Thursday, March 3, 2011

Breakfast Best

Remember when I hated breakfast? Well, things are looking up. I took some of your advice, and figured out what I love to eat in the morning. Breakfasts are so much more fun these days!

Here are my 3 new favorite morning meals:

1. Fruit Smoothie

1 scoop protein powder
1/3 c. of yogurt
1 c. of chopped fresh or frozen fruit*
1 small handful spinach (opt.)
2 tbls flax seed (opt)

Blend. Then add 5-10 ice cubes (I used fewer ice cubes with the frozen fruit) and blend again.

I love, love, love the versatility of this recipe. The spinach green color is freaky and fun (and totally undetectable taste-wise). I sip it throughout the morning, with a piece of toast.

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*for fruit I have used bananas, strawberry, mango, & grapes so far. Right now I have a tropical frozen fruit blend from costco. yum!

Nutritional Facts: 390 calories, 13 g. fat, 65 g. carbs, 25 g protein

2. Peanut Butter Banana smoothie

When I started calorie tracking, I realized I hardly eat any protein in a given day. Cutting out meat didn't help! I've changed this by adding protein powder to smoothies and upping my intake of high protein foods like nuts. This smoothie is packed with protein!

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3-4 tbls. peanut butter
1 banana (I sometimes just use a half)
1 scoop of protein powder
1 c. of milk
About 10 ice cubes.

Blend.
This is seriously the best thing ever and I would love to drink one every day!

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Nutritional Facts: 450 calories, 16 g. fat, 45 g. carbs, 34 g. protein

3. Cottage Cheese

My MIL works in healthcare and when I told her I was looking for [non-meat] high protein foods she told me I should eat cottage cheese. So, some mornings I have about 1/2 c of cottage cheese with (homemade) granola and fruit. But not together...i have to eat all my food separately. I haven't eaten cottage cheese in probably 8 years, but it's surprisingly refreshing.


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Nutritional Facts (cottage cheese, granola, 2% milk): 359 calories, 15 g. fat, 32 g. carbs, 22 g. protein

The best thing about all these breakfasts is that they're so quick and easy.

8 comments:

MayLove said...

Perfect timing! I was just saying this morning that I think I am sick to death of every single breakfast food! These all look so yummy I MUST try! Now if only the dog wasn't mortal enemies with the blender...

steph c said...

I absolutely love smoothies - I need to give myself more time in the morning so I can make them! Curious to try the spinach one!

bekapaige said...

Cottage cheese and oatmeal! Genius why haven't I been eating either? I love the smoothie recipe, the peanut butter one sounds amazing. Anemia runs in the women in my family so I am super-vigilant about protein and this is a good way to get it without my standard bacon in the morning!

honey my heart said...

both smoothies look yummy! i must try cottage cheese & granola for breakfast.

Kira said...

Your smoothies look delish! Do you like yogurt? Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt and is sooo good. Try Chobani's pineapple flavor!

Ready to be Mrs. B! said...

Do you like hard boiled eggs? I boil a half-dozen or so at the beginning of the week then grab one for breakfast (I eat it with a slice or toast and/or piece of fruit) or use it to put on a chef salad to add protein that way. Another way to add protein throughout the day is doing black beans (or any bean) in a salad (I make it like a taco salad, minus the meat and the shell).

Teresa said...

Love it

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HereBeDragons said...

I can't imagine hating breakfast. In fact, what I truely love is brunch. All the deliciousness of breakfast EXPANDED! Mmm.

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