In a Bind for Breakfast?

Okay, so I started this blog with the intent of giving you practical tips and ideas for embracing a healthy, balanced lifestyle. So, I thought it would be fitting for my first post to be on a topic that I had the most difficulty adopting into my own routine.

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I certainly don’t disagree! We need to eat a balanced breakfast every morning to fuel our bodies and give us the energy to power through the day. It’s just that…breakfast comes at such an inconvenient time, don’t you think?! Between getting up, ready for work, and out the door on time, I’m totally guilty of grabbing the most convenient thing I can find to eat (or maybe stopping for a biscuit on the way to work, lol). It can be especially challenging for those of us who have to be at work before the sun comes up to ensure we eat a breakfast that will benefit our bodies.

So, here’s where the practical part comes in…are you ready?! The key is to plan ahead. Sounds simple enough, right? Before you get in bed each night, know what you’re going to eat for breakfast the next morning. Bonus points if you prepare your breakfast ahead of time. Double bonus points if you breakfast-prep for the entire week on Sunday! I know, I know…you’re thinking, “Duh, Kristen, that’s so obvious. Tell me something new. (insert eye roll)”

But, what are you going to prepare?! That’s what I’m here for! I’ve included three recipes below that are super quick and easy to fix in the morning, BUT you can also prep each recipe in bulk in advance! Each recipe option is well-rounded, great for on-the-go mornings, and contains enough protein to keep you full until lunchtime!

1. Overnight Pro-Oats (Protein Oatmeal)

Ingredients: (per 1 serving)

1/2 cup old-fashioned instant oats

1 cup milk – I use almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

*optional – 1/2 tbsp chia seeds for additional nutrients

*optional – 1/2 tbsp honey or agave nectar for additional sweetness 🙂

*additional mix-ins for variety – 2 tbsp peanut butter (I like Jif Natural), fresh fruit (bananas are my go-to, but I also love strawberries and/or blueberries), 1tsp ground cinnamon, sliced almonds, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together in storage container (my personal fave is a Mason jar) and leave in fridge overnight. Your balanced, well-rounded breakfast will be ready for you in the morning! This recipe is great to make ahead at the beginning of the week, but you could also toss all of these ingredients together the morning-of if you’re not thinking that far ahead!

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2. Egg White Muffins

Ingredients: (makes 12 muffins…2 muffins = 1 serving)

24 egg whites

*additional add-ins: baby spinach, baby bella mushrooms, chopped onion, diced tomato, grated cheese, chopped ham, chopped peppers, etc… get creative!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray/coat muffin pan – VERY important step! (I use coconut oil, but olive oil works just as well) Fill each muffin tin about 1/2 way full with your add-ins. Add about 1/3 cup liquid egg whites (2 egg whites) to each cup. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool. Just pop in the microwave for 60 seconds before eating! So, these have to be made ahead of time, but are super easy and zero hassle the morning-of! Win, win!

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3. On-the-Go Breakfast Protein Shake

Ingredients:

1 cup milk – I use almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)

1 banana (or 1/2 cup any fruit…strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and mangoes are some of my personal faves)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 handful baby spinach (You won’t be able to taste it, I promise!)

*optional – 1/2 tbsp honey or agave nectar for additional sweetness 🙂

*optional – ice cubes for additional chill
Add all ingredients into blender or NutriBullet and blend until fruit and/or ice has been blended. While I don’t usually blend these shakes until the morning-of, I usually put them together the night before (minus the ice, of course) and leave them in the fridge. Super easy to just pop on the blender in the mornings!

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There ya go! I am hopeful that at least one of these delish recipes makes a balanced breakfast a little more do-able for you! Happy breakfast-ing! 🙂

XO, Kristen

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