, sometimes to make my eggs creamier I mix in juuust a little bit of either UNSWEETENED LOW FAT ALMOND MILK (organic – I buy Natur-a brand for $4 per 1L box) or skimmed milk. Otherwise, I just throw in cayenne, black pepper, oregano, and fluff them up with a little water.
I guess the rest is pretty self-explanatory but let me just run over a few reasons as to why this is favorite #2:
- Again, as mentioned in my previous (related) post, one of the perks to having some lean protein in the morning is jumpstarting your metabolism and providing your bother with the right fuels for a day of calorie burning, and physical and mental activity ahead.
- This is one of those hearty breakfasts that makes you feel like you’ve had a quintessential American breakfast or “real breakfast” — sans the crazy fat and/or calorie content!
- The protein will keep you full longer!
Now I’m guessing you’re wondering what is a buckwheat crisp and WHY? Or perhaps you’re thinking, WHERE’S MY BUTTERED TOAST AND/OR CROISSANTS SMOTHERED IN SUGARY JAM?
WELL, my friend, like we’ve already discussed before we are off wheat – as much as possible. Buckwheat, however, we are cool with. We are friends with buckwheat. Buckwheat is a totally different grain from wheat, and as such is fine for you. (Oh god, I can feel myself digging my own grave already, the onslaught of “why not wheat” questions are already plaguing me…) Anyway, to save everyone some time and effort let me just say this: most wheat products are refined to death and there is plenty of gluten in them. Adverse effects of refined wheat and gluten: they are super high-GI, fast-release carbs that you burn really fast and then feel really hungry from right after. They also cause you to crave for more starchy food, and aren’t really as high in fiber or anything special at all. So what’s the point? Buckwheat, on the other hand, is high in antioxidant flavonoids, fiber, aminoacids, magnesium, iron, zinc, and manganese. These are all good for you – especially in the quantities present in buckwheat. And the lovely thing is that they’re gluten freeandvery low-GI, promoting lower levels of glucose in the blood!
Now, just so you can’t say I didn’t warn you, you can’t expect your buckwheat crisps to taste or feel like bread, but they provide a good carb cracker-like substance to go with your meal – and at only S$5 for 10 servings (at 2 crackers, and 44 kcal per serving; brand: Orgran, found in: some Fair Price outlets as well as Cold Storage), you really can’t go wrong. I usually split my servings in half even just because I normally already feel satisfied early in.
Anyway, try it and let me know how you like it! These are all really, really simple things you can whip together first thing in the morning before going off to work (that’s – literally – what I do, so you can too). NO EXCUSES!!!!