Breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day. Really, any meal at which it’s acceptable to eat oatmeal is good by me.
These are my go-to breakfast recipes that I make week after week. They use fresh, healthy ingredients, are filling and best of all come together in under 10 minutes.
The Best Chocolate Oats
We’re talking “better than a chocolate bar” tasty. A hint of maple syrup gives this dish all the sweetness it needs, while cacao powder adds the star power.
My brother-in-law actually ate this every morning for breakfast during his 40-pound weight loss journey.
I like to make a big batch of this on the stovetop at the start of the week and store in individual mason jars to eat all week.
- ⅓ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp. cacao powder
- 1-2 tsp. maple syrup (to taste)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- Optional: scoop of collagen protein
Directions: Combine all ingredients on the stovetop on medium heat until the flavors combine and the milk is absorbed to your liking. Feel free to add more milk if needed.
Top with: strawberries go so well with this. I also love to toss on unsweetened coconut flakes and slivered almonds. You could go crazy and add any combination of these things as well as flax seeds, cacao nibs, walnuts, nut butter and berries!
PB&J Fab Four Smoothie
I first heard about the Fab Four smoothie concept when Kelly LeVeque was a guest on Jenna Kutcher’s Goaldigger podcast. A Fab Four smoothie essentially combines fiber, fat, protein and greens to create a thick smoothie that hits those “full” indicators in your stomach — unlike many smoothies that go down like water or juice and have you hungry an hour or two later. It’s also lower in sugar.
I gotta say, it works. I could go 3.5-4 hours without eating after I drink one of these — and I’m someone who typically needs to eat about 2.5 hours after a smoothie to avoid hangry. I used to be afraid of putting in 2 tbsps of almond butter into my smoothie (“my gosh, the calories!” I would think), but it helps keep me full so much longer that it’s worth it. And, it’s nutritional, so calorie count is so much less important.
There are a lot of variations of the Fab Four smoothie, but my favorite is a take on a good ol’ fashioned PB&J.
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 2 handfuls kale or spinach
- 1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein (I like Vega protein & greens)
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (could also do 1 tbsp chia seeds and 1 tbsp flax seeds if you’d prefer a nuttier flavor)
- 2 cups almond milk
- Optional: ½ cup water, if thinner consistency is your thing
- Optional: ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
Garlic Eggs with Everything Seasoning
I love a breakfast that will keep me full, and eggs are a workhorse when it comes to protein and satiation.
- Two eggs
- ½ tsp. garlic olive oil (I love the Trader Joe’s brand)
- 1 slide sprouted grain bread (Ezekiel sesame has been my favorite for years)
Directions: Toast the slice of bread to your liking. While it toasts, pour the olive oil into a nonstick pan on medium-high heat, let it warm and add the eggs. Move the eggs around with a rubber spatula so they continue to cook without setting. You’re seeking a fluffy, scrambled consistency so that the eggs are mostly done, with a hint of runniness (or, you can fully cook them if preferred).
Serve with toast, tons of black pepper and Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning. This stuff is life.