Breakfast Alternatives and A Big Grocery Shopping

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I slept great last night! 😀  I stayed up to watch Lost, so I slept in until 6:15 this morning. (Man, I remember the days when “sleeping in” was noon!) I slept soundly until my alarm went off and easily got out of bed. I feel like I haven’t had a morning like this in weeks! 

My breakfast was a delightful bowl of stovetop oats. Guys, I think I am a true convert! The stovetop method really doesn’t take that much longer to make, and the final product is oat perfection

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup dry oats
  • 3/4 cup vanilla hemp milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • Blueberries
  • Scoop of peanut butter 

While I find oatmeal to be the best, most filling, long-lasting breakfast, I want to change-up my morning meal a little bit. Besides oats, what breakfasts fill you up and hold off your hunger until lunchtime? 

Lunch Preview

I can’t decide which I like better– posting lunch at the end of the day with dinner or posting a “lunch preview” with breakfast?

Today’s lunch is leftover pizza from last night, cottage cheese with fresh blueberries, and a lemon-flavored Larabar, which is my new fav! (I need to update my rankings!) 

Big Grocery Shopping

When I went grocery shopping this past weekend, we needed everything! Seriously, our refrigerator and cupboards were bare! This shopping was bigger than usual, but a lot of these foods are the “usuals” that we buy most weeks. If you’d like to see past grocery shopping trips, check them out here

The List:

  • Peanut Butter Puffins* (2 boxes)
  • European-style bagged lettuce
  • Stonyfield yogurt
  • Friendship low-fat cottage cheese
  • Nature’s Promise multigrain bread
  • Boar’s Head BBQ chicken deli meat
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Shrimp*
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Barilla pasta
  • Marinara sauce
  • Raisins
  • Pear
  • Low-fat milk
  • Brown rice
  • Chocolate chips
  • Red pepper*
  • Oranges* (2)
  • Thomas English Muffins* (2)
  • Garlic 
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Lundburg risotto (2) 
  • Wolfgang Puck canned soup* (3) 
  • Vanilla hemp milk
  • Blueberries
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Organic carrots
  • Ground flaxseed meal
  • Kraft “natural” shredded mozzarella* 

* On sale at Stop & Shop this week. 

Question of the Day

Have you ever been served breakfast in bed? If so, what was the occasion and what did you eat? 



  1. Besides oats, my most filling breakfast is an egg sandwich – cooked egg in the microwave and a toasted English muffin, sometimes with a little cheese, and def some sea salt. Yum! And I loooove oat bran topped with a little butter and salt and then a poached egg on top of that. I crave that all the time and often have it for dinner! I never, ever feel full or satisfied when I have cereal.

    I used to make my mom breakfast in bed for special occasions but I’ve never been served it myself!

  2. Breakfast sammies are my new fav – Same english muffins that you bought + egg whites, fat free cheese and morningstart farms sausage! So good! Sometimes I throw in a piece of fruit to cure the sweet tooth (it’s always around :))

    Our family always did breakfast in bed for birthdays – normally honey buns, toaster streudels, or anything else you could stick a candle in! 🙂

    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  3. Great question – I have been experimenting with breakfasts that keep me as full as oatmeal. I can’t eat oatmeal in the summer since it’s too hot here for my body to crave it so, I’m trying to find alternatives.

  4. I’m 16 and my idea of sleeping in would be 8am! haha I guess I’m just an early riser.

    Hmm, as for the breakfasts…I would say Waffle-wiches (with PB and fruit inside), a big bowl of cereal (with nuts and a variety of different things), and pretty much anything with nut butters!

    Phenomenal grocery haul!!! PB PUFFINS!

  5. Nope never had breakfast in bed! Honestly it is probably for the best because I’m a clutz and would probably spill everything all over my bed. haha

  6. What fills me up – oat bran AND wheat bran combo. Wheat bran has 25g fiber per serving (1 cup) so I do a mix of mostly oat bran with a little bit of wheat bran. It’s really good with whipped banana. The wheat bran gives it that great raisin bran flavor.

  7. I find pretty much anything I eat for breakfast is filling. Even cereal, which I think makes me the only person who does find it filling? Seems that way sometimes.

    And no one has ever served me breakfast in bed 🙁

  8. Protein Smoothies definitely keep my hunger at bay in the morning. It doesn’t really satisfy my tastebuds as much as it does my stomach, so sometimes I have a little of both. 🙂

  9. Talk about a grocery trip! Do you mind if I’m nosey and ask how much you and Mal usually spend on groceries? No need to answer if you want to keep it private – I understand. Bill and I keep spending about $125 a week (I don’t know how!!), and I’m looking to see if we’re crazy – or other people do the same.

    Thanks for your comment about my new blog. I appreciate it 🙂

  10. @Rose: Our goal each week is to spend $75 or less, which we usually can do. However, this shopping was around $90! We seriously needed everything!!! I’m also a crazy bargain shopper and coupon user. I saved $26 between coupons and Stop & Shop sales! (The receipt is hanging on our fridge now!)

  11. Some of the omelets and fritattas from the various South Beach cookbooks are absolutely delicious (goat cheese omelet — yummers!) and filling. Oat bran is good, as are Bob’s Red Mill 5-grain and 8-grain hot cereals.

    I’ve had several breakfasts in bed, but they are overrated if served by your children and husband :-). The thought is what counts, not the overcooked eggs and cold toast….

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