I like routine. While some people thrive on variety, with a jam-packed schedule of Freeplay magazine, teaching, training and the Freeplay pups, a solid routine keeps me moving like a well-oiled machine.

Unlike Smyth, one of my three greyhounds, I can eat the same thing for breakfast every morning without a fuss.  In fact, breakfast is the longest running of all my routines.  This, unfortunately, is not something to be proud of. The problem is two-fold: 1) expensive 2) unhealthy.

So after at least five years of starting my morning with a large heap of sugar and more fat than I need to know, I decided that now is as good as time as any to find a new breakfast staple.

A few weeks ago I asked for some breakfast suggestions on social media to replace the pumpkin ginger muffin an/or petite lemon scones I have been loyally feasting on for breakfast.  I received lots of great ideas –thank you!

Here are the top 4 breakfast ideas I have committed to trying over the next two weeks.

  1. Millet with apples, cinnamon, walnuts, flax meal, raisins, and milk. (Allison Brewer at getnatured.com)
  2. Zucchini Walnut Muffin with Flax. (The Wassner Twins at Athlete Food wassnertwins.com)
  3. Dave’s Killer Bread toasted with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and farm fresh eggs. (Elise Winter, Freeplay triathlon team athlete)
  4. A bowl of quinoa oatmeal with almond milk and a dash of maple. (Lauren Jimison, American distance runner for Asics and Mammoth Track Club)

Check in a few weeks for an update and a review of my favorites!