Cooking is something I have recently fallen in love with, and I have no regrets about this relationship. Between wanting to learn how to cook for myself, and being exhausted with food offered at dining halls, I found that cooking for yourself is satisfying and for the most part, really fun. I’ve really enjoyed learning new recipes and sharing them with friends and family, and I have also loved learning from my friends.
If you want to replace your sugary cereal breakfasts and Pop-Tarts, here are a few great recipes my friends and I have come across that we love! They are completely doable, and even better- they’re healthy.
I’m sure you may have seen this video and recipe all over Facebook from Delish, but I decided to give it a go and make it! This was quite the adventure to me, because I have never eaten avocado besides in guacamole (I know, I can’t believe it either), and I also have only ever eaten scrambled or fried eggs. But I must say, I LOVED it. It is full of flavor and very warm and toasty, that it just melts in your mouth. It only took a few minutes to prep, and about 5 minutes to cook, so it is really easy! You can find the directions and video on how to make it here on Delish.
As a side note here are some healthy benefits about avocado you may not know about:
- Avocado is high in HEALTHY fats, unlike most fruits.
- They contain more potassium than bananas.
- Can reduce cholesterol levels significantly.
- They are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can help protect the eyes.
- They are really easy to incorporate into the diet since they go with all sorts of foods!
- 1 avocado
- 4 slices of bread
- 4 tbsp. butter, divided
- 4 eggs
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (substitute with low-fat cheese to make it even healthier!)
- 1 tbsp. Chopped chives
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Most of my teammates, especially my dear friend Rachel, swear by this as a delicious, healthy, and easy breakfast. Since we wake up so early three to four times a week, it is nice to have something you can just grab and eat on the way to morning practice, or before we lift. You just mix the ingredients together, stick it in the fridge for at least a few hours, or save it for the next morning. It really doesn’t get any easier!
- 1/2 c. Oats
- 1/2 c. almond or soy milk
- 2 Tbs. peanut butter
- 1 Tbs. Chia or Flax seeds
- 1 Tbs. cocoa powder (dark or regular)
- 1 chopped banana
Benefits of oats and oatmeal:
- Oats are extremely well-balanced and nutritious.
- High in antioxidants.
- Oats can improve blood sugar control.
- Very filling and can help you lose weight due to consuming fewer calories.
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas
This hearty breakfast is prefect if you want to make more than one serving to last you through the week and will definitely fill you up. Oatmeal baked with ripe bananas, blueberries, cinnamon, honey and walnuts… need I say more?? It is truly as delicious as it sounds.
A huge thank you to my friend Steph, for introducing me to this recipe that she found on Skinny Taste, and after trying it I am never going back! The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix any kind of fruits and nuts you like to make it your own, and also create more options when making this more than once.
- 2 medium ripe bananas, (the riper the better) sliced into 1/2″ pieces
- 1 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup honey (or agave)
- 1 cup uncooked quick oats*
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup fat-free milk (or any milk you desire)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Once you finish mixing and layering as the directions say to do, you pop it into the oven for 30 minutes to bake until golden brown. This meal is the perfect way to start off the day!
Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip French Toast
I love the convenience and versatility that comes with a crock pot, and I have used it so many times for a plethora of different recipes and this one was by far one of my favorites. I found this recipe on One She Two She, and I knew I had to try it since I love french toast and anything with chocolate in it. There is nothing better than mixing a few ingredients and letting it sit and do its thing!
This recipe is easy with few ingredients needed, and can be swapped out for healthier options if desired. You could use a wheat bread or Ezekiel and use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, and even use less sugar. You let the mixture soak overnight and then cook it on 4 hours on low. Find the rest here.
- 1 (1lb) loaf French bread, cut into cubes
- 3 large eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Old-fashioned oats can be easily made in the microwave, and you can add fruit, peanut butter, brown sugar, etc. to it to make another easy breakfast.
- Wheat toast with peanut butter or almond butter, and sliced banana on top is another way to get healthy fats, fruit, protein and carbs all in one slice.
- Scrambled eggs or egg whites with vegetables such as onions, peppers, maybe spinach and tomatoes in it makes for a filling and great breakfast.