Starting the day off with the right breakfast is crucial. I'm still feeding Harlow once in the middle of the night, so I wouldn't say I wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed, um, EVER! I need my morning meal to provide energy beyond my Yeti tumbler full of coffee.
Here are a couple of breakfast recipes I alternate during the week to get me going and ensure I get enough protein, fruit, and veggies for both my own well-being and for breastfeeding purposes.
I started making this green drink when I was pregnant because all I could stomach was something cold and slightly sweet. Since I couldn't subsist on milkshakes alone, I came up with this delicious concoction that satisfied my craving plus packed in three servings of veggies.
To make this smoothie, I highly suggest going with a Vega protein powder. It's plant-based, very low sugar, and provides 20g protein per scoop AND two servings of greens. I like the vanilla and coconut almond flavors for this recipe. You can get it at Target, Whole Foods, or order it online.
In your blender or NutriBullet (what I use), toss in the following:
I add chia seeds and flax seeds for extra nutrition. Feel free to add ice if you want it thicker and chilled. Not a bad idea on these 90 degree days.
GREEK YOGURT BERRY BOWL
I adore this breakfast bowl for being both delicious and super quick to throw together. Except for slicing the strawberries, I literally just toss everything in the bowl and get on with my morning. I recently switched to plain 0% fat greek yogurt after reading multiple nutritionists implore us to stop eating the sugar-laden fruit-in-the-bottom pre-mixed yogurts, like Chobani. Admittedly, I was kinda annoyed and thought it wasn't that big of a deal, but I like this concoction so much better than any of the pre-made versions.
One cup plain, fat-free greek yogurt (I buy the big tubs of Fage and eat on it for a week or more)
Mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are in the picture above)
One teaspoon or less of organic agave nectar (optional)
Okay, I'm sure the nutritionists wouldn't approve of that last ingredient, but sometimes you want just a smidge of sweetness to indulge in. And hey, they're after our coffee creamers, too, and they can't take it all away for crying out loud. It's just not humane.