I like to get up early and have plenty of time to get ready in the morning before I head out of the house, so typically I have five or ten minutes to actually sit down and eat. When this doesn't happen, I have some quick smoothie or take-a-long breakfast meals that are accessible. Breakfast is a really important meal for me, because I feel like I tend to get super hungry by the time lunch rolls around. So a mid-morning snack is also something I usually plan for.
First off, since I share so many different recipes, I've had someone ask me what I typically keep in my pantry/fridge. When it comes to items for breakfast (weekday or weekend) these are always a staple:
-Frozen fruit (berries, pineapple, peaches)
-Greek Yogurt (typically plain Chobani)
-Granola (Love Grown or Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal)
-Peanut Butter & Almond Butter
-Silk or Almond Milk
-Multigrain Frozen Waffles (I just get Eggos!)
-Spinach (just wait, I'll explain)
-Eggs or liquid eggs (typically both)
-Grapefruit (this kind rocks!)
Sometimes I might also pick up whole grain English Muffins or cottage cheese at the store too--gettin' crazy!
My first go-to breakfast for a while has been Greek Yogurt, though it's now not as frequent in my rotation. If you use the Kashi cereal instead of regular granola you up the protein even more--I typically don't need a snack with this guy!
Greek Yogurt + fruit (whatever kind you like) + granola + a bit of honey/sweetener (optional)
|Breakfast to-go eaten at work|
Banana + peanut butter + drop of honey
Honey + chopped walnuts + chopped prunes (don't knock it 'til you try it)
Berries + chopped walnuts
|Yes, that would be the Hunger Games in the background!|
As soon as I bought a Ninja food processor/blender this summer I was on a total smoothie kick! Even better, our model has three smoothie cups with a different blender attachment where you can blend right in the cup. Hello convenience! I've experimented with a variety of different smoothies, all containing fruit, some with yogurt and even...the Green smoothie. This one scares Mr. Charming, but I don't care because it's yummy and I get a serving of vegetables before I even get to work. Some of my most used combos:
Green Machine: one banana + two big handfuls of spinach + flax seed + 3/4 c. Silk (pour over ice)
1/2 c. Greek Yogurt + banana + 1/4 c. frozen fruit + 1/4 c. oatmeal + Silk + ice
1/2 c. Greek Yogurt (plain or Chobani chocolate chunk) + 2 tbsp. peanut butter + one banana + silk
That last one can tend to be a bit heavier, so I've only had this smoothie on mornings where I've gotten up and ran before work. I typically need an extra boost on those day and this does the trick!
On the weekends, I get fancy! Not really, but there's a bit more involved. I love making mini omelets or eggs over easy with whole grain toast and fruit. Typically I sautee up some onions, spinach, tomatoes or other veggies I have on hand to throw in the omelet or put eggs on top of.
What are some of your favorite quick breakfast meals?