Breakfast, I love you.

I love breakfast; it is seriously my favorite meal of the day. Weather it’s a long weekend brunch with mimosas, toast, jam, eggs and bacon or a bowl of oatmeal with berries and coffee after a Minnesota morning run. Don’t even get me started on my mom’s holiday homemade brunch of monkey bread and egg bake. I love it all.

Breakfast is usually a peaceful time of day for me. It allows me to relax before tackling the day. I tend to workout (weekdays) before breakfast so I like to include protein, carbs and fiber in my morning meal- to keep me full and replenish my muscles :).

I know a lot of people are unsure of what to eat for breakfast and how important it is so I am throwing a few of my favorites out there; from my weekday eats to favorite brunch spots! Maybe I’ll even post my mom’s recipes soon… cause I probably won’t be able to invite my 1028309831 readers over on Christmas Day…

Weekday Favs

The standard oatmeal, and berries: I love a big warm bowl of oats in the morning (esp. in this damn Minnesota winter) but just oats and fruit doesn’t do the trick for me after logging six or so miles. I love to add a scoop of protein powder to my oats and berries. Yum! Mix it right in and you have a creamy, delicious bowl of dessert tasting breakfast! Want to know the bonus? You will be full until lunch!

Hi you little yummy mess.

Why? The Fiber in oats, protein and carbs keep you satisfied and if you workout in the morning, you replenish your hard-working muscles! If you don’t workout early (that’s OK, I know I am weird and lots of ppl don’t) it is still the perfect breakfast to get your metabolism going in the morning and “breaking-the-fast” from overnight.

Cereal

I know, nothing exciting but I do spice mine up. I love Kashi (all kinds) but Go Lean adds more protein than an egg plus lots of fiber. I add fresh or frozen berries and yep, more protein powder. The protein powder adds some sweetness, and makes the bowl nice and creamy.

My mix usually consists of:

Kashi

Some other sugary cereal 🙂

Berries

Almond milk

Tbsp. of protein powder- I use Trader Joes Women’s Vanilla.

Hi, I like you.

Filling and delish.

Pumpkin Pie Bowl

OMG are you dying to know what this is?! Duh, it’s the best breakfast ever.

I take a plain Greek yogurt, mixed with a packet of Better Oats, a half-cup of pumpkin and fresh or frozen blueberries. Stir. Add Stevia and a tsp. of vanilla protein powder and some cinnamon.

OMG you will be in heaven and think you are eating a big Thanksgiving dessert. I had it this morning after a cold morning run and it tasted sooooo good.

Full for hours and with more than 20 grams of protein my muscles are happy too.

Those are some of my favorites – others include PB toast with a banana, oatmeal with PB, or when I have time Gina’s Protein Pancakes! SOOOOO GOOD.

Now that’s just the weekdays…. Here is a quick list of my favorite MPLS brunch spots.

Brunch

Nothing beats a long weekend brunch, sitting there with friends, fam or a cute boyfriend for hours while eating good food, sipping hot coffee and having nowhere to go, what could be better?!

I love:

Pizza Luce– Never had the breakfast pizza but other items are sooooo good. (Greek omelet= holy cow).

Zumbros– Firtattas and scones.

Cupcake – Favorite is the tofu scramble w/ toast.

Keys Downtown– For simple and cheap.

Longfellows – NUM. Everything.

Wilde Roast– Omelets are the bomb.com

Aster Cafe– Breakfast burrito and sandwiches.

French Meadow Bakery– I would eat here every morning if I could.

Good Earth– Hands down the best pancakes.

Hells Kitchen– Their PB is not even normal it’s so good. Very good for post long runs (or hangovers, haha) some good, greasy, comfort food.

Isle’s Buns and Coffee– Their puppy-dog-tail cinnamon roles make me cry, they are so unreal.

Café Maude– If you’ve got a pretty penny to spend or want to impress someone.

I am trying Blackbird café this weekend and I have heard great things! I will do a recap afterwards!

Oh breakfast, never leave me.

What’s your favorite breakfast during the work week or brunch spot?

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