Saturday, February 11, 2012

Breakfast or Dessert??

This week I visited a new blog by someone trying to lose pounds. She had a photo and description of her breakfast. I will not show her photo (I am not trying to bash anyone here) but her breakfast got me thinking - and not in a good way. It consisted of:
  • Cooked oat bran, (good)
  • 1/2 a banana (fine)
  • 1Tbsp. natural PB (tasty, adds a healthy fat)
  • 1 Tbsp. yogurt (not sure if it was fat free or sugar free but it looked pretty  thick and creamy)
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (no matter what you call it, it is SUGAR)
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted pecans (at least 9 halves shown in photo, way more than 1 Tbsp - wait, didn't you already have peanut butter on that cereal - too much fat
  • 1 Tbsp. mini semisweet chocolate chips (Um, maybe a better description would be 1 big heaping Tbsp).

Oat bran, nuts, nut butter, dairy, sugar, chocolate chips and a banana . . . throw in an egg in and she might as well be eating a batch of cookies for breakfast.

I started thinking about some other breakfast 'entrees' which have become common in our country over the past 25+ years. Things like waffles with pie filling and whip cream (unless those are fresh berries on your waffle, you are scarfing down prepared pie filling) and stuffed French toast (filled with cream cheese and sugar - almost cheesecake!).

Then I started thinking about all the breakfast 'sides' which have become so common: chocolate filled croissants, giant muffins in a variety of sweet flavors, large cinnamon danish and of course all the coffee drinks and smoothies filled with cream, sugar and flavorings. No wonder breakfast used to be my favorite meal for eating out.

Dessert for breakfast!  In getting pounds off (or keeping the pounds off), can you keep having dessert for breakfast?



Vickie said...

Boxed cereal (not real oatmeal, talking about cold cereals) translates at a box of cookies in my mind.

In fact every time I see a blogger posting about this cold cereal or that, it is VERY hard not to paste the Nutrition Facts from a box of cookies in as a comparison. The first clue is the protein. A serving of protein is 7g. It is very rare to find anywhere near 1 serving in cold cereal.

Vickie said...

peanut butter cookie
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cookie (3" dia) (20.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95
Calories from Fat 43
Total Fat 4.8g7%
Saturated Fat 0.9g4%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2g
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 104mg4%
Total Carbohydrates 11.8g4%
Protein 1.8g

Peanut Butter Cheerios
serving size 3/4 cup (28g)
calories 110
calories from fat 15
total fat 1.5 g
cholesterol 0mg
sodium 130mg
potassium 65mg
total carbs 23g
protein 2g

No, the serving size is not the same. And the cookie is a traditional recipe. Make the cookie with no sugar added apple sauce to reduce the fat and my guess would be very similar numbers.

♥ Drazil ♥ said...

Interesting. You know what I would LOVE to eat for bfast every day? Poptarts. But it's pretty much sugar in a box and a ton of calories.

Karen said...

If I eat sweet stuff for breakfast it makes me want (and then typically give in to that) sweets all day. When I used to eat pancakes, which I haven't in ages, I had them for dinner:) I try to get protein in the morning now, which is one of my biggest dietary changes in the past couple of years. Today, actually, I had a non-fat broccoli cheese soup for breakfast! Protein and veggies:) Warm in my tummy. Weird, I know.

Sarah said...

Funnily enough this week the Daily Mail said a big yes. Although the title is a tad misleading once you read the whole article.

Anonymous said...

As far as I am concerned cereal is dessert.

I also don't play games with fiber bars, energy bars and whatever other bar they offer. It is candy or cookies disguised as something good for you. They are not allowed in my house - too easy to pick up and wolf down.