I love breakfast. I'll admit it, I'm a hungry girl. Sometimes I wonder if I subconsciously got into fitness to justify my appetite. But I digress....
I love breakfast. But most mornings, I just don't have time to lay out a full spread the way I'd like to. Waffles, sausage, bacon, yogurt parfaits, cinnamon rolls, breakfast casserole.... On and on I could go. Of course, I'm pretty sure my family is grateful I don't do this daily. WHOA giant amounts of calories!
So I've come to accept that I'm probably going to default to a few standbys when it comes to morning meals. Honestly, most days I just slam some cereal as I'm prepping my sons oatmeal, tying my running shoes and getting to teach bootcamp. What? You don't eat and do other things at the same time??
But on those mornings (or evenings I think to prep ahead) that I have an extra 5 minutes, I do have a few favorites that I rely on to get healthy food fast.
I love sharing these yummy concoctions with you and I hope you like them too. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a recipe writer! These recipes are simply my notes on what works for me. Please feel free to drop me a line if you need a little more guidance on getting from ingredients to breakfast. Hey, drop me a line anyway! I'd love to hear from you!
I know, this is a no brainer but let's get creative and actually make it yummy AND healthy!
1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I don't have a favorite brand. I'm too flaky to pick just one)
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup water, skim milk or 100%, no sugar added juice (depends on what flavor you're aiming for)
--You can just stop here if you're looking for the stripped down version. But let's take it up a notch, shall we?--
Throw it all in the blender and hit GO.
*Now the yummy stuff....*
- Chocolate Peanut Butter - using chocolate protein powder, add either 1 tbsp of all natural peanut butter OR 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter.
- Chocolate Banana - using chocolate protein powder, add in one chopped banana and 1/4 cup more liquid.
- Chunky Monkey - using chocolate protein powder, add in one chopped banana, 1/4 cup more liquid and either 1 tbsp natural peanut butter OR 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter
- Chocolate Raspberry - using chocolate protein powder, add in 1/4 cup raspberries
- Chocolate Mint - using chocolate protein powder, add in 1/4 tsp mint extract
- Super Smooth Chocolate Shake - replace ice and milk with 1 cup low fat, low sugar yogurt. I DO have a favorite yogurt. Shoot me a message and I'll share my favorite brand!
- Berry Blast - using vanilla protein powder, add 1/4 cup each blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Add an additional 1/4 cup liquid if it is too thick.
- Apple Cinnamon - using vanilla protein powder, add 1/2 of an apple, finely chopped, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Tropical Escape - using vanilla protein powder, add 1/4 cup chopped pineapple, 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut, 1/2 tsp lime juice and 1 tsp orange juice
- Pumpkin Spice - using vanilla protein powder, replace the ice with 1 cup pumpkin puree, add 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice and 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Oatmeal cookie - using vanilla protein powder, add 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
**For any of these, if you need/want it a little sweeter, just dribble in a little honey or agave nectar**
This has just as many variations as the smoothies do. We'll start with the basics then get creative.
3/4 cup oatmeal
enough milk or liquid to JUST cover the oatmeal
1/2 cup low fat, low sugar yogurt (ask me for my favorite brand!)
Mix it all up in a mason jar (these things are God sends. Don't have some? Get 'em. They're everything from storage to food prep to decor) THEN add the fun stuff below..... Once you have your lovely concoction put together, just pop it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, give it a quick stir and you're ready to go! If you're in a rush, just toss the mason jar of goodness in your bag and you're out the door. Don't forget a spoon!
Variations of Yumminess
- Berry Super Food - add 1/2 cup of berries of choice and 2 tsp chia seeds.
- Banana Bread - add a chopped banana, 1 tbsp of honey, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts, if desired.
- Granola - add 1/2 cup of granola and 1 tbsp more milk.
- Oatmeal Cookie - add 1/4 tsp each of vanilla and cinnamon, 1 tbsp of honey
- Chocolate - add 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder and 1 tbsp more milk.
- Apple Cinnamon - add 1/4 cup chopped apple, 1/4 tsp vanilla and cinnamon
- Pumpkin Spice - 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 tsp vanilla and cinnamon and 1 tbsp honey
- Fall Bounty - 1/8 cup chopped apple, 1/8 cup pureed pumpkin, 1/4 tsp vanilla and cinnamon AND if you're feeling frisky, 1/4 tsp maple flavoring
My sweet tooth is legendary (and annoying) but there are occasions when I want cheesy, savory goodness. I'm odd and hate eggs (makes all those high protein, healthy breakfasts that are so frequently recommended useless to me) and as a result, have gotten creative when it comes to my breakfast tacos. This recipe is for one taco. I assume that you have more ingredients than this and will make more. These freeze GREAT. Just wrap them in parchment paper, then foil then freeze in a freezer bag.
1 corn tortilla
1/4 cup scrambled egg whites (I leave this out)
1/4 cup grilled, chopped chicken or steak (could swap this for the eggs)
2 tbsp fresh pico de gallo
sprinkle of grated cheddar jack cheese
2 tbsp black beans (if you use canned, PLEASE rinse them! They are SERIOUSLY salty!)
Pile all the yummy ingredients in the tortilla, roll it up and enjoy!
Yogurt with PB and Granola
One of my favorite I'm-too-busy, eat-at-my-desk is a high protein yogurt parfait.
1 cup low fat, low sugar yogurt (again, ask me for my favorite brand!)
1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
1 tbsp granola
Mix it all together and enjoy! The PB can be a little hard to mix in, use two spoons!
Lastly, this is one both my son and I love. I, by no means, came up with this fabulousness. So I'm just dropping in the link. These are by a wonderful blog, Oh So Delicioso. Enjoy!