A Week’s Worth of Breakfasts

What does a food blogger eat for breakfast?

In my blog post Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, I talked about how most of my meals – the undocumented ones – are actually pretty simple and nutritious, almost boring. And while I do get to enjoy some fabulous brunches during the weekends, on most days my breakfasts are the same: simple, nothing fancy, and really easy to prepare.

I usually eat breakfast at work, although whenever I work out in the mornings, I eat something small at home too – a banana, an apple with some peanut butter, a medjool date, half a LARABAR, or a glass of soy milk or chocolate milk. During the weekends when I have more time, I’ll make brunch at home, and it’ll usually involve eggs.

I documented my breakfast everyday for a full week and here’s what I had:

Monday: greek yogurt with fresh blueberries

I like starting my week right, and there is something that is so right about rich, creamy, protein-packed Greek yogurt topped with a big handful of fruit (I refilled my cup with blueberries about two more times).

Chobani makes it hard for me to choose which flavor yogurt I like the best. Pineapple used to be my very favorite, but then I discovered Mango and I went 50-50. Then I discovered Lemon, which goes oh-so-well with juicy blueberries. And now there’s Black Cherry, which reminds me of my favorite lipstain when I was in high school, and one of my favorite OPI nail polish colors (not that I ate either of those, hmmm). So I guess I am 25-25-25-25 for favorite Greek yogurt flavors…

Tuesday: chocolate overnight oats with fresh strawberries

I love oatmeal! This overnight oats version contained 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, 1/4 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Butter, a sprinkle of chia seeds, and a sprinkle of coconut flakes. I mixed everything in a bowl and let it chill overnight, then in the morning I topped it with fresh strawberries.

Wednesday: Starbucks strawberry smoothie

This used to be called the protein smoothie because it had whey protein but Starbucks changed the name to just plain “strawberry smoothie” – it boasts good nutritional stats and it contains a whole banana too, so it is pretty filling. I make it a point to get some protein after a tough workout so this fits the bill perfectly. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) I get the chocolate version, and whenever I do that I ask for an extra shot of espresso.

I know I can easily make my own smoothies at home – and I do make green monsters often – but let’s be honest, there are days when I’m too lazy to do so and it’s much easier to go to Starbucks.

Thursday: cottage cheese with hot sauce

Are you grossed out? For some reason, I find that cottage cheese tends to repel a lot of people. Well, not me – I love it! My friend Meghan introduced me to this tasty idea of adding hot sauce – particularly Frank’s Red Hot – to my cottage cheese (I used to eat it plain hehe) and now I don’t want to eat cottage cheese any other way. It is so good! Franks’ Buffalo Sauce works too.

Afterwards I ate orange but I didn’t get to take a picture of it because I had to attend a conference call. How do other bloggers do it, take pictures of their food every single day, for every single meal?? I did this for seven days straight and admittedly it wasn’t that fun. Plus some of the things I eat are really just not photogenic at all. So don’t expect Confessions of a Chocoholic to turn into a food journal. Not only am I sure to forget to take pictures of everything, but there is a big likelihood that I will lose some readers and/or potential boyfriends if I do.

Friday: cereal with vanilla soy milk and a chopped banana

I really like cereal, even if I don’t eat it often.  I always have one box at home and now I have Barbara’s Puffins newest flavor: Peanut Butter and Chocolate. I thought it would be amazing but it actually wasn’t that great, and I like the plain Peanut Butter flavor much more. I like using different kinds of milk too: either skim milk, nonfat chocolate milk, vanilla soy milk, chocolate soy milk, or dark chocolate almond milk. Obviously I like things really chocolate-y.

Saturday: bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich

I wish I could say I ate some fruit after this too, or maybe even added some avocado slices just to have something green, but I did not.

Sunday: scrambled eggs with salsa, slice of apricot-walnut bread, and bowl of cherries

This was my lazy Sunday breakfast. It was easy to whip together some soft scrambled eggs with spicy salsa and eat it with a slice of bread from Hi-Rise bakery, which I bought from the Charles Square Farmers Market. And I like having a bowl of nice, cold cherries for dessert. I am sad that cherry season is coming to an end because I really love those fresh beauties.

So there you go, a week’s worth of breakfast. Were you surprised that I don’t eat dessert for breakfast every day? (Just almost every day…)

I have more breakfast ideas in my recipe page, check it out and let me know if you try one! What do you usually eat for breakfast?


27 Responses to “A Week’s Worth of Breakfasts”

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    Sue/the view from great island posted September 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

    With the possible exception of the cottage cheese and hot sauce ;) everything looks healthy and delish. As far as I’m concerned, Hi Rise Bakery is heaven on earth, and I neeeeed a slice of that apricot walnut bread…how about re-creating it?

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted September 7, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I usually eat Greek yogurt with dried fruit and nuts, but I love the Starbucks chocolate banana smoothie with a shot of espresso. It was my once a week treat when I worked downtown!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted September 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I could never take pictures of all my meals, either! I think I’d go crazy.

    Your chocolate overnight oats sound so good- I wish they didn’t bother my stomach because I’d love to try your version!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted September 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Greek yogurt is generally my go to during the week, and on the weekends I love either waffles or a salsa omelette.

    Chocolate overnight oats sound wonderful, I’ll have to give those a try

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    MelissaNibbles posted September 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I love cottage cheese! I like to use it as a base for dips instead of sour cream.

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} posted September 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

    OMG! How have I not thought of this before? I LOVE cottage cheese, and I can literally drink hot sauce….its perfect!!

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    Elizabeth posted September 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been meaning to try choc pb puffins!!

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    Michelle posted September 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love cottage cheese and I think I might give this hot sauce idea a try!

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Michelle, yup you would love it!

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    Meghan posted September 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    LOVE the cottage cheese and hot sauce!!! I put that sh*t on everything!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted September 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Ah! Cottage cheese and hot sauce – never would have thought of that but sounds right up your alley! I’m impressed that your breakfasts vary so much. I kinda eat the same thing for weeks at a time. Booooring.

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    Megan posted September 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I have been eating a granola bar every morning since starting my new job, so I’m actually kind of jealous of your more creative breakfasts. I either need more time in the morning to eat breakfast, or I need to find options to start bringing it with me!

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    Joanne posted September 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I am SO boring when it comes to breakfast…eating the same thing every day. I could never be one of those bloggers who photographs all their meals.

    I am so impressed by the variety in your breakfast life! Everything looks SO good.

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    Erica posted September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Wow! You have such variety! I am very boring with my breakfasts. Chobani is awesome..and protein first thing in the AM really kicks things off right. Have a good one :)

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    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures posted September 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Your breakfasts are fabulous! I’m a BIG Greek yogurt fan too!!!

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    meri posted September 9, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I’ve never had cottage cheese with hot sauce. I’m intrigued!

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    Hannah posted September 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Ahhhh! I totally used to eat cottage cheese with tabasco sauce (and sometimes, nutritional yeast) all the time, but never told anyone because it seemed gross. REPRESENT!

    (I’m ignoring the Chobani and Starbucks, though, because it makes me too jealous.)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted September 9, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Those all look like yummy breakfasts to me. Well, minus the cottage cheese one. That stuff makes me vomit. LOL

    I lvoe seeing other bloggers’ breakfasts. Probably bec it is only my favorite meal of the day!

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Haha Tina yeah I realized people are either love-it or hate-it with cottage cheese!

  18. #
    Errign posted September 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love breakfast :) I like the chocolate Starbucks smoothie :)

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    miriam posted September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I like the documentation – and neat effects on the pictures!
    Breakfast for me varies. Some mornings I like leftovers, others I need to eat just toast and cheese. Usually, it’s some form of toasty thing and protein. I just brought back bagels from New York and have some stellar breakfasts lined up :)

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    newlywed posted September 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I love this post! I am always so curious about the things the people eat for breakfast, which is odd, I know. As for me, any peanut butter and banana combo usually does it, though I’m getting my fall craving for oatmeal already.

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    Heather posted September 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Love Chobani lemon with blueberries, flavors work so well!

    I usually stick with cereal and milk or yogurt and fruit for breakfast, simple!

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    Sarah@Spinach&Spice posted September 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I LOVE eggs :D And I’ve been loving the lemon chobani + blueberries as of late too! Cottage cheese and hot sauce? Why haven’t I tried this.. I bet its a great snack and would be good with veg for dipping!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted September 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Is it weird that I enjoy seeing what other people eat? Hehe. I got some good ideas for my own breakfasts tho :)

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen posted September 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

    We eat a hot breakfast almost every day of the week. My husband just might love that cottage cheese combination. I know he’s thrown in some Tabasco or Cholula sauce in the past.

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    Olga @ MangoTomato posted September 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

    that bacon egg and cheese is my favorite!
    I get sort of unmotivated when it comes to breakfast. one thing I love is WASA crackers with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

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