I get up at 3:45am and have to be to work at 5:00am. I work 6 days a week for 6 hours each day at a fairly physically demanding job. Breakfast is VERY important. I need a breakfast that "packs a punch" as they say. Oftentimes, I make regular oatmeal in the microwave with water and bluberries or something similar. It is actually very good, but it does get tiring. I've found a couple of recipes for overnight things that can be either made ahead of time or put in the crock pot overnight, but all of these things are some version of oats and fruit.
I love Alicia's breakfast of soup and a grain and even greens if possible, but with the very early morning schedule, there is no way I have time to do all that and get to work on time. Getting up earlier, is not a possibility.
I do love oats but get tired of them and want variety. I also don't really like the idea of using the microwave to cook anything, ever, but it has seemed like what I needed to do for lack of creativity and knowing what to put in the crock pot (or make ahead)
What do you guys like to eat for a super fast and energizing breakfast?
Any type of leftovers rolled up in a tortilla with a little hot sauce. Yum. I try to cook up a large batch of beans, greens, and brown rice once a week so that if i'm in a time crunch I can just throw something together. Or a slice of ezekial bread toasted with pb, banana slices and brown rice syrup.
I know you said you get tired of oats, and that's my "go-to" bfast. How about some breakfast burritos? They refridgerate well, then you would just have to micro for 15 - 20 seconds to heat them, then go. Zucchini bread, banana bread, any similar with almond or nut butter and some fruit? I do this combo, or a pbj, before half-marathons, the nut butters really keep me feeling satisfied and energized. Could make a smoothie the night before and there's no prep required when you wake up, add something solid like some fruit and sunflower seeds, pretty easy.
I often soak chickpeas overnight, and drain them well in the morning. Add cinnamon, sliced fruit, and perhaps some rolled oats (just add some water). I've also tried leftover grains (rice or barley) and although it is really strange, it is yummy! Oats seem "neutral" to me, meaning they can go either sweet or savory. Try adding liquid braggs, nutritional yeast, or some greens on oatmeal...To avoid the microwave, cook the oats on the stove top. Remove from heat, and add chopped greens on top and they will lightly steam while the oatmeal cools a bit. Again, sounds weird, but it is yummy!
I also get up early to workout and then eat my breakfast at work. I make my meals the night before and sometimes days in advance. I usually do oatmeal, almond milk, walnuts and blueberries but I have also been trying to have greens for breakfast. I made a cup of quinoa and put it in the fridge. I added pine nuts, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes to it and had that for breakfast. It lasted about 4 days. I have also had quinoa with basil and pine nuts. You don't even need to heat it but you can.
Thanks for the suggestions! I plan to make use of several of them.
I do like the sound of pine nuts, (and have wanted to use them in other recipes too) but I wonder about the price... our little town FINALLY got a health food store and it's over $11 for a little bag of them. The prices on their stuff is generally very reasonable so I wonder... is that a normal price for pine nuts? I can't seem to find them anywhere else in town...
Make up a big batch of the scrambled tofu from TKD, keep it in your fridge, and make breakfast burritos with Ezekiel tortillas! All you'd have to do is heat it up.
Arrowhead Mills makes a yummy Rice & Shine rice porridge that makes a great "cheat" version of the soft rice porridge from the book. You just add hot water to it, throw on your apricots, sunflower seeds, and parsley and you are done.
I buy a muti grain oatmeal from Whole Foods,add almond milk,walnuts,hemp seeds,sesame seeds, a sliced banana,and alittle maple syrup. Its amazing filling and hold me over for 5 hours or more. packs 24 grams of protein too.