I don’t think I’ll ever become a true “morning person” no matter how old I get. It always baffles me that my dad gets up at 5 am, with or without an alarm. It doesn’t matter if he’s got to be at work or if we’re just relaxing on vacation, he’s up and ready to go. This is not my style. My style is more like this: “GOD I HATE MY ALARM MAKE IT STOP! Okay….now I’m up…”
If you’re like this too, it’s okay. I don’t think “morning people” (as they call themselves) can be trusted. Despite my lack of excitement about early hours, I MUST eat breakfast in the morning. Like, I become The Incredible Hulk when I don’t eat. The Snickers commercial is right: you’re not you when you’re hungry. But who really wants to waste time making pancakes or other time-consuming breakfasts when you’re tired and trying to get out the door? “Not I”, said the fly. Here is my favorite go-to breakfast during the work week:
Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Pumpkin: I have a wheat allergy, so I use Bob’s Red Mill quick cooking oats. You can use any type of oats you want, but I’m a big fan of Bob’s. I add some water (just eyeball it, probably 1/4 of a cup….) and cook the oats in the microwave for a minute. Then I add some Better N Peanut Butter. If you’ve never had this type of peanut butter, it will literally change your life. It tastes different than normal peanut butter, but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s like the inside of a candy bar. Would you believe me if I told you it has less calories and fat than regular peanut butter? Because it does. I add just a spoonful or two of that peanut butter to the oats next. The reason I use this peanut butter is because it’s smoother and stirs in better. You can find both the Red Mill oats and the Better ‘N Peanut Butter in the organic section of most grocery stores. After that, I add in a spoonful or two of pumpkin puree. It gives it a nice flavor, a little unexpected. I love it. The peanut butter and pumpkin make a great combination. This is one of my absolute favorite breakfast meals. It’s sweet but not too sweet, and it always keeps me full.
I’m also a big fan of egg whites and salsa. That’s pretty simple. Pour some egg whites in a bowl (the side of the carton tells you the egg white to egg ratio so you know how much to pour). Put it in the microwave for a minute, whisk with a fork, put in for another fifteen seconds or so. Add some salsa on top for flavor and you’re good to go.
I’m also a big fan of making a quick smoothie. I’ll throw Greek yogurt, skim milk, and frozen fruit in a blender and call it a day. So easy, and good for when I’m not starving but know I need to eat. This is also good when it’s unforgivably hot out at 8 am.
What I want to try: Cookie Dough Oatmeal. How good does that sound, right? I saw this on Pinterest (obviously) when Lauren Conrad pinned it. If you don’t follow her, you should. She is awesome at Pinterest. The recipe only calls for a few ingredients:
- 1/2 cup(s) of old fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp. of cookie butter
- 1 tbsp. of sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp. of dark chocolate chips
And I don’t know what cookie butter is, but I think I need to find out really quickly. It sounds amazing. Has anyone been introduced to this magic yet? Am I living under a rock?