Does anyone have any lunch and breakfast (not cooked for breakfast please) ideas that will lower my ridiculous sugar intake. I tend to raid the fruit bowl for breakfast and lunch and mfp is saying I'm way, way over my sugar and carbs for the day although I'm stl within calories.
If you are still within your calories, then you don't need to worry. You only need to worry where they are coming from if it's effecting your health (e.g. the sugar might be detrimental to your dental health) or you count your macros. Give us more detail about your diet and we can suggest alternatives. E.g. if you eat fruit for breakfast why not try having half of the fruit with fat-free Greek yogurt or into a milk shake?
It is mainly fruit that's the problem, I'm breastfeeding DD (10 weeks) and she's a Velcro baby so I find it's easier to grab something from the fruit bowl a few times a day whilst. feeding to keeps going.
Breakfast I struggle with too because it has to be quick I tend to have cereal which is sugary
Quick (in addition to Spare's suggestions): - prepared raw carrots, sugar snap peas, celery, pickled onions, cucumber etc perhaps with 30g of reduced fat dip or humus. - packs of chicken, turkey or ham. - cheese (baby bel do some that are fairly low calorie). - pasta salad, potato salad or pea salad ready made in the fridge.
You're basically looking to replace some of the fast kick sugar with satiating protein or slow release complex carbs, I guess?
I've started to make green smoothies for breakfast - kale/spinach/lettuce - a few nuts and milled flax seed - a little bit of frozen fruit like half a banana or a few frozen berries. Maybe a bit of yoghurt or a half of avocado to make it creamy - even a few millet flakes or oats to add some bulk. And it's really filled me up and is quite low in carbs. It's not everyone's cup of tea (literally ya ha ha) but it's replaced my high carb porridge or cereal habit. Plus I get a lo more energy from the green veg. Then max out on lean protein lunch - chicken breast, turkey breast, total zero % fat free yoghurt, tin of tuna. I expect quorn might be good? I've seen some marks n Spencer's now do roasted chicken in the deli counter - good lunch low carb option?