The two breakfasts in the above photo took about the same amount of time to make--about five minutes. They'll take about the same time to eat, another five minutes.
Both meals are roughly equal in volume and have similar satiety factors, which means you could eat either one and feel equally full for about the same length of time.
Yet one breakfast has nearly three times the calories of the other. Betcha can't guess which.
And, for those of you still clinging to the ludicrous notion that healthy food has to cost more than unhealthy food, guess which meal costs less?
Uh-huh. That bowl of oatmeal costs about 20c to make, less than one fourth of the 90c-$1.00 cost of the eggs and sausage.
Why am I talking about this? Because these two radically different breakfasts serve completely different goals.
Laura loves sausage and eggs, probably even more than I do. She could easily wolf down that higher-calorie breakfast and hardly think twice about it. But her long-term goals are to get her cholesterol numbers down and get more fit. Oatmeal is a food she likes that helps her reach those goals.
My goal, on the other hand, is to have a heart attack by age 47.
Just checking to see if you were paying attention! Seriously, my goal is to rebuild my body during a period of heavy distance running, so I temporarily need to increase the protein and fat content of my diet.
Two totally different meals, two totally different diet and health goals.
What goals will you support with your next meal?
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