Happy World Cup Opening Day! I work in a sports bar, so today should be filled with soccer fans and cheering crowds. Should be a fun shift, but I honestly can’t wait for the weekend.
Breakfast is my favorite meal. If I could have oatmeal, eggs, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and sausages for breakfast, lunch and dinner I would do so without thinking twice. Hence, the amazing dinner I put together last night when I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat anything.
However, I wasn’t always so jazzed about breaking the fast. Back when I was overweight, I rarely ate a substantial breakfast; a couple of times, I wouldn’t eat anything bigger than a half-liter bottle of Diet Coke. When I plateaued, I ate WAY too many calories at breakfast, then continued to overeat the rest of the day. When I was struggling with my eating disorder a few months ago, my breakfasts dwindled to a serving of Bob’s Red Mill Hot Cereal (my favorite oatmeal!), some water, a few blueberries, an apple, and a splash of milk. That adds up to around 250 calories. Add to that the fact I wouldn’t eat until 1, and my body was screaming for nourishment. Oh, how times have changed! And I owe it all to the fitness and health blogs I read.
I woke up today after sleeping close to a solid 9 hours (I fell asleep at 10!) craving carbs. I leaped out of bed and dashed downstairs and cooked myself a big bowl of them.
While I cooked, I ate an apple. I almost always start my day with a Fuji apple as either the first thing I eat or my pre-workout fuel. If I’m going a little longer that day, I’ll have half a banana pre-workout and then mix the banana into something else. This one was a Fuji and it was cold, crisp and delicious.
And then came the piece de resistance. This might be one of the better bowls of oats I’ve made…although I say that a LOT.
1/3 c Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran Hot Cereal
1/3 c Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
1/3 c water (with some added at the end to thin it up some)
1/4 c Nature’s Path Pumpkin Granola. I ate a little chunk before I added it in, and now that I’ve tasted it on it’s own, I like it! Although I still wish it tasted like pumpkin pie…
1/2 tbsp Whole Foods Flaked Coconut
1 tsp McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tbsp Stonewall Kitchen Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Jam
1tbsp Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
1 packet Truvia
Now, that is much better than my previous breakfast options! This was the perfect way to satisfy my craving. Nutty, sweet, hearty and creamy.
I learned the ‘nut butter in oats’ trick from a number of blogs, including Kath Eats Real Food and Edible Perspective, and thank God I did because what an amazing idea! I’ve tried putting peanut butter into my oats before, but I think because I don’t normally use raw peanut butter it doesn’t combine as well. Almond butter works so much better (also, cashew butter is awesome in oatmeal!). Justin’s Maple Almond Butter is absolutely delicious. It’s creamy and thick without being sloppy like other almond butters. I love Woodstock Farms but it can be very runny; sometimes it’s hard to get a tablespoon without having to clean up the spoon with my finger afterwards. Not that I’m complaining…
Now, you might think that is a whole heck of a lot of food. Well, keep in mind that I don’t usually snack in the morning (my Achilles heel is afternoon and morning snacking), so this has to hold me over until around 1:30. Also, that entire bowl clocks in at around 450 calories, so I could technically have a handful of something around 11:30 and it wouldn’t be a problem. I might pack some strawberries or a peach and eat that on the way into work.
Today is my day off from working out. My body is tired and needs a rest day, which I sometimes forget it needs. I run myself into the ground too often, and crawling into bed at 8:30 last night may have been a sign that I’m working too hard. I plan to be renewed.
What are some of your favorite breakfasts?