Breakfast Challenge: Day 3!

by Jenn (eating bender) on June 3, 2008

Much better with the photography today :mrgreen:

I woke up early this morning and got in a nice workout – 45 minutes on the elliptical, plus some ab work.


I made myself a nice bowl of instant oatmeal – the Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar flavor. I used 1/2 water and 1/2 unsweetened (you guessed it) chocolate almond milk. I also had a spoonful of crunchy almond butter.

What I’m about to say my come as a shock to some of you, but I really don’t think I like almond butter – at least not as much as peanut butter. Maybe I bought the wrong brand (Whole Foods 365), but it didn’t impress me – and I really like almonds!

With my oatmeal I had a mug of Coffee Cocoa – though I didn’t finish it all because I started to get really full for some random reason – so unlike me!


I am so proud of my lunch today :) The recipe is nothing special, but it turned out great and was a definite break from what I normally consider breakfast food – a Healthy Egg McMuffin! I know, sounds like an oxymoron right?!

This creation called for an Ezekiel English muffin (my first time trying them – they are so good!!), 1 Boca Vegan burger, and 1 microwaved poached egg white sprinkled with melted reduced fat Mexican cheese and topped with a bit of ketchup! Here is the step-by-step process:





It was an amazing array of flavors – I will definitely be making this again!! On the side I had a “breakfast” food inspired by Em from Gliding Calmsalad!

Fresh spinach topped with mushrooms and Annie’s Goddess dressing YUM!!


So along those same lines, dinner for the breakfast challenge was salad and “toast” – I figure if you’re willing to put spinach in an omelette, then salad is breakfast :) My roommate and I went to Cosi for the first time in a while – it didn’t disappoint!!

I got the Bombay Chicken Salad – it came with peppers, cucumbers, mixed greens and onions. On the side, I had some whole grain Cosi bread. I could definitely eat this for breakfast – and so the challenge continues!! :mrgreen:

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 lindzakins921 June 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm

i LOVE that salad from cosi’s… great choice!


2 oatmeal June 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Ooo salad for breakfast! Who would have thought? But it sure is a great way to start the day with some nice healthy food! 😀

Oh my goodness that egg mcmuffin is So. Perfect. I always get those when I go to McDonald’s–but they’re usually so greasy :p I LOVE your healthy version!


3 Romina June 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I need to try those english muffins! Ezekiel bread is sooo yummy, so I can imagine the muffins are too.

Your “Egg McMuffins” are about a billion times healthier than that junk from McD’s!


4 VeggieGirl June 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

May I suggest the brand of nut-butters that I swear by?? They’re almond-butter is FAR superior to the other brands (and isn’t runny, like a lot of almond-butters seem to be):

Ha! Your Egg McMuffin sandwich is cute :0)


5 glidingcalm June 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

all your food sounds amazing…esp that bombay chicken salad!! and im so glad i was “inspirational”!!! flattered haha! thanks for the shout out jenn! have a great Wednesday!


6 Caroline June 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I love making healthy versions of foods I love, including fast food. Your step-by-step photos are a nice touch! Everything looks so tasty:)


7 ChocolateCoveredVegan June 4, 2008 at 10:52 am

I LOVE your breakfast challenge idea– it’s by far the most fun meal of the day, so why not eat breakfast foods all the time?!


8 Sarah June 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I actually don’t like almond butter that much either, I tried cashew butter recently too and that didn’t do anything for me either. Peanut Butter is just the way to go. It is weird though because I like almonds and cashews way more than peanuts…Maybe I’m just crazy ; )


9 Jenn June 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Lindz ~ Me too!

Carmen ~
I’m starting to look for the most creative ways possible to avoid traditional breakfast foods with what I’ve got in my kitchen :)

Romina ~ Yes! The muffins are really chewy – I think they are even better than the bread!

VeggieGirl ~ I checked out the link…those all sound great!! I think I am going to order some once school is over!

Em ~ Thanks, you too!

Caroline ~ Thank you :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan ~ Thanks, I completely agree with you!

Sarah ~ I’m the same way! I like almonds way more than cashews and peanuts…maybe we are both crazy 😉


10 ashley June 4, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Your food does look so yummy. I have to say- I love your step-by-step pictures! Too funny!


11 Jenn June 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

ashley ~ Glad you like the step-by-step pictures!! I will have to do them more often, because they’re kinda fun :)


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