This week we had our first 90 degree day, and can you guess what my first thought was? Something along the lines of “crap soon enough the pools are going to open… I should be eating way healthier than I am.” Part of my 2017 resolutions included being more aware of what I ate and trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I didn’t kid myself in making it a point to run five miles every day or making myself eat only whole foods. I started a lot smaller than that, think meal by meal improvements. Below are three healthy breakfast meals that I reach for daily to jump start my day and to push me in the right direction.
It’s very hard to mess up a smoothie. I’m no cook so my rule of thumb when it comes to smoothies is that if it’s healthy it’s fair game. In the past I’ve filled my blender with spinach, kale, carrots, peanut butter, kiwi, bananas, you name it! A smoothie is the perfect breakfast item if you’re the type of person to run out the door in the morning. It’s just filling enough to hold me over until lunch. Below is the recipe for the smoothie above, but don’t be afraid to experiment! One of my favorites is a peanut butter and banana smoothie that I created when I accidently put in cocoa powder in the blender. What started as an accident became one of my favorite smoothies!
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of pineapples
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice (I like it sour so this is optional)
- 2 cups of orange juice
- Blend until it has reached the consistency of your liking
The Fruit Assortment
I read somewhere that if you constantly eat sugar your body craves sugar, and if you don’t eat a lot of sugar you don’t crave it. Over the past couple months I’ve been trying to cut back on my sugar intake. It used to be so bad that I would be down to eat M&Ms for breakfast. On days that I wake up with a bad sugar craving, I’ll pull out all of the fresh fruit that I have and prepare it into a pretty fruit bowl. I’ve been known to just take the entire fruit container with me to class if I’m running late. I’m aware that it might not be the most filling for some or that having that much natural sugar so early isn’t a good option, but I find that bright fruit can really set my mood for a good morning.
The Overnight Oats
This is a new recipe that has changed. My. Mornings. During finals week I ate this every morning and I was full for hours! And the best part is that I had to make it the night before so when the morning came, there was no prep time! I never thought I was someone who liked oats, but in all reality I just never gave them a fighting chance. This recipe for overnight oats ends up tasting like a dessert (which I’m all about) while fuling me for the day. Additionally, I like to add fruit on top to sweeten the meal a bit more. I could go on and on about how much I love this breakfast, but I’ll just leave the recipe down below instead.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (thanks to wholefully.com)
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup (heaping) rolled oats
- ⅔ cup unsweetened milk of choice (I love almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 0-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- Stir all ingredients together and then place in jars or tupperware for the following morning
And that’s it! Hopefully this post has left you with some ideas to inspire your breakfast to be a bit healthier and a bit more enjoyable. Let me know if there are any recipes out there that you swear to by!