JStar’s Breakfast Bowl
I started eating Paleo-ish back in 2008 and only meal that has been a challenge for me is breakfast is breakfast, probably because I grew up in the 70s/80s eating cereal like it was my job in life. I say Paleo-ish because I don't like to be overly precious about my diet and I will eat a grain if your mom cook’s dinner for me or on a special occasion. I also have a deep love for popcorn, so I do eat that from time-time.
Back to breakfast. I like eggs but I only want to eat them a couple of times a week. I'd actually prefer to skip breakfast over eating eggs day in and day out. Bacon is awesome but, since I don't manage extra fat very well based on my genetics, that's not a great option either, or at least not something I can eat on the regular.
For years, my regular breakfast was either a scoop of protein power or a green smoothie. The protein powder felt processed and un-food like and often didn't have enough carbohydrate, which I could really feel in my workouts. The greens were great, but not enough protein. I've also eaten leftovers from the night before, salads, sausages, etc. But, there is not much joy for me in those meals.
Lately, I've landed on this awesome bowl I call JStar's Breakfast Bowl. It's super tasty, colorful, nutrient dense, and has some protein fat and carbs. I also mix it up a lot, which keeps it interesting. Here's the bowl I've been making lately:
JStar's Breakfast Bowl Recipe:
- 1 Cup Non-Fat Bulgarian Yogurt (you can easily substitute full-fat)
- 20 Pepitas
- 6 raspberries
- 15 Gogi Berries
- 1/2 cup grain-free granola (l like Purely Elizabeth these days but any brand will do)
- Some dried apple balls (from Peeled Snacks)
- A few banana chips (admittedly these are the only unhealthy thing in this and could easily be eliminated)
- A sprinkle of shredded coconut
These ingredients are all from Whole Foods but most health food store would have some version of these ingredients. My very rough guess is that this is about 450 calories and roughly 20 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbs, and 20 grams of fat. But, you can really add what you what to make it lower calorie, lower carb, higher fat, higher protein, etc. You get the idea.
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