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?


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