My BLE Breakfast Favorites

I love breakfast. It is easily my favorite meal of the day. And with the delicious choices you have with Bright Line Eating, I often find my brain using it as the carrot to get me through night time cravings because I know I will get my “reward”, first thing in the morning (peanut butter anyone?).

So what is a Bright Line Breakfast? (On the women’s weight loss plan)

1 Protein serving

1 Grain serving

1 Fruit serving

In a later post I will go over easy, basic beginner breakfasts but for now, here are my 3 top favorite BLE compliant breakfasts:

  1. OMG Oats!

Prep Time: 5 mins

In a bowl, weigh and measure 1 oz dry rolled oats, fill with water to a 1/4 – 1/2 inch over the oats and microwave for 1 minute. Setting the bowl back on the scale, add 0.5 oz chopped almonds, 0.25 oz chia seeds, 0.25 oz ground flaxmeal, 3 oz blueberries, 3 oz banana and top with 1 oz peanut butter (I use Adams brand, it’s sugar free).

This is a warm and delicious meal that really makes me happy in the morning. I have it about twice a week, as I don’t want too many nut/nut butter servings while in the weight loss phase. Also, the chia and flax are good to include to aid digestion digestion with all those vegetables. 😉

OMG Oats!

2. BLE Omelet and Country Potatoes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Often I save this one for weekends when I don’t have to hustle to work in the morning because it isn’t one of my quick and easy breakfasts, but it is super delicious and makes me feel like I am getting my IHOP fix, which I have missed in these strange pandemic days.

I use my air fryer because it makes the best fries! I start by turning it on to preheat while I do my prepping, using the “fries” setting. Then I wash and chop one small white potato. (My BLE buddy recommended this chopper and it works great!) In a bowl, spray potato bits with cooking spray and toss with garlic salt and pepper. Add to fryer and let cook according to the preset time, approximately 15 mins.

In a bowl beat one egg with 3/4 oz shredded cheddar cheese and a tiny splash of milk (I don’t actually know the oz portion, but I cut the cheese back by a quarter to try to keep the protein portion correct- I know it is not exact, but there are no Bright Line police!)

In a separate bowl chop up 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 white onion and 4 oz spinach. In a small skillet, spray with cooking oil (I don’t count this either) add veggies and sauté on medium heat until soft, separate 3 oz into a separate bowl and save the rest for later. Pour the egg mixture into the skillets and cook on medium. (I put a lid on top as it helps cook the top side of the egg). Once cooked add the sautéed veggies and fold with a spatula.

Plate the omelet, add 3 oz of fresh fruit, 4 oz of county fried potatoes and enjoy!

BLE Omelet and Country Potatoes

3. Bright & Sweet Potato, Breakfast Bowls

Prep time (day of) 5 minutes- I pre make cooked, mashed sweet potato, to use throughout the week, other wise (25 minutes)

To be honest, before BLE, sweet potatoes were not something I would have considered as a breakfast food. But since starting BLE I have really come to love them. They are super versatile, come in many shapes, sizes and colors, go with tons of different flavors and leave me filling full all morning.

Like most of my BLE meals, I mix and match grains, proteins and fruit to come up with different combos. Here is one of my favorites from this winter season that combines whole, plain Greek yogurt with a (purple!) sweet potato and seasonal fruit, pomegranate and apples.

In a bowl measure out 4 oz cooked, (pre-prepared-clean, cut and boil) mashed sweet potato, reheat in the microwave for 1.5 minutes. Add 4 oz plain, Greek yogurt, 0.5 oz chopped walnuts, 0.5 oz chia seeds, 3 oz pomegranate seeds, and 3 oz apple. Don’t be intimidated by the funny color, my brain just likes bright and bold colored foods, a simple, normal, orange sweet potato works great too!

Bright & Sweet Potato, Breakfast Bowls

What are your favorite BLE Breakfasts? Let me know in the comments!

Trigger Point- The Straw That Breaks The Camels Back.

In November of 2019 we took a trip to Texas to see family. Before we left we took some photos to memorialize the visit. When I saw the photo, I could hardly believe it was me standing there. My first thought was, “that photo must be distorted”. But it wasn’t the photo that was distorted, it was my view of myself. In the photo I am holding my youngest child and she looks normal sized. The realization that I had let things get so “bad” overtook me. Apparently, without even noticing it happening, I had taken myself out of the picture, figuratively and literally for so long that when I finally saw my self fully, I didn’t even know who I was.
Over time I had become skilled at hiding in the back, getting only the best angles, sharing only cropped photos. All while putting myself in the back from a health perspective also. I stopped caring for myself in the ways that make me better able to care for others. For example, the hectic and crazy schedule of being a full-time work outside the home, mother of four young kids left so little time for dinner, that often I would make fast, easy dinners for my kids, enough to get them fed and off to bed and then, instead of making myself a plate, I would just eat the leftover scraps from their plates to save time. I hate to even admit these facts, but I was tired. So. Tired.
What happens when you spend years fueling your exhaustion with caffeine and sugar so that after you put the kids down, you can “get back to work”, whether that be house work or catching up on office work? You get fat. You get soft. Your light burns a little less brightly. You inch away from the healthful person you may have once been one exception, one “just this time”, one “I need this” at a time. Before you know it, you’ve created a space of denial around yourself so thick that it takes actually not recognizing the sad, stressed, tired, overweight person in the photo who is masquerading as you to wake you up.
I woke up. I woke up hard.
I felt a fiery determination to “fix this”, like I had never felt before. I decided to make 2020 the year I took back my life, one meal, one day at a time. I didn’t know yet how I would do it, but for the first time in a lifetime, I knew I WOULD do it.

What sparked your fire to start your “recovery”. Was it a photo, a comment? Let me know in the comments.