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Healthy Breakfast Choices when Eating Out!

I am probably goign to be eating out for breakfast this Sunday for the first time in a long time. does anyone have any suggestions on what i should steer clear of and what would be a good option?!?!


Thu. Mar 30, 4:03pm

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A couple of scrambled eggs and wheat toast with a little jelly would be fine. Most places that serve breakfast have some "health" choices - those are good to pick from to stay on the safe side.

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 4:13 PM

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veggie omelet, you can even add some meat. tell them to withhold bread and fries (most places serve them with omelet). Even you have a piece of meat in your omelet, you'll be well under 400-500 cal.

Steer clear from muffins (oversized) and bagels. They could pack as much as 1000 cal.

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 4:17 PM

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Fruit on the side, yogurt on the side, ask for no butter on things. I don't get juice because it can be empty calories; try tea instead.

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 4:41 PM

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I was walking during lunch today and saw this sign on one of the diners: 'We now have Greek yogurt' and logo of Fage Total.

I thought it was great, since it's one of my favorite breakfast things - so good and so filling! I'm in NY, btw.

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 5:26 PM

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Eggbeater omelet is what I choose to have

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 6:54 PM

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Oatmeal is a good choice.

Friday, March 31, 2006, 4:55 AM

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I stay away from eating oatmeal outside - simply out of fear of how much sugar, milk and butter they might put in it. It also bothers me that most places just use 'quick' oatmeal, not 'old-fashioned'.

Friday, March 31, 2006, 10:24 AM

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Most places will give you a side of fruit instead of hash browns - this is a good idea! You can usually get egg white omelettes or egg beater omlettes too, for an extra dollar or two. Fruit, plus an egg white omelette, with pretty much anything you want in it, even if it's ham and cheese, will be pretty healthy. Yum! I'm getting hungry just thinking about breakfast foods!!

Friday, March 31, 2006, 12:05 PM

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Watch that it's FAGE Total 0% vs. Total (which has higher fat!)


Don't eat a Greek omelet! (I ate one and then found out it was nearly my whole day's worth of calories even BEFORE I added in the juice & toast! Yikes!

One of my friends gets Poached eggs (vs. fried).. She would have whole wheat toast (skip the butter), Some fresh fruit or slice of tomato. :-)
Be careful to not over indulge in juices either, as they can be high in sugar and calories. :-)

Friday, March 31, 2006, 1:16 PM

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fage total 0% tastes like crap. i don't care about fat-free, low-fat things - I'd rather have a satisfying tiny bit of something good than a s..load of crap.
A 7oz of Fage Total wholemilk is 260 calories and it is so filling - I can never finish one. And don't you agree that 260 is way under recommended at least 300cal for breakfast?

Friday, March 31, 2006, 2:59 PM

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You can always do an eggwhite omlett, these are surprisingly good, with any kind of veggies. Most places have options like veggie bacon or sausage. You can always ask for no hash browns and opt for a side of cottage cheese with tomato slices. Ask them to use no butter and very little marg.

Friday, March 31, 2006, 6:50 PM

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Maybe it's just me, but I think Fage Total 0% tastes way better than the other "fat free" yogurts. It also is made of only milk and yogurt cultures, vs. other brands that add in pectin and carrageenan, nutrasweet (which I avoid like the plague because I don't care for the taste and it gives me migraines) and other non-essential chemicals.

I personally like the mouth feel, because it's much richer in taste and texture than regular yogurt (feels like sour cream to me)--I only use about 1/2 a cup (4 oz.) when I have it and it more than satisfies me and my need for something creamy and rich.

Then again, I'm also lactose intolerant and have not had whole milk since I was in junior high school. I usually eat low-fat yogurts, but until recently, avoided the fat free yogurts like the plague (due to the pectin and other fillers which make them taste watery and textureless.)

I guess it's a matter of personal preference. For me, I find 4 oz. to be more than enough to fill me up, and I don't get hungry afterwards...
I'd much rather spend my extra calories on something else if I can help it. I also use Agave nectar vs. honey or sugar, because it, too is natural, and doesn't spike my sugar levels.

Obviously, not everything works for everyone! :-) But if I had never come to PT, I never would have even known about Fage--and now, I have a friend who had a gastric bypass and has to watch caloric intake as well as sugar and proteins and she is having me buy 3 or 4 tubs of the 0% every month (unfortunately, they don't carry either the Total, 2% or 0% near her.)

Friday, March 31, 2006, 11:41 PM

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Be careful with veggie burgers and sausages, though. Some are fried up and are probably just as high in fat as their non-veggie cousins...

Yes, no butter on toast is a good thing to ask for-- have you ever seen those diner cooks slather on a big brush full of greasy butter onto their toast. It's absolutely horrifying!

Granolas, too can be high in fat.

A fresh fruit plate with some cottage cheese and whole wheat toast is reasonable. Add a side of poached eggs and I'm sure it will be very good for you, and not too bad in taste either.

The other thing, if you like pancakes or waffles, maybe order a side vs. a whole platter (i.e. 2 pancakes vs 4 or 6) I think it's not too terrible to order something, but to make sure you don't get humongous servings. Have them put the butter on the side (if you even get it at all). as well as the syrup on the side, too.

pehaps a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon could be sprinkled on top, vs. the butter, and then just use a tiny bit of syrup, but don't drown them... :-)

Friday, March 31, 2006, 11:47 PM

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