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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 wedding celebrating my cousin! Perfect weather, yummy food, and quality time with my family. Great way to wrap up my week in California!
#Tbt to the last time I ran, at nearly #23weekspregnant carrying Arielle across the #mini10k finish line earlier this month! During my 1st pregnancy, I was able to keep running until 34/35 weeks and ran over 1,000 miles...this pregnancy, I have kept fairly low mileage and started to feel uncomfortable at around 21/22 weeks, so at the recommendation of my awesome prenantal PT @finishlinept, I have stopped running (for now at least - if things improve I may be able to run/walk later on). I’m much bigger this time (already nearly at my full-term weight with Arielle) and my pelvic floor muscles are very weak, leading to discomfort and leaking (sorry, TMI!). An old hip injury was also starting to flare up. It’s a big bummer to potentially be taking 6 months off running but committed to keeping myself injury free before and after birth. Planning to maintain fitness through strength training, a variety of Peloton classes, and other low impact exercises. Just goes to show that every pregnancy is so different and you have to listen to your body rather than compare yourself to others - or even to your own body at a different point in time! 🤰🏻
Today’s lunch on the deck just as the sun finally came out! Chickpeas over greens and various veggies with candied walnuts, avo and balsamic dressing + ginger kombucha.
Nothing says home like a super burrito in the sunshine from my fav taqueria! Got this for lunch on my way back from the airport yesterday. Gigantic and I finished every bite. So good!
Wow - traveling without a kid when you’re not used to it is very strange and strangely easy! Gonna miss my baby so much but gotta say - seeing everyone else’s screaming children and thinking “not my problem” is pretty amazing! 🤣 Grabbed a whole milk latte and deciding which of my various snacks to eat first - think I’ll go with a spinach oat muffin and my 1/2 PB&J bagel. These were all super easy to grab/prepare (well minus the muffins) - I never leave the house without snacks, especially for a flight! Have a great week everyone!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there, and especially to @trailrunr_! We are enjoying a chilled out weekend after a week of work travel for him and before I take off for a trip home to California early tomorrow to visit family. First time being away from Arielle for an entire week...def lots of mixed feelings about that one! We had a great bagel brunch this morning with eggs and for lunch, cooked up this delicious avo bacon toast on WW with roasted broccoli and 🌈 carrots (not ready yet when I took the pic). Made the bacon in the oven at 425F (same temp as veg) after trimming away some of the fat - still really tasty and crispy, but slightly leaner. 🥓 Yum! Have a wonderful Sunday! #happyfathersday #brunch #eatforendurance

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