Thanks for visiting our very first web installment of my JustHaves. Loving the blogging thing so far! Thanks in advance for all of your comments, likes and shares (and I do hope you’ll share)!
I’ve always gotten a kick out of the wacky holidays and observances attached to months. Big fan of Chocolate Day on July 7th, for starters. And, who wouldn’t love I Want You To Be Happy Day on March 3rd? How sweet.
So, when I started ruminating on blog topics for September, I found out that September is Better Breakfast Month. I know it seems counterintuitive considering how often I wake up super early to appear on morning shows, but I hardly ever eat breakfast.
Crazy, especially when you consider how important a healthy breakfast is for weight control (I’m a bride to be! Hello!), and improved mental performance, concentration and stamina (blame my bad eating habits the next time you see me draw a blank on air – and give me a smoothie!).
So, in honor of Better Breakfast Month and my clear and present need to start my days with more than a venti mocha java yada yada, here are some yummy and nutrition-packed JustHaves to help rev up our engines every morning!
JustHaves for Breakfast
Greek Oatmeal Bomb – Lean protein and fiber rule this delish dish, and it’s oh so easy. Just grab about a half cup of some steel cut oats and a single serving container of your favorite Greek yogurt flavor (or…plain yogurt plus a tablespoon of honey…omg!). and let them soak for a minute or two. Add some unsweetened almond milk or soy milk or even the moo cow variety if you prefer your oatmeal a little runnier. Nuke for a minute thirty and voila. Oh, and you’re welcome in advance.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Alternative – Instead of the yogurt, use equal amounts of cinnamon applesauce and oatmeal – then follow the above recipe for soaking and nuking. So yummy! So easy!
Pumpkin Pie In Your Face – Just in time for fall, here’s a nom nom smoothie to die for. Take about a cup of pumpkin puree, a pinch each of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, add about a tablespoon of honey or agave syrup and then pour in a half cup of soy/almond milk and another half to three quarters of a cup of plain greek yogurt. How much yogurt you use really depends on how tangy and thick you like your smoothie. Blend and bam. It’s like drinking a pumpkin pie – only it’s packed with protein, vitamin A and fiber – and the ginger can help with inflammation while the cinnamon can help control blood sugar. Oh, and double the recipe and you’ve got tomorrow’s breakfast waiting for you in the fridge!
5 Minute Breakfast Burrito – Start the clock! To make this savory and portable package of yum, just scramble up some eggs in a pan (I like to whisk three eggs with a tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and a eighth of a cup of skim milk – makes them fluffy and extra flavorful without too much fat), ladle a bit of salsa and low fat sour cream onto a store bought tortilla, add some chopped avocado for extra creaminess and nutrition and then drop the eggs in right out of the pan. If you need a little more pep in your step, don’t forget the hot sauce! There’s so much protein, fiber and nutrition rolled into this thing, it’s guaranteed to carry you straight to lunch.
So, those are my favorites – what are your morning #JustHaves? Feel free to tell me in the comments below – or, better yet, show me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the above hashtag! I love to learn from you guys…and, since I’m just getting back into this breakfast-every-day thing, I’ve got a lot to learn.