I really hate cooking in the morning. Like I really really dislike it. But I know that breakfast is such an important meal. What I have been doing recently is making an egg bake on Sunday and then eating it each morning for breakfast during the week. Below is a picture of what I initially tried to do: make individual serving sizes. This was a disaster. Not only was it difficult to clean up these muffin tins, but it was so much more time consuming. That is definitely not easy. So I have modified it since then to simply use a 9×13″ glass baking pan and cut into 6 or 8 pieces.
Super Easy Egg Bake
3 tomatoes – diced
3/4 cup full fat cottage cheese
1 bag frozen broccoli – steamed (or microwaved in safe bag)
1 package (8 oz.) mushrooms – sliced
1/2 package (2 tablespoons) chives – chopped
About 10 oz. shredded cooked potatoes (hashbrowns – be sure nothing is added)
Since I started my new job at Winona State, I have been eating this every morning for breakfast. It definitely jump-starts my metabolism because I find myself hungry again around 9 a.m. (after eating breakfast at 7 a.m.)
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1/4 cup milk, water or almond milk
1 Tablespoon pecans (or other nut)
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon raisins
Place milk/water with oats in a bowl and place in fridge overnight.
Heat it up for 1 minute (if you want).
Add brown sugar (or to taste), pecans (or other nut), and raisins.
Some variations may include: cinnamon, maple syrup, almonds, craisins, blueberries….. the list is endless!
The first time I tried a spinach smoothie, I was a bit intimidated. But when I tasted it, it was quite tasty. It’s such a simple addition to any smoothie. It may look a bit bizarre, but the healthy element is so worth it.
Spinach and Fruit Smoothie
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup kale
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon apple butter or almond butter or honey (optional)
1/4 cup greek yogurt (optional)
1/2 cup skim milk
Directions: Add the yogurt, almond butter, apple butter or honey to the bottom of the blender. Add the fruit, then the greens. Top with milk and extract. Blend.
Granola can be very sugary and high in calories – not to mention expensive! But for the past couple years, I have been making my own granola. It is surprisingly easy, fairly cheap, and low in fat and calories. Did I also mention it’s delicious?! The only downside to making granola is that I have to be in the mood for it because Carlos will eat it all before I get a chance if I don’t dig in within the first few days!
We have been making these breakfast burritos for so long that I didn’t even think to put them on my blog. Again, it has been a while since I have posted and I’m starting to feel the lack of motivation from having such an open schedule. Apparently I need routine to keep me motivated! We also have limited windows in our apartment, so sitting inside on a beautiful day to post is difficult for me. Luckily, it is too hot to be outside today unless you are swimming. (That is on the agenda for tomorrow!)
light sour cream (as needed)
black beans (drained and rinsed)
diced onion (sauteed)
salsa (2-3 Tablespoons)
shredded cheese (1/4 cup loosely packed)
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onions, add eggs. Heat black beans in a separate pan. Add cheese and salsa when eggs are done. Heat corn tortillas in microwave for about 45 seconds.
Hint: If you don’t have any cheese, it is not the end of the world. We have skipped this ingredient multiple times and they taste just fine!
So I am a huge fan of smoothies. They are so tasty and a great way to mix up your servings of fruit each day. Raspberry and Blackberry is one of my recent favorites.
Raspberry and Blackberry Smoothie
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries and raspberries (if frozen, heat for about 45 seconds in the microwave so the fruit blends more easily)
1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt such as Fage
1/4 cup juice (any kind – depending on what you like – you can also use milk)
(optional) 2 Tablespoons vanilla protein powder (I generally include this after Body Pump – or a weight lifting workout)
Hint: put the yogurt in the blender first, then add the fruit, then the juice on top. Having the soft yogurt on the bottom will help the ingredients blend better and faster. If you need to add something sweet (I never add sugar to my smoothies), add a little honey. But I encourage you to try it without the sugar and see how you like that first. You may be surprised!
You can also experiment with the portions. Some like smoothies thick, some like it thin. Figure out what you like. This is just a base to get you started.