0210 Breakfast Rut

I am stuck in a breakfast rut.  This happens from time to time, but I’m usually able to get out of it simply by running out of whatever I’m stuck on.  In January, I briefly fixated on steel-cut oats.  Every night I would prepare a bowl consisting of 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup cinnamon bun protein powder, and 1/3 cup milk, which I could then warm up in less than a minute in the morning.  With a couple of spoonfuls of apple butter, jam, golden raisins, or whatever sweet and fruity thing I had around, it was just right – warm and filling, yet unlikely to explode in the microwave.  I started to get sick of it right around the time I ran out of oats = good timing!

Since then, I’ve been back to my old standby: yogurt, granola, and fruit.  Some weeks it’s plain Greek yogurt with jam and granola.  In the summer I eat endless bowls of yogurt with melon.  Of late I’ve been enjoying plain yogurt with homemade granola and a bit of apple butter.  Right now, though, I’ve had enough.  I’m out of the delicious homemade granola, with only the overly toasty bits from my disastrous first batch left.  I’m topping my yogurt with slightly stale Trader Joe Os.

I need a breakfast intervention.  Dear readers, what do YOU have for breakfast during the week?

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  1. Toast with avocado! Also really like whole wheat pita and hummus (or black bean and salsa dip). I’ve never really liked sweet breakfasts. 🙂

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  2. We eat pretty plainly and are in sort of a rut too: I eat oatmeal a lot and sometimes get sick of it but I kinda force myself to eat it for health/carboload reasons. Kristina’s routine is pretty much yogurt and granola, we go through a ridiculous amount of Brown Cow tubs. I also eat generic cheerios with a mix of yogurt and milk.

    But when we do crave something different, it’s toast with sunflower nut butter and whatever fruit preserves, or the occasional sliced hard-boiled egg on top of toast, with a splash of hot sauce.

    When I’m feeling like I can indulge a bit, pre-baked potato smash browns with onion can be cooked quickly. They’re hot, hearty, satisfying, and filling enough that you can go with a lighter lunch or at least prevent the mid-morning snackies.

    I’ve even been in weird moods and reheated smaller portions of lunch or dinner leftovers for a different start to the day.

    Somewhat related, have you made your own yogurt? We haven’t yet, but the process doesn’t seem difficult. You start with a little store-bought yogurt and milk, but it seems like you can propagate subsequent batches with the homemade yogurt. Looks like it’d make eating yogurt pretty cheap.

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  3. – toast w/ peanut butter or almond butter + honey, even better with a sliced banana if I happen to have bananas in the kitchen
    – oatmeal with peanut butter or almond butter stirred in, and either honey (and a banana if I have any) or jam or maple syrup
    – toast w/ plain cream cheese and roasted garlic hummus or chipotle hummus – this is a recent favorite for me and I feel like I will never tire of it – it’s not really the healthiest thing but so good, this is basically texture + taste heaven for me.
    – if I’m up early enough, fried or scrambled eggs on toast with cheddar (when it’s warm enough for me to ride my bike to work, I *have* to get up early enough: anything else for breakfast and the 5.5 mile ride to work makes me shaky)
    – For a long time I was a fan of a whole-grain English muffin + cream cheese but then I stopped buying bread products containing high fructose corn syrup, and at the time my local grocery store didn’t have any English muffins without it. So that was the end of that. But now apparently some (?) varieties of Thomas’ English muffins are hfcs-free, so I will perhaps buy them again.
    – if I’m feeling lazy/am out of food, a bagel and cream cheese from my favorite bagel place (usually egg w/ vegetable cream cheese) or a muffin from the bakery around the corner (often apple-bran)

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