Breakfast is not my strong suit. In the past, I would have much rather slept in and skip into lunch than get up at a reasonable hour and eat breakfast.
The health and weight loss benefits of eating a good breakfast outweighed my laziness: more energy, increased metabolism, more balanced sugar levels, lower cholesterol, better memory… I could go on and on. So now I get up and put something in my belly. Every day. No excuses.
Now, I have a problem with creativity in the kitchen especially in the morning hours. So I have a few morning staples that I rotate and change up so I don’t get bored of eating the same thing all the time.
My most versatile recipe is breakfast oats. I use instant oatmeal but rolled oats are truly best for you since they have no additives. If you aren’t a fan of oatmeal texture, give ‘Coach’s Oats’ a try… They’re steel cut and toasted so they have a much better texture and more flavor than standard oatmeal.
I cook my oats in water to save calories for the stuff I put on top. I don’t sweeten with actual sugar most of the time, but I’ll use organic coconut sugar here and there.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats
1/2 cup oats cooked in 1 cup of water
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
One tbsp natural peanut butter or PB2 (a powdered peanut butter with 1/2 the calories of standard pb)
One tbsp of organic strawberry preserves (or any organic fruit preserves of your choice *variety!)
1 tbsp sliced almonds
Cook oats in water with optional cinnamon, remove from heat. Top with peanut butter, preserves, and almonds.
The preserves are so sweet I don’t use any other sugar to sweeten this.
1 cup brewed coffee
Coconut milk to taste
2 tbsp protein powder (I use Ultimate ProFit Vanilla Protein)
The protein benefit does diminish when you heat up any kind of protein powder, however the aminos are still intact which is the most important benefit for muscle recovery.