You know what is the worst thing ever? Those "healthy" meal plans that tell you to eat "1 medium apple" or "1 low-fat granola bar" for your breakfast option.
Breakfast around here occurs at 6:30 AM. Lunch? Usually by 1:00 PM if I'm lucky. So that puny apple or that 90 calorie granola bar that you're suggesting I eat for "breakfast"? I'm probably going to eat 10 of them by noon in the effort to satisfy my natural desire to NOT FEEL HUNGRY anymore.
Meal plans like this can unfortunately be found everywhere, and one of two things is going to happen. You're going to lose weight because you're starving yourself, not because you're feeding your body proper nutrition, OR you're going to gain weight because you will find yourself binge eating at lunch and dinner.
I have been lobbying for big breakfasts, medium lunches, and small dinners for a long time now because it just makes sense. So let's talk hearty breakfasts.
On the days that I'm home with my little girl, I always make myself 3 large eggs with two slices of either Ezekiel or TerraGrains bread, toasted and topped with butter and my chia seed jam. Other than getting to spending the day with my 4 month old bundle of joy, making this breakfast while she babbles at me in the early morning hours is quite possibly my favorite time of the day. This breakfast usually keeps me full until 1:00 PM, which is major when you don't have any downtime to stop for a snack.
On the days that I work, I literally have 20 different things I have to do between setting Kennedy up for the day with our caretaker and making myself look half awake for work. So I usually need an on the go breakfast that I can eat on my way to work and will keep me full until lunch.
I started experimenting today, because one can really only eat so many Clif bars and bananas, and came up with these big, healthy breakfast cookies!
This cookie does not contain any sugar or flour and is still hearty and delicious! They clock in right around 250 calories each, so still not a calorie bomb and super tasty with a cup of coffee. These are not your puny oatmeal cookies either. It's not too often that you hear the words big, hearty, chocolaty, delicious, healthy, and breakfast in the same sentence, but today you DO! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Big, Healthy Breakfast Cookies
- 2 cups whole rolled oats
- 2 medium, very ripe bananas (mashed)
- 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- In a large bowl, stir together the above ingredients.
- Using a large spoon, spoon 6 large helpings of the dough onto the cookie sheet. Form the cookie dough into 6 cookie-shaped rounds using the spoon.
- Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, or until the centers are set and the edges are slightly golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.