My PhD advisor was fan of corny jokes and witty statements. Oh and whistling, too.
But sadly, his whistling wasn’t as awesome as he thought and neither were his jokes. (don’t worry he knew they were bad)
The joke I’m about to share with you is one of his favorites. He used to say it all the time in lectures and our group meetings.
“You know, there are two types of people in the world: Those that put everyone into two groups and those that do not.”
…[dramatic pause for effect]…
See? Just the kind of joke a nerd would tell and that other nerds would laugh and roll their eyes at. Clever but not all that hilarious
The point of telling you this painful “joke” is because I, like my advisor, believe that…there are two kinds of people in the world:
those that love breakfast and those that do not.
I take after my mom in that I am a breakfast lover. Majorly!! It’s by far my favorite meal of the day, and I could seriously eat breakfast for all meals of the day. It’s that exciting to me!
Plus, breakfast is a critical piece of your day when you’ve got “get in shape” goals like I do.
What you eat in the morning
- dictates how hungry you feel later in the day
- if you end up craving all sorts of junk later
- breaks your overnight fast and can lower cortisol (depending on what you eat)
To this end, I’ve found the best combination of foodage on your plate in the morning is protein, fibrous veggies, and a few starchy carbs.
Even is you’re not a breakfast lover, it’s still important to get a food combo like this in the morning!
Which kind are you?
My guess is that I’m not the only one out there that loves a heaping plate of deliciousness in the morning, so I wanted to share a couple recipes that I thought you might like. They keep me on track for my fitness goals… they’re delicious… and most importantly they keep me full!!
So decide which kind of person you are then make the appropriate recipe below. Or make them both cause they’re that damn delicious. And because they’re both perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle.
For breakfast lovers…
Veggie Heaven Breakfast Quiche
- 1 cup riced cauliflower
- Several sprinkles of parm cheese
- 2 12oz cartons egg whites (you won’t need it all)
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 5 oz button mushrooms, diced
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- S&P to taste
Preheat oven to 400F. In a bowl, mix riced cauliflower with a couple of splashes of egg whites (enough to get the cauliflower a little sticky), a sprinkle of parm cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Divide the riced cauliflower mixture evenly between wells in a large, greased muffin tin (6 muffins per tin). Bake at 400F for 10-15 min or until cauliflower “crust” is lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly.
Lower oven temp to 350F. Heat olive oil over medium heat and saute mushrooms, yellow onions and green peppers until onions and peppers soften and mushrooms are brown. Season with 1 tsp chili powder, S&P to taste, and then add garlic and green onions. Cook until garlic is fragrant, and remove from stove top.
Divide vegetable mixture evenly between muffin cups. Fill muffin cups with egg whites to the top of each cup. Bake your personal quiches at 350F for 15-20 min or until eggs are set. Allow quiches to set for 15 min before removing from tin. Run a butter knife around the edges of each quiche to loosen before removing it from the tin. Serve immediately with a side of oat bran or quinoa made with almond milk, or wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serves 6. Or if you have a big appetite like I do, serves 3
Note: you can make this in a regular muffin tin too, just keep a closer eye on the eggs as they bake. They probably won’t need to go as long.
For everyone else (psh – for anyone really cause it’s friggin delicious)…
Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1 1/2 scoops of Vega One All-in-One Shake, Vanilla Chai flavor
- 8 oz almond milk
- 1 Tbs acacia powder or other fiber supplement (there are no veggies in this shake and fiber keeps me fuller longer – CAUTION: to avoid GI distress work up to 1 Tbs if you don’t typically take a fiber supp)
- 1 apple, chopped
- 2 Tbs almond butter
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- ~1/2 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! If you like a thicker smoothie, add more ice.
Now you have a job to do. Let me know 2 things in the comments:
1. What kind of person are you?
2. Which recipe are you gonna make this week?