My Breakfast Story



My muscles have been feeling a bit tight this week! It is no doubt due to being back to work baking + hunching at my desk! I tell you, I didn’t have one twinge of muscle pain while on vacation, even with all the running I did! I think Florida is good for the body… ;)

I decided to start my morning off with 20 minutes of Yoga Sculpt #1 over at yogadownload. I definitely worked up a sweat by the end. I capped it off with 10 minutes of Yoga for Runner’s. I felt so good, if someone would have offered me a free massage I would have passed them by! hehe…not really, but I did feel really good!

This morning I had one thing on my mind after yoga…KEEN-WAAAH.


PB, J, & B Breakfast Quinoa


Into the pot goes…

  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 mashed, ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)

Directions: Stir together above ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and stir frequently for about 8-10 minutes being careful not to burn. If it dries out, add a bit more milk. Pour into a bowl and add toppings!

My toppings:

  • Crave Glo Bar (Peanut butter, cacao nibs, and cherry)
  • Strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon roasted peanut butter


I used half a Crave Glo Bar on top.


I forgot about the jam in the back of the fridge! I love jam!


On the spoon: Organic strawberry jam, peanut butter, Crave Glo Bar + quinoa mix!


A great start to Friday!


I like to spread the goodness all around!


I should be good for a solid 4 hours on this.

While I enjoyed this bowl a lot, I still prefer the Vegan overnight oats– and I admit I was kind of wishing I had those instead of this! Total…BREAKFAST ENVY! :mrgreen:

My breakfast story:

My breakfasts used to be a sad sight. When I was struggling with disordered eating, I would have the same tiny breakfast day in and day out. I remember being just 12 years old (that is when my struggle with food really took hold) and only allowing myself half of a packet of instant oatmeal. Sadly, my approach to breakfast didn’t improve throughout my teenage years when I would often have just 1 apple for breakfast. I was hungry all morning and never had any energy. I never thought that I deserved a balanced and hearty breakfast like other people did.

Then I started reading food blogs a few years ago. I saw other people eating delicious breakfasts each morning and something inside me started to change. I started to think that I was worthy of a filling and energizing breakfast too. I started experimenting with green monsters, oatmeal, pancakes, cereals, and I fell in love with healthy breakfasts and how they make me feel…energized and full of energy for the day’s tasks. I also realized that I didn’t gain weight by eating a big breakfast which was something I always feared previously.

Some of my favourite breakfast foods now include: Healthy Spelt Pancakes For One, Peanut Butter Banana Bomb Muffins, green monsters, Creamy PB + J Oatmeal Parfait, Energize Me Creamy Fruit Dip, Glowing Sunshine Juice, and Healthy Peanut Butter Coconut Swirl Pancakes.

Breakfast is FUN for me now…it took a long time to get here, but it was worth the fight!

Today’s question- Do you approach breakfast differently than you used to? How so? What did you used to eat for breakfast 5-10 years ago and what do you have now? Are you inspired by blogs to change up your breakfasts?

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1 Jenny April 9, 2010

I used to be the same- I think a lot of us used to eat baby breakfasts! Oatmeal and pb is now a staple foe me:)


2 Emmanuelle April 9, 2010

Yum, love this breakfast!
I’ve always had breakfast, no matter what. My mum was adamant my brother and I got to school on a full stomach, it was usually chocolate cereal and milk, and freshly pressed orange juice (thanks mum by the way!). My body is used to having breakfast in the morning, I wake up hungry, and I think breakfast is my favourite meal ;-)

Even when I was struggling with bingeing, 10 years ago, breakfast was never an issue, and strangely enough I have had in general healthy breakfasts since university. My breakfasts have evolved over the years though, especially since I started reading food blogs, and I have to point out more specifically North American food blogs. I mean, PB&J toast in continental Europe??? No way!
I also vary a lot more my breakfasts, because there are so many new things I want to try! When I have the time I prepare banana oatmeal (for myself – my boyfriend is not willing to try!), I can have toasts with strange things on them like coconut butter and jam, or Tofutti Cream Cheese with slices of banana and pecans, tapioca pudding with vanilla soy milk, etc etc, things my family or friends would find utterly weird :-D Oh, and always a big cup of tea!


3 Christine April 9, 2010

I feel the same way as you do about the inspiration from food blogs to change my way of thinking about breakfast and food in general! I remember only allowing myself one slice of low cal wheat bread + spray butter for breakfast. No wonder all I thought about was food-I was running on empty and tasteless food with no nutrients!
Thank you to food blogs for being free therapy!!


4 ::christine:: April 9, 2010

I’ve always loved breakfast food – I like breakfast for dinner but blogs most certainly give me inspiration try try new foods. I eat VitaMuffin Tops a lot for breakfast & oatmeal. Ooo..but I love cream of wheat or farina too ~


5 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 9, 2010

That’s so funny. I made a post about something very similar to this just seconds ago!

For the past few years I’ve had the same breakfast every morning because I deemed it to be a “safe” breakfast that fit within my daily caloric limit. And even since working on getting over disordered eating, I’ve stuck with the same breakfast because it is just so yummy.

But I really want to break out of my rut and try some new things. Can’t wait to try some of your suggestions! :)


6 Kate April 9, 2010

Oh my gosh absolutely! I used to eat cereal and fruit and wonder why an hour later I’d be ravenous!!! It used to be more for “losing weight” or “keeping weight off”. Now I eat more substantial breakfasts with protein, carbs and fat, as well as changing it up often! I love whole wheat bagels with cream cheese and lox, toast with peanut butter and bananas, or egg and cheese sammies. :) And I’m not hungry until lunch! :)

Keen-waaah! how cute! I love it!


7 Mae April 9, 2010

About 3 yrs ago, I used to eat 1 cup (seriously one entire cup of dry) rolled oats, cooked with 3 cups of water. I would skip lunch and then go to running practice and convinced myself that the oatmeal was still firing. I’ve always been a breakfast person but while I still had a few food fears I started adding 1 tsp of nut butter to my oatmeal…. hahaha that quickly built up to and unmeasured ~2 tbsp!!
I always come to OhSheGlows for creative breakfast ideas- I get into an oat rut sometimes!!


8 Jessica @ How Sweet April 9, 2010

I have always been a breakfast person! I got into fitness around 15-16 (sure, before that I was eatin poptarts…lol) but ever since then I have made sure to have a fun interesting breakfast. It really set’s the tone for my day.

One of my favorite breakfast/snacks right now is millet bread with goat cheese, figs and honey – amazing!


9 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 9, 2010

Oh my gosh.. that sounds heavenly!!!


10 Noelle April 9, 2010

Ugh, the single packet of oatmeal gives me flashbacks to my college days. I remember feeling guilty after 1 didn’t fill me up! I would also sometimes eat a half of a banana for “breakfast.” I don’t know how I functioned! I don’t think I ever started to feel fully comfortable eating real meals until I started reading food blogs.

I was also terrified of anything with fat so deprived myself of delicious things that I have daily now- like avocados and nut butters.

Btw the quinoa looks delish. I keep burning mine (old stove).


11 Kelly April 9, 2010

I never ever ate breakfast until I graduated college and started working a full time job. Now I eat every morning.


12 Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 9, 2010

YES–SO, SO differently. Though my reasons were never rooted in disordered eating, I was always a breakfast skipper. I’ve just never woken up hungry (except today–and now i have a hankering for kkeeeeeeeeeeeen waaaa, too!). In college, I started eating a yogurt for bfast. (CANNOT imagine doing that now!) But, like you, after discovering food blogs–I discovered the BRILLIANCE of breakfast. Now I’m in love with BIIIG, filling, nutritious bfasts because, really, why miss an opportunity to give your body some beneficial deliciousness?


13 Ameena April 9, 2010

I never used to eat breakfast either…it was maybe a piece of toast and orange juice if I was lucky. Now I wake up starving and excited for breakfast every morning.


14 Lisa April 9, 2010

I honestly can’t remember eating breakfast when I was younger…not out of fear of gaining weight, but because I would wake up late and would have to rush out of the house.

I actually ALWAYS wake up one hour earlier than I need to, just so I can have a nice relaxing morning and eat a delicious breakfast. My favourite is a big bowl of Nature’s Path cereal with light soy milk, blueberries, and sometimes other fruits. I also have a cup (or two :)) of coffee.

BUT, this morning, since I’ve been reading different health blogs, I made a smoothie…not really a green monster, because it was, well, purple, but it was the same idea. Put some blueberries, banana, wheat grass, rice milk, soy yogurt….let’s see if this keeps me as full as the cereal does!!


15 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 9, 2010

In high school and most of college, I never ate breakfast or grabbed a Luna Bar on the way out the door. I wasn’t even hungry in the mornings. Since I started eating a GOOD breakfast, not only has my weight dropped and energy increased, I wake up SO exciting to eat in the morning.


16 brandi April 9, 2010

My breakfasts are TOTALLY different than what I would have in high school and early on in college. I LOVE having big, filling breakfasts now and can’t start my day in any other way!

I used to just have a glass of milk or something junky from the vending machine at school.

Now I have either a big bowl of oatmeal, a great and filling smoothie, or homemade pancakes :)

PS – I made an AWESOME green smoothie this morning with cocoa, cherries, and coconut! Yum.


17 Kristen April 9, 2010

I didn’t eat breakfast all through university. It wasn’t until I started working that I realized I couldn’t concentrate if I didn’t eat breakfast. Now I wake up hungry and can’t wait to eat!


18 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 9, 2010

I’ve always been a big breakfast eater. Back in high school I’d wake up early enough to have a bowl of cereal before leaving. Now, during the week, I stick to oats mostly and I’m always starving about 30 min after I wake up. I’ve never had quinoa as a sweet breakfast dish, but it looks really good.


19 Laura April 9, 2010

For years -through most of high school and probably university too – I didn’t eat breakfast at all. Maybe a granola bar. It wasn’t because I was worried about my weight but because I just didn’t feel hungry in the mornings. When I started working full time cereal was my go-to breakfast, but I’ve recently started to focus on more protein rich breakfasts – I find most cereal just makes me crave carbs and sugar for the rest of the day. Breakfast now is usually PBJ (well, actually ABJ) oatmeal, sometimes a green monster, occasionally whole wheat toast with PB and fruit. I’m looking forward to trying overnight oats!


20 Abri April 9, 2010

I totally need to get out of my breakfast rut. I used to just inhale sugary cereal and other crud that wasn’t good for me – then I started to get healthy, but wen’t the opposite direction with breakfast. Your posts have inspired me to make some changes, and I’m excited to try these recipes! Thanks!!

Also – I am commenting to let you know that I have an award for you on my blog!! I love your blog and I wanted you to know that you are an inspiration to me!

Hope you have a great day! <3


21 Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 9, 2010

I was insanely lucky that I had a super healthy mum who drummed it into me at an early age how important breakfast was. As kids we were not allowed to leave the house until we had something to eat. I grew up eating oatmeal or eggs or muesli and fruit for breakfast every day and the habit stuck right through college and everything. Very grateful to Ma Yogini for that.

Thanks to you I have a Green Monster most mornings as well which keeps me going strong. I’ve been singing the praises of green monsters over on my blog and as you saw on Twitter yesterday, there are new converts!

And this weekend I am going to try your vegan overnight oats. Yay for food blogs!!!


22 Amanda April 9, 2010

In high school I usually ate something on the go, but remember having a “snack time” midmorning with a granola bar stash in my locker. Disordered eating set in during college, when I started having a nonfat yogurt with half of a banana. This was supposed to last me from 730 until 12, and I remember being starving around 10 :( Thank god I’ve wisened up!


23 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 9, 2010

When I was a kid, breakfast usually consisted of a bowl of sugary cereal + milk. I would always be starvinggg by the time lunch rolled around (in school, we weren’t allowed to eat in class!)

A few years ago, I was going through my crazy “I want to be healthy” phase and I’d have a 100-calorie pack of instant oatmeal in the morning. Craziness


24 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 9, 2010

In high school I would go from the time I woke up until the time I got home from school without eating ANYTHING.

Needless to say, I was obese.


25 Midgetkeeper April 9, 2010

I used to never eat breakfasts, because I was never hungry in the mornings. Once I started trying to lose weight and cut my dinner portions down I started eating breakfast, because I woke up hungry.

Blogs have inspired me to “beef” up my breakfasts and it’s awesome.


26 Mandy@OneHungryMess April 9, 2010

I would never have thought to have quinoa for breakfast! Awesome.

Big breakfasts in the morning tend to make me very tired, so I start out with coffee and a piece of fruit, but I always have a midmorning snack, which has been green monsters lately(thankyou!) I find it easier to space out my food to keep my energy stable.

I cannot wait to try those overnight oats though, count me in! :)


27 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 9, 2010

First off…I have to take a moment and acknowledge the quinoa breakfast. I heart quinoa and could have it at every single meal! And my fiance is obsessed. Every night he begs begs begs for quinoa. It’s so cute!

Oh hun I can totally relate to the breakfast deprivation club. I was so horrible to my body up until a few years back. If I could skip breakfast I always would and when I did sit down to eat- slim pickings! I remember convincing myself that 1 fat free scary eggo waffle was plenty to hold me over until dinner. Oh the lessons learned!!

Now I have a breakfast of champions every morning! Currently I’m drinking a chocolate-cherry-banana-green monster. Oh my gosh is it perfect!


28 Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 9, 2010

I’ve actually always eaten a HUGE breakfast, but when I was younger that would mean 3-4 bowls of sugar cereal….not the healthiest! Now I eat only high fiber/high protein cereals during the week and green monsters/oatmeal on the weekend. I just LOVE breakfast!


29 Nikki T April 9, 2010

Your blog inspired me yesterday (as it often does!) to make Vegan Overnight Oats…I’m eating them right now (Toppings= peanut butter, hemp hearts and berries) and I’m LOVING it!!

I never really used to pay attention to breakfast when I was in junior high and high school…not for the worry of gaining weight, but mostly out of pure laziness. Sometimes I’d have a simple bowl of cereal or a piece of toast with PB or jam, but I’m finding that now that I eat a more filling and healthy b-fast I’m full for hours and I don’t aimlessly snack at my desk all day!

It’s really a wonderful feeling :)

I can’t wait for your other V.O.N.O creations!

:) Nikki


30 Kristy R. April 9, 2010

I have always had a hard time with breakfast because I’m rarely in the mood for “typical” breakfast items. I like lunch-ey foods better. However, since I’ve started to read blogs, I have been experimenting with various breakfast foods and am loving it! :)
Thanks for the great recipes!
Do you start with raw quinoa or do you pre-cook it before it goes into the pot with the other ingredients?


31 Molly (Fuel Her Up) April 9, 2010

My old breakfast would be a cup of Cheerios, a half cup of soymilk, and a piece of fruit, and then I wouldn’t eat for another 5 or 6 hours. Ugh. So glad I’ve moved onward!!!


32 Lizzie April 9, 2010

Breakfast is really my most fave meal of the day. I get up early, so I can make something good, catch up on emails, news etc, and just have some quiet time. Breakfast was always eaten as a family growing up and it while it wasn’t like some of the fabulous stuff OSG is whipping up :), it was healthy options (fruit, juice, multigrain toast, boiled eggs, porridge etc). I truly credit my mum for making me appreciate the important of a good and filling nutritious breakfast (it warmed my heart to read how you felt you deserved a hearty breakfast, Angela). I still can’t understand how anyone can eat a donut for breakfast!


33 Sarah April 9, 2010

My breakfast is completely different now than it was in High School/College. Most mornings it was pop tarts or eggos, and then a Coke and a Cookie/Muffin in homeroom. It kinda grosses me out thinking about it now, so much sugar and empty calories!!

Now my breakfast usually consists of a Green Monster, oatmeal, or a mix of cereal/yogurt/fruit (annnd a few chocolate chips!). I’m currently experimenting as to what keeps me fullest longest, because I always end up starving at 10am!!


34 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 9, 2010

I’ve never restricted myself for breakfast. I do get into ruts where I can eat the same thing day in and day out… then I’ll change it up.


35 Jordan April 9, 2010

The quinoa looks yum! I’ve always eaten breakfast, because I get light-headed/nauseous/cranky. However, growing up it was cereal or Pop Tarts. Up until recently I would still grab a Pop Tart or sugary breakfast bar to. Yuck. Now I eat a balanced meal that lasts until lunch time. I feel SO much better!


36 Lauren (Health on the Run) April 9, 2010

Angela — I love your blog and all your awesome vegan eats…as well as your creative breakfasts. I still haven’t been able to take the plunge and try quinoa in the morning (I can’t get over the fact that to me, it’s a DINNER food haha), but your bfast bowls of it always look so good!

I’ve always loved breakfast. I often go to bed looking forward to breakfast and am hungry almost the second I wake up. I never understand how people can roll out of bed and run out the door without eating — I’d rather get up earlier so that I have time to fill up! However, I went through a phase where I was living in an apartment with 5 other women — all who ate teeny tiny bowls of cereal for breakfast every morning. I started feeling pretty bad about my huge bowls of oats, granola, etc and began to cut back for awhile. But I think in the end this just backfired — I was so hungry during the morning that I ended up eating more! I’ve loved reading blogs and seeing these amazing FULL, healthy breakfasts everyone eats! It’s definitely rekindled my love of oatmeal and made me realize that eating a good breakfast is NOT going to make me gain weight.


37 Tracey @ TropicalHappiness April 9, 2010

I have always eaten breakfast. I love breakfast. I try to make it as healthy as possible- usually a smoothie, or eggs or something else delicious! I always try to make enough time in the morning before work to prepare a balanced breakfast.


38 cassie April 9, 2010

my breakfast habit 5-10 years ago was awful, particularly in college and a few years after college. I used to have a lot of sugary cereals which i have since eliminated from my diet now.. i also use to skip breakfast, which i real was so bad for me when i was trying to lose weight.. within the past few years, i have definitely started experimenting more.. i have to say, i have received a lot of inspiration from various blogs (including yours thank you for Green Monster) on different breakfast options.. i now experiment a lot more with oatmeal, i used to just have oatmeal with bananas but not any more :-)


39 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 9, 2010

My breakfasts have definitely changed! When I was growing up, breakfast was almost always cereal. At least my mom didn’t buy the super sugary stuff! During 12th grade, I decided to go low-carb and ate eggs everyday. Then in college, I discovered the wall-of-cereal in our cafeteria and all the sugary cereals I never had as a kid! Eventually though, college breakfasts turned into a teeny tiny Special K bar, non-filling tiny bowl of cereal, or an apple. Maybe an egg & cheese on an English muffin if I was hungover. Now? My breakfasts have definitely been blog inspired! My usual weekday breakfasts are oatmeal with fruit and nuts/nut butter or veggies scrambled with eggs and wheat toast. From experience, it’s true- eating a breakfast starts the day SO well. NOT being ravenous all day makes me a much less grumpy person & less likely to eat an ice cream sundae for dinner!


40 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 9, 2010

Breakfast has changed drastically for me over the last year. Before I started to embrace healthy living, I would have a bagel sandwich most days, or else skip breakfast all together. Since losing over 50 pounds, I have realized just how important breakfast is. Now I have a big bowl of oats or yogurt almost every day and load it up with toppings so it keeps me full for hours.


41 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama April 9, 2010

YUM! Your bowl looks amazing!
I love breakfast! I used to never eat breakfast, though. In high school I never ate breakfast.


42 Sarah April 9, 2010

I use to be a sugared cereal expert! To be totally honest it is still a guily pleasure. I then decided to switch to more “healthy” cereal options. However I never really enjoye them. I started to read a lot of blogs about this one about 1 month ago and wow has it changed my breakfasts for the good. I eat a oats almost every morning now and wow does it make a huge difference. It keeps me satisfied until I have my mid morning meal or until lunch.


43 Life Lite April 9, 2010

My parents don’t think twice about eating terrible overprocessed foods day in and day out. I grew up eating Sweet Sixteen chocolate covered donuts dipped in chocolate milk for breakfast :-o It was delicious and I can’t say I don’t crave it now and then, but back then I was in the gym practicing or playing volleyball for 3-4 hours a days. Not sure that I can afford those wasted calories these days :)


44 L April 9, 2010

When I discovered the “wonderful” world of calorie counting a couple years ago, I began eating 1 reduced fat granola bar (90cals) + a diet coke for breakfast.

Only in the last six months, after reading your blog and several others, have I seen the light…….My breakfasts now are at least 300 calories and full of REAL FOOD, not a bunch of chemicals in a box/can! Now I actually have enough energy to enjoy running! :) And I look forward to getting up for my big breakfast!


45 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 9, 2010

sounds like our disordered eating issues started at the same time (and i think we’re the same age too). when i was 12 i would let myself eat half of a bagel for breakfast, and as the years progressed and i moved out for college i would try to see how long i could go without eating anything at all. today i LOVE breakfast and always look forward to making it! quite the change from 14 years ago, right?

i love the quinoa breakfast idea…i think i might just try it tomorrow!


46 Erin @ Cooking and the City April 9, 2010

I had the same experience with breakfast until I started reading food blogs…I used to try to keep each morning meal under 200 calories which I know now is a big mistake. A processed granola bar or single piece of fruit shouldn’t even be called breakfast.

Now I eat a filling breakfast every morning. The most exciting thing I have learned from food blogs is that it’s ok to eat nut butters! I had crossed them off my list as a “bad” food, full of fat and calories. But I have learned that in the right portions, nut butters are an awesome way to keep me full and I have some every day, whether it’s in oatmeal, a smoothie or on top of whole grain bread. :)


47 Mellissa April 9, 2010

Thankfully I have always eaten breakfast but it was never filling enough, as kids we ate lots of cereal, toast and occasionally oatmeal. Now I am eating much heartier options and staying full for so much longer!


48 Stacey April 9, 2010

When I was younger, breakfast was always a bowl of super sugary cereal and milk. Into high school and college, “breakfast,” if I ate it at all, became a granola bar and a juice box (yes, like a little kid. It was convenient to bring to class!). I honestly just never thought about breakfast as important at all.

When I struggled with my eating disorder, breakfast went out the window entirely. I used to see how long I could last after waking up without “having” to eat something. I’d often be awake and active (biking, working, in class, etc.) for more than 6 hours before consuming anything. Now that I’m healthy, I genuinely cannot believe I did this. I LOVE BREAKFAST! I seriously look forward to it (even the night before), enjoy experimenting, and feel like I could eat breakfast foods at every meal. Breakfast is fun for me, too!


49 Run Sarah April 9, 2010

I used to be the same! A small bowl of cereal or two pieces of toast, day in and out when I was trying to lose weight! It was probably 150 calories (I’d have the teeny diet brand toasts) and I was starving and grumpy by 10am. So glad I’ve switched to hearty, filling bowls of oatmeal.


50 Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 9, 2010

First of all, YES, I am totally inspired by your breakfast blogs and others as well especially more now that I am working on leading a cleaner eating lifestyle. Just 10 years ago I was weighing 230 lbs., today I’m at 160, a triathlete and a runner. So 10 years ago, breakfast was never important to me like it is now. I love breakfast and I love GREEN MONSTERS! Thank you! I truly believe in order to get your day started right and with energy is to have a good breakfast.


51 Cara April 9, 2010

Back in high school, I used to eat nothing more than a Nutri-grain bar for breakfast! Those things are like 150 calories. Now they completely gross me out. I don’t know how I survived on those gross little sugar bombs every morning!


52 Rebekah @ runtrackmind April 9, 2010

Oh for sure! I get so many great ideas from your blog and a few others too. You better believe that thoughts of having a fantastic healthy breakfast and a green monster smoothie push me through those last miles of long weekend runs. And it looks like you PB, J & B Quiona may be another favorite…it sounds heavenly!


53 Lindsay April 9, 2010

When I was in high school I used to eat pop tarts and a glass of milk every morning for breakfast! Ugh! Now I generally have a green smoothie of some kind and an English muffin with almond or peanut butter. Much better!!!


54 manda April 9, 2010

all your meals look amazing! 9 years ago when i first started college, on my drive in i would have a can of coke and a couple of cigarettes. sometimes i would grab a chocolate bar. i cannot ever believe i ate like that. now i eat oatmeal with lots of toppings, stopped drinking pop, and haven’t had a smoke in 4 years. i feel so so so much better than i did in college!


55 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 9, 2010

I used to be a packet of instant oatmeal or a cup of yogurt and granola type of girl. Or cereal and milk. Before that I wasn’t much of a breakfast person – I just didn’t wake up hungry. Now, I wake up and want a breakfast that will last me 4 hours or more and have learned that nothing fills me up like old fashioned oats with nuts or a nut butter.


56 Fallon April 9, 2010

I have to try the quinoa for breakfast! Sounds so good and loaded with protein.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of all time!


57 elena April 9, 2010

hi, angela. i’m very into astrology and i wanna do a personal research about body image, food and our relation with it based on astrology. i’m very curious to see if there are any conections between us,cause’ i too (still) struggle with eating disorder. well, u have passed over it and u’re a healthy woman now. please leave me your date of birth, location *city,state* and your hour of birth, of course if it doesn’t bother you and you feel comfortable about it.

thanks, elena


58 Jacquie April 9, 2010

When I was younger, my mom wouldn’t let me out of the house without eating breakfast. But I have to admit I used to always have sweet breakfasts like cinnamon toast, a chocolate donut, etc with a piece of fruit. Every once in a while, I’d have an egg “to be healthy,” but that was that.
Then when I left for college and became sick, breakfasts started to decrease. I would eat something but it’d never be more than 100-150 calories (since I only gave myself 400 for the day). During my worse time, the meal was gone all together.
It’s funny how life can completely change you. While I don’t dismiss sweet thing in the morning, I never leave without some sort of smoothie or oatmeal creation. I crave these when I’m away and can’t be at my own stove and that’s when you know it’s a winner. It helps that it’s nutritious too ;)


59 Amy April 9, 2010

I always used to eat cereal. Iused to eat the real sugary cereal then I switched to a little better cereal with more fiber but I was always still hungry. Food blogs have totally changed this for me. I now realize nut butters are not the enemy and oatmeal is much better when you don’t eat the instant sugary stuff. Breakfast has always been a must for me but never kept me full. Now I am amazed at how long I am satisfied and remind myself that just because it is a certain time I used to NEED a snack I need to listen to my body if I really need it!


60 Shelly April 9, 2010

I never ate breakfast (aside from when I was a kid and my mom made me) until I was about 24, and then I ate a little oatmeal for the next couple of years. In high school and college, breakfast was literally a can of coke- no wonder I had *horrible* stomach aches all the time!
Oddly enough, I never felt hungry in the morning.
Now that I’ve started eating big breakfasts I absolutely cannot skip them. I am RAVENOUS if I don’t eat enough. I have to have either greek yogurt or peanut butter oats or maybe eggs and toast, or a green monster with protein powder to feel full (I guess it has to be nice and protein-y to fill me up!)
I love eating a big breakfast, it really gives me tons of energy and starts my day off right! It also helps me make good food choices at lunch because I’m not starving. :)


61 nut April 9, 2010

Hi Angela.
I think you have wonderful breakfast ideas. Caitlin (Tipping Point), Jenna (ELR), KERF…so so many people have nice approaches.
I have been all over the place over the years…in terms of big and small and scared and not scared. Eating stuff and other issues I guess. I admire how open you are about it. I would also like to be like that – more open – but afraid to do it on my blog really.
I think my only “mental block” now is worrying about carbs and protein …and I hate it. I eat REALLY big breakfasts..(I eat a lot actually)…so its not the big numbers…but I see some people say ” need more protein”…or “need to be more vegan”…etc etc…its too mind-numbing. I just want to eat and forget about the “shoulds”. Your perspective is very clear and strong now. You ought to be proud of that.


62 Kristin April 9, 2010

Wow! What a great post! I wrote about something simalr on my blog, my before and after breakfast and lunches. I use to think I SOOOOOOO healthy at breakfast! I would eat a bowl of cereal usually Kashi GoLean or Shredded Wheat (not Frosted Shredded Wheat). While those two things in and of themself are healthy I would douse the cereal with fake sweetener like Splenda or Equal. Yuck! I would have them with milk and banna. That was it, all the time. Now, I can’t even remember the last time I ate cereal for breakfast. I prefer oats, or Green Monsters!


63 Kris April 9, 2010

I’ve never been a breakfast eater, but two years ago when I decided to hit 50 very fit, I knew I needed to eat breakfast. I still don’t eat as soon as I get up, but try to eat by 9:00 or so. I go on oatmeal kicks or egg whites w/ veggies. I can’t eat anything sweet, and smoothies don’t hold me at all, so unfortunately they’re out. I get so much inspiration from your blog and the other healthy living blogs I read. Love the pic of your spoonful today — I’m all about the perfect bite!


64 Miranda April 9, 2010

I have always been a breakfast lover! No matter what time I wake up, no matter what I have going on in the day, I have to start off with some sort or brekfast(like) meal. I could never be the type of person who gets up at noon and jumps right into eating lunch.
I used to eat nothing but sugary cereals when I was younger. In the last 2 years I have been a big fan of oatmeal and egg whites with veggies. Recently since joining the blogging community a few months ago, I have been hooked on GM’s and breakfast cookies.
I love love trying new things and am always inspired by the breakfast’s people eat.


65 Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 9, 2010

I totally approach breakfast differently, that’s how I got my blog name! For some reason in the morning I am famished. Like so hungry that I feel sick if I don’t eat soon enough. I used to always have a bagel with butter and cream cheese every morning and I told everyone that if I didn’t eat that bagel that I would be hungry 20 minutes later. And it was true. But I had no idea about all the other healthier options there were to keep me feeling fuller longer. Now I eat many of the same things you do PLUS a green monster every morning.


66 Paige @ Running Around Normal April 9, 2010

YUM! That looks delicious.
I definitely look at breakfast differently than I did a few years ago. Before I only looked at what was convenient (granola bar, oatmeal packet to go, cereal,) and even before that, would base it on calories (slim to none.)Now I love hearty healthy breakfasts, too!


67 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 9, 2010

About 5 years ago I started eating breakfast… I never used to before that. I usually woke up with no hunger and figured… eat when hungry. This didn’t work! So now I always start my day with a hearty, healthy breakfast!


68 Therese April 9, 2010

Ohhh!!! Quinoa for breakfast! Yum! Reminds me a bit like Red River cereal (used to LOVE that as a kid).

I have definitely changed my breakfast habits. Previously I never even ate breakfast and would end up so hungry by lunch I’d overeat on everything for the rest of the day.

Now I make sure to have breakfast every single day. I’m mostly an oatmeal girl but since discovering all of these fantastic blogs, I’ve totally pimped it up! But I make all sorts of breakfasts and am trying my hardest to get my boyfriend into the habit of eating breakfast as he eats the same way I used to!


69 Patrice April 9, 2010

Breakfast is now sometimes the biggest meal of the day for me; and it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. I used to have just one bowl of cereal (Cheerios or something completely not filling like that) or some fruit with toast. While that may be enough for others, I have found that if I don’t have a pretty enormous breakfast, I just can’t make it through the morning, or end up overeating at lunch or dinner. I am SO glad I figured this out!


70 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 9, 2010

I loved reading your breakfast story.

Growing up I would have a Carnation Instant Breakfast shake every day. I was jittery and finally one day in the 6th grade I passed out in the middle of class. That was definitely a wake up call to me, so I started to eat oatmeal everyday and now I’m hooked :)


71 Lisa April 9, 2010

I used to eat the worst breakfasts. Usually a really sugary cereal (2 of 3 servings). It wasn’t filling OR healthy!


72 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 9, 2010

So first of all, the quinoa breakfast looks amazingly good!! YUM!!! Crumbled Glo Bars on oats is the BEST and you just reminded me that I haven’t done that in a while. Luckily, I have some frozen Glo Bars in the freezer so I may just have to do that soon :)
As for the breakfast story, I was the same way. My disordered eating convinced me that if I ate a big breakfast (i.e. normal sized for other people), then I would get fat. Logical? Not so much. I was always hungry and had no energy, like you. Then I started reading blogs and saw all the delicious breakfasts, especially Kath’s oatmeal. At first, I was astounded that she ate such a huge breakfast and was thin and fit! And then, little by little I started changing my breakfasts up and now I’m loving oat creations and fun breakfasts!!! A filling breakfast really sets the tone for the entire day. I’m so glad I came around! I can’t imagine life without oats now! And it’s all thanks to the blogging world :)


73 Bronwyn April 9, 2010

Definitely different. Though I’m a repeat breakfast offender… I go through year or two long phases of a particular breakfast. I’ll eat toast and PB every day, then suddenly want ceral like nothing else. Right now I’m very into my oatmeal, which was definitely Blog inspired.


74 Anne April 9, 2010

Wow, thanks for introducing me to the yoga-downloading site, can tell this is goint o be big for me in the near future! I use the free podcasts at Yoga Journal at the moment…

Great to hear your happy breakfast story. Mine is very similar. I definitely use blogs for inspiration – I think it’s both more fun and more healthy to try new things for breakfast as often as possible and if you’re not inspired it’s a meal that’s so easy to just get into a groove and then you never leave it…- just checked out your “bomb” muffin recipe :-).

Uh, fun fact about getting sore from going back to work: I used to be a bike messenger (100+ kilometres on the bike every day five days a week) and when I suddenly stopped because I was offered a desk-job I couldn’t refuse, my, oh my! My bum, my back, everything was aching, on the first day I couldn’t even sit through the work day! Food for thought…:-)


75 Ashley April 9, 2010

Love your little discussion about deserving a hearty breakfast. :) I also had quinoa for breakfast..but I tried quinoa flakes for the first time. It was more like the consistency of oat bran but tasted exactly like quinoa. Obviously…being quinoa flakes and all ;) I’ve made quinoa for breakfast before cooking it in coconut milk instead and topping with fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt. Totally amazing!


76 Kim (Kimmy's Kitchen) April 9, 2010

I totally did the same thing all through high school and college. I would starve myself for breakfast and then eat a huge dinner because I was so hungry. It took me a while to realize that without brekafast, I was no good for the day. Now if I miss breakfast I am crabby and have severe headaches. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it sets my day off right. It is nice to hear that other people shared the same struggles that I did! :)


77 La April 9, 2010

First of all, that bowl of quinoa looks delicious. Second, I noticed that overnight oats have replaced all my other favorite morning meals (quinoa or steel cut oats) as of late…its fun to make AND I look forward to eating it. Insane, right?

I’ve for sure struggled with disordered eating for my whole life. I’ve also struggled with severe depression that has interfered with me living my life at times. Only in recent months have I decided to take control of MY life – I decided I can only get better if I am actively working towards it. it won’t just happen overnight, which is something I think I was kind of waiting around to happen – I guess I imagined that every other healthy person in the world was always HAPPY and HEALTHY and had always been that way and didn’t have to work towards it, that it just came naturally, and perhaps one day, a genie would come into my life and POOF I would be happy and healthy and normal. I finally figured out that isn’t true, and mostly because I have been inspired by amazing bloggers who live active, healthy, successful lifestyles, I decided that I could and would incorporate healthy habits into my life and hopefully I would improve. These habits include working out and eating a balanced diet – and wouldn’t you know, I actually *am* doing better. Not every day is perfect but on the days I am active and eat right I feel better than I ever have in the past and there’s no question why. Eating breakfast is one of the many habits I have incorporated into my life successfully. For most of my life I refused breakfast – one time in elementary school I got called to the principal’s office and reprimanded for not having breakfast that day, and it definitely didn’t change. Most days, I used to have have coffee or tea and wouldn’t eat until lunch. Then I would binge on junk food all afternoon and night. One day I decided to eat a real breakfast – oatmeal, fruit – and I was SHOCKED when, not only did I feel good, but I was full until I was ready for lunch and I *didn’t* snack all afternoon. That was a quick lesson! I haven’t gone back since, and I’m thrilled about it!


78 Sara April 9, 2010

We definitely all do DESERVE a healthy energizing breakfast. I used to let the previous days food/calories/exercise amount determine my breakfast allotment the next day, but breakfast is a start to a NEW day, and a way to start off each day respecting yourself…and they should almost always include PB :D


79 Lauren April 9, 2010

Yep, I was the same as you. I used to have 1/2 cup frozen wild bluberries or an apple, but now…food blogs have helped me so much! Now I have a good breakfast, usually involving oats, chia seeds, and nut butter! So glad we learned that we deserve a good breakfast! Thanks for sharing your story. :)


80 Tay April 9, 2010

I’ve always been a breakfast person – always hungry in the morning! But back in middle school/high school, I used to eat 2-3 HUGE bowls of sugary cereal or 4-5 Eggo waffles drowned in syrup. WOW! No wonder I was always gaining weight! Once I got to college and started to lose weight, I kept my breakfasts smaller with an instant pack of oatmeal or just half a serving of custard oats (1/2 cup oats + 1 cup milk + 1 egg). I thought one serving of custard oats was just too much. That was during my disordered eating phase. Gradually I started to incorporate the whole serving into my breakfast, and now eat 400-500 calories breakfasts. I used to think smaller the better – more calories left for later in the day!


81 Kate April 9, 2010

I never felt hungry first thing in the morning (probably due to eating too much/binging the night before) so I would always wait until I was hungry at work to eat. About 10:00am I would grab a power bar or some quick/portable low cal thing to eat. I would be ravenous an hour later and feel hungry and sluggish all day. I stopped and started eating first thing in the morning but I either ate shredded wheat with milk, splenda, and a sliced banana or instant oatmeal nuked in the microwave with banana and splenda. It was better than my old breakfast, but really boring. I also would be hungry an hour or two later (I think I needed a protein boost to go with all of those carbs.)

After I started reading Kath’s blog I was inspired with her oatmeal and all the toppings she put on it–but it wasn’t allow on my diet plan. So I started researching other ways of eating and how a variety of nutrient dense foods can be included everyday day and now I have my bowl of oatmeal with a variety of toppings so I never get bored. Also, it keeps me full and going for most of the morning so I don’t feel shaky or hungry an hour after breakfast.


82 Ashley (whole-ier) April 9, 2010

i LOVE breakfast- have always been the type to make a huge breakfast- especially on the weekend. When I first started dating my boyfriend i told him the #1 thing he needs to know about me is that i wake up starving and HAVE to have breakfast right away.


83 Lizz (Leading the Good Life) April 9, 2010

You know, I never considered that I had disordered eating when I was younger, but now I’m remembering some unfortunate things I used to do! I specifically remember a time in 8th grade (14 yrs old?) when I said I couldn’t eat before 10:00am because it made me feel sick. I don’t remember eating breakfast in high school, but I do remember times I wouldn’t eat at lunch for the attention it got me. How hungry I must have been! And how unhappy!
From grades 7-12 I was always tired in the morning and super grumpy. I prided myself for being about to stay up late to study or write – but somehow didn’t realize I was making myself miserable. Looking back, I wonder how much better I would have felt if I actually got proper sleep and ate well-balanced meals….at least I’ve figured it out now! Breakfast is often one of my biggest meals nowadays. And I LOVE being inspired by blogs to try new things for breakfast!


84 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 9, 2010

Mmm, I love quinoa! I have never had it for breakfast, though- I should try it!!

I love breakfast, now. But I haven’t always. When I was younger, my mom would struggle to get me to eat a poptart or a toaster strudel (I kid you not) before I headed out the door for school. When I started getting healthier in high school I entered into the world of cereal, then oatmeal, smoothies, and now I love yogurt messes, the occasional egg dish, bagels with pb&j and more!! Blogs definitely inspired me to be more creative with my b-fasts!



85 Allison @ Food For Healing April 9, 2010

I definitely make a habit of eating breakfast now, it feels WAY better, and I also have to take pills for my sickness at every meal, so that makes me have to eat every meal throughout the day.


86 kayla@wholesome April 9, 2010

I tried this breakfast this morning, only I had it for brunch!! I used soymilk and almond buttah, and OMG, it was so delish!! I topped it with some maple syrup, and it was so incredibly satisfying. Thanks for the idea :-)


87 Brooke April 9, 2010

Back when I was in high school my mom would not let me leave the house with out eating something for breakfast. I would have a packet of Carnation instant breakfast in less than a cup of milk. Once I was not in my parents house any longer I would not eat breakfast at all, it seemed when I ate breakfast I would get hungry for lunch (duh that is what is supposed to happen). When I would get hungry I would flip out and think I was going to gain weight just from eating a normal meal. Needless to say I developed an Eating Disorder that I have been fighting for about 12 years. I now eat breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!! Reading food blogs have been very inspiring also. To see people living happy healthy lives and enjoying a decent size meal has been great for my recovery. I do fall into the trap of pushing breakfast a little later and a little later but it comes back and bites me in the butt later and I may binge or just be out of control snacking later in the day. I have to catch myself and make it a point to sit down every morning not too long after waking up and eat so I can get out of the binge cycle.

I love reading your blog, you are so inspirational!
Congrats on getting you bars in stores. That is so AWESOME!!!!


88 Lindsey April 9, 2010

I love reading about people’s wonderful changes for the better!!!

I still have yet to find a breakfast that will hold me over for 4 hours. Maybe I’m still too scared to make it a bit larger serving of oatmeal, or add a bit of extra frozen fruit to my smoothie, or whatnot. Hmmmm.

In high school I was one of those quick-hurry-eat-a-pop-tart-on-the-way-out-the-door kids. I preferred to sleep in! Then I developed an ED and well, breakfast went out the door…

Until recently, I always just had toast and a banana for breakfast. Thank God for healthy food bloggers! They have really inspired me to get even “more” better. ;)


89 AGS April 9, 2010

Wow. I’m so glad you posted this. I have had some amazing changes in terms of my work in the last 8 weeks. I love what I am doing (a much deeper and more nuanced role than I held previously — so instead of working 10 hour days, I now work 12-13. . . sigh), but with that has come a huge toll on my health. My eating and exercise took a huge nose-dive, and suddenly — gasp — I can’t fit into one of my pants suits.

I have been working to figure out how to incorporate my usual exericse and diet into my new life, and pinpointed the fact that I was barely eating breakfast as probably a key reason my health wasn’t doing as well. After reading this post today, something clicked: I need to bring back my morning green monster! Thanks for reminding me of this.

Three cheers for nutrition in the morning!!


90 Jil April 9, 2010

I’m a really light breakfast person…putting a ton of food in my body in the morning just doesn’t feel good – but I snack throughout the morning to makeup for it and to keep energy levels up…and by snack, of course they are (mostly) healthy haha


91 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place April 9, 2010

I used to eat less in the morning, but now I totally endulge. Eating a hot, filling breakfast makes me feel great! I’m really into pancakes, french toast, and coffee. yum!!


92 Jolene April 9, 2010

Blogging changed my views on breakfast. I used to loathe breakfast and would eat whatever I could choke down (usually 2 slices of raisin toast, or 2 frozen waffles). I never enjoyed eating breakfast.

Once my eyes were opened to all the possibilities (including Green Monsters!!) and toppings on oats, I began to LOVE breakfast and look forward to it each day.


93 maria April 10, 2010

I used to just eat a small bowl of cereal with half a cup of milk for breakfast and then wonder why I was so hungry a few hours later! It wasn’t enough. It took me forever to learn that.


94 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 10, 2010

Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. My breakfast story is acutally similar to yours… I limited my brex to a bowl of fat free Rice Krispie cereal when I was in middle school : ( I’m so glad I’m habits have changed… and I’m happy to hear yours have to.


95 Rosa April 10, 2010

ooh~ yoga download? thanks for the site… never heard of it but sounds awesome!!! your blog rockss :x except after browsing like the entire thing (i’m crazy) i have wayyy too many food ideas! hehe


96 Rosa April 10, 2010

hm… i’m not sure what face i put to make the mad emoticon… oops i’m not mad! haha


97 Nicole April 10, 2010

I’ve always been who needs to eat breakfast in the morning. If I don’t, I just don’t function. I’ve gotten so much better about what and how much I’m eating in the morning. :)

I completely understand the whole depriving yourself of a real breakfast thing. I remember many days during my freshman year of college the lady who ran the entrance to the dining common would look at me with concern and ask if I was eating enough. (I would dash in for a pear on the way to class, which I wouldn’t really end up eating very much of.) I thought she was worrying over nothing.

It was such a novel (and alarming) concept to me when a nutritionist told me I should have some protein in the morning. The thought of going outside my controlled food “comfort zone” was a scary concept.

It’s only been through years of growth and acceptance that I’m finally able to realize how important breakfast is, and how unfair it is to deprive myself! My breakfasts are now bigger, and balanced, and leave me feeling energized. :) You’re right, food blogs really helped me with that too! Not only did they give me ideas for fun, tasty, filling breakfasts, but they really reinforced that idea that it’s not only okay, but GOOD to give myself fuel in the morning. :)


98 Alisha @ Unsual Passions April 10, 2010

This recipe is like the “Creamy PB&J Oatmeal” but with quinoa! Mmmm! I love that combo…

I used to eat cereal and milk, then granola and milk, BUT then I found green monsters! I ate nothing for breakfast but GMs for a few months, until I discovered oats!


99 Jen April 11, 2010

Seven years ago, breakfast for me was a cup of black coffee. I NEVER ate breakfast. But within the past 3 years I have started eating breakfasts. I started with cereal then or whole grain toast or half a bagel with pb. When I discovered health blogs in early November of 2009 I really kicked breakfast up a notch! Oats and green monsters have become my favorite breakfasts of choice! Actually, as I type this I am eating your 3 minute breakfast carrot cake! ;)


100 Stina @ Girl Can April 20, 2010

For the most part I’ve always eaten something for breakfast whether is be a “real” breakfast or a granola bar and fruit on my way out the door.

The biggest change I made in my breakfast routine is getting up early enough to make (and eat) breakfast at home before heading to work.

For a while I would bring breakfast with me to work or pick something up on my way into the office (a bagel, McDonald’s, donut, etc.). This is probably what contributed most to my post-college weight gain.

Now I make breakfast before I leave the house every morning. Generally I have oatmeal in some form (hot oatmeal, over-night oats, oatmeal pancake). Occassionally I’ll have an egg sandwich or toast a waffle (I make them over the weekend, freeze them, and then pop them in the toaster during the week). I definitely do look to the blog word for inspiration when I want to mix things up some.


101 Radhika Sarohia December 6, 2012

This looks amazing
I am horrible and never wake up in time for breakfast these days
So I start with some kind of lunch stuffs and end the day with three and four AM snacks
But this quinoa thing looks great


102 Dassy Levilev October 11, 2013

I recently went on a juice fast, and It feels so amazing!! but now I want to maintain that great feeling of cleanliness throughout my gitract. Do you have any suggestion of “clean” foods that digest well etc.
Thanks in advance!


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