From the moment I bought these buns I’ve been waiting to make this breakfast – the timing had to be right 🙂 Those who like PB+Banana sandwiches should consider hot dog buns – no banana slicing necessary or slippery slices sliding out of the sandwich!
I love these buns! They come frozen (as most Food for Life breads do) and there are some hard spots on some of them from the freezing process, but overall they are delicious, filling, voluminous and super healthy. They are also on the dry side, but I’ve found 15 seconds in the microwave makes them chewy and moist again.
The “ketchup and mustard“ really topped off the sandwich!
Mango fries. I’ve found the best way to “deal” with mangoes is to peel them with a veggie peeler and then cut off the fruit in big slices. All the criss-cross dicing methods waste too much flesh on the skin and it’s hard to get strips that way. Perhaps a video is in store soon…
With coffee –
This breakfast was 430 kcal, 11 grams fiber and 11 grams protein. We’ll see how it holds me until lunch!
Workout + Snack
All cardio today, as my upper body and abs are both tired from the past two days. I did the ET for about 40 minutes followed by 10 minutes on the Stat bike.
Before I left, I had pumpkin bread with PB. My bread had two mold spots this morning, so this is probably the last of it (I have one sliver left – maybe snack today?). I got 5 days out of it in tin foil, unrefrigerated, which seems good to me since it was so moist.
Off to two classes (a quiz and an exam review) and then it’s HOME for lunch!! No Chem Lab today!!!!
oh my god, Kath. How cute are you? You are SUCH a mom in training 😉
Katie R says
That is the cutest idea for a breakfast! I definitely need to try that this week!! You are so adorable!
Jenna, you stole the words RIGHT out of my mouth! Your kids are going to think you are the COOLEST for this breakfast! Not to mention it’s brillliant…get your kids used to THIS version of “hot dog and fries” and how could they want the other?! LOL
Really though, your creative touches are so darling, especially here! Happy Humpday to girls! (and Matt)
love it!! thanks for the mango tips p.s.
Well, I was going to say “how cute is that?”, but I see you guys beat me to it. 🙂
Mmm that looks so good! Definitely a breakfast I’ll be having in the near future.
you are so cute : ) You fooled me for a second there, I was like hot dogs for Breakfast? lol How many calories are in each of those buns if you don’t mind me asking?
Haha, what a fun, belated April Fool’s-joke-type breakfast :0D That’s DEFINITELY the most appealing, delicious-looking hot dog & fries I’ve ever seen!
Ahh, so sorry that there’s mold on the pumpkin bread – in the future, try freezing a portion of the loaf, so that it will stay fresh longer.
Hooray for no chem lab!! Enjoy your Wednesday :0)
How cute! First of all, thanks for convincing me to finally try the Stairclimber! I did it for 15 minuetes this morning after my 4 mile run since the gym was pretty empty. I knew that if I fell of at least there wouldn’t be too many people laughing. I did fat burner level 7 and definitely broke a sweat while I figured out how it works. Tomorrow will be level 8 for sure!!
Also, you seem to have more high sugar fruits in your breakfast than most people (mango and bananas). Could I get your thoughts/feedback on this. I love bananas and mangos but have been told multiple times to stick to apples/berries/etc and steer clear of banana, mango, pineapple.
Have a great day!!:)
Petite Yogini says
I have a question about your workouts. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I’ve never noticed a mention of strength training for the lower body. Is that because you feel you work them enough for your body with cardio?
the cutests breakfast idea, I love it!!
This is so crazy!- I had a peanut butter, jelly, and banana on an english muffin this morning!
I am so making this for my kids. And me too, of course.
Becky A. says
cutest breakfast EVER!!! what a creative, fun and whimsy idea! you should pretend your coffee is a chocolate milkshake to top it all off.
oh my god, LOVE IT!!!! i seriously thought for a second you had a hot dog and fries for breakfast and i was like, wtf?? then… pure genius. you are adorable!
Your breakfast would have made the perfect April Fools joke, hehe.
How clever! I am going to add that to my fun meals menu to feed to my little girls!
That is SOOO funny! I LOVE IT! How cute! I thought this was the dinner post at first. lol!
I am making this tomorrow morning!
Good morning! I’m a physical therapy major so I know how chem labs kinda suck…and biology and physics labs. ha! Congrats on not having to go! I have a question about your exercise. What is your resistance on the elliptical and how many METs? At my school, a lot of the heart rate monitors don’t work on the machines, so I can’t gauge my intensity by that.
Kath – you are toooo adorable! So sweet. For a second there, i thought you hadn’t posted breakfast yet, and this was dinner from last night! Haha, again – so cute.
I’ve been experimenting with workout times/frequency, and I’ve found that when I work out in the early-mid afternoon, I usually have more energy, hence I get a better workout. Since I rarely have time to workout in the early-mid afternoon (full time job), I’m wondering how I can recreate that energy in the morning when I usually go. I don’t usually eat a workout snack before I workout, because I’m in such a hurry to get out the door. Kath (and everyone), did you guys notice a huge difference when you began to add pre-workout snacks? I’m gonna try tomorrow, but I just wanted to get some success stories beforehand. Thanks guys!
I literally like to get up and get in the car to go to the gym. so i always keep a box of granola bars in my car. i eat half before and half after. so that could be an option for you if you are in a rush in the morning is to keep something simple in your car. but honestly because i work out 2 hours a day i need the fuel.
The “banana dog” is my daughter’s favorite lunch! The best part is that it’s great to pack, because you can keep the banana peeled until you eat it, unlike the brown, mushy bananas in a sliced pb&b sammy that’s been in a lunch bag all morning. She likes to sprinkle coconut on top, too. The mango “fries” are hilarious, though!
I can’t believe you arranged the peanut butter on there so it looked like it was squeezed out of a mustard bottle. That is dedication.
What a cute idea! Looks delicious too!
Kath, I bought a mango slicer at Williams Sonoma a few months ago and it’s changed my life! No more fighting with that crazy pit, just a perfectly pitted mango that is then super easy to cut into perfect slices. It’s made by oxo and it was about 12.00.
Kelly T says
i need a mango slicer. I usually just hack off pieces and eat them as i go.
I also tried some canned mangos i bought a while back last night. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM.
This is such a cute post! I love it. Makes me smile.
Totally cute….my kids will love this. For a minute I thought the jelly was ketchup and freaked out…but then got as closer look.
Also…and this is off topic, but has anyone used Myfooddiary.com or CalorieKing? I am wondering which is better?????? I think Kath sais she used Calorieking…just wanted to get some more opinions. Thanks.
Aww, that’s such an adorable breakfast!
The mango fries are seriously cute, this post threw me off at first, I thought it was lunch!
Thanks for the part about the Food for Life being in the freezer section. I went on their website, and found several grocery stores in my area who carried their products, not to find them. Never thought to look in the freezer section – thanks!
My kids are teenagers, but I still think they would love that breakfast – thanks for being so creative!
Cute! You are so clever! I LOVE IT!
Here I was, thinking “Wow-she has a really cool squeeze bottle of pb!”, and you really see it how it is. Kath-I’m now even more impressed.
Hey Kath, Wow, I just saw that you recommended Ahab’s Wife as a good read. I remember hearing about that book…I studied Melville a lot in college, and Moby Dick is (maybe) my favorite book ever. There is so much going on that novel, and it is chillingly relevant to today’s society. I take it you’ve read it? If not, you need to read it sometime (it is a worthwhile time commitment!) …and I will read Ahab’s Wife!!
I love Melville…
kath, i need your help again. what kind of HRM do you use? i need to know what’s a good one before i make my purchase! 🙂 thankkkksss
kwaze, I use Calorie King and I love it! It does all the hard work for me.
Oh my goodness this post just cracked me up. I totally wish I would have read this before I ate breakfast!! 🙂
Hi Kath – I’ve been reading your site for awhile and I really enjoy it. But today’s post is definitely my favorite – what a cute idea for breakfast! I actually thought that was ketchup and mustard at first (and I was thinking, ewww) – but in close-up view, it looks so delish!
Jill - GlossyVeneer says
Okay, a video for the mango would be awesome. I have always thought that I wasted too much of the (delicious) fruit with that whole cross-cutting method I’ve seen most places. Peeling is brilliant!
That’s the cutest thing ever!!!!
i’ve looked at this post at least 15 times since this morning… i just can’t get over the fact that your breakfast looks SO MUCH like a hot dog with fries.. it is crazy!
my mom was from italy and didn’t move to the states until she married my dad (also not a us citizen- until recently) and so almost every summer we went to Trieste, Italy.. and there was this AMAZING ice cream shop that made all of its goodies to look like real food… my fav was spaghetti with meatballs (choc ice cream, vanilla cream spaghetti, strawberry sauce and a little coconut on top for the cheese) anyway, this post just reminds me of that… thanks for the walk down memory lane 🙂
oooh also, i have never seen mango cut so beautifully and uniformly, seriously! great work!
Ok, question for Kath or anyone who knows. I’m sure this will seem very stupid, but I didn’t know that flax was supposed to be refrigerated. I’ve had mine for about a month and a half and after using it today looked at the back and saw I’m supposed to refrigerate it. Should I throw it out? How bad is this?
Cute breakfast! haha
I thought I’d pass on this interesting article someone sent me about the new eating “disorder”out there….. Not yet sure how I feel about it….
Kwaze-I’ve used both sites and I think CalorieKing is way better. The database in more complete and it does more work for you than other sites so tracking is much easier!
Angelcubbie-Flax seeds or flax oil? If it’s seeds (ground or whole), they MIGHT be ok but probably not. Oil-definitely not. The fats in flax (the reason we eat flax is for the fatty acids) oxidize very quickly. Refridgeration/Freezing is necessary to slow that process and make them last longer. Oxidized fatty acids to have a level of toxicity. I’d throw it away, just to be safe.
Kath-a mango video would be A.MAZ.ING.
I was just curious what everyone was talking about yesterday with the sugarfree gum – is it bad for you??? I chew it all the time so would like to know. Did it give you guys stomach cramps? or why did you give it up???
Kim – I just got the Polar F6 HRM a month ago and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!!!! Can you tell I love it?? 🙂 it is amazing though, seriously.
Ok so I read the article you posted Melissa and thought I’d weigh in. I disagree with the article. I think all of the “obsessive behaviors” they listed are healthy habits, I copied the list and weighed with my opinion:
Do you spend more than three hours a day thinking about healthy food? (maybe you enjoy recipes, or food is a passion, do cooks have an eating disorder because they think about food daily?)
Do you plan tomorrow’s food today? (I think this is a healthy habit and necessary for those who work 9-5 jobs like me)
Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating it? I care more about getting healthy nutrition than the pleasure I would get from a Big Mar (which would be nil as I find the concept of a greasy fast food burger EW but in theory)
Do you keep getting stricter with yourself? (I can see this going overboard)
Do you sacrifice experiences you once enjoyed to eat the food you believe is right? (Maybe you once engoyed donuts daily but you know it’s better to eat a healthy oatmeal, this may be a sacrifice but a worth it sacrifice)
Do you feel an increased sense of self-esteem when you are eating healthy food? Do you look down on others who do not? (What’s wrong with being proud of yourself for making healthy decisions?)
Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet? (I think all women are guilty of this at some point or another)
Does your diet socially isolate you from others? (Yes, If my roommates are going out for Mexican food, no I don’t go with them, because I’ll enjoy the healthy dinner I prepare for myself more)
When you are eating the way you are supposed to, do you feel a peaceful sense of total control? ( I feel good about myself yeah, and my body feels good, again what is wrong with this?)
Sorry for the long post, I just think the article is being a bit ridiculous
Amandamoo- Flax seeds
Melissa- I was the one asking about the sugarfree gum, It gives me stomach cramps and really bad bloating
love the breakfast! I must try it!!
Check the FAQ.
I think that the important question in that set of questions from the article is this:
“Have you found that as the quality of your diet has increased, the quality of your life has correspondingly diminished?”
If you can answer yes to all of the rest of the questions, but you TRULY feel HAPPIER a majority of the time because of it then I think it’s fine. I think when you say that the quality of your life has diminished there is a problem. Usually that is how psychological problems go.
I am happier when I plan my days out and enoy keeping really busy. But occasionally I over-schedule and that makes me stressed. I think that’s a similar situation to this one. If you are repeatedly planning meals, missing social opportunites, etc. because of your food and it stresses you or makes you unhappy then you probably should think about changing your ways. If not, why change?
Melissa, I think that article is interesting, insofar as it is an example of the same kind of extreme thinking that it attempts to expose. First of all, “orthorexia” is just old-fashioned obsessiveness dressed up in a fancy new media-friendly name. Obsessive people obsess about things, particularly their eating habits. We all know people like that, and probably have some tendencies ourselves. The fact that it’s now healthy eating they’re obsessing about just means they’re in keeping with the zeitgeist, not that healthy eating leads to OCD.
Secondly, it is this kind of either-or thinking I find to be so dangerous. Eat Big Macs or be a vegan? Why isn’t it reasonable to say that Big Macs are poor quality, lack nutrition, support big corporations, and contribute to an environmental crisis? Arguments like this obscure the reality of healthy eaters all over the world who eat meat and sweets (or whatever) sensibly and sustainably. I really resent being pathologized when it is the food culture we live in that is toxic.
kwaze- i use thedailyplate.com, though i used to use fitday.com for about 4 years before that… never tried calorieking.com or the other one though 😀
Hilarious! Oh that is one clever dish! I think my kids would love it too!
I have a question about the HRM too. I looked at the Polar on Amazon and from what I saw, the little watch thing for $60 (or whatever it was) doesn’t count calories, only heart rate. For the calorie-count feature you had to get an accessory (the chest strap thingy)? Is that correct or did I read the description wrong? If I’m right, that brings the cost up a little too much for broke me!
thanks everyone. f4 or f6. got it 🙂
and that makes time #17 that i just had to see the hot dog and fries… one more time! hahahaha
i’m obsessed! going to trick the bf with this this weekend!
Oh wow, that looks so good! I know what you mean about not wanting to waste mango but how do you manage to keep a grip on the peeled slippery mango? I would be too afraid of slipping and cutting myself!
That breakfast is too funny! And a great idea tho, I agree you will be a great mom, Kath!
Yummy mango! I had that for breakfast along with pineapple today too! It’s so good this time of year!
This looks cute, but I enjoy the chewiness of leaving the skin on my mango!
Amanda @ Down Home Dieting says
I love it!
What a great idea for breakfast! I used to hate my chem lab too, congrats on not having one today!
I would like to say something about that article. I don’t see what is so wrong with the habits they write on there. like KarenR said “I really resent being pathologized when it is the food culture we live in that is toxic.” I feel the same way. I just began reading In Defense of Food, and this goes along those lines that there is a difference between real food and food science. All those processed unhealthy foods are a result of food science, and it’s not real food. Those unhealthy foods were not available one hundred years ago. Now that our food culture is “toxic” some people are aware of this and we need to work harder to plan healthy meals with real food. It bothers me that everything can be a disorder. I am curious as to what Kath has to say about this!
Kath-how cool! I have to make this for breakfast or lunch sometime!!! SOoo cute!
OXO’s mango slicer that was mentioned above is really worth the $12 bucks if you eat a lot of mango. I just peel it, put it stem side down and press the cutter down over it. Almost no waste at all!
Too adorable breakfast!
This link says that whole flax seeds are safe for a year even if not refridgerated. I’d say, if they’re not pre-ground, you’re good to grind and eat them! Just be sure to refrigerate the grinds when you do make flax meal out of them!
Another Kelly says
Hmmm I have mixed feelings about the article. I do believe that it’s possible to take healthy living too far, to a level that becomes obsessive and interferes with daily life. However, I think it’s a little superficial to think it can be diagnosed in an article. I think most things in life are good in moderation, but when something is done to the point that it interferes with happiness or prevents oneself from having a balanced life. I do agree that it sounds more like a manifestation of anxiety or OCD than necessarily its own disorder. Angel, I think you bring up some valid points that demonstrate the fact that this really should be analyzed on a case by case basis.
As for the article, I think that it is true but only for people who totally go overboard with it. I mean, if you are missing out on social event because of the food, that is a concern. I think evrybody should try and eat natural foods as much as possible, but occasional slips are not going to hurt you in any way. I think the article is reffering to the type of people who would chose to not eat anything at all if there was nothing organic or “pure” avalible.
This was TOO cute!! When you have kids, you will make healthy food so fun for them!
No oatmeal today?!?!
This breakfast is super cute, though! 🙂
“I really resent being pathologized when it is the food culture we live in that is toxic”.
KarenR, you put into words so perfectly and succinctly how I’ve felt for a long time with this sentence. I couldn’t have said/explained it any better.
Kath, you are too adorable and so creative with this breakfast! Definitely put a smile on my face this morning 🙂
SWEEEET !!!….That would make you not miss Kath’s oatmeal for sure. I see a cookbook in the future for you and of course The Husband.
Here’s the bun info:
Glad you liked the Stairmaster! I think it’s the hardest machine in the gym 🙂
I don’t worry about the sugar content in fruits because it’s healthy sugar and I’m usually eating them in combo with fat, fiber and protein.
You’re right, I don’t do much lower body resistance training. I come from a family of muscular legs and as a former dancer (11 years) and soccer player the “nuture” factor kept them toned. So I don’t have much of a need to gain muscle in them and I think the amount of cardio I do keeps them toned. I would like to work them at least once a week though but I admit lower body is the first thing to go when I’m short on time, which is always!
I don’t know the mets but I do resistance 13 and 14 varied between incline 7-10 on the Precor machine.
I would just give yourself a little more time to wake up. Enjoy a snack, check some emails, do some stretching. It’s hard waking up that early, but if you can just give yourself some more time it really does help. I get up at 5 but I’m usually not working out until 5:45 or so.
CalorieKing for sure! It’s definitely the most user-friendly. Unfortunately, its the only one that costs (well, of the popular ones).
If it doesn’t bother you I wouldn’t worry about the gum. I was chewing 4-5 pieces a day and it was bothering me 😳
Re. Orthorexia article,
I agree that I think this topic is very over exaggerated. I loved Angel’s responses – very true that to be healthy in this super-sized processed society takes some effort. I think this part sums up my view: Dietitians said the vast majority of healthy eaters are nowhere near orthorexic. But like any eating disorder, there are red flags to watch out for. One of the signs is when someone no longer enjoys food.
When you don’t enjoy food and are experiencing a decrease in quality of life, thats the red flag. Not healthy eating, picky eating, personal pref., thinking about food, etc.
I also agree with Another Kelly and KarenR that I think it’s probably more OCD/obsessive “dressed up” than it’s own disorder.
As far as I know the HRMs are only sold as watch and strap combos (at least for Polar). Without the chest strap it’s just a stopwatch.
I cut the mango very slowly! Having been a victim of one major knife injury, I’m extra careful! If you cut off one end to make a flat surface so you can stand it up it’s much easier.
Karen R – So well said!!
Haha, I love it! I’ve been making these forever but I make them a little different. I call them Peanut Butter Hot Dogs. I have some great variations listed there that you might like as well! Great post, I was actually convinced at first that it was a hot dog.
– The Peanut Butter Boy
Did you make that pumpkin bread? If so, could you post a recipe? I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin bread recipe forever!