Friday, January 21, 2011

Take 5: Easy Breakfasts

I know you've heard it before, but breakfast is such an important meal of the day! Few of us have time to cook up a full-fledged breakfast, but there are plenty options out there that give you energy and nutrients without requiring much of your time.

1. Peanut Butter and Banana Wrap

This is my ultimate go-to. I have it at least once a week, every week.

On a whole wheat wrap, spread peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, your choice!) and then top with sliced banana (you'll only need 1/3-1/2 of a banana). Roll up and enjoy!

2. Cottage Cheese with (Homemade) Preserves and (Fresh) Fruit

Cottage cheese has tons of protein, did you know that? I was wary of it for a while. It looks funny, it's called cheese, but you mix it with fruit? Once I got over my hesitations, though, I realized it's a great addition to my line-up!

Top 1 cup of cottage cheese with fruit preserves and/or chopped fresh fruit. We are lucky enough to get homemade preserves from The Mr.'s grandmother, but Smucker's works just as well.

3. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sammies

A diner classic. A prefect addition to your weekly line-up.

Scramble two eggs. Top with a slice of cheese and allow to melt. Transfer to a toasted sandwich bun (or croissant, English muffin, or bagel) and top with one crisp bacon slice, halved into two pieces. If your mornings are typically rushed, make this in the evening, refrigerate over night, and pop in the microwave in the morning. It's not quite as good, but it works!

4. Frozen Yoplait Smoothies

These are new on the market. Just blend the frozen chunks of smoothie, fruity goodness with milk and you've got yourself a fresh-tasting smoothie. Here's the Yoplait description. What's pictured is the Mixed Berry flavor.

5. PB & Banana on Toasted English Muffin

I, for one, can't get enough of the peanut butter and banana combination. And before you claim that this is a copy-cat of #1, please note that it's not! First of all, a toasted English muffin offers a slight crunch, and the fact that it's piping hot when you spread the peanut butter makes for an extra creamy, warm delight. And, with this breakfast, you kinda get two for the price of one. :)

Toast an English muffin; spread with peanut butter, and top with sliced banana (about 1/2 of one regular banana).

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