Breakfast, I kind of loathe you

April 28, 2014

I have always been one of those people who has to start their day with breakfast. Not eating in the mornings leaves me lacking energy and with an instant migraine. Lately though, I wish that I were one of those people who could thrive off of no breakfast and make it until lunch. Not health, I know, but I am stuck in a complete breakfast rut. Cereal has been my best friend since childhood and there is nothing that I love more than a bowl of cereal (or three). But, the reality is that cereal is actually not that great…

I have always been one of those people who has to start their day with breakfast. Not eating in the mornings leaves me lacking energy and with an instant migraine. Lately though, I wish that I were one of those people who could thrive off of no breakfast and make it until lunch. Not health, I know, but I am stuck in a complete breakfast rut. Cereal has been my best friend since childhood and there is nothing that I love more than a bowl of cereal (or three). But, the reality is that cereal is actually not that great for you (even the healthy kinds contain loads of sugar), and it is less than filling – 30 minutes later and I’m starving again. I used to eat oatmeal, but I think I literally overdosed on that because I can hardly tolerate the taste now. Eggs are out of the question because I am kind of an eat and run/eat in my car on the way to work girl, so those would just make me late to work. For awhile I was making protein shakes, but since I am generally the first one up in the house, I hate to turn the blender on at such an ungodly hour and wake everyone else up.

I feel like I need to find some sort of a muffin recipe – read: healthy, protein-rich, muffins that I could make on a Sunday night and grab on my way out the door to work each morning. I feel like something of this sort has got to be out there, right? You know, something with oats, little to no sugar, and the like. I could go scouring the internets for this type of animal, but figured I would ask here first. Any go-to, filling and healthy muffin recipes that are relatively easy and could be eaten as a breakfast? So far these are my only contenders…

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  1. Try KEFIR – its my current go to breakfast “necessity!” I recommend the Lifeway brand, and be sure its flavored. If I’m on the run, I just have a glass of kefir. Otherwise, I make a kefir bowl with fresh fruit and KIND granola. Kefir is VERY healthy for you!

  2. Avocado toast is my favorite! Today I made some with gluten-free Udi’s bread, mashed some avocado with red pepper flakes, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and spread the avo on the toast. It’s delicious!

  3. http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/01/mini-ham-and-egg-cups/

    This totally fits the bill! Eggs! Protien! Super fast just pop-in-the-microwave-and-run! So you do have to make them in advance, but once you’ve made a batch you have 12, which should last you a week. So. tasty as well. I love these and make them quite a lot.

    Do let us know what you end up trying/loving! I’d love to hear all about it.

  4. This sounds SUPER weird and it’s not a muffin, but I love protein “cookie dough,” which I found on a fitness blog. Just a scoop of protein powder (casein or vegan Sun Warrior are my favorites) mixed with 1/3 cup of raw oats, a dollop of nut butter and a splash of water to get things mixed up. I usually add some fruit on top, too. Easy to make and tastes ridiculously delicious, I swear!

  5. Others have suggested these, but egg muffins are my favorite. Just scramble some eggs with S&P and pour into a non-stick muffin tin. You can get adventurous with the add-ins by putting anything into the muffin cups and THEN adding the eggs. Can’t go wrong–spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, diced ham, cheese, etc. And flavor up your egg mix if you want with sriacha or coconut aminos. I bake them in the evening and then, once cool, put them in a tupperware in the fridge. As I run out the door in the mornings, I heat up a few for like 20 seconds and wrap them in a napkin to eat on the run.

    Also, I’m still on oatmeal (the plain instant kind) but have made it fresh by my add-ins–my current favorite (still going strong after a few months) is a generous heap of full fat plain greek yogurt (you need the fat to make it filling, in my opinion), berries, some ground flax seed, a few almonds and some honey or Stevia for a little sweetness. Yes, it’s caloric, but super healthy and it keeps me full for a good five hours.

  6. I am not at all a breakfast person and am usually fine getting through lunch because I tend to stay at the office later and come in later so late dinners and early(ish) lunches save me. But lately I’ve had 6 and 7 am calls. Not for the night owl. What I’ve found to be the most satisfying is something I can pack the night before with minimal effort and just eat at my desk. Enter leftovers. Usually the base is a grain (farro, barley, rice) and then I mix in whatever vegetables we had for dinner the night before (asparagus, brocoli rabe, peas, spinach, etc.), maybe some chopped roasted chicken or other leftover meat, and a vinaigrette with garlic, fresh herbs, good olive oil, and sherry vinegar and/or some cheese. It sounds like a strange hodgepodge (and it is) but it’s always changing and deeply satisfying if you’re ok with savory breakfast.

  7. I love this! I think we all pretend to be ‘that girl’ that reads her paper, drinks her oj and starts the day off like a princess. But we all know that breakfast is that kind of thing that is only loved when it is prepared. I have this same problem!

    I this website and this meal, they always have great options!
    http://thefoodclick.com/all-food/2013/08/08/individual-baked-oatmeal-cups

    Be sure to stop by on Wednesday’s for fun recipes!
    http://sincerelyshelbi.blogspot.com/

  8. Those Sweet Potato Five Spice Muffins look amazing! I actually write meal plans for busy people who need good on-the-go breakfast options, and I have some great muffin recipes! My Morning Glory Muffins are posted in the Recipes section, and I also have some Secret Ingredient Granola Muffins that have 93 grams of protein in 20–22 muffins. Since I’m such a big fan of eggs I also have lots of quick and make-ahead ways to eat eggs. Would love to share them with you and your readers.

  9. I totally hear you! I grew up eating a bowl of cereal every morning and it is still what I want to eat but an hour later my energy is in the dump as is my appetite. Try an egg in a wrap if you like that–I make one for my husband every morning for his breakfast in the car. Or if you can make these the night before, they stay for a couple of days and they are paleo. They are really yummy and you can take a few for breakfast. Here is the recipe: http://www.easypaleo.com/2012/01/23/my-favorite-egg-muffins/
    They are from Paleo Comfort Foods. Good luck! I can’t wait to try out some of these other recipes in the comments section!

    xo Annie
    allthingsbigandsmallblog.com

  10. I buy pre-hard boiled eggs from the regular grocery store or Trader Joes! I have one of those (remove the yolk) with salt and then a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter (I love White Chocolate Wonderful)– it’s so quick… I can eat it at home while getting ready or bring with me and eat at my desk (would prob be easy for the car too if that works for you!)

    Lots of protein is the key I’ve found :) Also, if buying pre-hard boiled eggs weirds you out (some people think it’s gross or strange– not me :)) you could just boil a batch on sunday nights too… but I really love not having to peel them!

  11. Eggs are not out of the question :) You could make hardboiled eggs beforehand, or even better, make a frittata. Its delish and you could put any veggies in there. You can make it in muffin tins or as a whole frittata.

    Also – try acorn squash with coconut milk (if you’re dairy free) + berries, nuts, almond butter, any toppings!

  12. I, too suffer from migraines and can’t skip breakfast. I used to eat muffins and carb-rich breakfasts, but switched to a high protein/fiber smoothie over a year ago and it has been so helpful! I don’t get hungry until lunch, which is good because hunger triggers migraines for me.

    Speaking of migraines, I am taking an all-natural supplement for my migraines that WORKS! I actually wrote a post about it today!

    http://www.savorhomeblog.com/2014/04/butterbur-all-natural-supplement-for.html

    Here is the smoothie that I have almost every morning: http://www.savorhomeblog.com/2013/06/my-favorite-breakfast-smoothie.html

  13. Oh those Gwyneth Paltrow muffins look like a great recipe! The sweet potato will fill you up and the spice power will give it a kick of taste. I usually grab a greek yogurt before I’m off for the day. I’m partial to one with crunchy add-ins like oats or almond slivers. Good luck on your muffin recipe hunt! xo Kelby

  14. I actually did a post on healthy and quick breakfast options on my blog ( http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.com ). Avocado toast and gluten-free coconut pancakes (you can make the night before and reheat) are my two favs lately. I also love light cream cheese and lox on whole-grain toast which takes like two minutes to make. Overnight oats are great too because you change up the flavors (cinnamon + maple and blueberry + lemon are my favs), and though it’s similar to oatmeal it tastes different enough and it’s served cold which is AMAZING on a hot morning! Hope this helps :-)

    http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.com

  15. I am the same way! The past few weeks I’ve been making overnight oats which is such a time saver! I just do 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup almond milk, a heaping spoon or two of plain nonfat Greek yogurt, a tbsp of honey and 1/2 cup or so of frozen mixed berries. I mix all the ingredients in a coffee mug which is easy to grab and go. I cover it with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge overnight. It’s super yummy and not oatmealy at all–I totally got burnt out on oatmeal too and actually started making this recipe to finish off a massive container of oats I’d bought before I got sick of oatmeal! Good luck!

  16. Bahaha…this made me laugh. I’ve been in a self imposed breakfast rut for a couple of years now. Every morning (and I mean every morning) I have a cup of tea, three freshly hard boiled egg whites and a banana that I share with my Great Dane.

    It’s mechanical, but I love it, and my tummy is always happy.

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