Breakfast of Champions
Updated: May 18
There's no question that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We wake up each morning and our bodies are in a state of dehydration and starvation, yet a lot of us don't give our bodies the proper fuel it needs to function throughout the day.
I'm not talking about coffee either!
While coffee is a must-have for me in the morning, I know I'm not drinking it the way I should. What I mean by that is, coffee shouldn't be the first thing we drink in the morning. Refer back to the "state of dehydration" our bodies are in when we wake.
How many of us drink at least eight ounces of water in the morning? Anyone?
I know I don't! Even though my husband suggests that I hydrate before consuming my morning caffeine. After all, he doesn't drink his coffee until getting to work each morning.
Who needs that kind of negativity in their life? I don't!
Unfortunately, he's right. I should really listen to him because our bodies need to be re-hydrated first thing in the morning and caffeine does more to deplete our already low supply of H2O.
But, this blog post isn't about staying hydrated, even though it's important. I really wanted to focus on eating a quality breakfast because I have left the house too many times without sustenance. When this happens, I either don't eat anything until my body almost collapses from starvation, or I make the split second decision to cure my hunger with something not-so-healthy on my way to work. And if I'm being honest, it's usually the latter.
Think venti Starbucks coffee and a delicious Bacon Gouda Sandwich. Mmmm!
It can be hard to focus on eating healthy in the morning. Especially if you're a mom, who's not much of a morning person as it is. (Ask my husband how many times my alarm goes off each morning.) Factor in getting ready for work, getting your child(ren) ready for school, daycare, etc. There are a lot of things that need to happen in order for a morning routine to be successful and often times, breakfast is not factored in as a priority.
I have a list of four different breakfasts that are my go-to when I'm pinched for time. One of them requires a little prep work the day before, but for the most part they're all ready within 5 minutes. Also, make sure you check out the printable recipe pages for these meals here as well as watch my YouTube video where I go through these recipes in quick-time. The video will be posted on my website homepage.
Mocha Latte Protein Shake
I came up with this idea after all the buzz about whipped coffee that was circulating on social media. Also, I've been trying to give up Starbucks, so this was a chance for me to try to replicate an iced coffee while giving it a healthier twist.
The ingredients only consist of chocolate protein powder, unsweetened yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and instant coffee.
The recipe is completely interchangeable with your preferences, but I've linked some of the items I use in the recipe above. I've been experimenting with dairy-free ingredients because of how bloated I get if I have too much dairy. In the YouTube video, you'll see I use a Cashew Milk Unsweetened Yogurt (different than what's linked above), but you can substitute any unsweetened yogurt you like.
Trust me, you want to go with unsweetened yogurt because you'll already get the added sweetness from the protein powder.
This smoothie is so easy to make, just combine all ingredients and blend. Pour over ice and you're ready to go. It takes less than 5 minutes to make this delicious, protein packed breakfast.
I recommend dissolving the instant coffee into your almond milk before blending as this seems to give more of a coffee flavor than if you just blend it solid.
Banana Coconut Breakfast Bowl
This recipe is something I've been doing since my Whole30 days and it's always been a favorite. I originally got this idea from a Pinterest pin I saved to my Whole30 board, but I've made a few alterations over the years.
The ingredients consist of: 1 whole banana, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, cinnamon, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds and pomegranate pearls.
This recipe fills that craving of oatmeal when you're trying to omit grains. The bananas add the perfect amount of sweetness mixed with the cinnamon, so you don't feel you need any added sugar which is always my goal.
To assemble, you just mix all the ingredients besides the pomegranate pearls, and set aside (either on your counter top or in the refrigerator) for 20 minutes. Top with the pomegranate pearls before eating and enjoy!
What I normally do is prep this right before I leave for work and by the time I get there it's ready to eat while my computer is booting up. Prep time is about 5 minutes so it's really quick and easy when I'm in a rush.
Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
This recipe I altered from a recipe I found on Pinterest here. I started implementing quinoa, chia seeds and hemp seeds into my diet when my husband and I tried out a plant-based diet for a couple weeks. I talked about this in my previous blog post you can read here.
This breakfast tastes so clean and refreshing and packed with protein. It's one of my favorites. There is a little prep work required for this recipe, so I usually prep these on a Sunday so it's ready for me to grab when I go to work on Monday.
The ingredients include: quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and blueberries.
To make, just cook up 1/2 cup of quinoa (1/4 cup dry makes 1/2 cup cooked). Once that is done, add the quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon and unsweetened vanilla almond milk to a mason jar (or container of choice) and shake to mix. Store it in the refrigerator over night. Or, you can combine everything the morning of and let it sit for 20 minutes before eating. Much like the banana coconut breakfast bowl above. Just add fresh blueberries and enjoy!
This recipe is not sweet at all. The blueberries add a little tartness, but otherwise there is no sweetness. If you're someone who prefers a little sweetness you can drizzle in some honey or even some all natural maple syrup for a little touch of flavor.
Despite having to cook this breakfast, it's actually really quick to make. I'm talking just over 5 minutes! I'll make this when I want something hot, but I don't have a lot of time. Plus it's an easy breakfast for me to give my daughter Jameson as well.
Ingredients include: olive oil (I actually prefer to use avocado oil), spinach, cherry tomatoes, two eggs, avocado, and your choice of seasoning.
To make, heat oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Add spinach once oil is hot. Cook until the spinach reduces down. While you're waiting for the spinach to cook, scramble two eggs and add your seasonings of choice. I like to use onion salt and smoked paprika (I get mine from Trader Joe's). Then dice up your cherry tomatoes and set aside.
Once your spinach has cooked down (it doesn't look like much, huh!), add the cherry tomatoes and then your scrambled eggs. Heat until eggs are fully cooked. Top with avocado and serve.
How easy was that?