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 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:
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)
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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