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LovelyBranches Tue 15-Nov-16 14:54:11

This is my first post in food so please be kind. I'm increasingly aware of how bad/sugar filled my diet is. I'm pregnant, have a toddler and work full time which is a heady mix of guilt, lack of time and tiredness.

I really try hard to make veg filled/healthy meals for my family and am almost fanatical at giving my DS healthy food so he doesn't get the same sugar addiction that I have.

My problem areas are soft fizzy drinks, chocolate and breakfast. In the morning at most I have time for breakfast and usually opt for something awful. Other times I grab a cereal bar to eat on my way to work.

Can somebody recommend things that I can eat that are a. Healthier and b. As quick as a bowl of cereal or cereal bar.

elk12345 Tue 15-Nov-16 15:51:23


I had the same problem, changed my diet, got aware of my intake & the family's.
We needed to change our diets due to too much sugars in cereals I thought were ok and food ect.

I had no clue how to check my nutrition intake before and just wasn’t that aware.
When I got a little wiser and im in no way an expert on this subject but it’s worked for us we eat much healthier.

I struggled with a quick but healthy brekkie for us all to get out the door on time for nursery, school & work.

I now make us overnight oats.
We alternate between oats, fruit and porridge now.
I just take that 5 min prep time before bed and its done ready to grab and go.

I make a coconut pomegranate one (its so simple)
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
drizzle maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract
1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
2 tablespoons almond or coconut milk

Just bung it all in a bowl & mix.
Put it in portion sizes in tuber ware.
Leave in the fridge.
If we are in a mad rush we just eat them in the car.

Just goggle overnight oats and pick ones that suit your Kids and what you guys like.

Some of the fruit and veg my Kids eats now shock me.

I made a kale and Spinach one for me
In no way was this one intended for the kids but again they helped me make it and it was green so they call it the green monster they couldn't wait till the morning to eat it and loved it.

So, I just take that 5 mins prep at night & its ready to grab and go in the morning and I know exactly whats in it.

Hope this helps

Blondie1984 Tue 15-Nov-16 21:56:52

Peanut butter on wholemeal toast would be a great alternative

Greek yoghurt and fruit

A homemade smoothie with yoghurt, banana, strawberries, oats, nuts/seeds

You could make some of your own cereal bars at the weekend and then have those during the week - you would have control over the ingredients so could make them healthier

DamsonGinIsMyThing Tue 15-Nov-16 21:58:56

Scrambled eggs.
Melt butter in pan on a high heat, crack in two eggs, stir with wooden spoon. Takes maybe 30 seconds, rinse pan whilst still hot, eat.

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Tue 15-Nov-16 22:00:58

Banana and a natural yoghurt?

lastqueenofscotland Wed 16-Nov-16 18:25:55

Another vote for peanut butter on wholemeal toast.
Pancakes and fruit
Scrambled egg.

mommybunny Wed 16-Nov-16 20:44:01

Peanut butter on toast is my go-to breakfast every day! While the bread is toasting you can be emptying the dishwasher or doing some other errand, then when it's ready you can wolf it down with your hands while literally standing at the counter (not ideal, I know, but quick, relatively nutritious and very filling).

MummaB2016 Tue 22-Nov-16 10:37:29

Overnight oats if you have the time to prepare the night before are great!

I always stick to porridge. Buy big bag of oats, 4 spoons in a bowl with hot water from kettle, splash of milk, 2 mins in mic, splash more of milk to cool, sliced banana to sweeten.

WalterWhitesNipple Tue 22-Nov-16 10:44:45

Baked oatmeal

I make it in the evening and it lasts about 3/4 days for two people.

YelloDraw Tue 22-Nov-16 12:56:32

Can somebody recommend things that I can eat that are a. Healthier and b. As quick as a bowl of cereal or cereal bar.

Now this isn't great but it is better than a chocolate bar. Still has a reasonable amount of sugar and it is low in protein but I do find it filling and it is v easy and quick.

I take 1x cinnamon and raisin bagel and a banana with me in the morning. Can either eat it on the go or when I get to work. I like the bagel 'plain' not toasted so that is dead easy and no mess as no toasty crumbs. Also quite solid so doesn't fall apart if stuffed into handbag.

blueskyinmarch Tue 22-Nov-16 13:02:28

I do peanut butter on wholemeal toast too as my very quick breakfast.

karenlovesgloves Tue 22-Nov-16 19:33:48

I used to be a fizzy drink fiend. FIEND I TELL YOU. Then I started buying playing fizzy water and adding lemon/lime/orange to it. At first it sucked a but slowly I got used to it. I occasionally buy a belvoir cordial and mix it into my water. (I really don't want to say as a treat because that makes me sound sad.) It helped wean me off of the copious amounts of ginger ale and cola I was consuming daily.

I follow a plant based diet (yes...I know shock ) My breakfasts include:

Sourdough toast with pure spread and either marmite, jam or a spread from the company pipnut

porridge made with almond milk and topped with some of the following: honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, berries, banana, compote

I occasionally make a batch of cereal bars on a sunday and eat throughout the week.

A 'healthy' fruit crumble that I portion out...(or scavenge from the tin...)

oldlaundbooth Tue 22-Nov-16 19:43:06

Homemade muffins and a hard boiled egg.

Banana bread, toasted, topped with sliced banana or Greek yogurt.

Beans on toast. Cheese on toast.

Rice pudding and an apple.

StrawberryLeaf Tue 22-Nov-16 19:52:44

I always keep a box of shredded wheat in for the very busy mornings. It has no sugar. Otherwise we usually have porridge or Greek yoghurt.

MoMandaS Tue 22-Nov-16 20:07:16

Buckwheat galette. Make in advance and reheat, very quick and filling. Buy a bag of buckwheat flour, mix a couple of heaped tablespoons, generous pinch of salt and enough water to make thin batter, single cream consistency. Heat non stick frying pan until very hot, splash of sunflower oil, pour enough batter in to just cover the pan surface when you tilt it round. Cook until just dry on top, flip over and cook for a bit longer. Repeat until batter used up, stacking onto a plate. Once completely cool, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate. Reheat on a morning in frying pan, either dry or with bit of butter - takes less than a minute and you can add sliced or grated cheese or a slice of ham or both.

MoMandaS Tue 22-Nov-16 20:08:32

Or can eat it cold as a wrap on the go.

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