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Apr 18, 2010 02:00 PM

Seeking Weight Watchers breakfasts w/ Low Points

A friend and I are starting to use the WW points system on our own, we're not joining.

For me, the second half of the day is when I want the most to eat, although I could eat all day long if allowed. Because of that, I'm hoping to find satisfying breakfasts that will hold me over until lunch and that are very low in points so that I can go a bit overboard at supper. Sick as it is, I cannot sleep if I don't feel full so I need some points available at night.

I've never done WW before and my friend and I are about to get together to make menus and go shopping to stock our fridges and pantries. I own a couple of their cookbooks but breakfasts seem to be the area I can't get into focus. Actually, snack and sweet ideas would be very helpful, too. Any help you can offer will be most appreciated!

Starting my weight-loss countdown at 20 lbs...

Thank you, and wish us luck!

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  1. When I was doing WW I always had Light English Muffin (1 pt), 2 egg whites (0 pt) and Morningstar Veggie Sausage Patty (2 pt) for breakfast. Very filling and satisfying. Good luck!

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    1. re: Obessed

      I have the exact same thing, but with a thin slice of deli ham replacing the veggie patty. My trick is to use a small (about the diameter of a coffee cup) tupperware container, pour in the eggwhite and microwave for 30 seconds. Perfect fit.

      1. re: Obessed

        I realize this is a year ago and they may've changed plans or point values, but my lite english muffin yesterday cost me 3 points, not 1, according to their tracker.

        1. re: sasha1

          just after thanksgiving last year WW went to a new system based on fat, fiber, carbs and protein. english muffins and other bread-y items definately went up in points. my beloved eggo l/f nutrigrain waffles went from 1 to 4!

          1. re: jujuthomas

            That's frustrating :( The thing I miss the most these last 3 days (!) that I've been counting points is my bread products. I've cut them down drastically. And that is my feel good food - a nice hunk of fresh crusty bread... Lite english muffins is a major step down for me in the bread dept, and to know that it is 3 points anyway kind of sucks... Thanks btw, for your tips on my other WW thread.

            1. re: sasha1

              Always glad to help a fellow WW - I'm lifetime now so I'm fighting the maintanance fight... which to me is far scarier and harder than losing was. :)
              yeah, those light english muffins are "meh" in the flavor department. I'm really tempted to try making my own bread because I miss GOOD bread and nothing I've tried with a decent points value is really very tasty. it makes it difficult not to get carried away when confronted by rolls/bread at a restaurant.
              I'll have to search skinny taste - maybe she's got a recipe I can try out in my bread maker. :)

              1. re: jujuthomas

                Let me know if you find one. I don't have a bread machine, but maybe could just stick it in my oven and say a prayer.

                1. re: sasha1

                  I think I'll post over in the WW Foodies thread, see if anyone has a good one.

              2. re: sasha1

                Try TJ's sprouted rye for your breakfast sandwiches. Only 1 pt per slice and quite tasty.

        2. I'm not on WW but I am careful about what I eat...and breakfast is important to me also...what about oatmeal (not the trashy instant kind!)...that you make yourself WITH some walnuts and raisins? The walnuts are great to help sustain you til lunch (works for me but of course may not work for you, I realize) and offer the added benefit of Omega 3's...raisins will provide some sweetness so that you don't need to add sugar...maybe?...and cinnamon is also a somewhat sweet-tasting spice. Would that fit your plan do you think?

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          1. re: Val

            don't forget steel-cut oats - they can be even more satisfying.

            and gram for gram, you get the most fiber and protein per calorie with oat bran.

            regardless of the grain, i always stir a scoop of protein powder (no sugar added) into my hot cereal. keeps me satisfied for HOURS.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Wow I never thought about using protein powder...does it really help with holding off hunger? Do you ever use it in dinner meals or late lunches too to prevent unwise snacking?
              Is it flavorless?

              1. re: eviemichael

                But if you add walnuts to oats, why add protein powder also? To me, it's overkill, just saying. And, then if you add milk, it's even more protein.

                1. re: Val

                  Yeah, I agree. I've tried various brands of protein powder in oatmeal, and none of them are what I would call good eats. They all make the texture weird, and some have unpleasant flavor when eaten hot that aren't there in cold shakes, etc. To each her own, but I'll stick with nuts unless I have points for a poached egg and some scallions and nori, which is 2 added points on WW, btw. I've also added an ounce of leftover shredded chicken breast to oatmeal with scallions and kizami (shredded, toasted) nori or even leftover salmon fillet. Both are good if you like a savory breakfast.

                  1. re: amyzan

                    @eviemichael, protein takes longer for your body to digest than carbohydrates, so yes, it does increase and extend satiety. fat can serve the same purpose, but it's obviously more calorie-dense and will cost you more WW points. and to answer your snacking question, every single time i eat, there's some protein involved. i'm not talking a 10-ounce steak 5 times a day - for snacks it's maybe just an egg white or two, a couple of tablespoons of hummus or bean dip, a container of Greek yogurt, a piece of light string cheese, a few nuts - but you'll never see me eat *just* a piece of fruit, or *just* a handful of chips. i'm not diabetic but i do have mild insulin & blood sugar "issues," and this is the best way for me to remain on an even keel at all times. the beauty of it is that unless i somehow miss a snack and don't eat for hours on end (which is extremely rare), i'm never ravenous, so i don't have the urge to just dive in and go to town on whatever i can get my hands on. and yes, though i prefer to eat whole foods the majority of the time, i do occasionally use protein powder as a between-meal snack if it's the only option (e.g when i'm on the road) or if i'm really craving something sweet and it's the most sensible option at the time (e.g. before bed). i like to mix it with unsweetened almond milk and a few drops of stevia.

                    @Val, it's about serving size and calorie density. the OP requested low-point options, so let's compare them in WW terms:
                    one ounce of walnuts = 5 points, 180 calories, 18g fat and 4g protein
                    a scoop of protein powder (average) = 1 or 2 points, 100 calories, 2g fat and 18 g protein.
                    so in the interest of keeping the points down, if you swap out some or most of the walnuts for protein powder, you come out ahead. (there's also the matter of how many total calories one can metabolize and should consume in a single sitting, but that's a discussion for another thread!)

                    @amyzan, the texture is tricky - you have to whisk it in AFTER the grains are completely cooked. i learned that the hard way after many bowls of curdled protein - ick. and if the cereal is flavored/seasoned well, you shouldn't notice the taste. i also use a really mild powder so it's easy to mask if i need to.

                    i try to stay away from anything with artificial sweeteners or colors in it, so my preferred protein brand is Jay Robb. it's not cheap, but i don't mind paying a premium for a less processed product.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            Yeah, that's the brand I've been using lately, ghg. I like that it's sweet but not too sweet. So, please, if you have a minute, do you mean that you wait until the oatmeal's cooled to whisk it in, then reheat? or do you just mean to whisk it in after the oatmeal's poured into a bowl and cooled somewhat? 'Cause I can't seem to make it work for me.

                            1. re: amyzan

                              prepare the oatmeal so the consistency is a bit thicker than the way you'd actually like to eat it, then make a *protein slurry* by whisking the powder with just enough cool water to dissolve it. then whisk/fold the slurry into the oatmeal while it's still really hot - the addition of that small amount of cool water plus the extra whisking/aeration should get it to the right consistency AND cool it down just enough so it's the right temp for eating. it took me seemingly *forever* to figure out how it make it work, but this is my go-to method now, and i never get any clumps or curdling anymore! it should work with any of the Jay Robb proteins - whey, egg or brown rice.

                              let me know how it goes if you try it this way!

                2. I've not done WW, but am a long-time calorie counter and I generally eat very healthily. I like to eat more as the day goes on, too . . . have you tried Greek Yogurt? If you get the non-fat plain kind, it's very low-cal, and very high protein. You can top it with cut fruit and a drizzle of honey for pretty low cal/points and it'll keep you feeling satisfied for a while. Also low-fat cottage cheese - a regular breakfast for me is 1/2 c. LF cottage cheese w/cinnamon mixed in, topped with mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries) - no sugar/honey so it's very cheap for cals. Good luck to you on your mission!


                  1. I enjoy cottage cheese with flax seed and agave nector (lil). I also love those arnold sandwich thins - I think they are only 1 point, I'll toast and put on a thin layer of peanut butter, 1/2 sliced banana.

                    snacks, I love making my own pita chips with those low carb pita breads, I spray with pam and my favorite herbs (cumin is great with garlic, lil parm too).

                    good luck, baby bell cheese wheels are only one point, love them. On ww, I found I ate a lot more veggies and fruit as snacks. cut up carrots and celery because my friend with hummus.

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                    1. re: lexpatti

                      yep...listen to lex-- ditch the pita chips...trashy carbs...stick with veggies and hummus, cucumber slices are especially good with hummus, too!

                      1. re: Val

                        i also love radishes for hummus dipping.

                      2. re: lexpatti

                        The sandwich thins are 3 points under the not so new points plus system alas. You might like Cabot 50% reduced fat rectangles from Costco... only 1 pt each for real cheese.

                      3. -Whole Wheat La Tortilla Factory tortilla toasted with low-fat cheese (love the soy cheddar-jack-mozzarella from TJ's); fold and serve with salsa for a healthy quesadilla

                        Scooped wheat bagel toasted with low fat cheese and filled with a little salsa and/or fat free or low fat cottage cheese

                        -Baked Apple - cored, stuffed with cinnamon, and placed in a dish with diet 7-up, then bake or nuke

                        Oat Pancakes - mix some oats with egg whites, stevia, cinnamon and vanilla - fry in Pam sprayed pan, and serve with some low sugar jam

                        Miso Soup w/ greens and tofu or egg whites