If you are on the lookout for meals to keep you full and fueled till lunchtime, I am your girl. I have been carefully choosing breakfasts over the last few years and observing what I get the best results from. If you are like me, you don’t want to eat every two hours. Not only do I not have time for that, but if I want to continue fitting in my favorite jeans, I need to have a filling breakfast that keeps me out of the kitchen until lunch. Let me share some of my favorite meals to keep you full and fueled.
1. Whole Wheat Bagel and Chocolate Milk
If you look carefully at this list, you will notice that each of the choices of meals to keep you full and fueled till lunchtime are a mix of carbs and protein. This is the magic formula you are looking for. Carbs give you an awesome boost of energy but there is no staying power without the protein. A whole wheat bagel and a glass of chocolate milk is such a combination. The whole wheat bagel is a complex carb that also has a dose of protein and you can punch it up by adding the protein of milk to the meal.
2. Kashi Go Lean Crunch and Milk
Another thing you can probably see from this list of meals to keep you full and fueled is that most of them are meals that you can make in a matter of minutes. Except for the rare Saturday morning, I don’t have time to cook. I love breakfasts that can be made in minutes. Kashi Go Lean Crunch is a great mix of complex carbs and protein. It is also a great source of fiber, which helps keep you full, too. If you want to mix it up, try this cereal with Greek yogurt instead of milk.
3. Whole Wheat Toast and PB
Whole wheat toast and peanut butter is one of my very favorite breakfasts. I find the older I get, the more I develop a love affair with peanut butter and many of you are probably the same way. Putting the PB on while the toast is still warm will give you a gooey melted concoction that feels so guilty but really isn’t. If you have never made this yummy meal, put it at the top of your to-do list today. This is also a very low calorie breakfast, coming in under 200 calories but still fills you up for hours.
4. Fruit Salad and Cheese
Fruit salad can go with any meal as far as I am concerned, or be dessert. It is a great choice for mornings when you want something that feels light, which fruit salad does. If you add a piece of cheese, you will find this morning meal stays with you for hours. It is also easily portable if you need to grab something to eat at your desk when you actually have the time to eat. Another great point of the fruit salad and cheese combo: you can make it ahead of time so it is grab and go ready.
5. Oats and PB
Ladies, you simply must try this combination together. You seriously don’t know what you have been missing. There is no need to make oats that make you stand over the stove forever. I make quick oats and they are every bit as good. Simply put a heaping spoonful of peanut butter on top, add the sweetener of your choice and stir. Not only does it taste wonderful but it smells divine.
6. Egg Omelet with Whole Wheat Toast
An egg omelet is real treat for me. There is something about an omelet that feels very gourmet and makes your everyday feel a little more special. You can do so much with an egg omelet to tailor it to your own personal preferences. My very favorite combination to add to an egg omelet is American cheese, mushrooms, ham, spinach and black olives. Whole Wheat Toast balances out this combo wonderfully.
7. Pancakes and Sausage
Pancakes and sausage is a wonderful meal that keeps you full and fuelled till lunchtime or even beyond. This is a weekend breakfast at our house because it takes a bit longer to prepare but is well worth the wait. If you make your pancakes with whole wheat flour or whole wheat pancake mix, you can up the healthy quotient. This is a breakfast that goes over well with the whole family, both young and old. It will also keep the family out of the kitchen for hours because everyone’s tummies are full.
Now you have a new collection of morning meals to keep you full and fuelled to try out. Now it’s your turn. What are your go to lunches that stave off hunger for hours?