How breakfast is my key to staying fit during pregnancy!

I’m sure all of you have been told at least once (or a million times) that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that may be the truth, if you’re like me you’ve definitely skipped your fair share of morning meals. Taking time to prepare and eat a healthy breakfast can be challenging and it is easy to get discouraged and just go straight to the packaged stuff or skip it all together. One thing I have always noticed though is that when I’m feeling and looking my best, my day usually started with a healthy meal. That’s why I knew that choosing the right breakfast would be my key to staying fit, not just during pregnancy, but for my future.

Whether you’re up before the alarm or live by the snooze button, establishing a routine to set aside time to prepare breakfast can be tough. It doesn’t have to be! This is why I’ve always strived to find recipes that are both nutritious and easy to make if I’m on the run.

Here are a few of my easy-to-make faves, all with a hint of one of my favorite flavors – vanilla! For these recipes, I include a serving of protein as well by adding in one of my favorite protein powders, Arbonne vanilla (more on this below).

Overnight Oats for the person on the go!

One recipe that I swear by and could not be simpler to make are my Overnight Oats! Even though carbs can feel taboo, including healthy portions of them are an important part of a balanced diet.

What you’ll need:

-1 mason jar (or similar)

-1 scoop Arbonne vanilla protein powder (or similar)

-1/2 cup of oats

——My top choice is : Coaches Oats (click here to buy) – they’re delicious and come in a HUGE bag

-1 cup of choice of liquid: water, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.

——add or subtract a bit to change the consistency

-1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder 

Place all the ingredients in a jar, seal the lid tight and shake it until all the ingredients have mixed together. Place jar in the fridge overnight. Pop it open in the morning and enjoy!  You can top with fresh sliced fruit (my go to are bananas and strawberries) to add some sweetness!

No-Bake Vanilla Protein Balls

You’ll probably notice that various types of protein balls are going to be a consistent theme in my recipes. They are just so tasty and easy and there are so many different ways to customize them. This is one that I’ve used recently that includes a sweet touch of vanilla!

What you’ll need:

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-1 scoop Arbonne vanilla protein powder (or similar)

-1/2 cup raw almonds

-1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder

-10 dates (pitted)

-1/3 cup shredded oats 

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1/4 cup almond butter 

Step 1 – The Mix: Place all the ingredients directly into a food processor, blend until smooth.

Step 2 – The Balls: Before rolling the balls, you will need to set aside an air tight Tupperware lined with a baking sheet. Now the fun part! Using your hands, really dig in and mix all of the ingredients together into a firm but moldable paste, and roll them into bite-sized balls. If you make 1 inch size balls, you should end up with about 12-15 total.

Now just put them in the container, pop them in the fridge, let them chill, and enjoy!

Cinnamon Vanilla Oatmeal 

Here’s a subtle yet flavorful twist to spice up a classic, but boring, breakfast staple – oatmeal.

What you’ll need:

-1/3 cup of Coaches Oats (or similar)

-1/3 cup water

-1 scoop Arbonne vanilla protein powder (or similar)

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a saucepan over medium heat, add in the water and bring to a boil. Add in the oats and reduce the boil to a simmer, let the oats simmer until a thick but runny consistency forms. You can adjust the thickness to your liking by adjusting the water amount or cook time. When it is to your liking, remove from heat and pour into a bowl, then mix in the protein powder and cinnamon until smooth. Top with delicious fresh fruit (my favorites are bananas and strawberries) than enjoy!

Keep checking back for more recipes as I will be adding them in all the time! And as always don’t hesitate to share your own with me. I love hearing from you!

Protein Powder Selection:

I am extremely picky when it comes to protein powders, because a lot of these “healthy” protein powders end up leaving me feeling bloated and make me retain water. After hearing about it a few times from some of my health and fitness focused friends, I came across the Arbonne brand. I was previously aware of their beauty products, but was not as familiar with their health food options. I did some more reading and found that their protein powders are both 100% vegan and organic. While I don’t keep a fully vegan diet, I do think that it can only be beneficial when choosing a nutritional supplement like protein powder. Once I tried the Arbonne powder for the first time, I knew I had found a winner. It tasted great, and no more bloat!

Arbonne vanilla protein powder (click here to buy)

More about Arbonne:

For those who are interested in more of their products, Arbonne does provide options to gain access to all their lines at various discounted rates (up to 35%) by either becoming an independent consultant or preferred client. This does require a fee — $49 for first year then $29/yr renewal for consultants, or $29/yr for preferred clients —but I think that if you plan on shopping for more (and they do have a TON more) it is definitely worth it.  If you’re motivated, becoming a consultant is also an opportunity to make some extra money on the side by promoting their products. For the sake of disclosure, I did recently sign up to be a consultant, and if anyone is interested I’d be happy to chat with you about that personally. You’ll see me talk about some of their products from time to time on my blog, but it will only be the ones I use and love!

Link to become preferred client

Link to become independent consultant (Join my team!)

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