Beauty breakfast: wholemeal bread & egg *yums*

Good morning VivaBellas! What did you have for breakfast this morning? Was it something delicious, nutritious and good for your skin? This is what I have for breakfast this morning. A sandwich of wholemeal bread with egg and ham. Okay, the ham wasn’t so healthy and I didn’t add any vegetables but the combination is still nutritious and delicious. Plus, it’s got plenty of beauty goodness too!

Beauty benefits of eating wholemeal bread
We’ve been eating this light wholemeal loaf from Gardenia and we love how tasty and light it is. Obviously, multigrain is much better but we only eat it occasionally (when the supermarket runs out of the wholemeal) because it just isn’t as tasty. Still, wholemeal bread is a lot better than white bread because it is made from flour milled from 100% of the grain and not refined white flour. Hence, we get the B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron and fiber.

B vitamins for better complexion
You may like to know that the B vitamins are required for every aspect of metabolism in our skin. In fact, these vitamins keep new cells healthy and growing in our dermis, or the second layer of our skin. If we do not have enough B vitamins, our complexion can become dull.

Iron for radiant, rosy skin
Iron is also another important nutrient for our complexion because of it’s ability to take in oxygen, making it a critical part of hemoglobin in our red blood cells and improving the oxygen flow from our lungs to our skin cells. With a steady flow of blood to our skin, our skin will look rosy and radiant.

Fiber to eliminate toxins from our digestive system and liver
You should already know that fiber is our skin’s best friend by now because it will help our digestive tract work better. By improving the rate at which our body eliminate toxins, our skin stays healthy and we can keep skin issues such as acne at bay.

Beauty benefits of eating eggs
Eggs are cheap and good. An egg or two a day can keep your skin tight, toned and sag-free because eggs are a good source of selenium, which is a natural skin firming nutrient. You can also find choline, protein, and other skin-beautifying nutrient in eggs.

High choline content to improve skin elasticity
Choline is a B vitamin essential in the normal functioning of all cells, including your skin’s. It is also a key component of the fat-containing structures in cell membranes. Hence, choline will improve the elasticity of your skin to minimize wrinkle formation.

Lutein and protein for healthy skin and hair
Recent research has shown that there maybe more bioavailable lutein in eggs than in green vegetables. A study also demonstrated that lutein in eggs increases elasticity, hydration, and lipid content in skin, resulting in a healthier appearance (source). Also, adequate protein levels in eggs are essential in growing healthy hair and nails.

Protein helps in weight loss
Protein-packed eggs have been proven to provide longer-burning energy and a fuller stomach. A scientific review article published in today’s Journal of the American College of Nutrition supplement reports that leucine, an essential amino acid found in high quality protein like eggs, potentially provides a weight loss advantage during dieting by helping to reduce loss of lean tissue, promote loss of body fat, and stabilize blood glucose levels (source).

My daily bread
I do take a nutritional drink, which includes vitamin C and E, so I reckon going without fruits in the morning is fine. Anyway, I don’t have enough time to peel and cut the fruits anyway. But preparation of this breakfast isn’t so time consuming. It takes about 5 minutes or so. I could have cut out the ham and add some vegetable if I really want it to be uber healthy but hey, I want my breakfast tasty and fuss-free too! And while I may not eat this combination every day but wholemeal bread is definitely part of my daily diet.


  1. pf1123 says:

    Hey! I was having the kopi tiam eggs and kaya toast quite a lot of mornings for the past 2 weeks. The eggs really helped me to feel full beyond lunch time. Which is nice to help lose weight. However, I’m worrying about the cholestrol. Any good substitutes?

  2. Soos says:

    Your breakfast sounds tasty & pretty nutritious.

    My usual: oatmeal (old-fashioned, NOT instant) sprinkled with cinnamon, soy milk, and either a spoonful of strawberry jam – better yet, jam made by a gf – or a drizzle of honey. Black coffee. A boiled egg.

    When I’m in a rush: instant oatmeal (I know, added sugar and it doesn’t taste as good.) Or a granola or Fiber One bar. If I’m working, I’ll take the egg with me and try to eat it on my break. But sometimes I forget and just have to throw it away. I try to eat a banana at work, too.

    Sunday breakfast: scrambled eggs cooked with onions, sometimes tomatoes or spinach, topped with shredded cheese. Turkey bacon or chicken sausage. Multi-grain toast or a bagel as a treat. Some kind of fruit: melon, sliced apples or oranges.

    I love breakfast! Sometimes we’ll eat a simplified version of Sunday breakfast for dinner. Could be something like eggs over easy with chicken sausage and brown rice.

    Yes, eating breakfast and making sure it contains some sort of protein ensures you will have fuel until lunch.

    Shall we discuss lunch next? And the merits of eating raw food – no cooking! – during these Summer nights in humid climates? I have a recipe I concocted with purple sweet potatoes… OK, there IS some cooking involved!

  3. AtelierGal says:

    I try to skip bread because they add volume to my butt and thighs! Usually I like do my own pancakes. Sara Lee’s chocolate pound cake to add sin on some already-dreadful days.

  4. pf1123 says:

    Wow! If I have breakfast like yours, I’ll love breakfast too. ?

    I’m trying to follow the Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a prince and Dinner like a pauper rule to lose weight.

    So far (2 weeks), I’m not seeing results yet. ?

  5. babybunii says:

    I always have a fulling breakfast wif soup noodles & soy bean milk + little brown rice.
    I don’t really like to eat bread in de morning, heard that gluten in most bread are not good for skin, is tat true?

    I know tat wholemeal bread for better than de normal ones, but their calories is higher also right..

  6. mandy says:

    i can psycho myself to eat “bird food” quite well so i usually take multi grain bread. i know it’s drier and grittier but the health benefits make me feel good enough to keep eating it. haha.

  7. Swathy says:

    Including some ready veggies specially greens like spinach, cabbage, kale, lettuce will be a plus.

  8. Hazelnutt says:

    I buy the same bread as you (“,) well, today i had my white fungus soup for breakie and an hour later, i had a nice mug of earl grey tea.

    On days when I am not eating white fungus soup, it’ll be a sandwich or oatmeal (“,)

  9. sesame says:

    If you’re eating outside, not much options cos they probably use the cheapest type of eggs. If at home, at least you can buy those that are low fat.

  10. sesame says:

    Wow Soos! I would love to have your breakfast. I don’t like oatmeal but yours sounds really delicious. *drools*

    My lunch is usually not healthy cos I usually buy or eat out. And my dinner is catered Chinese style…dishes fairly healthy so far. The only thing is that I cook brown rice to go with the food.

  11. sesame says:

    You know what…I can make my own pancakes. I tried once to make for my son and failed! *hides face in shame* So next time I want pancake, eat at Mac’s.

  12. sesame says:

    Your breakfast sounds filling! ?

    You can look for gluten free ones but I don’t know if they’re that easily available. Yes, they’re not good – can cause acne. I don’t know how much gluten this one has – maybe not as much. I thought my acne was due to the bread at one stage but turns out, no.

    Calories is higher definitely but you can eat less pieces. I think calories is fine cos we’ll burn them off as energy and they’re found in a lot of healthy food like avocado too. Probably those who are watching their weights might be concerned.

  13. sesame says:

    Hahaha…bird food! That’s really funny. I wish I can psycho myself more…

  14. sesame says:

    Yup, would be nice. Only occasionally. Most of the time, no veggie added.

  15. sesame says:

    I must eat bread leh. I tried eating white fungus for breakfast and I go hungry so quickly eating with two bowls. So I only eat it as a snack in the afternoon or evening.

  16. Vonvon says:

    I tend to eat healthier when I am abroad. In Malaysia, there are just too many tempting nasi lemak, roti canais, etc etc those high-caloric food to tempt me.

    Right now, my breakfast almost always include a big glass of fruit smoothie/fresh fruit juice, followed by a fruits (banana, any kind of berries) and Greek yogurt with honey. Alternatively, 2 slices of wholemeal toast with err…not very healthy Lemon curd. But I will start my day with a glass of fruit smoothie or juice.

  17. BlovetBeauty says:

    i cant agree more. Healthy skin comes from a healthy diet. i love eating that bread u have in that picture btw, i love the walnut version too!

  18. Miss Vinny says:

    Oats + sesame seeds(trying to get black instead) + oat bran, followed by 1 half-cooked egg and some fruits. Before the meal, I also take some bee pollen granules(if I can remember to). I don’t drink coffee, milo or ovaltine and instead, have either water or tea. Since I started going all healthy a while ago, I can’t stand the taste of milo much anymore: all that sugar! Plus, xylitol is much healthier ‘cos it’s got low Glycemic Index.

    Sometimes, I vary and have bread with jam or Skippy peanut butter instead. Or if not, a muesli mix(I sooo want to make my own like the Swiss do with little sugar! maybe another time). For bread, for a short time, I’d go to Cold Storage to get Five Loaves multigrain bread but it’s very very troublesome. May I know where you got your bread from? It looks very different from the standard Gardenia multigrain bread.

    Once in a while, I do indulge and eat things like nasi lemak or masala thosai. But that’s once to twice every month. =P

    But my biggest problem right now? A very very turbulent sleeping disorder together with a huge range of problems… -__-;;

  19. N. says:

    I only like eating something sweet for breakfast. I don’t know why but I need to have something sweet. But I have recently added wholegrain bread (I don’t like bread in general but I’m quite satisfied with this) and eggs to my lunch or in between meals time. I’ve also added some more fruits, like banana, in the morning and so on.
    And I’m trying to get used to other types of rice too.

  20. Jyoan says:

    A radio listener shared that she washes her face every time before she cooks an egg, so that right after cracking the egg, she can gently rub the inside of the egg shell over her face. She claims to be 60+, and free of wrinkles. =)

    Just sharing this with everyone here. I think it’s the egg white. And I also read that you can crush up egg shells to make your own konnyaku jelly, which is zero calories, makes you full, and full of egg goodness.

    Btw, I don’t really like those supermarket wholemeal. All of them are only 50% whole grain, so it doesn’t really makes me full.

    Prefer to buy those super duper hard and dark coloured ones from bakeries, like Cedele etc.

    If anyone wants to be a wholegrain convert, I guess still 100% brown rice and wholemeal bread is the best. Brown rice is not hard at all. Just soak before cooking. And it has there breakfast cereal crunch too!

  21. anna says:

    Usually I have All-bran cereal with skim milk and maybe some fruit on top (berries, papaya, bananas, apples, kiwis – whatever fruit we have).
    Otherwise, I have old fashioned oatmeal with skim milk and some fruit.
    I rarely have toast for breakfast, but if I must eat bread, it’s definitely wholegrain/wholemeal.

  22. Brownies says:

    Mine is just simple chicken porridge, sunny side egg and some milk =)

  23. sesame says:

    Your breakfast sounds great and you’re right….all the temptations are out there. I can’t eat healthy when I’m out too.

  24. sesame says:

    Walnut? Haven’t tried that version yet. I’ll give it a try next round…I like bread that are soft.

  25. sesame says:

    You’re right! Once you stay off certain types of food, your tastebuds sort of change and it’s hard to acquire the taste again.

    I got the bread from NTUC. Believe it should be available at Cold Storage but I haven’t checked it there.

  26. sesame says:

    I seem to have read that cravings for sweet stuff is due to a need for more energy. Maybe you want to check that out. But fruits is definitely a healthy way to fill the sweet cravings!

  27. sesame says:

    Egg white is good for the face applied topically…very true!

    I was eating the other type of wholemeal – more processed type and switched to this because it seems more natural. Well, not much choice cos I don’t have easy access to other options.

  28. sesame says:

    All bran cereal! I like that too! I eat them sometimes but since I stopped drinking milk, this has been taken out of my breakfast options tough. Maybe I should get the organic milk I saw at the local supermarket to try this breakfast again. ?

  29. sesame says:

    Oh chicken porridge is very nice! I like the idea of eating something warm in the morning.

  30. Hazelnutt says:

    i go hungry too after white fungus and I pee so much coz of the high liquid content.. hehee

  31. Swathy says:

    Eating more fiber helps with the cravings.

  32. Swathy says:

    It takes just 15days to change the taste on your taste buds. Refraining for just 2 weeks can allow you to change diet easily.

  33. sesame says:

    Ah I see…that’s interesting info. Thanks for sharing with me; I learnt something new today. ?

  34. stef says:


    I’d been following your blog for awhile and i think it’s great!

    Just a sharing about Gardenia bread, it does contain lots of preservatives.

    Generally, consumed bread which stays in the colon a period of time often leads to intestinal colon candida due to the yeast in bread.

    But still, I love bread too and will have it sometimes! ?

    some of my alternate breakfasts were brown rice porridge with ginger,
    cold soy milk with oats, bananas, apples and dried fruits.

  35. sesame says:

    Thanks for sharing the info. I suspected about the yeast at one time too but now, I’ve been proactively taking probiotics so not a problem. But maybe I should look at alternatives.

  36. fwy says:

    I had been taking oats as breakfast for the past week. However, I end up with frequent flatulation. I decided to stop taking oats from this week onwards.

  37. sesame says:

    Oats contain complex carbo right? It seems that that is causing the flatulence. I had issues with flatulence until I started taking probiotics.

  38. Trini says:

    Hi, where do u find wholemeal bread? : /

  39. Sesame says:

    You can get them from the supermarket.

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