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When I’m training (or even when I’m not), cereal or fruit salad simply don’t do it for me. After my morning workout, I need a filling, healthy breakfast to help me recover and give me energy for the rest of my day.  But like many of you, perhaps, I usually eat at work and only have about 5-10 minutes to spare before the craziness begins.

I’ve included below my go-to weekday breakfasts, as well as a couple other quick and easy breakfasts I make if I eat at home before work or on the weekends.  They surely aren’t exotic or ground-breaking, but my breakfasts are substantial, healthy and also cheaper than most pre-made breakfasts I see in the shops. I cycle between them and change up the ingredients to prevent boredom, but always have them along with 1 liter of water and a big cup of coffee!

If any of these ideas sound appealing to you, stop by the grocery store and give one a try tomorrow morning! I usually do my shopping once a week and store it in the work fridge so it’s all there, ready for me.

Non-fat Greek yogurt or plain natural yogurt with fruit/muesli/etc:

*Place the yogurt in a bowl, and add fruit (berries, kiwis, pomegranate seeds, and/or sliced banana are my favorites), honey or agave syrup and cinnamon
*Try adding a 1/4-1/2 cup of museli (the no sugar added kind is best), ground flaxseeds, mixed nuts and/or dried fruit for something more substantial

Oatmeal made with skim milk and banana: (Also my pre-race or long run meal)
*Avoid the instant kind, and go for the type that takes 3-5min to cook in the microwave instead – you will stay fuller, longer! If you’re at home and have more time, try steel-cut oats – very dense and filling!
*Place ½ cup oats in a bowl, and add cinnamon and honey
*Heat up 1 cup milk in the microwave for about 1min, stir into the oats, and then put the combination back into the microwave for about 1.5-2min.
*Mash a ripe banana with a fork in a bowl, and then add to the oatmeal and put back into the microwave for another 1-2min, removing occasionally to stir.
*Instead of/in addition to banana, you can also try blueberries, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped walnuts, almonds or whatever else you fancy! So many options…

Peanut Butter & Banana Toast:
*Grab a couple slices of whole-grain bread, pop them in the toaster, spread about 2 tablespoons of natural peanut-butter (Peanut Butter & Co is my favorite) and some honey on top, and then add sliced banana. Simple and delicious, especially with a big glass of milk. Also great for a pre/post run snack!

Vegetable Omelet:
*I use 3 eggs/1 yolk; whisk together with a fork, adding salt & pepper to taste
*Steam (microwave is easiest) your vegetables of choice – I like baby spinach, sliced mushrooms, and/or zucchini. Wash and put in the microwave, cover with a lid, and cook for about 1min.
*While the veg is cooking, spray the frying pan with cooking spray or add some olive oil and turn on the heat.
*Add the egg mixture to the heated pan, and once halfway cooked, place the veg on one side of the omelet.
*Add a small amount of sliced or shredded cheese, if desired, and then fold the omelet in half and remove from the when fully cooked.
*Place inside a whole-wheat wrap or pita, along with some sliced avocado, for something more substantial

Fruit Smoothie:
*I always try to keep frozen berries & bananas (separated into small pieces), in my freezer for this purpose
*Place your frozen fruit of choice into the blender, along with some skim milk (fill to just below frozen fruit), honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
*Use greek/plain yogurt, muesli and/or walnuts or almonds for a more filling smoothie.
*Blend together – add a couple of ice cubes to thicken the texture. Reblend.

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Hi, I'm Claire! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (MS, RD, CDN) and a Road Runners Club of America certified coach. This is where I share my latest adventures in running, racing, food & travel! If you'd like to work with me, please visit my professional website, Eat for Endurance.

My PRs

Marathon (Chicago): 3:33:18
Boston Marathon: 3:36:14
Half-Marathon: 1:37:21
10M: 1:14:52
10k: 44:52

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Beautiful day to celebrate 38 years and 37 weeks pregnant! Stoked to finally be full-term, and hoping baby sister gives me another week or two to wrap up work and *maybe* even relax! Kicked off the day with a super fun podcast interview on raising and fueling young athletes, followed by an easy 30min on the bike (basically not exercising anymore but really needed to do something today), picnic lunch outside, and an early dinner date with E at Casa Mono to wrap things up!
Happy Monday! Just released Episode 6 of the Eat for Endurance podcast, featuring elite ultrarunner @maggatronruns! Maggie and I connected through @tailwindnutrition, where she works as the Athletes & Events Manager, including managing the Trailblazer group that I joined this year. Had an awesome time chatting with Maggie all about her nutrition, and hope you enjoy it! Listen on iTunes (link in bio) or Buzzsprout (http://www.buzzsprout.com/325751). #eatforendurancepodcast
Always ❤️ getting more goodies in the mail from @tailwindnutrition! I’ve been sharing samples of endurance fuel and rebuild with my nutrition clients right and left - who hasn’t gotten any? Who wants more? Let me me know before @trailrunr_ uses then all up! 😀 I even have the new Colorado cola flavor! #gotailwind #tailwindtrailblazer
Hearty breakfast before heading uptown for a busy last day seeing clients in-person at the @nutritionenergy office! Fried eggs and WW English muffin with thick spread or full fat ricotta and 1/2 avocado + iced coffee. Still have another week and a half of working from home after this, so stay inside 👶🏻 girl!! 🙏🏻🤞🏻🤰🏻
When your parents are runners and you get to cross the finish line together! 👶🏻🏅 Man, that 10k finish feels like soooo long ago. It’s been three months since my last run and I miss it, especially with Fall marathon season upon us. But it’s also funny how normal it now feels for something that usually is a huge part of my life to be completely non-existent. I’m #36weekspregnant today and I’m exhausted, uncomfortable, and completely unmotivated to exercise. That said, baby girl is doing great, and that’s what matters most at this point. Occasionally I hop on the bike and get a mini sweat in, but mostly I’m working a ton and just trying to make it through these remaining weeks! What a different reality from the super active til the end pregnancy I imagined (and actually had last pregnancy), but that’s OK. Instead, I get to live vicariously through @trailrunr_, my podcast guests, and all my 🏃🏻‍♀️ 🏃🏻 nutrition clients. 😀 I may be going on maternity leave soon, but still can’t wait to hear how all your events go!
Good morning! Check out my latest Athlete Nutrition Profile on the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring coach @jasonfitz1 of Strength Running! It’s been a couple years since I was on his podcast (which you should def listen to - so many amazing guests!), and he was kind enough to return the favor. I think you’ll enjoy our discussion! Link in bio.

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