Long Mornings, Parts 1 and 2

I’ve been on a ‘cut’ for a while, and the deeper we go into it, the more spartan my meal plan has become. So what does a body-building girl who’s in love with breakfast do?? Well let me show you.

Right now I’m kindof acting as short-order cook for my family. My son eats like a toddler, I’m eating like a bodybuilder on a big cut, and I can totally respect that my husband would like to eat like a normal person. Since I love both food and cooking, and since I have the time, this is not a problem for me. Oh but, with a toddler you gotta cook fast. And I’ve learned how:

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the prep station

Part 1 of our morning consists of getting all this food made, while maybe getting some emergency calories into Munchie stat when he’s in a growth spurt or whatnot and is starving after a long night. I feel his pain, truly I do. My muscles CANT WAIT to be off this cut.

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Munchie excited to EAT!

What he ate:

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apricot and PB toast fingers, cheesy egg and raspberries

I feel no shame in extolling the virtues of the microwave. Cheesy eggs with no pans my friends! Crack an egg or two into a ramekin or small bowl, drop in some chunks of your favorite cheese- we did a sharp cheddar, but I always love eggs with a pungent blue of some description- and microwave for give or take 90 seconds, giving the whole thing a whip with the fork half way through.

What Daddy ate:

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lucky for me, today Daddy and Munch were game for the same breakfast

If you have extra time, throw some salsa or fresh herbs over those eggs. Cheesy, runny fresh eggs in seconds.

And then there’s my sorry fare.

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Egg whites with a 1/4 cup oats. Oh dear. Sure, I’ll get a protein shake in about an hour, but this is a far cry from the feast I get on maintenance, let alone a bulk.

So here’s what I do.

Combine those whites and oats. This really works better with another 1/4 cup oats but here we are. And microwave that sucker.

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still looks monstrous- stick with me!

Then there’s this stuff.

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Pumpkin butter! Seriously delicious, and only a few carbs to count here. This one was made locally, and uses far less sugar than the versions you sometimes find in chain grocers.

Check your farmers markets, food co-ops and lovely next-door-neighbor-grandmothers-who-still-make-their-own-preserves-and-will-pinch-your-cheeks, for fruit spreads that are likely made with less sugar and are delightfully fresher than your standard commercial retail versions. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found my system goes wonky on artificial sweeteners, so I opt for low-sugar versions of the real stuff.

So on it goes, along with a tbl of greek yogurt. Voila! Something lovely!

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Sure, it’s no chocolate chip pancake, but it’s not bad considering I can see a six pack poking through. 😉 On me, not the eggs you silly goose!

Keeping Munchie occupied during breakfast prep is paramount.

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oodles of doodles!

Since bodybuilding I’ve learned how important it is for my sanity and for my muscles to have a good ratio of proteins, carbs and fats. Getting this right has made such a difference in the way I look and feel- whether you do a meal plan, IIFYM, intuitive eating, calorie counting, you should definitely consider your own ratios. You could be selling yourself short.

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And then there’s the delicious cup of coffee my husband brews every morning. It tastes like liquid chocolate when the beans are I Have a Bean, and we’re using Chemex.

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What does your breakfast look like when you’re trying to cut down? How do you keep the flavor in the equation?

What kindof principles do you follow in making your food choices? Are you an intuitive eater sort of earthy chick? Are you a muscle-maxing meal planning man? Are you a calorie and macro planning IIFYM whiz kid? What’s working for you?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Fruit is fun!

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think they’re picking at the left-overs

XOXO

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