We love to go to a local restaurant—Roots Cafe—for breakfast. Roots uses local, organic ingredients, so you are already getting a better and healthier meal when you eat there.
Like so many other things, i’ve gone through a progression to make my food healthier.
- First I used to eat the eggs benedict with a side of potatoes (this is how it comes, stock off the menu).
- Then I cut out the potatoes and ordered side salad instead.
- Now I get a poached egg, sausage and a side salad and then put the sausage on the salad and dump the egg on top.
Eggs Benni with Salad
Poached Egg + Sausage + Salad
Let’s see what that saves us:
|Off the Menu||Healthier|
Wow! That saves 585 calories!* Potatoes takes into account one medium potato (163) and 2 tsp of olive oil (92). ** Greens takes into account the calories in lettuce (6) and a teaspoon of olive oil (46) which will be part of the dressing.
Make it at Home
If you make this at home I don’t do salad dressing either, so it’s even lower calories. The other day my husband brought home some sausage from the store and cooked it up. Holy everything that is holy it smelled good. This is a super lean sausage without funny ingredients. While it’s not a lean protein, it is a quick and easy protein that was a good occasional change up. These are the Wellshire Original Style Sausage from Whole Foods. Click the pictures to see larger versions.
We’re also super lucky to have garden greens right now, anytime we want a salad we just pop outside and cut some lettuce. Yay for gardening!
- Sausage (Wellshire Original Style Sausage)
- Heat the sausage in a frying pan according to the directions.
- Poach the egg. I do the water vortex version without adding anything to the water (no vinegar). Mine don't turn out pretty but they don't taste sour either. This is a learned art that I'm still working on.
- Put everything over the greens and add a little salt and pepper.
So there you go, a quick and easy breakfast or dinner—and something you can order when you go out to a restaurant for breakfast. Remember this clocks in at <200 calories, so you’ll be hungry again soon. Plan to round this out with lowfat options throughout the day.