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Lowfat, Quick Breakfast/lunch Ideas for Mom on the Run

Okay busy moms- I need your help again. I need some ideas for quick breakfast & lunch meals for myself. I need them to be quick, healthy and lowfat. My biggest challenge right now is lunch. For breakfast, I usually can grab half a bagel, cereal or a breakfast burrito w/egg & cheese. Any ideas? I need help with this. Also, if any of you have Dish, do you know of an exercise channel on the Dish? I walk on my treadmill but I would love to find a an alternative at home. Thank you moms!

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Moms to the rescue again! Thank you for the great suggestions for breakfast on the go. Sometimes I'm at home but need to make a quick breakfast and be able to eat it before my little guy wakes from his nap or is in his exersaucer. Some great tips: banana with yogurt, microwaved eggs for omelettes or her version of the McMuffin, boiled eggs, smaller portion casseroles etc. Great suggestions! I already took the yogurt and banana one. Protein shakes, flat iron steak tacos for lunch. Thanks again mamas!

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As far as foods go, I love my demarle at home pans. It makes making healthy foods that much easier. In the morning, I microwave a couple of eggs, and make my version of the egg mcmuffin. I also make vegetable omelettes in the microwave. For lunch, I tend to make my own frozen meals. I will make a casserole and cook it in one of the smaller portion trays from Demarle at Home, and then freeze them over night. Then I pop them out and wrap them or put them in tupperware. The next day, I can heat them up in the microwave. I usually make two casserole type dishes every couple of weeks, and that keeps me satisfied for two weeks.
Hope that helps!
-M.
www.M..demarleathome.com

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Check out hungry-girl.com she has TONS of healthy meal and snack ideas. She has a few microwaveable egg ideas that you make in a mug and take it on the road with you as well as recreations of all your favorite treats.
Another must have for me are the new sandwich thins from Orowheat (sp). They are so good and I toast those and put scrabbled eggs, cheese and Canadian bacon on them. They are great for pretty much anything, burgers, pb&j, turkey sandwiches, etc.
Best of luck and thanks for posting this, I got some great tips from it.
C.

Instant breakfast mixed with nonfat milk, low fat yougert with fresh fruit, cheese sandwich.

Hi,
I have found the Isagenix shake to be awesome!
www.cindyflesher.isagenix.com
I also do the 1 oz cleanse each night. The Ionix Supreme is great for energy or adding the energy powder to the shake is yummy too!

I know this may sound odd but I don't eat breakfast or lunch or dinner. NO I am not starving! lol I am a snacker. I don't have time to sit down and eat a big meal plus it makes me tired and blah.

I am single mom two very active small boys. So I am on constant run and seems like always in the car.

They say it is healthier. I will snack on carrots, celery, and other dipping veggies with ranch. its easy in the car. I also snack on fruit parts or slices. I make a awesome dipping sauce for it to spice it up. Marshmallow creme, orange juice and ginger. soooo good.

snack bars, granola, on the go yogurt. really good with granola, A lot of good nutritious shakes I can dump in a travel cup. google your favorite fruit and ask for shake recipe.

I also learned from my doctor that a lot of the time your not hungry your thirsty your body is getting dehyrated and already is by the time you start to feel it. I started drinking water and found I was thirsty more than anything.

Edamame pods I warm them up in a skillet with a touch of extra virgin olive oil, pepper, garlic, salt.

Fish believe it or not is really fast to cook. I throw in the oven for in tin foil on a baking sheet and use the tinfoil like a tent. 10 minutes and it is ready to go. little olive oil, garlic, pepper, I like it really seasoned

I can't cook at all but for some reason my fish turns out good.

Crackers and a good cheese with grapes (feel like your in the wine country!)

People swear by the George Foreman grill for fast cooking. I have one but don't use it. (I have no clue why).

Maybe snacking is the way to go???? Easy fast on can throw in a bag.

I eat breakfast in the car on my commute. My go-to is a good ol' pb&j with a glass of milk. maybe doesn't qualify for "low fat" but i use unsalted, natural peanut butter and it really holds me over. OR i make muffins up over the weekend and take a couple of them. i use the recipe on the Bob's Red Mill Ground Flax bag & change it up with what I have on hand - right now it's zucchini. :-) again, with a glass of milk. lots of fiber so they fill you up.

for lunch i do tacos - stay with me b/c it sounds like a lot of work, but really you only do the "work" once and it's super satisfying. i usually prep it while i'm doing sunday night dinner. i get a flat iron steak from the meat counter (approx. 1 lb.) and grill it for 15-20 mintues. let set then slice into thin slices across the grain so it's tender. i put a couple slices of meat in my tortilla of choice and top it with: sliced mango, sliced avocado, super-thin sliced sweet onion, lettuce, a few feta cheese crumbles, a squeeze of lime, a few sprigs of cilantro and my hot sauce of choice. i slice up everything ahead of time and assemble right before i eat (if i have access to a toaster oven or micro i'll heat the meat for a few seconds to take the chill off.) i love this combination of flavors and again, very satisfying, the flat iron steak is very lean, you're getting protein, the good fat from the avocado, all the vitamins from the mango, a little calcium from the cheese ... bliss! oh, and one steak, one mango, one avocado is enough for a week's worth of lunches. i don't get tired of this dish so i don't mind eating it every day.

good luck - i know what it's like to be on the run! of course, it's not my first choice, but it's how it is right now.

I usually eat a protein bar or breakfast bar - lots of protein & fiber, and low fat. I love the products from Apex, but I'm sure you can find a lot of different options out there. But the breakfast bars from Apex taste GREAT! Not like the usual protein bars you think of.

As far as foods go, I love my demarle at home pans. It makes making healthy foods that much easier. In the morning, I microwave a couple of eggs, and make my version of the egg mcmuffin. I also make vegetable omelettes in the microwave. For lunch, I tend to make my own frozen meals. I will make a casserole and cook it in one of the smaller portion trays from Demarle at Home, and then freeze them over night. Then I pop them out and wrap them or put them in tupperware. The next day, I can heat them up in the microwave. I usually make two casserole type dishes every couple of weeks, and that keeps me satisfied for two weeks.
Hope that helps!
-M.
www.M..demarleathome.com

Yogurt and a banana... but maybe you should consider slowing down. Rushing around is terrifically stressful, and it tends to destroy the quality of life.

Hey friend! Had to respond. I eat the same boring thing everyday but it is quick and easy. I toast an Orowheat Extra Fiber english muffin at the same time I am microwaving 4 Jimmy Dean precooked turkey sausage links. I put honey on the english muffins because I can squeeze it out and not worry about opening jelly and jam jars and having to spread it around. I can literally eat these things while walking around or entertaining my little lady. It's quick (2 minute prep time), healthy, and tasty. Also, I have found that those exercise channels are awful. I hate trying to follow along on the t.v. I was thinking about joining the Stroller Strides group in Roseville at Maidu Park. You can try it out for free. Wanna go together next week and check it out?

I'm a huge fan of taking a boiled egg with me when I'm on the go. I always have 6 or more in the fridge ready for taking. And I put it into my travel coffee mug, so it stays cool for a while. It's my "pocket protein"! Other fast snacks for anytime are bananas and fruits that travel well. For more delicate fruits (grapes, plums) I keep a small plastic container in my bag to keep the fruit from squishing around.

Hi M.-
Part of this requires you to make stuff in advance, like on Sunday evening or something, but it works for me.
Breakfast: Oatmeal, low sugar. The Target Organic or Archer's Farms brands are great, and since my husband is diabetic, the perfect amount of carbs for one meal.
Substitute: string cheese or yogurt, snack bag of nuts, sandwich round, peanut butter and jelly. I buy PB & J at Trader Joe's. They are cheaper than anywhere else for what you are getting. The PB is no sugar, no salt, just ground peanuts- the red label is chunky, the green label is smoothe. Sandwich rounds are thin, round slices of bread by Entenmanns Orowheat. If you are in Bakersfield, we have an outlet bread store. If not, the grocery markets carry it like Albertsons and Vons. Foodmaxx might, but I haven't checked. All of these you can bag up and just grab and eat on the go.
Lunch: snack bags of veggies, mixed nuts, and fruit. String cheese, sandwich round, etc...
For snack bags, I buy a bag of broccoli, a bag of carrots, and a bag of snap peas. (Choose whatever veggies you like best). Snack bags are the right size for one serving. Spread it out on the table on Sunday night, pack your snack bags, and toss them in the fridge. The same with nuts and dried fruit like green raisins or cranberries or blueberries. The back of the bag has number of servings. Split it into ( I just eyeball it) 8 piles. I take 2 kinds of nuts, and one dried fruit, and then bag them up together as mini trail mix.
For low carb yogurt, eat the yobaby yogurt. It has less sugar because kids can't digest it (adults probably shouldn't either if you really think about it).
The thing with all of these foods is that at first glance you may think- wow that's a lot. But these are also complex carbs and fruits and veggies- the food originally intended to feed and energize your body. The healthier you eat, the less you will end up needing (my husband has lost 60lbs!) and the better you will feel. Even on the go! I highly suggest making 5 or 6 sandwich rounds, a full set of veggies and fruit/nut snack bags, having string cheese, and yo baby yogurt on hand. Also, at costco, you can purchase a flat of 12-14 apples or a box of grapes- each for 5.50 - 7 dollars. Apples you will have to take whole, but grapes can be washed and bagged.
Last thought- if you really want to get fancy- is to chop up some lettuce and put it in those glad sandwich sized boxes. Toss in some shredded parmesan and grill some chicken. Put the chicken in baggies all chopped up and ready to go. Mini glad containers can house salad dressing. Toss the salad, dressing, and chicken into a bag with a throw away fork and ta-dah- chicken caesar on the go! I save that for really fancy days, myself. =)
One last thing- for breakfast burritos, I know that I (it takes some getting used too) have cut out egg yolks due to their cholesterol, but egg whites or egg beaters with salsa added to your cheese and tortilla, are really good.

Hope this helps! And happy running!
-E. Mc

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