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New Year, New [Morning] You | Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Weekday mornings are always a struggle in our house.  My kids wake up full-blast in the morning and I'm so focused on getting them dressed, fed and my oldest to school, that I don't ever get to finish my own breakfast.  I look forward to the weekends when I can enjoy a nice hot breakfast with my husband, since he's typically already out of the door by the time we wake up on weekday mornings.

Last year I relied on basic breakfast foods to get us through the year.  This year, I'm hoping to be able to switch things up a bit and make breakfasts that my husband and I enjoy that are healthy and fun -   breakfasts that I can even prepare the night before to make mornings easier.

I don't know what it is about a new year, but it changes something that, in a sense, allows me start over and start fresh.  It's almost like everything that didn't work well for me last year can be wiped away and I can start with a clean slate.  Obviously nothing has actually changed and it's all in my head, but I always feel the need to try something different at the start of a new year.

After browsing Pinterest for quite some time this week, I was inspired to try some healthy breakfast recipes that could become staples in our house.  This weekend I made egg stuffed bell pepper rings and chocolate-cherry overnight oats, and paired them with my favorite Trop50 juice beverage.  Trop50 offers the great-tasting goodness of orange juice with 50% less sugar and calories.

I'm typically just a water drinker in the morning because I can't drink a big cup of sugar when I first wake up.  Because Trop50 is squeezed from fresh oranges, but doesn't taste overly sweet, has no artificial sweetener and provides 100% of my vitamin C needs, it's the perfect breakfast companion for me.

Trop50 also makes the perfect breakfast smoothie base and cocktail or mocktail base.  I may or may not have enjoyed a Trop50 Screwdriver last night, but we'll leave that for another article (wink).

Healthy (and Practical) Breakfast Ideas for Adults

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are such an easy prep-ahead breakfast.  You can literally add just about anything you like to them to jazz them up, too.  Here is a basic overnight oats recipe to get you started:

- 2/3 c Unsweetened Milk of your Choice
- 1/2-1/3 c Greek Yogurt (plain or flavored - I used Cherry-Chocolate)
- 1/2 c Rolled Oats
- 1 tbsp Ground Flaxmeal or Chia Seeds (whole or ground)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- 0-2 tbsp Simple Syrup, Agave, Honey or Maple Syrup

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit, covered, in a jar or cup overnight.  Serve with a glass of Trop50.

* Some of my favorite add-ins are mini chocolate chips, tiny pieces of banana, pumpkin spice flavors (pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg) or fresh strawberries.

Egg in a Bell Pepper Ring (egg in a port hole)

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Adults

This is a very simple way to jazz up basic fried eggs.  Start by washing and drying the bell pepper of your choice (I prefer red).

- Slice your bell pepper into rings, remove seeds
- Place bell pepper rings in a low-medium heat pan with a little bit of olive oil
- crack an egg into a bowl, then carefully pour into one egg ring (LARGE eggs might be too big for your rings, so divide them between two pepper rings)
- Season with salt and pepper, flip to finish cooking.

Serve hot beside your overnight oats with a cold glass of Trop50.

I hope these simple recipes have inspired you to step-up your breakfast game in 2017.  Take more time for yourself and plan ahead if necessary.  You deserve a good breakfast!

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Deanna Watson said...

OMG I want to come to your house for breakfast! Thanks for the ideas. I love orange juice in the morning.

Lauryn Rescoe said...

I have definitely never thought about making an egg in a bell pepper before, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

Kristie said...

I love orange juice! Yum! Love the bell pepper idea! I love bell peppers. I really love the make ahead ideas! I'm not a morning person so easy and fast is very important. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you! Happy 2017!

Elena said...

Looks yummy! I love orange juice.

Gala said...

Such a tasty and easy breakfast, orange juice is the best in the morning

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