Breakfast

“Why would anyone ever eat anything but breakfast foods? Because, Leslie, they’re idiots.” A conversation between Leslie Knope and the great Ron Swanson that sums up my feelings perfectly.

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

So.Effing.Good.

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

Because there’s no rule that says Pumpkin has to be reserved for Sept-Nov. I give you Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes. p.s. I personally prefer waffles but have yet to find a solid recipe for them that doesn’t involve a box of the pre-mixed stuff…stay tuned.

What You Need:
(Makes approx. 6-8 pancakes)

Vanilla Protein Powder – 1 scoop
Egg Whites – 2 (or 1 egg)
Canned Pumpkin – 1/4 cup
Unsweetened Applesauce – 1/4 cup
Skim Milk – 1 tbsp
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Cinnamon – 1 tsp
Nutmeg – 1 tsp
Mini Chocolate Chips – 1-2 tbsp (optional – but mandatory for me)

Prep egg whites in a separate bowl, set aside
In large mixing bowl, combine protein powder, canned pumpkin and applesauce
Gently fold in egg whites
Add cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder, mix until well-blended
Add skim milk and mix
Add chocolate chips, mix until all thoroughly combined
Cook over low-medium heat as you would normal pancakes then add your favorite toppings to finish em off! I’ve topped with applesauce, blueberries or, the classic, a little butter and sugar-free maple syrup. Did I mention YUM?

Easy Egg White Omelet

So.Effing.Good.

Spinach, Egg White & Mozzarella Omelet

It’s always – I repeat ALWAYS – okay to have breakfast anytime of day. A staple of that, at least for me, is eggs. If you want to add a little extra goodness to your eggs, might I suggest a delish and easy omelet? Pair it with waffles topped with peanut butter and fruit (shown here), a sweet potato or some mixed veggies with pasta, and it’s a great meal any time of day – easy and quick too!

What You Need: (Makes 1 small omelet – I typically make 2)

Muscle Egg or Egg Beaters Egg Whites – ½ cup
Shredded mozzarella cheese – ¼ cup or so
Spinach – 1 package frozen
Salt and Pepper – Dashes of each
Cook the spinach in the microwave according to package directions (6-8 minutes)
Set aside half the spinach for a later meal
Heat a small skillet over medium (I like to use a small skillet so flipping the omelet isn’t a disaster)
Pour the Egg into the pan
Allow the egg to set a few minutes; begin checking by slightly lifting edges
As egg starts to take shape, lift edges and shake gently while tilting the pan to help move around the still-liquid portions of the egg to cook
When it seems the egg is fairly firm, flip (this is the tricky part and takes a little practice – but even if it breaks, you can still make it a scramble!)
Place a few spoonfuls of spinach on one side of the omelet
Sprinkle most of the cheese on that same side
Fold the uncovered half of the egg over the edge to create the omelet pocket shape
Let cook a bit, the flip until both sides are done; top with remaining cheese, if any
Top with the remaining spinach

Very Berry Banana Oat Muffins Muffins

These include healthy swaps like protein powder, applesauce and my personal favorite, Muscle Egg. They’re healthy, light and with all the berries, oh so yummy!

What You Need:
 (makes about 18 big or 24 small muffins)

Vanilla Protein Powder – 1 big scoop
All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
Quick Oats – 1 cup
Granulated Sugar – 1/2 cup
Baking Powder – 2 tsp
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Muscle Egg – 3/4 cup
Skim Milk – 3/4 cup
Unsweetened Applesauce – 1/3 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1/2 tsp
Ripe Banana – 2 medium
Blueberries – 1/2 cup or 1 small container if you really like berries
Raspberries – 1/4 cup, halved or quartered if they’re really big

Preheat oven to 350
Spray muffin tins
Mash banana with a fork, set aside
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients
In a smaller bowl, combine Muscle Egg, milk, oil and vanilla
Add in the mashed banana
Gradually combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix well
Gently fold in berries
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full
Bake for 25 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test

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