I thought I was eating healthier since the first of the year. But something happened on Friday that made me rethink my choices. I've always heard how good oatmeal was for you -- lowers your cholesterol and all that. I buy the reduced sugar oatmeal, and truly felt it was a good thing. Friday morning I decided to have a bowl of that oatmeal, as I hadn't had this for a few weeks. A couple hours after eating breakfast, I was so sleepy that I couldn't stay awake. I slept for over an hour -- alarmed when I woke up that that time had passed while two of the grandkids were in my charge. I knew then that big changes had to be made.
I've been receiving the Hungry Girl newsletter for a couple of years now, and have purchased three of her cookbooks, all with good intentions. But to be honest, I haven't used them much. Over the weekend, I remembered that she has several recipes for what she calls "egg mugs". I found some of those recipes and decided it might be a good swap for my normal breakfast. This morning, I diced up about 1 ounce of low fat ham and added to a large mug sprayed with non-stick spray. I microwaved it for 30 seconds, and then added 1/2 cup of egg substitute. I microwaved it for another 30 seconds, stirred it gently and microwaved for another 30 seconds. Then I added one slice of fat-free american cheese and microwaved for 15 seconds. I took the mug out, stirred it gently, and left it sit while I poured my diet cranberry juice. After waiting for a minute or two, I dug in. It was amazingly delicious -- and took almost no time at all. I think I'm hooked. There are so many variations. Just think, add low fat (or meatless) sausage, some diced red pepper, and some cheese and you have a breadless breakfast burrito. Now hopefully, I won't fall asleep today since I'm not loaded down with carbs. More changes are on the way, stay tuned.