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Happy Friday!  Who has nice plans for the weekend?  I’ve got the following on my calendar:  a birthday get-together for our friend Isaac, a 5-mile race (wahoo!), and loads and loads of relaxation.  Oh, and we need to buy a new dryer because ours went kaput on Monday.


Hah.  Blurry jumpin’ baby.


I mentioned this earlier in the week, but I am really trying to transition away from sweet breakfasts.  I have noticed that I feel so much better if I eat protein and veggies as opposed to a ton of carbohydrates and fruit. I never used to have this problem, but I suspect it has something to do with the calorie burn of breastfeeding compared with baby-induced sleep deprivation.  The last thing my body needs in the morning is a heavy dose of sweets.


Don’t get me wrong… I’m sure I’ll still enjoy my pancakes and waffles every now and then.  But I’m going to try to time those treats on mornings that I’m rested and satiated (sometimes, due to breastfeeding, I literally wake up at 4 AM with a growling tummy and have to go get something to eat… it’s crazy). 


So – eggs, Crock Pot veggies, and toast.  Makes me feel good from my head to my toes.


What’s your go-to breakfast for feeling energized?



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 28, 2012, 9:08 am

    Toast and peanut butter – nothing like it! I’m running my first 10k this weekend – goodluck with your race!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It September 28, 2012, 9:09 am

    I definitely do better on non-sweet breakfasts as well. I keep oats on hand in case a craving strikes, but 9 times out of 10 I go with some scrambled eggs with feta or cheddar or poached eggs on an English muffin. It is so much more energizing than a sugar bomb!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt September 28, 2012, 9:09 am

    Yogurt with flax-seed or oatmeal with Pb and bananas mixed in 🙂

  • Hillary September 28, 2012, 9:12 am

    I’m the same way with sugary, carb-y breakfasts. I feel the best if I have some Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and low-sugar cereal, or some eggs with spinach!

  • Jodi September 28, 2012, 9:13 am

    Banana with lots and lots of nut butter!! I need to mention that I tried the tube of herbs because I saw them here and OMG are they good!!

    • Caitlin September 28, 2012, 9:14 am

      arent they??? yum.

    • Bonnie September 28, 2012, 12:52 pm

      Just a warning, if you’re trying to decrease sugars, the herb paste (or garlic or ginger) usually has added sugars to them. Probably not much, but enough to inspire me to make my own herb spread.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 28, 2012, 9:16 am

    I like a mix of carbs and protein for breakfast. I’ve cut out fruit though at breakfast and added more protein. I always eat oats since nothing else seems to work for keeping my hunger at bay. This morning I had cinnamon oats with an egg whites stirred in and chia seeds. It tasted like French toast oatmeal. Totally hit the spot!

    We are going apple picking with some friends and it’s my first time ever. I’m SOOOOO excited! Have a great weekend Caitlin!

  • Vanessa September 28, 2012, 9:21 am

    A big portion of veggies in the morning is a great way to set the tone for a day of healthy choices. But nothing is faster to prepare and easier to clean up after than a bowl of muesli, toast, and a glass of orange juice.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 28, 2012, 9:23 am

    I think I do well on both types, but if I do eat a carb breakfast, like oatmeal, I always add protein to it with either an egg, egg whites, or protein powder! Otherwise I’m starving 2 hours later!

  • Presley @ Run Pretty September 28, 2012, 9:24 am

    I need to lay off the sweet stuff in the AM, too. I crash by 9 am.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 28, 2012, 9:40 am

    My go-to breakfast is almost always the same but definitely consisting of carbs. I love whole wheat english muffins with peanut butter and banana (with coffee of course!) or oatmeal, again with pb & banana.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 28, 2012, 10:12 am

    I always love a veggie omlet in the morning! It’s usually a weekend treat, but I got up early enough this morning to whip up some cheesy eggs and it was a fabulous way to start my day!

    Happy Friday 😀

  • Mari @ Wine Required September 28, 2012, 10:23 am

    I’m not a fan of sugary breakfasts. I have been known to make a veggie bacon waffle though. No syrup, just buckwheat waffle batter and veggie bacon. Plus, it’s easy to hold in your hand for those baby carrying mornings!

  • Mandy September 28, 2012, 10:24 am

    Good luck with your race! (Is that taboo to say??)

    Those potatoes look delicious! I’m not much of a sweets for breakfast person. I prefer eggs and whole wheat toast. Some days I sneak in some bacon if I’m feeling decadent :p

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action September 28, 2012, 10:25 am

    I’m always so impressed that you make such delicious breakfast’s during the week! I usually will take something with me to eat once I get to work- so it’s whatever I can grab the fastest!
    For an energizing breakfast, I like to have smoothies- I put in greek yogurt and hemp seeds to up the protein content! Delicious 🙂

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 28, 2012, 10:29 am

    I don’t eat sweet stuff in the a.m. either–I feel SO much better this way! I usually eat eggs/spinach/cheese/toast. YUMM!

    • Lori September 28, 2012, 12:26 pm

      I have the same thing except I’ll add some onions and shredded carrots with the egg combo. It’s delicious and filling!!! 😉

  • Shelly September 28, 2012, 10:29 am

    I’m trying to be aware of how much added sugar I’m having every day, so I’m really enjoy eggs with cheese and hot sauce for breakfast. A not- as-sweet breakfasty combo I’ve been having as a snack is oatmeal made with 50/50 water and applesauce (I made it myself so I know how much sugar is in it- 2 T for about 2 cups of sauce which I don’t think is too bad) sprinkled with flax and nuts.

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human September 28, 2012, 10:33 am

    I always have oatmeal with peanut butter mixed in. It’s the best thing I’ve found to stay with me until lunch!

  • Vikki September 28, 2012, 10:36 am

    My nephew had that jumparoo thing and he totally loved it. I was afraid that he was going to jump himself right out of it on more than one occasion. (not that this is related to your post in any way. Sorry.)

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 28, 2012, 10:39 am

    I prefer my sweet breakfasts too, but I’ve figured out that if I make them protein heavy (protein pancakes or smoothies with protein powder) I’m good to go. But I definitely save the waffles and regular pancakes for more special occasions.

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 28, 2012, 10:52 am

    I’m a huge fan of veggie scrambles; they pack some serious staying-power! 🙂 (Plus two cups of coffee!)

  • Caitlin September 28, 2012, 10:53 am

    I usually have overnight oats for breakfast…with plain yogurt mixed in and nut butter on top. Its a great mix of carbs and protein and keeps me full for hours

  • Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire September 28, 2012, 11:18 am

    This sounds so boring, but hemp protein! We have it every morning!

  • Nancy September 28, 2012, 11:18 am
    This has nothing to do with your post today, but I’m runnng the Bellingham Bay Half Marathon on Sunday and found this 3hr music mix made for it and it’s totally getting me pumped! So I had to share it for your awesome 5miles this weekend – Have Fun!!! (it’s a free download – super bonus)

  • Rebecca September 28, 2012, 11:26 am

    I get to go home this weekend! My grandma is moving tomorrow (to my hometown, which will be kind of nice) and I decided to go home and help. And tonight my church is showing The Avengers and playing games after the Homecoming football game, so I’m thinking about going to that.
    Also homework. If I can find the time around all the fun. I have a project due Monday that I have only thought about, so… that should get done. Maybe tonight during the football game. (No school spirit + not a sports fan + not a crowd fan = not going to game.) Or tomorrow after the move. Or something.

  • Elisabeth September 28, 2012, 11:49 am

    My go to, keep me full breakfast is a couple of fried eggs with a slice of whole wheat toast topped with Smuckers Natural PB and an ounce of cheese. Yum!

  • Cindy September 28, 2012, 11:51 am

    My favorite is cauliflower pizza (basically shredded cauliflower, herbs and an egg) with wilted spinach on top and a fried egg. Delicious, full of protein and lots of veggies! I like to have a strawberry smoothie on the side and some cottage cheese 🙂

    goodluck this weekend!

  • Meghan September 28, 2012, 11:54 am

    If I have a sweet breakfast, an hour later I crash into a shaky mess. It’s ugly. My go-to is Fage 2% yogurt mixed with almond meal and cacao powder. Lots of protein and enough fat to keep those shakes at bay.

  • Rosalie September 28, 2012, 12:03 pm

    My número uno satisfying and stabilizing breakfast: oats or oat bran + flax meal cooked with almond milk and water, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice (instant coffee if Im feeling pumpkin spice latte-y), 2/3c canned pumpkin, 1/2c egg whites, and vanilla or hazelnut stevia. Topped off with a square of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate. I dig “sweet” breakfasts, which this meets the criteria for, taste-wise, but there’s less than 5g of sugar and a whole lotta protein and fiber in there.

  • rebecca @ blueberry smiles September 28, 2012, 12:14 pm

    I usually have a green smoothie for breakfast, but I’ve started adding a hardboiled egg too and the protein really does the trick! If I had something carby or sugargy instead (or even nut butter), it wouldn’t do anything for my hunger. Goodluck buying a new washer– that’s always such a process to pick out at the store

  • Vicki September 28, 2012, 12:41 pm

    I can’t remember, can you eat avocados? I never see them on your plate so I’m guessing not… but I’ll share my favorite anyway – Sourdough english muffins (not ww!) with avocado smeared on top, with a little bit of salt. Amazing. My go-to breakfast (before bebe) was scrambled eggs, one morningstar sausage link, and an english muffin with avo. So good! I still try to make it, on mornings when I’ve got it together.

    • Caitlin September 28, 2012, 12:49 pm

      I’m allergic. I hear I’m missing out!

  • Bonnie September 28, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Green monsters! Today I had a green monster with spinach, nectarine, kiwi and banana and a 1 egg spinach-shallot-scramble 🙂 mmmm. Sometimes I add chia seeds, but today I forgot to! Also, I’ve gotten into overnight oats with silk or almond breeze and chia, sweetened with a touch of agave, banana and topped with PB or AB… makes it easy for the days I have to be at work at 6am.

  • Beks September 28, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Green monsters. Haven’t had one in forever, and I can DEFINITELY tell. I should do that tomorrow morning.

  • Lauren September 28, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Definitely oatmeal. But on Sunday’s I’ve been eating more eggs and I find it keeps me so full and energized. Maybe I should start switching things up throughout the week. 😉

  • RunEatRepeat September 28, 2012, 1:09 pm

    Eggs eggs eggs!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 28, 2012, 1:55 pm

    I totally agree—I went through a French Toast/fruit phase and it just didn’t set the right tone for the day. I might have it once on the weekend and it’s a nice treat, but it’s usually eggs or oatmeal for me these days!

  • Ellen September 28, 2012, 2:09 pm

    One microwaved baked potato with butter and sea salt, topped with 2 over easy eggs. Super satiating and doesn’t weigh me down. It will keep me from thinking about food for 6 hours, easy.

  • Terry September 28, 2012, 2:46 pm

    I’ve been stuck in a rut with all my meals for a very long time. I think I need to attempt a rotation diet because eating the same things every day I believe is contributing to internal inflammation.

    But lately it’s been a smoothie:
    1 scoop whey isolate
    1/2 – 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
    1/2 cup pumpkin or banana
    1-2 tbsps flax seed

    I may try something with oats, or eggs + toast with fruit/coconut milk side, or possibly chia pudding. I think toast with nut butter is a friendly breakfast also.

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb September 28, 2012, 3:48 pm

    My go-to breakfast is a Fitnessista-inspired breakfast cookie!! a mix of oats, chocolate protein, peanut butter, banana and milk. LOVE it and it keeps me full for several hours. 🙂

  • Ashlee September 28, 2012, 5:12 pm

    I bought some pre-made hard boiled eggs recently after seeing how pretty yours were! It seemed like mine got brown and went bad pretty quickly…How long do yours normally last?!

    • Caitlin September 28, 2012, 8:28 pm

      My eggs are bought from the store so they probably have some sort of preservative on them. Im lazy!

  • Susan September 28, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Just be careful. We put our first to sleep in a quiet dark room and she can’t fall asleep to this day (at 15) without a white noise machine and a dark room. Number two napped in the living room in a pack n play and we made no attempt to be quiet. She turned into a kid who can sleep through anything.

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