I love starting my day with breakfast.
It works for me.
It fills me up, boosts my energy and keeps me satiated until lunchtime. I no longer need to reach for a mid-morning snack and I'm not ravenous by the time lunch rolls around.
I often encourage my clients to begin with breakfast when developing healthy habits, simply because it allows them to start their day with a strong foundation.
Incorporating a well balanced breakfast of whole-foods: fiber, healthy fats, fruits/vegetables and protein provides your body with long-lasting energy and helps to stabilize your hunger levels - allowing you space to make healthier choices throughout the day.
I love smoothies in the morning because they are quick, easy and provide my body with so many amazing nutrients to fuel it right - but somedays, I like to mix it up. I listen to what my body needs and I fuel it accordingly - focusing on a balance of color and nutrients that I know will make me feel great.
Below are four of my favorite breakfast recipes for you to try!
Test out the different flavors, take note of how you feel and how your body is responding and do more of what works for you...because that is what drives healthy habits for life.
I hope you enjoy all of these delicious flavors!
Green Giant Smoothie Bowl
1 c. unsweetened almond milk
1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (
¼ tsp almond extract
1 T. almond butter
1 c. steamed and frozen zucchini
2 c. baby spinach
¾ c. ice
Blend & tamp until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings - fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, granola, etc. (to make this into a drinkable smoothie, simply add 1 c. water)
Triple Seed Oatmeal
1 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. rolled oats
1 T. each: chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
In a small saucepan, bring almond milk to a boil. Add in oats, seeds and protein powder; stirring occasionally until milk is absorbed (about 3-5 minutes). Add in cinnamon and stir until mixed. Plate and top with fresh fruit, nut butter or other favorites!
Loaded Avocado Toast
1 slice whole grain or sour dough bread
1/4 - 1/2 avocado
1/2 c. arugula
1/4 c. tomatoes, diced
Lightly toast bread. Once toasted, mash avocado onto toast with a fork and top with arugula and tomato. Heat small frying pan with non-stick spray (coconut or avocado oil spray is great!), crack egg into pan and fry to over-easy - I like to sprinkle 1 T. water over the egg and cover until outer yolk is a light pink color. When done, top loaded toast with eggs and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper to taste or my favorite - Trader Joes Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
Orange Chia Seed Pudding
2 mandarin oranges or clementine's
½ c. almond milk
¼ c. oats
½ T. maple syrup
2 T. chia seeds
OPTIONAL: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
In a blender, combine 1 mandarin orange or clementine, almond milk, oats, and maple syrup; blend until smooth. Transfer to a container with a air tight lid and stir in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours until mixture is pudding like (overnight if possible). Top with remaining orange and/or other favorite toppings.