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13 April 2016 @ 08:42 am
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Tell me, O Wise and Wonderful Flist, what do you have for breakfast?

I've always had problems with this, as too much dairy (milk or yoghurt) makes me rather nauseous first thing in the morning. Porridge leaves me hungry, even when I put fruit or syrup on it, and the only thing I've found that really works is a bacon/sausage sandwich, but I don't really want to be eating that much processed meat. I tried yoghurt and ryvita for a while, but... Well. There's only so much crispbread a girl can eat.

So what do you have? Are you a cereal person? Toast? Smoothie? All and any suggestions gratefully received!
loaded_marchloaded_march on April 13th, 2016 07:53 am (UTC)
I used to be a strict protein shake breakfast person until the exclusion diet and still haven't re-added whey protein to see if I'm allergic to it, but I find I've got more energy with what I'm eating now so I'm in no hurry to change. I do eat after the gym and at work, so it has to be portable.

fruit (either leftovers from the weekend fruit salad or a banana)
egg (either hard boiled in advance, fresh but later microwave-scrambled, or in an egg pie)
something else (usually oatmeal with raisins/shredded coconut, made ahead in a big batch, or hash browns, also made in advance)

jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 13th, 2016 08:04 am (UTC)
See, I'm thinking of doing the gym, but as I have a history of passing out when doing exercise on an empty stomach (at least 3 times, so, you know, taking it seriously!), I'm going to have to work on my timing.

I hadn't heard of putting coconut in porridge, but that sounds tasty. Hash browns aren't such a big thing over here, so it's not something I would have though of, but might be worth investigating.

Thanks :)
loaded_marchloaded_march on April 13th, 2016 08:15 am (UTC)
Yes, no passing out at the gym. That's frowned upon. I can't eat before the gym or I get sick, so I have no useful advice for you there (though I'm told something light like a piece of toast or even a pre-workout shake a half hour to an hour before works).

I used to make big casseroles with potatoes, kale and eggs, that re-heats well. If you're OK with eggs I can send you the recipe. All the protein in a slice can keep me full for a few hours at least.

If memory serves, British porridge isn't the same as the oatmeal I eat (large oats), unless my friend was a bastard and served me something he was trying to get rid of, but I can't see why shredded coconut wouldn't work. I usually throw in the raisins and the coconut while it cooks, though, and use the unsweetened version. You can throw in nuts, too, though I don't do that anymore.

Damn it. I'm hungry now, but I'm carting myself off to the gym in a few minutes.
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 13th, 2016 08:19 am (UTC)
Whereas if you pass out on the steps of a University Library they take you in and feed you chocolate. ASK ME HOW I KNOW.

You can get large oats here (sold as Jumbo Oats), and while they're not standard, they're the ones I prefer.

I'm thinking nuts might be a good plan, as they could have the protein/fat content I'm after without being processed meat. Maybe I need to investigate granola bar recipes...

I'm good with eggs but not so much with kale, but thanks anyway! Have a good day :)
loaded_marchloaded_march on April 13th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Dumb day. *curls up*

If not kale, it works with spinach too. Or just omit entirely and use chopped peppers. It's an easy recipe -- just add X amount of vegetables and substitute at will.

Gemmaar_gemlad on April 13th, 2016 10:48 am (UTC)
I eat bread and jam and a yoghurt, or a bowl of cereal at weekends (it takes me longer to stop rumbling after cereal so don't do that on work days!)

In the past, I've successfully had muesli and apple juice if you want to avoid dairy. I just preferred the taste.
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 13th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Interestingly, combinations keep coming up, which might be the answer. I might do bread and cheese/ham, to avoid the sugar spike, and to get me to work, then have a yoghurt when I get here. Something to think about.

My mother in law is lactose intolerant and so has OJ on her muesli, although it's not something that's appealed! I think it's too much sweet for me all at once. But I actually quite like dry muesli, so maybe I'll just do that, even if it's weird :)
Gemmaar_gemlad on April 13th, 2016 12:36 pm (UTC)
I've found OJ way too acidic for me in the morning. I also find porridge not very long lasting, which is odd because a lot of foodie blogs seem to swear by it (or at least steel cut oats. I wonder if cooking them makes them less filling?)
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 13th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
Agreed - I don't drink OJ unless it's fresh squeezed. As a migraine sufferer, I tend to avoid it generally and like you, I find it too acidic.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with porridge. I find I'm hungry 20 minutes later, which I'm sure isn't right!
White Hart: Mediaevalwhite_hart on April 13th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
There is one person on my FL who can be relied on, whenever I mention porridge, to tell me that it Never Fills Her Up, and then to add that she only has a tablespoon of oats, which I feel explains that quite adequately. Although I do find muesli considerably more filling.
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 15th, 2016 01:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, I am not that person, for sure. I have slightly below the 'recommended' amount, because I can't finish a whole bowlful otherwise, but even then, I'm hungry again within an hour.

I like granola, but am ambivalent about muesli. Maybe I just need to find the right one.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on April 13th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about upping protein intake with peanut butter? When I need a quick, but energy dense breakfast I microwave up some thick oatmeal (the normal recipe on the back of the quick oats container is 2:1 water to oats but I put in between 1.5:1 and 1:1) and then stir in a lot of peanut butter. The result is sort of similar to eating peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough. (Of course, this is assuming both quick and/or rolled oats and peanut butter are easily acquirable in the UK, which I don't know, sorry.)
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 13th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
I go back and forth on peanut butter. It's one of those foods that when I fancy it, I can eat the whole jar, but if I'm not in the mood, I can't stand. The trouble comes once the jar is open, I always seem to be in the mood ;)

But I hadn't thought of putting it in porridge. I think our oats come differently to yours, but it's still a good idea, thanks. I think the key for me might be variety, so that's going on the list!
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on April 13th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! Hope you liked it! :)
Sholiosholio on April 13th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's usually cereal these days, but my go-to breakfast for a long time before that was either a toasted bagel with something on it (usually butter, sometimes cheese or peanut butter if I was hungrier) and a cup of yogurt, or toast with a couple of fried eggs on top. (Bagels tended to last me longer than toast, though -- they're thicker and there's more to them. Also, you can eat them on a commute without too much trouble.)
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 15th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love bagels too. We have a toaster at work, so maybe as a once a week treat, that could be nice. I can't eat too much gluten or my stomach complains hugely!

Cereal's still a winner, interestingly. Not going out of fashion any time soon!
in_the_bottlein_the_bottle on April 13th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
Muesli mixed with bits of oats (not cooked)/cereal with milk... so no help there.

Savoury porridge? I sometimes have that on weekends. Cook with stock (stock cubes) instead of water/milk (or with water but all light soy sauce to taste), toss in chopped spring onions, sliced mushrooms, or whatever vegs you like all chopped up, and top it off with a fried egg if you like.
jadesfire2808jadesfire on April 15th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how many cereal folk there are, though. I think I'm going to have to revisit muesli as an idea.

I think the trouble with savoury porridge would be the time factor - it has to be easy before work. Also, while I'm sure it's fine in principle, I'm struggling to imagine what it would taste like!