I always make sure that I get a good breakfast in every single day. It must sustain me until lunch and I need it to be filling. Although, I do love bacon, most mornings I do not want to eat meat and I dislike eggs unless I have them in a quiche. I tend to stick with what the French call a tartine.
When I visited Paris, I remember our hotel maid would wheel in a cart each morning filled with croissants, fresh butter and pain au chocolat, along with assorted beverages: juice, coffee, hot chocolate and water. I was raised in the Midwest on cereal and cold milk. I’d never even heard of a tartine before, but once I tried it, I was hooked. (Note: Anne Barone’s book, Chic & Slim, also talks about tartines and having a slim, filling breakfast. I highly suggest her books. I have followed Anne for years and she definitely has an inspiring weight loss success story.)
A French tartine consists of the following: a chunk of good bread, some butter and honey or jam on top. They vary this, of course. Some choose more savory toppings, but this is what I stick with most mornings. If I get bored, I’ll have some oatmeal with a bit of almond milk and berries, but the tartine, along with some fresh fruit, is my go-to breakfast. Here is a great blog article on “The Perfect Tartine.”
Although I do have a wonderful bakery in the town where I live, I am following Weight Watchers and trying to lose weight. So, I came up with my own Weight Watchers-friendly tartine. I don’t know about you, but I love a good English muffin. Thomas makes a wonderful whole grain, light muffin that I love. I top this with one tablespoon of Smart Balance Light Butter and one tablespoon of my favorite jam, Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves. The entire breakfast is only 5 Weight Watchers Points +.
On the side, I have a piece of fruit such as a nectarine or a cup of fresh berries. I drink my favorite Moroccan Mint tea and a glass of water with organic lemon. (I always drink 8 ounces of room temperature water with lemon upon rising to detoxify my system and keep my skin clear.)
Now, onto a delicious snack options. I try not to snack often, but when I do reach for a snack it is usually a piece of fruit or some crackers with cheese and raw veggies on the side.
Blue Diamond Artisan Nut-Thins with Flax Seeds (3 WW Points+) + 2 wedges of Light Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb cheese wedges (1 WW Points+) + 1 nectarine (0 WW Points+) = 4 WW Points+ total for a delicious snack. I have herbal tea or water on the side.
Nestle Fat Free Hot Cocoa (1 WW Points+) + Hostess Greek Yogurt Cakes in Apple Cinnamon Swirl flavor (4 WW Points+) = 5 WW Points+ total. If I want, I’ll add 1/2 of a banana to the side of this and it’s 0 WW Points+. I also add 8 oz. of water on the side, as I try to drink 1-1.5 liters of water per day.
Now, the French would balk at the fat free version of hot cocoa, but I actually enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I enjoy the full-fat version from Starbucks, or make my own using real cocoa, sugar and whipped cream. My little corner bakery serves the best almond croissants and I will, on occasion, take my daughter for breakfast for croissants and a pot of tea.
It’s all about moderation. These little tweaks in my diet have helped me lose over 20 pounds since March 2014.
I am learning to reduce my portion sizes quite a bit. I can’t believe how I used to eat. Now I pay attention and I am much more disciplined. I have no problem telling food pushers “no” when I am not hungry or when I am offered something I know is not good for me.
What do you have for breakfast? I do hope you will try a tartine or some of the above mentioned snack suggestions and let me know what you think. Please comment below or on my Facebook page.
Have a wonderful day!