Every Day is Game Day Breakfast
I was going to call this the Game Day Breakfast, but then I thought you might only eat it on game day. The truth is, this is the perfect breakfast to get you going in your daily grind, no matter if you have an upcoming competition or an important meeting at work. Every day, athletes and non-athletes rely on focus and energy to be successful, so to copy the title and attitude of Mark Verstagen’s book (hope he doesn’t mind), Every Day is Game Day for us all. So let’s fuel for success!
This is one of the fastest, easiest breakfasts you can throw together in the morning, and the slow-burning carbs will top off your muscles with energy and burn slow to keep you full for hours. Even if you think there is no time to make a healthy breakfast in the morning, I challenge you to try the Every Day is Game Day Breakfast. It’s a whole food meal, gluten free*, packed with micronutrients, and when you add the quinoa, unsalted mixed nuts and plain yogurt, you get a protein punch that will keep you full until lunch.
This does require a bit of prep work on a Sunday afternoon, but once you get the oats and quinoa cooked together, all it takes is about 3 minutes to throw your breakfast together! Even if you wake up REALLY close to the time you have to leave for work or school, you will have time to get your Every Day is Game Day Breakfast in your bowl and eat it on the road.
*although the oats themselves are gluten free, they are often processed in the same facilities that process wheat and other gluten-containing grains, which can leave traces of it on the oats. If gluten is a concern for you, be sure to buy “Gluten Free” oats, which are processed on equipment that does not touch other gluten-containing grains.
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup quinoa
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup raw unfiltered honey
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
your favorite fruit (blueberries, blackberries, or bananas work great)
unsalted mixed nuts
plain Greek yogurt
Prep ahead of time- this takes 25 minutes, and will be good in your fridge for up to a full week.
- Bring water up to a boil and add salt. Add steel cut oats and stir occasionally for 12 minutes.
- After those 12 minutes, add 1 cup of quinoa, stir to mix, and boil together with the oats, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
- When grains are cooked, add the coconut oil, honey, and almond milk.
When you are ready to eat. This will only take 3 or 4 minutes in the morning!
- Put desired amount in a bowl, pour on a splash of almond milk to reconstitute it, and microwave for 1-2 minutes (or eat it cold if you want).
- Top with a spoonful or 2 of Greek yogurt, berries, and/or unsalted mixed nuts.
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