Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Go-To Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I always eat breakfast. It's my favorite meal. I get excited about going to bed so that I can wake up and eat breakfast. Seriously. I'm special, I know. 

These are my go-to breakfasts, the ones I make consistently; sometimes I change it up, but at least six days a week, I'm having one of these. Obviously, if I'm out to brunch I eat something different! (egg and hashbrown scramble with copious amounts of ketchup, hi.)

These are also super basic, I admit, but I love them all so much that I figured, on the off chance someone doesn't eat one of these, I had to share.

P.S. A smaller version of the parfait or protein smoothie are also great snacks!

Greek Yogurt Fruit Parfait 

• 1 cup Greek yogurt
• sliced fruit (mixed berries are fantastic)
• drizzle of maple syrup
• 1/8 cup granola
• sprinkle of chia seeds, hemp hearts, flax seeds, etc.

Last summer, when I was a summer associate at the firm I'm returning to this fall, I would eat this for dinner all the time. Typically we'd have large lunches, so on a hot summer day, coming back around 8 or 9 PM and downing a big bowl of berries and Greek yogurt was the perfectly light and refreshing meal I craved. Nowadays, it's one of my favorite warm weather breakfasts. The fiber from the berries keeps you full and the Greek yogurt gives you that protein punch that's great in the morning.

Nut Butter and Toast

• 1-2 slices whole wheat toast (depending on size of bread)
• peanut butter or almond butter
• topping (banana, apple spread, etc)
• sprinkle of chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts

This is a frequent breakfast but also my go-to pre-long run meal. It seems to fuel me pretty well and there's something to be said for feeling like a long run or race day is just part of the routine.

Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake 
• 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
• 1 small spoonful peanut butter
• 1 frozen banana
• 1/2 cup almond milk

Chai Tea Latte Smoothie
• 1 scoop French vanilla protein powder
• 1 frozen banana
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• generous pinches of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger

This is my number one summer go-to right now. With hotter temperatures comes me not wanting to eat anything hot in the morning, and I love a protein boost first thing. I use Designer Whey and Whole Foods generic brand of whey protein powder (I prefer the nutritional stats on Designer Whey).


OMG! A blogger who likes oatmeal! But oatmeal is so gooooood. I love a bowl of oatmeal, particularly mixed up with banana and a spoonful of peanut butter. Go crazy and add a few chocolate chips. I also posted this Very Berry Banana Oatmeal recipe back in January and stand by its deliciousness. 

What are your go-to breakfasts? 


  1. Such a great idea adding the raspberries to the smoothie--fabulous presentation. ;) Right now, I'm obsessed with Greek yogurt bowls. After a morning workout in the heat and humidity, a cold breakfast sounds perfect. I usually mix yogurt, a sliced banana, chia seeds, plus frozen blueberries or strawberries together and add some oats and almond milk for good measure.

  2. Love our Greek yogurt here (Anne too!) The protein shakes look AMAZING too though. May have to put these on standby now that I'm doing more morning stroller runs.

  3. I love breakfast so much!! I used to enjoy eggs and veggies every morning, but no more since I'm sensitive to them. Now lots of green smoothies, oatmeal and actually just regular meals like chicken and veggies, ha!

  4. The chai smoothie sound amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!