July 17, 2015

Happy & Healthy Breakfast Recipe

If you've read my blog for a while, you're probably well aware of the fact that I LOATE mornings. I've always been more of a night owl, which is proven by the fact that I'm usually commenting on posts at 1:00 AM over my breaks!

With my new job, though, and the EXTRA long commute (1 hour without traffic, 2 during rush hour), I know I need to start thinking about my sleeping habits now. When school starts, my plan is to leave at 6:00 to beat the morning rush - actually, I'm PRAYING that's early enough because this 5:30 alarm is a whole hour earlier than normal for me, and I just can't fathom waking up any earlier!

As you can imagine, 30 minutes doesn't leave me a whole lot of time for morning preparations. For this reason, I try to do as much as possible the night before. Before I go to bed, I always do the following:
  • Shower, blow dry, and straighten my hair (only minor touch ups needed in the AM)
  • Apply makeup (I only wear eye makeup, and I've never had any issues with this)
  • Lay out my clothes for the next day
  • Pack myself a lunch & snacks for the following day
  • Prepare whatever is necessary for the next night's dinner (thawing meat, chopping veggies) so i can throw it together when I'm hungry and tired after school
  • Set my travel mug next to the hot water dispenser with a bag of tea waiting inside
  • Pack my school bag and set it waiting by the door
When I'm in a rush, the easiest thing for me to neglect is breakfast. Now, don't get me wrong! I LOVE a good leisurely breakfast; it's one of the things I enjoy most about school breaks! It's just that my desire to sleep usually wins out over my desire to eat.

Herein lies my problem: grab and go breakfast items are ALWAYS super carb-heavy and often full of sugars. They also typically lack the protein I need to stay full throughout my morning (because when you eat breakfast before 6:00 AM, lunch never comes soon enough).

I did protein shakes pretty religiously for a few years, and I got pretty burnt out on them. I was good about changing up the flavor all the time so I didn't get sick of the taste, but I've learned that I'm just not always in the mood for a cold drink in the morning - especially during a Chicago winter!

My best solution so far as been overnight crock pot options, which are hot and ready when I wake up in the morning. I like that they're easily customizable, which helps us to not feel like we're stuck in rut, eating the same meal every morning. I switch up the veggies and use breakfast sausage or bacon to change the flavors each week.

Obviously, this recipe includes carbs, but it also includes a ton of protein and vegetables, so I don't feel so guilty about it. It's not one I can eat easily in the car, but I can scarf it down before I walk out the door or heat it up once I get to school in the morning. 

Joel actually threw one together last night after he found some sausage in the fridge that was dangerously close to its expiration date! Below shows you what it looks like after 8 hours on low. I have to be careful with that because my crock pot will burn everything past that 8 hour mark, even on "keep war," so I have to turn it off as soon as we wake up. This feeds us both some pretty hearty portions for 4 days.

Do you have a easy breakfast recipe to share? If so, come link up with Mentoring in the Middle and Stuck in the Middle so we can all add to our repertoire! 


  1. That looks really good! I have a crockpot, but I've only used it once. HA!

    First of all, I LOVE this new blog design you did. Talent!
    Second, I'm amazed at what you do the night before....all I can do is come home, sit down in from of the TV and just crash. You are so organized!! I get up at 5AM and it takes me forever to get ready because I dink around in the morning----checking FB, emails, Pinterest, watching the news, etc. It's 2 hours+ before I get out the door. But my commute is only 20 min w/o traffic, so it's not a big deal. Good luck with that commute this year, and thanks for sharing that yummy breakfast recipe!
    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  2. Oh my, I love this! I want to try it out, sounds delish! How long does the crock of breakfast last, just one day or more?
    My friend makes little egg muffins on the weekend in cupcake tins and then takes one every day - another idea!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the suggestion. I have a long commute, too!

  4. That looks quite good! And I love that you can throw it in the crockpot the night before - it's not something you have to fuss with in the morning. Although I don't have a long commute, I'm usually eating breakfast in the car. Sometimes I'm halfway through my day before I realize that I spilled something on my clothes on the way in. You'd think I'd learn!

    Thanks for linking up, Erin!

  5. I ALMOST skipped over this post because you had "HEALTHY" in the title..I'm kidding...you know I would never do that. I can't believe all the things you do the night before to get ready. I'm lucky if I even have my clothes on correctly when I leave in the morning. I go to school every morning with my hair wet and it's a miracle if I've actually brushed it. I can be showered and out the door in 20 minutes. I eat toast at school..that the school makes. I get the kids to go down and pick it up for me...remember our earlier conversation today...I'm lazy and you love me!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. Yummy! I LOVE crockpot breakfast! I just linked up as well :)

    Allison from Texan Teach

  7. Replies
    1. Good question. We do 8 hours on low. Mine will burn if I leave it in much longer than that.

  8. That looks wonderful! I went from a 5 minute commute to a 45 minute commute recently so I'm always on the lookout for quick, healthy breakfast options.