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Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Onion, Tomatoes

Lots of protein, vitamins, antioxidants and less than 150 calories.

(serves 1) 

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick pan spray
  • 4 egg whites, beaten with a fork
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 teaspoon minced onion
  • 2 fresh mushrooms, diced
  • 2 tablespoon diced fresh red tomato
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped herbs or 1/4 teaspoon dried herbs of choice

Directions: 

Spray the omelet pan with nonstick pan spray. Heat the pan over medium high heat. Add the spinach leaves, onion, mushrooms and tomato, and saute until vegetables soften, about 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from to pan to a small plate and set aside.

Wipe out the omelet pan with paper towel, return to the heat, and add the olive oil, swirling to coat the pan with the oil. Pour in the egg whites, and lift the edges of the omelet as they set, allowing the uncooked egg to run underneath. When omelet is just set, flip it over to briefly cook the other side. Top with the sauteed vegetables and herbs and fold in half to serve.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

  • Calories: 135
  • Protein: 17 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 7 gramseggwhite-omelet

Breakfast Burritos (310 calories)

Breakfast Burritos

For a flavorful, hearty and healthy start. (serves 2)

Ingredients:

1/4 avocado

4 corn tortillas

6 egg whites

2 soy sausage patties

prepared tomato salsa

1 scallion, chopped

Directions:

Peel avocado, dice and set aside. Wrap tortillas in foil and place in a 350-degree oven to heat while preparing the eggs and sausage. In a nonstick skillet or a skillet sprayed with pan spray over medium-low heat, crumble sausage patties and stir just long enough to heat the sausage thoroughly. Remove the sausage to a covered bowl and set aside.

Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel, spray with pan spray and return skillet to the heat. Whisk the egg whites with a fork and pour into the heated pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until eggs are scrambled.

To assemble, place two tortillas on each of two plates. Evenly divide sausage, egg whites and avocado among the tortillas. Top with chopped scallions and salsa, and roll tortilla around filling.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:
Calories: 310
Protein: 33 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 36 grams

Eating Breakfast Cuts Calories & Heart Risk

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Skipping breakfast may put you on the fast track to weight gain and heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that healthy women who skipped breakfast for two weeks ate more during the rest of the day, developed higher “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and were less sensitive to insulin than women who ate breakfast every day.
High LDL cholesterol levels and impaired insulin sensitivity are both major risk factors for heart disease. Researchers say the findings of this study show that skipping breakfast may lead to weight gain as well as increase the risk of heart disease in healthy people over time.  Researchers say skipping breakfast has become more common among adults in recent years, perhaps due to efforts to lose weight or time pressures in the morning.  But at the same time, the prevalence of obesity and overweight has also dramatically increased.  Eat Breakfast, Eat Less LaterIn the study, which appears in the February issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers examined the effects of eating or skipping breakfast on calories eaten and burned throughout the day as well as circulating insulin, glucose, and cholesterol levels in 10 healthy women of normal weight. 
For two weeks, the women ate a breakfast consisting of a bowl of whole-grain cereal (Bran Flakes from Kellogg’s) with 2% milk between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and then had a midmorning snack of a candy bar (Kit Kat from Nestle) between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The women then ate two additional meals and snacks at predetermined times every day and kept records of what they ate. After a two-week break, the same women then followed the same protocol but skipped the early morning meal and had the cereal at lunch time (between noon and 12:30 p.m.). They then ate the other two meals and snacks at the predetermined times for another two weeks. The results showed that when the women ate breakfast, they ate about 100 fewer calories per day (an average of 1,665 calories per day vs. 1,756 calories per day over a three-day measurement period).  Researchers also found that total and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels were significantly lower in the women who ate breakfast. Total cholesterol was 121 mg/dL in the breakfast group compared with 133 in the other group. LDL was 60 in the breakfast group and 70 in the nonbreakfast group. The women who ate breakfast also had a better insulin response to eating, suggesting that their risk of diabetes was lower. The women’s body weight didn’t change significantly between the two groups during these two-week periods, but researchers say the results offer a potential mechanism by which skipping breakfast could lead to weight gain in the longer term.  In addition, the results show that the negative effects of skipping breakfast on cholesterol and insulin levels may also increase the women’s risk of heart disease over time