Friday, September 28, 2012

Foodie Friday: Breakfast of Champions

My favorite meal of the day is breakfast for sure, I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this spectacular meal! Not only is it the most important meal of the day, but I feel like it's the one meal where I really mix it up and have some variety from day to day. Unfortunately during the week I can't indulge in cooking up some eggs, veggies, grits and more, so I've become a master of quick, easy, and filling breakfast choices in the past few years.

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)
-Flax seed
-Chopped Walnuts
-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
When it starts to get cold, oatmeal is a great choice to warm you up for the day! I just use a packet of plain instant oatmeal and add a variety of things to spice it up. Here are a few of my variations:

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. 

Please don't skip the most important meal of the day! There are so many quick and easy things you can do for breakfast in the morning, whether you're eating at home or taking something to the office/school with you. Start your day out right with protein too, or you'll want to snack all morning.

What are some of your favorite quick breakfast meals?

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