Throughout the years I have subscribed to numerous breakfast rituals.

Some of them include…

* Cooking a full bacon and egg breakfast daily.
* 100% pre-prepped breakfasts for easy reheat (and transport).
* Skipping breakfast all together and fasting until lunch.
* Many iterations in between…

And, while there’s no one size solution for everyone, some forethought about how to start your day is essential for kicking ass throughout the rest of your day.

Here are a few resources that I played around with this year to inspire your morning in 2018.

But first, coffee.

(Image credit: Leela Cyd from thekitchn)

Seeing as the average American lifespan is 78.74 years and considering most folks don’t start drinking coffee until they are into their 20s (or later), that only leaves us with ~21,000 mornings to make coffee. With so few days to enjoy the Nectar of the Gods, we must take every opportunity to ensure quality! 😉

Breakfast egg loaf

I usually use this recipe as a cleanup to left-overs we cooked earlier in the week. Some vegetable combos I have used: onions & red bell peppers, butternut squats & spinach, green bell peppers & red onions with black olives…

The formula is simple:
1. Eggs (~2-4 per day)
2. Vegetables (1-3 of your choice)
3. Meat (beef, bacon, chicken, pork)
4. Whip everything together and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes.

We have tried this concept in muffin pans, casserole dishes, and cast iron skillets, but the best by far has been non-stick bread loaf pans.

Mastering fried eggs

(Image credit: J. Kenji López-Alt. from Serious Eats)

On a recent trip to visit my sister out in San Francisco I was flipping through some of her cookbooks and found an interesting book by an author with an equally interesting name: J. Kenji López-Alt. The chapter mentioned something about mastering the art of the fried egg and I was hooked.

I love fried eggs, and I feel like sometimes the fate of the entire day rests on the quality of that fry! 😃 This method is LEGIT and will add some goodness to your weekend breakfast routine!

Banana pancakes

Ah, the beloved banana pancake.

Originally inspired by Matthew Wegner, this has become a go-to recipe for breakfasts, snacks, and post-WOD refueling.

1. 1 ripe banana
2. 4 eggs
3. 1 tbsp coconut oil
4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
5. Pinch of sea salt

* Combine banana, eggs, cinnamon and sea salt in a blender.
* Heat coconut oil over medium heat.
* Pour “batter” on to the hot frying pan.
* Flip when the eggs have set and the pancake is golden on the bottom.
* Enjoy!

There you have it!

As stated above, there is no single “recipe” for success with your morning food choices. The most important thing you can do is develop a habit that works with YOUR lifestyle.

Consider giving each of these a shot for a week or two and see how you feel.