Breakfast with Anne

Hi friends <3 It’s our last day here in San Diego so we’re off to explore before hitting the road! I’ll be back with a fun re-cap tomorrow. In the meantime, here is another guest post from a wonderful friend, Anne. She recently set up her own RD practice if you’re looking for some nutrition help. Hope you enjoy her post with awesome breakfast options 🙂



Hey, Fitnessista readers! I’m Anne, a Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian and health/fitness blogger over at fANNEtastic food. A big thank you to my friend Gina for having me today.


So – let’s talk breakfast. No matter how busy I get, I always make time for breakfast. That said, sometimes (okay, almost always) I just don’t have time to make a long winded elaborate feast – because let’s be honest, the last thing we all want in the morning is a sink full of dirty pots and pans.

Each of these breakfasts is quick and easy to make, requiring only a few minutes of time and a microwave at most, and incorporates a healthy carbohydrate (fiber), healthy fat, and some protein. Having a mix of the three nutrients will keep you going strong until lunch time, so you can focus on your to-do list instead of your growling tummy.

1) PB&B – Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich

This is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. Insanely easy to make, very portable if you need to eat it in the car or once you get to work, and satisfying, too. Make sure the bread is toasted!


For my fellow runners, this is also a fabulous pre-long run breakfast – just make sure you either eat it early enough that you have a little time to digest, or only have one piece of toast if you’re tight on time. For the bread, I recommend Ezekiel’s sprouted cinnamon raisin bread – delicious, nutritious, and a little more protein than usual bread, too. It’s usually found in the frozen foods aisle of places like Whole Foods.

Not a big peanut butter fan? Try it with a different nut butter – another favorite of mine is almond butter. Just make sure when you’re buying a nut butter that the only ingredients are the nuts and maybe a little salt. Avoid any nut butters that have “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” on the ingredients list – that means trans fat, which is not good for you.


2) Egg, Avocado, Tomato & Spinach English Muffin Sandwich

I know what you’re thinking – that sounds time consuming. But did you know you can actually microwave eggs if you’re in a rush? Simply toast up an English muffin, and while it’s toasting, spray a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray, crack two whole eggs into it and whisk, then pop it into the microwave for about a minute. Check on it to make sure it’s fully cooked and give it more time if necessary. It should be nice and fluffy and easy to take out of the bowl and put on your sandwich! Top it with 1/4 of an avocado, a sliced tomato, and a handful of baby spinach. Add a little salt and pepper on there, too, and if you want, a dash of hot sauce. :) Wrap it up in tin foil and eat it on the go or at work – or enjoy it at home if you have the time.



3) Homemade Microwave Oatmeal

Microwave oatmeal can be awesome if you make it properly, and it’s seriously just as easy to make your own homemade microwave oatmeal as it is to open one of those packets of oatmeal. I never recommend the pre-packaged oatmeal packets because they’re full of sugar, low in fiber, and you’ll be hungry again a few minutes later. My version of microwave oatmeal is just as fast and way more delicious! Eat it at home or put all the ingredients into a to-go container and heat it up when you get to work.

High protein oatmeal

For a full recipe, check out my Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal (if you want more toppings and less oatmeal, use 1/3 cup each oats and milk instead of 1/2 cup each). The banana is the key – that and using milk (or a non-dairy alternative) instead of water to give it a nice flavor, and to add a little protein.

Want to amp up the protein content even more? Throw an egg in there, too! Whisk it in with the rest of the ingredients and microwave as normal. Another option is to top the oatmeal (once cooked) with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt – these will both add protein as well. The other topping variations are endless, but my favorite is some fresh blueberries or slivered almonds.

Another variation to try is my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal – also microwavable and delicious!

4) Yogurt/Cottage Cheese Mess

The simplest breakfast of all – simply throw a bunch of stuff into a tupperware and race off to work. Or eat it at home before you rush out the door – either way!


In a bowl, simply mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt) or cottage cheese (or a mixture of both), 1/4 cup raw oats, cereal, or granola, 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts (I like slivered almonds), and then whatever fruit you like – I love sliced banana and berries, but anything will work. For a banana-free variation, check out my Cinnamon Yogurt and Cottage Cheese Mess.

So there you have it! Four of my favorite quick, healthy, and portable breakfasts. You officially have no excuse for skipping breakfast. :) What’s your favorite quick, healthy, and portable breakfast? Let’s share some new ideas!

p.s. If you have a little more time in the morning (or time to bake over the weekend), check out a few of my other favorite breakfast-worthy recipes:

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  1. Brittany @ DulceVie on March 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I love all of these tips! I usually make myself oatmeal or toast with almond butter and bananas 🙂

  2. jackie7288 on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    love these ideas! Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day and I make sure to have something every morning whether at work or at home. My favorite thing to make if definitely oatmeal. I use the old fashioned rolled outs (TJ’s gluten free brand or Quaker) and heat it up at work with some sliced banana or blueberries on top.

  3. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing your great recipes. I can’t wait to try the protein pancake one.

  4. Anne on March 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks again for having me, Gina! 🙂 Soak up that sunshine for us!

  5. Jennifer on March 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Sounds yummy! We must have the same taste b/c the recipes you highlighted are very similar to my usual breakfasts! I have never tried mixing cottage cheese and greek yogurt…mines usually one or the other. I’m totally going to have to try that! Thanks for the idea.

  6. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} on March 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I tend to stick to the same foods all the time, depending on the season. Currently I’m eating a bagel with nut butter, banana, OJ and coffee. Once the weather gets a bit warmer I will probably start making overnight oats again with berries added. I like the muffin you posted, I’m vegan, so would omit the eggs, but I love avocado toast so this sounds great to me.

  7. Abby @ Change of Pace on March 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Great tips! I always eat breakfast. If I don’t, I’m a bear!
    At home I have a bit more time, but if I swim before work I need a quick plan to eat at my desk. It’s usually PB&J or PB& banana. I think I’ll try the homemade microwave oatmeal next time!

  8. Katie @ Live Half Full on March 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    A PB & Banana sandwich is my favorite pre-long run breakfast as well!

    Personally, I love hard boiled eggs for a quick grab & go breakfast. I usually pair them with something sweet like a LARABAR or a slice of my oatmeal bake! I was obsessed with this recipe this Winter-I literally made it every week for about 3 months straight!

  9. Rocio on March 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This is a great post thanks so much! 🙂

  10. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat on March 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Yum, thanks for so many awesome suggestions! I have been in a breakfast rut lately but I am a HUGE breakfast fan. I often go to bed dreaming about what I will eat when I wake up (or…just really like food 😉

  11. Kendyl on March 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    My favorite breakfast (if I have the foresight the night before) is overnight quinoa and fruit. Yummmm! My current go to breakfast for crazy mornings is Revive mango yogurt with chia seed and goji berry granola ( haven’t tried the other flavors, but this has no wheat in the granola, just nuts and seeds and fruit so it’s g-free! Or I’ll have a piece of g-free cinnamon raisin bread with some almond butter and apple slices. Thanks for the fabulous ideas!


  12. Cari on March 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I am SO glad you were chosen to be a guest writer for Gina. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and am from the Northwestern area of Virginia (I LOVE D.C., btw). After finishing my degree I didn’t succeed in getting into an internship- (it’s tricky!) and decided to take a break to figure out what I wanted to do. That lead me to Nursing school, which I am currently doing. I hate it, but love it at the same time because it lead me to realize that Nutrition is my passion! Once I finish up this semester, I am moving back to VA to live at home to save money and reapplying for a didactic internship, can’t wait!

    After stalking your blog, I have to say that you inspired me because you followed your dream even though you had to start from the beginning. I was beginning to feel anxious because I haven’t gotten “anywhere,” but you helped me realize that’s okay. You have to do a lot of stuff to figure out what you want to do. Dreams take time. 🙂

    • Anne on March 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Girl, you are so right that dreams take time! You’ll get there – just be patient. I still can’t believe that 4 years later I’m done with my back to school journey! It went by surprisingly quickly. 🙂

      I’m proud of you for making it this far! You’ll be doing that internship before you know it. And in the meantime, you’re getting some extra life experience in nursing school! You’re going to kick butt during the clinical internship with that under your belt. Good luck!

  13. Veterinarianess on March 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Healthy chocolate chip cookies in a bowl!

    Mash 1 banana, 1/2c oats, 1 packet truvia and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips. Microwave for 1:30-2 minutes and enjoy!

  14. Carol on March 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Ah I love those peanut butter + banana sandwiches. So simple, yet so delicious 🙂

  15. James on March 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Excellent Anne. The Egg, avocado breakfast works for me. The others are good too! BTW, us macho types don’t have “tummies.”

    • Anne on March 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Lol for macho types, please replace “tummy” with “stomach of steel.”

  16. Gena on March 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I love seeing a collaboration between two of my favorite women 🙂 Great post, Gina and Anne!

  17. Tonya @ Will Run For Yoga on March 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    These look great! Any times for someone who is allergic to peanuts, almonds, and eggs?

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