I have really vivid memories of conversations with my mother trying to persuade me to eat in the mornings. I was pretty good as a youngster, but hitting my teens saw my interest in breakfast food just dry up.
Its a bit of a standing joke with my husband that even going into the cereal aisle of a supermarket makes me twitchy. All those over bright cartoon staring faces seem to be a little bit judgmental... I can't stay there for long before having to take refuge in the baked-bean aisle.
I know I have to turn over a new leaf if I'm to lose the weight I want to... so I'm trying to persuade myself that breakfast isn't just about cardboard or over-sweetened cereal. So for anyone else who struggles with the first meal of the day, here are my thoughts for taking on breakfast and staying on-plan with Slimming World:
What could be a better start to the day than a big bowl of fruit? Having tried a few combinations of fruit, I have to say that anything with strawberries makes me a very happy bunny.
I've also been using my daily Healthy B to have cereal with it (in an attempt to get over my distaste you understand...) and make my Healthy A last longer by not having milk with it. I top it all off with fat free yogurt, fromage frais, sometimes even a Muller Light. It's really tasty, quick to make in the mornings pre-work, and lot more filling that cereal alone.
I've also prettied this up by serving layered fruit, yogurt and crushed bran flakes in glasses for a super-quick-and-easy dessert.
There's no point beating around the bush on this one. It turns out that I could eat this every day. For every meal. Scrambled eggs (2 minutes in the microwave, no milk), two pieces of wholemeal Nimble bread (Healthy B), topped with flaked smoked salmon. I mean who wouldn't...
And then to make sure I had my third-of-a-plate of super-free foods, I stuffed-my-face with mushrooms (again another 2 minutes in the microwave) and fresh rocket. Oh. my. god. Yes. Yes. Yes.
And what makes this even better? It's totally Syn-Free.
The Classic Full-English
This has got to be one of the major selling-points of Slimming World has to be the fact that you can have a massive Full-English and still be on-plan.
This is the second weekend that I've tucked into an amazing hot breakfast.
Bacon (with the rind removed), scrambled eggs, baked beans, and frozen Quorn Sausages... This breakfast might be Syn-Free, I'm not actually sure... There are many different types of Quorn sausage listed on the Slimming World website, these were the frozen variety... but in an 8 pack, which isn't actually listed, so I'm not entirely sure if these Quorn Sausages are the Syn-free ones or not. To be on the safe side I counted 0.5 Syns (10 pack), just in case.
For those people who may have tried Quorn sausages in the past and found them either underwhelming or tasteless (Hubby has described them both ways), will find the current packs of sausages much herbier and therefore much tastier. I'm not suggesting that if you served them up no one would be able to tell the difference, but possibly if they were in something (a casserole, an omelette, a quiche) then you might just about get away with it...