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  • ½ Hass avocado
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin, toasted
  • ½ lime
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 egg, hard boiled and sliced
  • Your favorite powdered hot spice (such as cayenne or red pepper flakes)


Scoop the avocado onto both halves of the English muffin and mash it down with a fork to spread it evenly over the toast.

Squeeze lime over the avocado.

Sprinkle the avocado with cilantro and salt.

Top with egg slices and sprinkle with hot spice.


8 Easy & Delish Breakfast Smoothie Recipes to Kick Start Your Day

A grab and go breakfast is the aim for many of us who just don’t have time in the morning during the workweek to make an egg-white omelet or cook up a pot of oatmeal. Trust us, smoothies are the answer.

They tick all the boxes for what you want and need from breakfast. What’s more, with so many smoothie-friendly ingredients available, you’ll love the fact that you can mix it up and never be bored. Whip them up in the morning (or make the night before), then put them in an insulated to-go cup and head out the door.

Looking for inspiration? You’ll find it in the single-serving recipes below.

9 breakfast hacks for a great start to your day

  • Mash it up. Forgot the jam at the grocery? No problem! Grab berries and bananas from the fridge and mash them up. Sprinkle some sugar, taste it and spread it.
  • Pre-prep your smoothies. On the weekend, chop some fruit and seal in a sandwich bag, along with your favorite toppings, (nuts, chia seeds, etc.). Blend it up each morning and voila, smoothie on the go!
  • Simmer eggs in leftovers. If you made a delicious veggie stir-fry or even pasta last night, crack in some eggs and scramble for a hot, quick breakfast.
  • Stop cooking oatmeal. Sometimes the 3-minute microwave time is too long. Grab some oats and pour in apple juice, almond milk and refrigerate the night before. In the morning, stir in yogurt – eat cold or warm slightly. Bon appetite.
  • Scramble your salsa. Grab salsa from the fridge and crack in some eggs – scramble. Add fresh veggies or hot sauce for an extra morning kick.
  • Bottle pancake mix. Mixing pancake batter when in a hurry can take forever. While making your evening meal, mix your pancake batter and store in an empty ketchup bottle. In the morning, pancakes will be ready in minutes.
  • Freeze it. Freeze your bread and toast from frozen. Saves time and ensures you always have fresh bread on hand.
  • Grate butter. Spreading hard butter on toast while in a hurry can be a struggle. Grate the butter in a bowl and it will instantly be easier to spread on you morning toast.
  • Enjoy coffee & yogurt together. Mix your (cooled) morning coffee and your favorite yogurt in a blender with your choice of fruit.

15 Coffee Smoothies That’ll Start Your Morning Right

Raise your hand if at least once a week your morning looks like this: Alarm goes off. Three snoozes go by before you’re out of bed, and suddenly you’re running around your house/condo/apartment, pants in one hand and breakfast bar in the other.

Yep, us too. Despite our best intentions, mornings aren’t always as smooth as we’d like.

Luckily, there’s a little trick that’ll keep you from having to chug your coffee before rushing out the door. Keep it cool by making a coffee smoothie.

We’ve gathered 25 coffee smoothie recipes with healthy ingredients that might surprise you, like mango, beets, or hemp hearts. Frozen bananas are magical, but sometimes you want to shake it up.

Or smoothie it up, in this case.

These coffee smoothies won’t magically make you a morning person, but hey, they could help. (And they’re portable too!)

1. Coconut cashew latte smoothie

Any time we can get a smoothie to taste like a milkshake without packing in the sugar, it’s a win.

This thick, creamy drink uses a small frozen banana, vanilla protein powder, cashews, shredded coconut, and coffee to mimic your favorite shake.

Play around with it — add a date or two, a tablespoon of nut butter, or a few shakes of cinnamon.

2. Peanut butter espresso smoothie

Reese’s for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do. OK, it’s not exactly the same, but it does taste pretty darn good.

The key here is espresso powder, but if you’re in a pinch, you could always swap in a shot of actual espresso or half a cup of coffee.

3. Salted caramel mocha smoothie

Salted caramel is always a good start, isn’t it? This smoothie has a sneaky secret. Instead of caramel sauce, the recipe uses dates, vanilla extract, and almond milk to get a yummy caramel-frappe taste.

4. Peppermint mocha smoothie

Peppermint lattes are all the rage in winter, but there’s no reason you can’t re-create the minty flavor year-round.

Just add a little peppermint extract to coffee, banana, almond milk, and cocoa powder and you’ve got yourself a peppermint mocha.

If you’re feeling fancy, add a few fresh mint leaves on top.

5. Iced coffee protein smoothie

You’ll need some overnight prep for this one, but trust us when we say it’s worth it.

Fill a plastic ice cube tray with strong, cold coffee. Pop a couple of coffee ice cubes in the blender with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and hemp seeds for a protein-rich smoothie that’ll keep you full until lunch.

6. Coffee and oat smoothie

Coffee, oatmeal, and a smoothie all in one? Yup. Blending in rolled oats thickens this naturally sweet smoothie.

You can even throw a handful of frozen cauliflower to the mix for extra bulk. Yes, really!

7. Chocolate chia coffee smoothie

This smoothie almost tastes like a java chip Frappuccino. Remember those, your first foray into drinking “coffee”?

Thankfully, this one actually has caffeine. And instead of syrup, it’s sweetened with vanilla extract, dates, and cacao, which gives it the chocolaty flavor and color you want.

8. Raspberry coffee smoothie

Raspberries make this smoothie seem so special that you’d never know the coffee’s made from instant. Keep a bag of berries in the freezer so you’re ready to whip this up.

9. Cold brew mocha smoothie

Make or buy cold brew for a more mellow smoothie, enriched here in a high speed blender with frozen cubes of coconut, which creates one of the creamiest textures we’ve tasted.

We love to add seasonal fruit like strawberries or avocado or sneak in some frozen cauliflower rice.

10. Pumpkin coffee smoothie

Canned pumpkin or frozen cubes will work in this fall-flavored smoothie, which gets a boost from protein powder. And yes, it’s got pumpkin pie spice in it.

11. Coffee smoothie with hemp hearts

Hemp adds a nutrient boost to this tasty, banana-free smoothie. You can also throw in some baby spinach. Actually, you can toss spinach into almost any smoothie.

12. Coffee avocado smoothie

Avocado has the most amazing ability to ease into a recipe, adding satisfying richness and creamy texture yet letting other flavors sing.

This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, which we readily admit is luscious (love it in Vietnamese and Thai coffee). But if we’re making this on a regular basis, we’ll swap in almond or coconut milk to keep our sugar intake lower.

13. Hidden veggie coffee smoothie

Remember when we shocked you with the idea of cauliflower in your coffee smoothie? Here’s how to do it. Frozen cauliflower rice makes it easy. Dates, walnuts, and coffee make it taste gooood.

14. Mocha beet smoothie

Beets bring a sweet earthy flavor and crimson hue to this beauty. (Serve it in a clear glass to best appreciate the color.) We’d swap 1 tablespoon of cocoa for a tablespoon of instant espresso to give it a java jump.

15. Mango coffee smoothie

We admit we wouldn’t have come up with this flavor combo, but it’s delish! Feel free to swap in your milk of choice for the cow kind. Instant espresso is your friend here.

Coffee smoothies are an awesome way to start the day if you’re short on time and still want a nutritious breakfast. All it takes is a few frozen ingredients and a high speed blender. And you can take that smoothie to go.

These coffee smoothie recipes show you how to use a range of healthy ingredients like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds to make creamy smoothies that’ll keep your mornings calm and cool.

Diane’s Out-the-Door Delish Breakfast Recipe - Recipes

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. And, that usually has nothing to do with the food. Breakfast is our family time and even though it’s a hurried affair 96% of the time, it’s the best part of my day.

We get up early around these parts. Mostly because Van has decided that by 5:30AM he’s had enough and is ready to play. We get it babe, we’re usually ready to be reconnected around that time as well. (Side note- Van has refused to sleep in our bed since around 6 months and it kills me. I cannot wait for the day when he’s a little older and hopefully thinks it’s cool to have sleepovers again. I miss that cuddly body next to me!)

After a snuggly feeding, we usually do some kind of activity. I’ll either head to a yoga class at a studio down the street or we’ll do a family run/walk around the neighborhood. Thankfully, V loves the stroller and enjoys getting some fresh air while BL and I sweat.

It’s no wonder that I am typically starving around 7:30AM. While I used to prefer breakfast at a much later time once I become settled in at my office, that’s no longer the case. I need a hearty meal, which suits Van just fine. I’ll pull his highchair into the kitchen and feed him segments as I prep our breakfast and lunch.

This kid is a natural when it comes to food. He lights up whenever we go into the kitchen, knowing that it’s likely only a matter of time before he gets to taste something delicious. He’s the perfect partner to sit and eat while I cook.

This potato breakfast hash take a little more time than other options, but are so worth it. And, most of the prep time is hands off. Toss the potatoes with spices, then roast until golden perfection. Saute the tofu and kale, then pile everything into a bowl with creamy avocado and spicy salsa. It’s exactly what a hearty breakfast should look like.

I love hearing how many of you have tried The Little Potato Company and love their potatoes as much as we do! They really are the best potatoes we’ve ever had and incredibly convenient. No washing or scrubbing required just halve, toss and roast. That’s it! I can get these into the oven in just minutes, essential timing when I’ve got a hungry baby in my arms.

While we love all of their potatoes, the Terrific Trio is one that I gravitate towards over and over again. A blend of red, yellow and blue Creamer potatoes so you get the best of both worlds. The yellow Creamer is noticeably smooth and buttery, while the red has a sweet, earthy taste. The blue Creamer surprises with deep purple skin and pronounced potato flavor. My advice- make two bags at once so you’ve got extra roasted potatoes in the fridge. The perfect topping for salads, wraps or eating straight out of the fridge. This is BL’s preferred way of eating leftover Little Potato Company potatoes, complete with more ketchup and BBQ sauce than should be allowed.

Cook the potatoes and quickly assemble the tofu and kale scramble. This is a riff on a scramble that I make for our family often. Vander cannot get enough of turmeric tofu and BL prefers to pile everything into a tortilla wrap as he heads out the door.

To top, I like the contrast of creamy avocado and spicy salsa (or hot sauce) but to each his own. Enjoy this protein-rich, healthy breakfast hash. Xo

Diane’s Out-the-Door Delish Breakfast Recipe - Recipes

Overnight Muesli! Assemble at night for easy breakfast in the morning! Vegetarian or vegan and gluten-free.

Muesli is the champagne of oatmeal breakfasts. It’s way more fancy than those packets of instant oatmeal and slightly more elevated than regular overnight oats. It’s packed with shredded coconut, raisins, nuts and seeds the perfect option for texture freaks like me. I hate traditional hot oatmeal but I love muesli.

To make weekday mornings go even smoother, I’ve been relying on this overnight muesli mix for the last few weeks. A quick scoop at night with a little milk, yogurt and maple syrup and breakfast is ready to go in the morning.

I know that making a bowl of muesli doesn’t take that much time, but every minute is precious in the morning. Getting all of the ingredients out of the fridge to assemble often seems like so much work so much that I often find myself passing on breakfast for the sake of time.

Not with this muesli! Make, store in a container in the pantry, then put together at night. It’s really that simple.

For an extra-special bowl of muesli, I prefer to remove from the fridge and top with more yogurt, fresh fruit and a sprinkle of whatever seeds I can quickly get my hands on. That’s how I eat it on mornings when I have a little more time. It’s healthy, hearty and packed with both fiber and plant-based protein.

On extra-hectic mornings, I assemble everything at night in a mason jar (just like overnight oats) then grab and go on my way out the door. Hope you’ll try this one and if you do, let me know your favorite muesli toppings!

Ingredients needed for Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake:

  • Butter
  • Lemon
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Blueberries

Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl. I used a wooden spoon to mix it all together.

When you coat your blueberries in flour, this is what they should end up looking like. Don’t add the excess flour that didn’t stick to the blueberries, into the mixture. Just spoon out the blueberries, and add them to the batter.

If any batter makes it to the pan (the batter is so yummy) try to spread it out as evenly as you can. I used a rubber spatula, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake and enjoy. It is really so yummy whether you serve it as a snack, breakfast, or dessert.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on July 08, 2016:

I love blade steak. It is always so tender.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 02, 2012:

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on April 01, 2012:

Mmm! I love steak, & this sounds down right delicious! =]

rachelsholiday on May 31, 2011:

This looks delicious! I&aposll definitely have to try this some time soon :D

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2011:

RH It is the shoulder (Chuck) part of the cow. If you take a look at the cow picture above you can see :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 30, 2011:

I have never heard of blade steak Susan. I wonder if it&aposs the same as flank steak here? I&aposll for sure find out! Sounds great and I have a meat mallet. I love pounding on that meat to get those daily frustrations out! LOL

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2011:

drbj I always thought that blade steak was tough until I figured out a way to make it tender. Let me know how how like it if you do try it.

KKG You will be surprised as it does taste pretty good :)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2011:

I&aposll have to try this. I have been hankering after a good steak.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 29, 2011:

I always thought blade steak was a rather tough cut of meat, Susan, but from your great recipe and explanation you are almost forcing me to give it a go. With garlic of course.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 29, 2011:

Bill I am sure you will like it.

Lilleyth I am a big garlic lover and just may try this next time. Thanks!

Kafsoa and Pamela thanks so much.

Gordon I stole a line out of a book I read and now when I order a steak in a restaurant I always say I want it cooked so that I can still still hear it moo.

barbergirl Let me know if you like it.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on May 29, 2011:

That sounds delicious. MMMMMMMMMMMMM - will have to try this later on in the week!

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 29, 2011:

I like my steak rare as well Susan and this sounds absolutely delicious. If I hadn&apost already been to the supermarket today, I would try this tonight. Definitely bookmarked for later in the week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2011:

Susan, this sounds excellent. Thanks for the recipe and I know will be trying out.

kafsoa on May 28, 2011:

Thais makes me hungry. Nice one, thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful!

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on May 28, 2011:

Insert a few garlic slivers in the places you stabbed it. Now I&aposm hungry.

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