I’ve always been a breakfast girl.
In high school I played 3 seasons of sports – soccer, basketball and lacrosse – for all four years. Basically, I ate as if I was a linebacker. I would literally house a bagel and muffin every morning.
You could say I liked my carbs.
Once I went to college, even when trying to avoid the freshman 15, I never skipped breakfast. I swapped bagels for fruit and muffins for eggs. Slowly and surely I began to understand how to properly fuel my body in the morning so I could maintain lasting energy throughout my busy college and post-grad days.
It wasn’t until I entered the fitness industry that I began experimenting with breakfast items. My needs had changed. Gone were the days of laid back a.m. meals. Rising bright and early I needed more of a quick protein source.
Enter greek yogurt.
I found that greek yogurt kept me full without weighing me down plus the flavor combinations were endless. The portable cups were easy to bring to work and (while not the healthiest, I realize) I could scarf it down in 5 minutes flat between clients.
Fast forward a few years, a new job and a 3 year old blog (well, almost!) and I feel like I’m the breakfast master. I know what works for my body and most importantly what doesn’t.
i.e. I will never attempt eating a Fiber One bar on an empty stomach. I’ll let you guess on that one.
So without further adieu, here is my newest concoction …
Sweet Yogurt Parfait with a Strawberry Chocolate Crumble
1 6-ounce container Oikos greek yogurt 0%, vanilla or plain
1/2 C Strawberries, sliced
1 belVita Oats & Chocolate
1. Begin with 1/2 the container of Oikos yogurt and pour into a bowl. Arrange one layer of strawberries.
2. Open belVita package and crumble 1/2 the soft baked ‘cookie’ over the strawberries.
3. Using a spatula, spoon out the reminder of yogurt and spread over cookie crumble. Layer with remaining strawberries and crumble with left over cookie.
4. If you’re feeling sassy, place a dollop of peanut butter or almond butter on top for an extra protein kick (and also a salty edge to the meal).
What’s been on your breakfast table lately?