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Month: June 2018

15 Breakfasts Under 300 Calories

Find a diet-friendly breakfast to help with weight loss



You’re pressed for time in the mornings, but that doesn’t mean you should have to make it until lunch on an empty stomach. It’s time to stop skipping breakfast! These 300-calorie breakfast ideas are healthy, quick and easy to prepare.

15 Breakfast Ideas For Under 300 Calories

The best way to eat a healthy, diet-friendly breakfast every morning is to prepare the meal in advance.

You can prepare a week’s worth of healthy breakfasts in an hour or so on Sunday. Then simply pack them into the refrigerator and they are ready to go when you’re ready to eat. You can also use any of these ideas in the morning.

Breakfast Burrito

If you love a savory meal in the morning, this diet-friendly breakfast will curb your hunger cravings.

  • Egg whites, 2, scrambled
  • Low-fat cheese, 1 oz.
  • Salsa, 2 Tbsp.
  • Whole-wheat tortilla, 1
  • 187 calories

Sweet and Nutty Oatmeal
This breakfast is full of fiber so it will help you to curb cravings that often hit around 10 or 11 in the morning.

  • Instant plain oatmeal, 1 packet
  • Pear, 1 medium
  • Honey, 2 tsp.
  • Almonds, chopped, 1 Tbsp.
  • 300 calories

Waffles and Banana
Got a sweet tooth? This breakfast satisfies your sweet tooth but also provides whole grains to keep your energy level stable.

  • Low-fat whole-grain waffles, 2
  • Pecans, chopped, 2 Tbsp.
  • Banana, half
  • 300 calories

Microwave Meal
Need a satisfying boost of protein in the morning?

This sandwich provides 17 grams of protein for only 250 calories. And the milk adds even more!

  • Jimmy Dean Delights  Applewood Smoke Chicken Sausage, Egg Whites & Cheese Muffin Sandwich
  • 1% milk, 4 oz.
  • 300 calories

Denny’s Breakfast On-The-Go
If you’re on the road and need to stop for a quick bite, you’re not doomed to overeat.

Denny’s has this healthier option to keep your diet on track.

  • Fit Fare Loaded Veggie Omelet (half)
  • English muffin (no butter)
  • 300 calories

Jamba Juice
If you’re on the run and need a quick drink to fill you up, you’ll find a few options at Jamba Juice to satisfy your morning hunger. But your best option is a yogurt or oatmeal bowl.

  • Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bowl
  • Water with lemon
  • 300 calories

Cereal and Berries
Many dieters love cereal, but the kind of cereal you choose makes a big difference. Be sure to pick a whole grain box to get the fiber that will help you lose weight.

Savory Breakfast Wrap
I like to make this breakfast at home when I have a little bit of time for food preparation. It takes about five minutes and always satisfies my hunger. To make it, I just layer the cheese and bacon in the tortilla and heat until the cheese melts. Then I slice the apple and put the breakfast on a plate to serve.

  • Canadian bacon, 2 slices
  • Shredded cheddar, ¼ cup.
  • Soft corn tortilla, 1
  • Apple, 1 small
  • 300 calories

Waffle Sandwich
No bread in the house? No problem! Simply make this diet-friendly breakfast sandwich with waffles.

  • Whole-grain blueberry waffles spread with:
  • Honey, 1 Tbsp.
  • Part-skim ricotta cheese, 2 Tbsp.
  • 284 calories

Coffee Shop Quick Breakfast
Some coffee shops serve oatmeal that you can order if you’re on the go. But you can also throw a packet in your purse and order a cup of hot water with your coffee. If you don’t like cappuccino, check this other list of coffee drinks that are diet-friendly.

  • Kashi apple cinnamon oatmeal, 1 packet
  • Small skim cappuccino
  • 280 calories

Berries and Cereal
This breakfast combines fiber and antioxidant-rich berries for a healthy start to your day.

  • High-fiber cereal, 1 c.
  • Mixed berries, 1 c.
  • Fat-free milk, 1 c.
  • Coffee, with a splash of fat-free milk
  • 260 calories

English Muffin and Yogurt
Go super low-calorie with this quick meal. Swap the english muffin for a waffle if you prefer.

  • Whole-grain English muffin
  • 100-calorie fruit-flavored Greek yogurt,
  • 220 calories

Toast and Bacon
Sometimes you just crave the taste of bacon. Fit it into a low calorie breakfast with this combination.

  • Reduced-calorie bread, 2 slices
  • Almond butter, 1 Tbsp.
  • Turkey bacon, 2 slices
  • 240 calories

Simple Smoothie
If you need to run out the door in a hurry, throw these items into a blender and take your healthy breakfast on-the-go.

  • Skim milk, 4 oz.
  • Low-fat Greek yogurt, 4 oz.
  • Berries, 4 oz.
  • 236 calories

Cereal with a Side of Melon
Sweet melon helps a blah breakfast seem more sophisticated.

  • Raisin Bran, 1 c.
  • 1% milk, 1 c.
  • Melon cubes, 1 c.
  • 225 calories

More Breakfast Ideas for Under 350 Calories

If you have a little more room for calories in your morning meal, try any of these ideas. These 350-calorie breakfast ideas will keep you satisfied until lunch time.

Apple & PB Bagel

  • Thomas’ Whole-grain Bagel, 1, topped with:
  • Skippy Reduced-Fat Natural Peanut Butter, 1 Tbsp.
  • Granny Smith apple, small, 1, sliced
  • 335 calories

Yummy Yogurt

  • Chobani Low-fat Greek Yogurt, ½ c., topped with:
  • Low-fat granola (without raisins), ¼ c.
  • Almonds, slivered, 1 tsp.
  • Honey, 1 Tbsp.
  • Blueberries, ½ c.
  • 300 calories

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Pepperidge Farm Whole-wheat English Muffin, 1, split in half and filled with:
  • Egg whites, 3, scrambled
  • Spinach, ½ c.
  • Alpine Lace Eeduced-fat Cheddar Cheese, 1 slice
  • Tomato, 1 slice
  • 270 calories

Doctored Up Oatmeal

  • Instant oatmeal (plain), 1 package, topped with:
  • Fat-free milk, ½ c.
  • Fuji apple, small, chopped
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar, 1 tsp.
  • Walnuts, chopped, 1 Tbsp.
  • 255 calories

Berry Good Waffles

  • Nutri-Grain Eggo Low-fat Whole-grain Waffles, 2
  • Stonyfield Farm Lowfat Plain yogurt, ¼ c.
  • Strawberries, ½ c.
  • Maple syrup, 2 tsp.
  • 246 calories

South of the Border Breakfast

  • Egg whites, 3, scrambled, topped with:
  • Black beans, rinsed and drained, ¼ c.
  • Sargento Reduced-fat Mild Cheddar, shredded, 1 oz.
  • Salsa, 2 Tbsp.
  • 191 calories

Hungry for more? Browse the full selection of breakfast foods, recipes, and ideas.

*Edited by Malia Frey, Weight Loss Expert

10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Low-Carb Diet

This diet isn’t as simple as cutting out bread and buying low-carb ice cream

A low-carb diet can be extremely effective for dropping excess fat, and studies show it may also help reduce the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. Since it eliminates foods that we have a tendency to overeat (can you say bread basket?), you end up saving yourself tons of calories. And since carbs spike blood sugar, you’ll have more stabilized levels, too.

However, as with most diets, there are some common stumbling blocks you may run into when you embark upon this specialized diet that restricts certain foods. From expecting results too soon to overindulging in other macronutrients to failing to plan, some of these missteps can wreck your best intentions on a low-carb diet.

But they don’t have to! Here are 10 of the most common mistakes in low-carb eating and how to avoid them.

Eating Too Few Carbs

Low-carb dieting, while it may seem self-explanatory at first, has nuances and details that are important to keep in mind for your success. To maintain a healthy diet while going low-carb, it is crucial to ensure you’re getting a healthy amount of all the macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbs).

Remember, low-carb doesn’t mean no-carb. Vegetables, both starchy and non-starchy, contain carbohydrates, as do fruits and other healthy foods that you should be eating

If you eat too few carbs at first, you may suffer a carb crash and decide low-carb isn’t for you. This is a shame when a simple adjustment or two can usually get you through the start comfortably to the great rewards at the end of it.

Over-Eating “Allowed” Foods

Because you’re keeping your carbs low (anywhere between 50 to 100 grams, depending on your exercise level), you may find yourself reaching for more of the macronutrients you don’t have to restrict, like protein and fat.

That often means overdoing it on the meat and cheese, which can not only have health risks, but can also cause weight gain as these foods contain a lot of calories.

So going low-carb isn’t a license to eat as much of these foods as you want. Rather, follow the low-carb food pyramid to find the optimal amount of macronutrients for you and let your appetite be your guide—eat when you are hungry and stop when you are comfortable.​

Skimping on Vegetables

Time and time again, people say they don’t feel good eating a diet lower in carbohydrates. And, it turns out they are eating almost no vegetables or fruit. This will not work in the long run.

The low-carb pyramid has vegetables at the base. In other words, you should be eating more of them than any other food!

Fruit, too, especially fruit low in sugar, has an important role in a complete low-carb diet. And these extremely healthy foods contain the micronutrients your body needs to function well and stay healthy—so they won’t just help your waistline. They’ll also go a long way toward preventing chronic disease.

As a rule, half your plate or more should be filled with vegetables. Follow these preparation tips to incorporate more veggies into your day.

Being Afraid of Fat

Shying away from fat is as detrimental as over-consuming it as healthy fats are a crucial component of a healthy diet. Despite the fact that the “low-fat” fad has been widely discredited and healthy fats have been shown to improve everything from high cholesterol to brain health, hardly a day goes by that you don’t see or hear a negative message about fats in the diet. This, and a desire to drop weight fast, may cause you to attempt a low-fat version of a low-carb diet.

At the beginning, you might see results if you are using up a lot of your own fat (as opposed to eating it).

However, fat loss inevitably slows down and you may then become more hungry if you don’t add some fat to your diet.

Nothing will sabotage a diet faster than hunger. So don’t let this happen to you. Have half an avocado with your eggs and dress your salads with olive oil-based dressings.

Forgetting Fiber

Eating enough vegetables and fruit goes a long way toward ensuring you are getting enough fiber in your diet, which can prevent gastrointestinal disturbances, such as constipation and bloating that people often experience when cutting out high-carbohydrate, high-fiber foods (think grains and potatoes).

Familiarize yourself with high-fiber, low-carb foods (most of them can be found in the produce aisle, so make sure you head there!), and the different types of fiber you need to be getting each day. Also, you may want to keep high-fiber flax and chia seed, as well as a low-carb bran cereal, such as All Bran, on hand in case you get backed up.

Lack of Planning

When you first start a new way of eating, you’ll undoubtedly run into old habits that need to be changed to new healthier ones. No longer can you mindlessly hit the vending machine or drive-thru. This is a good thing. Pausing to reconsider our habits is a constructive step toward making improvements in our lives.

But, in the case of eating, it’s important to plan ahead for awhile until your new habits come naturally. Nothing will sabotage your goals more quickly than realizing that you’re hungry but you don’t know what to eat, you have nothing in the fridge, or you have no time to cook.

Meal-planning before you grocery shop, as well as batch-cooking—which is picking one day of the week to make a bunch of meals that you can eat throughout the week—can be excellent tools to ensure you always have food at the ready. Also, keeping low-carb snacks on hand is a great idea.

Getting Into a Rut

There are people who eat the same things day after day and like it that way. But frankly, most of us like variety and will get bored very quickly if that is not built into the way we eat.

There are many ways to avoid low-carb boredom. There is no reason not to eat a wide variety of foods and, in fact, a varied diet is likely to be better for us nutritionally.

Every cuisine on the planet has low-carb options. You just need to skip the starch and sugar. Also, most dishes can be “de-carbed.”

Falling Prey to “Low-Carb” Packaged Foods

Be wary of low-carb ice cream, meal replacement bars, and other “treats” labeled low-carb or sugar-free. They often contain ingredients such as maltitol, which is just as bad as sugar in a lot of ways.

Maltitol is a carbohydrate that affects blood sugar. In general, products that talk about their “net carbs” or “impact carbs” deserve close scrutiny of the ingredients and careful experimentation.

Letting Carbs Lurk

You’re eating low-carb. You’re feeling great, and the weight dropping off as if by magic. You’re not hungry between meals. You have energy. You can concentrate better. Yes!

So, you think you’ll have a piece of toast. It doesn’t matter, you still feel great. You think you’ll have some low-carb ice cream—you’re still losing weight. Even a little sugar in your coffee can’t hurt, can it? Maybe not, but…

Something has sent you over your own personal carb limit. Suddenly, you’re having cravings, you’re hungrier, you’re gaining weight, and you’re in a vicious cycle that’s hard to break of eating carbs, being hungrier, and eating more carbs.​

Sometimes it happens more subtly, but it’s common to let more and more carbs creep in, sometimes unaware. If that happens, it’s time to take stock and probably start over, at least for a few days, to break that cycle.

Skipping Exercise

There is a temptation to leave exercise out when talking about low-carb diets because often people can be successful at first while staying sedentary. However, there are several reasons for talking about exercise in any diet discussion (Atkins called it “non-negotiable”):

  • Exercise lowers insulin resistance. This is probably partly why exercise alone will tend to help many people lose a few pounds.
  • Exercise is good for our bodies in so many ways.
  • While we can lose weight by diet alone, at least to some extent, we are very unlikely to be able to maintain a significant weight loss without exercise.