Eat What The Nutritionist Eats Part 1

Today and over the next week, I'm sharing with you the inside scoop of what the nutritionist eats {that's me!}. 

We'll start with breakfast. That's easy... because it NEVER CHANGES. To say I'm a habit of creature would be understating. 

I pop out of bed {literally, pop} at 5am every morning. There's no snoozing, moaning, groaning or wishing for another hour... I'm WAY too excited about breakfast. Or coffee. Or both. Definitely both. In fact, sometimes I go to bed before my bedtime {between 8-9pm} because the faster I fall asleep, the sooner it's morning the closer I am to my favorite meal of the day. I'm not kidding, by the way. I cherish my coffee and breakfast so much so that I wake up hours before I need to so there is absolutely no chance of the baby interfering with a hot cuppa and hot oats. Call me crazy, it's okay, I am. 

I'm going to be completely, utterly and brutally transparent with you guys. All that I ask in return is no judgement. 

So, 5am... I all but find myself running down the stairs. I boil water for the french press, put my oats on the stovetop and clean any mess left behind from the night before while impatiently waiting. The 5-10 minutes it takes my coffee and breakfast to be ready feels like waiting for the weekend.. on a Monday. 

Breakfast is...

Coffee and oatmeal. Delicious coffee and oatmeal. 

I do not take my coffee black and I have no desire to acquire. 

I boil a generous amount of water in my trusty tea kettle {that I've had since I moved out... 10 or so years ago}. I fill my French Press up with 3 tbsp of coffee. Genevia being my favorite, but any coffee is better than no coffee. 

Once water is boiled, I pour into french press, give it a stir and let it sit. For about 1 minute {impatience} and then I press and pour into any of my collectable starbucks cups. The kicker is...  that coffee cup has 2 tablespoons of International Delight Creamer settled on the bottom and eagerly awaiting it's favorite counterpart {coffee}. 

No morning goes without Coffee + 2 measured TBSP of International Delight Creamer {flavor changes}. I know, coffee creamer is unhealthy. It contains disgusting chemicals, sugar and has no nutritional value. But really, it's my only vice. Besides wine. And can we even count wine as a vice?

I wish I could tell you it ends at 1 cup but most days I'd be lying. The french press makes two perfect sized coffees. The second cup is staring at me like a puppy dog stares at it's owner, starved for attention. I just don't have the strength to say no!

Protein Chia Oats

Directions:

  1. Add oats and water to a pan and bring to a bowl. 
  2. Once boiled, add chia seeds (make sure to stir right away) and let simmer roughly 5 minutes. 
  3. Pour in bowl over protein powder and stir until mixed. 
  4. EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup Dry Oats
  • 2 Cups of Water (I like my oatmeal soupy, reduce if you like yours thicker. Keep in mind the Protein powder will absorb some water)
  • 1/2 Serving  Sunwarrior Protein Powder
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds

I just eat. I don't count calories, I don't count macros and I don't strive for perfection. For those who are interested in the breakdown of macros and calories, you'll find the details below. My motto is, eat when your hungry, don't eat when your not and watch your sugar/carb intake. It works for me!

Protein Oats without Coffee

Calories: 261

Protein Oats with Coffee

Calories: 331
 

There you have my brutally honest, every day breakfast. Protein Chia Oats and 2 cups of coffee. This is not the 'picture perfect' breakfast and not exactly the recommendation I'd give my clients {not the coffee with creamer part anyway} but life is all about balance. I skip on the cake, cookies and desserts but I'll take my coffee with cream for as long as I breathe. This is MY breakfast. I go to bed dreaming of morning time. I even ziplock pack my oats, protein powder and chia seeds in the event of any over night traveling... I don't skip a morning! So, while it might not be PERFECT, it's perfect for me. It's healthy, it's what I WANT to eat, it keeps me full and it is my absolute favorite way to start the day. If protein oats aren't your thing, find something healthy that is. The ultimate goal is eating in a healthy way that never, ever makes you feel like you're on a diet.

If my breakfast isn't perfect, then what IS the perfect breakfast? Ideally, to avoid blood sugar highs and lows throughout the day, it's best to eat protein and fats in the morning. Half your plate vegetables, 1 part protein and 1 part healthy fats. Easy way to reach those measures is a vegetable omelette topped with avocado. However, I stand by what I say: you need to enjoy and like what you're eating. So, while a vegetable omelette might be a BETTER choice for me, protein oats are packed with nutrients, a good mix of carbs, protein and fat and I can't imagine my morning's without them {literally}.

Check back this week for the details on breakfast #2!

What do you guys eat for breakfast?? Leave it in the comments!