Did anyone make the New Years resolution to eat better? Well if you did, then I am sure you have heard a lot about how important it is to get a healthy breakfast. I am one of those people who love breakfast food (breakfast lovers: you know who you are) so I typically have no problem making myself a nice breakfast in the morning to fuel my day.
Despite all of my love for the first meal of the day, I had a lot of difficulty last week trying to get myself breakfast! I have had to get out the door super early (5:15am), and I was struggling to throw together something to eat that could satiate my hunger and give me energy to make it through the morning. That is, until I thought up this little yogurt parfait here.
“Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry”…because I have this delicious yogurt parfait!
Part parfait, part overnight oatmeal, this breakfast-to-go has it all: whole grains, fruits, and protein. I know I am super late jumping on the mason jar train, but I am so glad I did. This is just the cutest little breakfast I have ever seen! And this mason jar packs a filling and nutritious punch. If trying to get a healthy breakfast to-go is your challenge, then look no further than this adorable and customizable start to the day.
Mason Jar Blueberry Yogurt Parfait(serves 1)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or any yogurt flavor of your choice!)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup blueberries (or any fruit of your choice!)
The night before: layer the yogurt, berries, and oats into the mason jar in whatever order you would like. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top, if desired. Cover mason jar with lid and store in the refrigerator.
The next morning: grab your mason jar out of the fridge, grab yourself a spoon, and have breakfast whenever you’d like!
You know those mornings where you wake up starving and need food more than anything else in the world? Well, I just had one of those mornings.
Ideally, breakfast is supposed to be eaten within an hour of waking. I know there are people who just aren’t hungry at that time of the day, or don’t have the time (I tend to fit into the latter category) and breakfast is a nonexistent meal. But, it is important to try to get something into your system. A healthy, wholesome breakfast jump-starts the body’s metabolism, gives energy, and helps (note: helps, not guarantees) one avoid over-indulging later in the day.
Breakfast is a great meal because it can be made quickly too. Take this omelet for example: from start to finish I was making breakfast for 5 minutes. And what I got was a nutritious and filling meal containing lean protein, calcium, and some healthy fats. Served with a side of fruit, I am gonna go ahead and call it a winning way to start the day. Especially when you’re so hungry you could eat your alarm clock.
Goat Cheese Omelette (serves 1)
2 Tbsp soft goat cheese
1/4 onion, diced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 avocado, sliced
red pepper flakes (optional), to taste
First, warm a skillet on medium heat. Add onions and olive oil to the skillet and sauté for a few minutes until slightly browned. Whisk eggs in a small bowl and pour over onions. Let the eggs cook until slightly firmed, then flip over to cook other side. Add goat cheese and fold eggs over the cheese. Remove omelet from heat and top with avocado slices, salt, pepper, and/or red pepper flakes. Serve with sliced fruit.
Just because a smoothie appears green does not mean it has to taste like it!
This weekend while meandering about the city I made an observation: people are really into green smoothies and juices! Juices are a great way to get your vitamins in on-the-go, and they can taste good too (and I don’t care how nutritious something is, if it isn’t tasty I won’t eat it).
I have been needing a way to get my nutrients in, and I figured the best way to do this is by front-loading my healthy eating with breakfast. Plus, if I start the day feeling healthy, chances are I will make it until mid-afternoon before I start craving chocolate (this should prove the power of the Tropical Green Smoothie alone).
This smoothie is my new go-to light breakfast. The strawberries and pineapple balance out the green-taste of kale, and the vanilla protein powder/almond milk gives the smoothie an incredible amount of creaminess. So delicious, satisfying, and healthy….get your green on today!
Tropical Green Smoothie(serves one)
1 cup kale
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup pineapple
1/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk, if preferred)
2-3 ice cubes (optional)
Add ingredients to blender and mix on high.
Note: I like my smoothies THICK. Like eat-with-a-spoon thick. If that’s not your thing, omit the ice or add more milk.