I’ve had a number of conversations with some friends and family about breakfast recently, and so I decided to put together a collection of morning food photos from the past few months. Once upon a time I ate overnight oats for breakfast every day! As I’ve mentioned more than once lately, I’m going the grain free route most of the time and don’t even miss my beloved oats, cold cereal or cinnamon raisin Ezekiel toast with almond butter and banana.
(This [sorta scary] blog post is a good but lengthy explanation of why I’ve chosen to follow a mostly grain free lifestyle. The Paleo Solution, Wheat Belly and The Primal Blueprint are loaded with convincing info and studies too.)
I’m up every day right around 6 AM, drink a couple cups of coffee with half and half and usually feel ready for something more substantial anywhere between 9:30 and 10:30. These days, breakfast is usually some form of protein and a vegetable.
This was today’s breakfast beauty, tossed salad with salmon. I had an email conversation with a friend yesterday about canned salmon and it left me with a hankering for salmon salad this morning.
This salad started with half an avocado (mashed), a tbsp of dijon mustard, a little extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once my dressing ingredients were well combined, I added half a can of salmon and then half a small cucumber, one shredded carrot and half of a giant (DELICIOUS!) tomato and a heaping handful of pre-prepped salad greens.
Stirred together to coat the vegetables well with the fish and dressing mix, and then plopped it into a shallow salad plate and called it breakfast.
(The Other Half got an exact replica of this salad with the other half of all the half ingredients I just listed.)
If it’s not a vegetable on the side, it’s a low sugar fruit like berries. We are smack dab in the middle of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in upstate New York and I am berry, berry happy about that. (*insert canned laughter here*)
A breakfast example from earlier this summer, leftover salmon from dinner with some strawberries and raspberries.
This particular pink breakfast was shared with the guy in green.
Another day it was one over easy egg (usually two, but there was only one egg left!) a couple of Applegate Farms sausage links with a side of steamed broccoli.
Making extra of whatever we’re having for dinner makes it easy to add to add some vegetables to my breakfast plate.
Same plate, different day. Same vegetable, different meat. Two over easy eggs, bacon and more broccoli.
If I have time in the morning, I might saute up a big bunch of kale. This was breakfast earlier this week, served along side sliced ham from a local pig farmer.
In order to prep kale though, I need to find a way to keep the little boy busy,
or else this happens while I’m standing at the sink.
(Do you see what I mean? This is also the reason my kitchen chairs are now laying on their sides for most the day.)
When he’s at the sink he’s photo bombing my kale pictures, but at least he’s not standing on the table.
If I’m short on time or we need to be out the door first thing, I usually go the “yogurt and berries” route.
Plain whole milk kefir, a handful of frozen strawberries, half a banana, a handful of spinach – GO!
Or kefir poured over fresh strawberries, no blender needed – I’ll use my teeth today, thanks. (P.S., this makes a great afternoon snack too.)
A patriotic combo of blueberries, plain full fat greek yogurt and strawberries.
Or some pitted cherries, sunk into a bowl of regular plain full fat yogurt.
And for the record, I use to think people who ate plain yogurt had no taste buds, but plain yogurt is The Bomb. The Fermented Bomb. Maybe it’s because I go the full fat/whole milk route now so it’s more palatble than low fat or fat free? Whatever the case, I love it – don’t be afraid to try it!
So that’s what I’ve got. Eating anything good for breakfast these days? Tell us all about it!