Happy Monday morning!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  Mine was the perfect balance of relaxing and getting things accomplished.

As much as I love oatmeal (especially chocolate), I’ve been getting bored with the same breakfasts.  Friday morning I tried a single serving of Angela’s buckwheat porridge, soaking 1/4 cup of buckwheat groats overnight…

The next morning, I pureed the buckwheat with some chia seeds (1.5 tsp), almond milk (3 Tbsp), orange juice (2 Tbsp, but pineapple would have been better), coconut flakes (1 Tbsp + 1 tsp for topping), and stevia.  Topped with some sliced bananas for a “tropical” breakfast.

The flavor was good, but I wasn’t crazy about the texture.  Anyone else like cold buckwheat for breakfast?  Suggestions?

Saturday morning’s workout called for a filling, warm egg sandwich once I got home.

Sandwich thin, 1 egg + 1 egg white, 2 slices 2% American cheese, and 2 cups spinach, sautéed.  Delicious.

Sunday morning breakfast #1: Apple Cinnamon Chobani (my last one! :( ) pancakes a la Jess:

I split the batch with my husband so I was hungry a few hours later, so I made a smoothie.  Smoothies were my go-to breakfast all summer last year, and I’m happy the warm weather is slowly coming back – they’re filling and versatile.

In the big bullet cup: 2 cups spinach, 1 cup almond milk, 6 strawberries, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, stevia, 1 tsp nutritional yeast.

This morning I wanted cold oats but hadn’t planned ahead last night – enter “faux”-vernight oats.

Inspired by my carrot cake breakfast cookie.

Faux-vernight Oats (Carrot cake version)

by Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

Prep Time: 4 min

Cook Time: 1 min (+ additional cooling time)


Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 small carrot, shredded
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 3 Tbsp water or almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt


Microwave shredded carrot, oats, and water for about 1 minute (until water is absorbed and carrots are soft).

If desired, let cool slightly.

Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.

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Approximate nutrition: 240 calories, 4 grams fat, 13 grams protein

The same texture and refreshing cool temperature as overnight oats without the 8 hour wait! :)

What’s your breakfast routine been like lately?

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