the breakfast club

*Disclaimer: I am NOT a dietician, please consult a professional if you have serious inquiries about diet and health or need nutrition advice. I’m just sharing this post for fun and for ideas, and for what works for me! I am not making scientific claims in any way, shape, or form.

Breakfast. The best meal of the day. Literally, I hate lunch and dinner is just so stressful. I get legitimately EXCITED when I go to bed because I know I get to have breakfast soon. Originally when I had the idea for this post, it was going to be themed around how to make a good breakfast on the go, as people were always asking what I ate in the morning after a hard workout when I was going to work right after. But, since not many people are in that morning rush anymore, I figured I’d just do a collection of my favorite all-time breakfasts, rushed and not rushed!

I love to combine some of the recipes below (i.e. avocado toast + smoothie, sweet potato hash + egg white and veggie scramble, oatmeal + smoothie, etc.) to make a really nice spread, or just add on to some of the recipes, as you’ll see below. I also always start my morning with fruit, so if a recipe doesn’t call for fruit I usually add a bowl of fruit on the side or before hand. And of course, all recipes are accompanied by coffee (black with a scoop of Vital Proteins collagen (check out my links page for a discount on your Vital Proteins order), sometimes a dash of almond milk to help cool it down).

I hope you enjoy and get some good ideas for morning fuel from this post. What are some of your favorite things to have for breakfast? Let me know in the comments below!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Okay so if you know me at alllllll then you know oatmeal is my all time favorite food (weird, I know). But I don’t just make any old oatmeal, I go hard on my oatmeal, and its easy to make this in a jar and stick in the fridge the night before going to work! Here’s my recipe:

  • Gluten free oats
  • Almond milk (I use just enough to cover the oats, I like it ~thic~, if you want it mushier add more almond milk!)
    • Microwave before mixing in the following (or if doing overnight oats, mix all together and add toppings in the morning)
  • Cinnamon
  • Chia seeds
  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Toppings (some combination of these):
    • Bananas
    • Berries
    • Multi-grain Cheerios
    • Granola
    • Plain Greek yogurt
    • Spoonful of Nuttzo Crunchy 7 Seed and Nut Butter
    • Pink sea salt
    • Almonds
    • Apples
    • Flax Seeds
    • Goji berries

Avocado Toast

Me enjoying some Avocado Toast

The holy grail of breakfasts and brunches around the world, avocado toast. This is like a splurge breakfast for me, seriously. Whenever I go out for brunch, this is what I order. It just feels so special because I can’t usually have this if I’m rushing to work in the morning! But, working from home, I get to indulge a bit more often 🙂

  • Dave’s Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Thin-Sliced (not gluten-free but for some reason this bread doesn’t bother my stomach so I stick with it!)
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • Sunny side up egg (if I’m really hungry or craving the gains)
  • Hot sauce
  • Alfalfa sprouts (if I have them, otherwise I usually sauté some kale on the side)

{Loaded} Smoothie + Protein Bar

The best part about smoothies is that they can be filled with vitamins and nutrients and quickly made before running out the door, or enjoyed outside after a hard workout, or even just a delicious breakfast full of hydration to start your day! I love starting my day with fruit, and smoothies are a great way to do so. I love pairing them with a protein bar too to get a large serving of protein if I’m on the run or trying to refuel my body quickly after a hard session, but I don’t have time to cook up anything fancy. Some of my favorite protein bars are the RX Bars, One Protein Bars and Perfect Bars. Here are some of my favorite smoothie recipes below.

Tropical Smoothie:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Raspberries (frozen)
  • Mangoes (frozen)
  • Pineapple (frozen)
  • One ripe banana
  • One scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen
  • Coconut water

Green Smoothie:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Chia seeds
  • Mangoes (frozen)
  • Pineapple (frozen)
  • One ripe banana
  • One scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen
  • Coconut water

Mixed Berry Smoothie:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • One ripe banana
  • Blueberries (frozen)
  • Raspberries (frozen)
  • Blackberries (frozen)
  • Strawberries (frozen)
  • One scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen
  • Spinach
  • Almond milk

Egg White and Veggie Scramble

Eggs and veggies

Okay so unfortunately the only picture I had was this gross Snapchat I took like two years ago…clearly I need to step up my “taking photos of my food” game if I don’t have a photo of egg and veggie scrambles! The recipe is really quite simple…any combination of vegetables work but these are some of my favorites.

  • Two egg whites (or eggs if you prefer! I like the taste of egg whites better)
  • Spinach (or kale, any green!)
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning
  • Hot sauce
  • A few slices of an avocado or shredded mozzarella cheese

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato/Black Bean Hash

This is great for all my vegan friends out there, and honestly really hits the spot after a good long run or a good SoulCycle class…you get the gist. This recipe is inspired by the Whole Foods side dish, I believe its called the ‘Southwest Sweet Potato Salad’ or something along those lines! Its pretty simple to make, filling, and vegan!

  • One small sweet potato
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Lil dash of salt

Cut the sweet potato into little chunks and cook on the stove at medium-high heat. Once the potatoes start to get crispy, add in the rest of the ingredients (I usually cook the potato for much longer since it takes longer to really get crispy, and I add in the other ingredients so they’re a bit warm as opposed to crispy and blackened, but its your preference!). I eat with ketchup, and sometimes add a sunny-side-up egg or serve on top of a bed of greens. A pretty versatile dish!

{Loaded} Yogurt Bowl or Açaí Bowl

This is a classic, and when I’m in a crunch or don’t really know what I’m in the mood for, I always fall back on these. Typically, when making an açaí bowl, I follow one of my smoothie recipes from above and just use more frozen fruit or add less liquid so I get that ~thic~ bowl texture. If I’m really balling I add an açaí packet from Trader Joe’s or a dragonfruit packet from Whole Foods! As far as the yogurt bowls go…

  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Chia seeds
  • Granola (Purely Elizabeth or my homemade granola…do you want that recipe? Let me know 😉 )
  • Almonds
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apple slices
  • One Kashi frozen waffle (I love the Berry Bliss flavor) with peanut butter or almond butter if I’m feeling hungry!
  • Sometimes I forego the waffle and have a protein bar on the side

I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration for your quarantine breakfasts, or for breakfasts you can pack and bring with you to work in the morning! I loved having a smoothie on my commute into work, or packing overnight oatmeal in a jar, or even packing a container of fruit with yogurt and granola, and I could always be found with an extra protein bar juuuust in case. If we’re being honest, I’ve definitely toasted bread and wrapped it in tin foil and brought that with an avocado in to the office too….hey, ingenuity right?!

Let me know your favorite breakfast creations, and what posts you want to see in the future!

xx,

meg

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