Simple Protein Sunrise Bowls
Thursday mornings are always hectic in my apartment. It doesn’t matter if I wake up 3 hours before I need to leave for class or 30 minutes, I will find a way to utilize every single minute. In a perfect morning routine, I get to sneak in quick workout, make a big breakfast while I brew a pot of coffee, watch the Today Show, cuddle and have playtime with Koda, organize my planner for the day, catch up on social media/e-mails, take my time getting ready, and tidy up after myself along the way. If only life was perfect… In actuality, I have to spend five minutes convincing myself to leave puppy cuddles and get out of my warm, cozy bed. I waste five more minutes debating if washing my hair is a priority or not (hint: it isn’t). I attempt to shower without Koda deciding he misses me so much in the next five minutes that he just has to jump in too. I wash my face, attempt to control my curly hair, and smear some makeup on my face and hope it works. I spend way too much time convincing myself I have to at least try to look like a real person. I get way too upset that real life requires pants. I consider never leaving my apartment and Koda again. Life seems great again until I realize I can’t do this, I do have to wear pants, and I do have to leave my apartment. Win some, lose some.
Nowhere in there do I actually have time to cook a breakfast. Oh how I miss the days where I would make scrambled veggie egg whites and whole wheat toast every morning. Seriously how did I ever have time for that? While my make ahead breakfast wraps (check them out here: http://fancyeatsincheapseats.tumblr.com/post/99354940627/easy-make-ahead-breakfast-wraps) are great for busy mornings, they don’t always work. Sometimes I don’t have time to waste eating something that requires a fork or can be a little messy. Plus, who wants to eat the same thing every morning? No thanks. That’s one of the worst things you can do when trying to eat healthy. If you always repeat the same two or three meals, you’re going to get sick of it and you are going to “cheat” on your plan. If all I have are breakfast wraps in my kitchen, it’s reallllllllly easy to allow myself to run to Panera for breakfast to mix things up.
Thank God for these simple protein sunrise bowls. No fork, no hands, no mess. Plus, it’s so easy to change things up in this recipe!
What you’ll need: 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 banana, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen mixed fruits (strawberries, pineapples, mangos, peaches), granola, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds.
I used my nutribullet, because I’m obsessed with it. Hands down, it’s one of my favorite kitchen appliances. If you don’t have a “personal” blender of some sort, a regular blender will work just fine. In my nutribullet, I added ½ cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of frozen mixed fruits, ½ of a fresh banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk. I blended my mixture until smooth.
Once I was happy with my mixture, I added ½ cup of Back to Nature’s Chocolate Delight granola the remaining half of my fresh banana, and a sprinkling of unsweetened shredded coconut as toppings. Enjoy with a spoon or straw!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- ½ fresh banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen mixed fruits (strawberries, pineapples, mangos, peaches)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- Toppings: ½ banana, sliced; Granola; Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Add smoothie ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.
- Top with desired toppings.