April 17, 2012 by Katie
I AM ALIVE!!!! Although I attempted to start yesterday off on a good note, let’s just say it was a bit of a roller coaster. I’d go from laughing and having fun to freaking out and almost having a break down. Haha, I actually talked to a friend of mine almost all day on g-chat, and I’m pretty sure he did not enjoy the roller coaster of emotions that was occurring. Yet, he put up with it. Nice guy. Thank goodness for friends who deal with my insane days (aka all days…)
So you all know that I am a huge fan of sweet breakfasts, I mean come on, my blog is called Peace, Love & OATS. I mentioned a week or so ago that I’d been experimenting with different breakfasts and quickly ended up on a savory breakfast trend. One thing I loved about it was that I got in at least a serving of veggies first thing in the morning!
Today I thought I’d share some savory and veggie-packed breakfasts with you so you can get in some veggies too!
All of these breakfasts include an egg or egg whites for a protein. I always make sure to get protein in my breakfast! Even when I do make oats, I add protein powder or eggs. By adding protein to your breakfast it makes it harder to digest, so it keeps you fuller longer! Haha I feel like I sound like a Kashi commercial.
I also try and get some healthy fats in. For savory breakfasts this typically includes nuts or some form of nut butter. For my savory breakfasts I like to include avocado! It’s perfect for using as a spread, like on this breakfast:
I made egg whites, and then covered a piece of Udi’s bread half in avocado and half in hummus, with some tomato slices on top for extra veggies!
Another day I tried to mix things up by making a breakfast burrito! This one included egg whites, avocado, hummus and salsa! It also would have been great with some black beans and cheese, but I was out!
I used a brown rice tortilla, but it was a little old so it broke apart. I ended up eating it more like a pizza. I also should have used one or two regular eggs, the egg whites were too voluminous to fit well!
As the days went on, I started to get a little more creative. I LOVE this meal and eat it at any time of the day. I microwaved a sweet potato and served an egg over the top of it. On the side I made “creamed spinach.” To do so, I cooked down spinach with a splash of almond milk and about a tsp of nutritional yeast. It’s such a good and easy side!
Finally, I was trying to use up everything left in my fridge, so I came up with this breakfast, that ended up being delicious. I mixed 1 egg with 2 liquid egg whites and a splash of almond milk and added them into the pan after cooking spinach and sliced tomato. I scrambled it up, adding some nutritional yeast during the cooking process. I also added pepper and smoked sea salt and served it alongside a Dr. Praegers broccoli patti, with ketchup!
I’ve figured out that adding a little nutritional yeast to eggs adds a lot of flavor, and nutrients! Don’t know what nutritional yeast is? I didn’t until a little while after I started reading blogs!
Again, we look to the trusty Wikipedia:
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast which is sold commercially as a food product.
It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugar, dairy, and gluten. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with Vitamin B12.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes
I highly recommend trying out some nutritional yeast. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they sell it in the bulk aisle. I’ve also bought it online and at a Vitamin Shoppe! I’ve also read a lot of recipes using it to make a cheesy sauce, which is something I’d love to try!
So there you go, all my new savory breakfasts! Don’t worry though, I’m sure oats, yogurts and smoothies will be make a serious comeback, especially once warm weather hits!
What are your favorite savory breakfasts?
Have you ever tried nutritional yeast?