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The Morning Rush + A Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipe

The Morning Rush to Work

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“In my experience, clients that are in treatment for eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimarexia are typically faced with an increased risk of inadequate nutrition. To this end, I try to provide my clients and readers nutritious and delicious recipes to enjoy both during and after their recovery journey at ‘The Norton Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity’.”

Many of my patients experience a lot of stress first thing in the morning. Getting ready for work or school, making breakfast, getting kids ready to go to daycare, facing rush hour traffic can all inflict stress on even the most healthy individual. In order to ease the stress of my patients, I have discovered a breakfast recipe for Overnight Oats that is nutritious, delicious and convenient.

Overnight Oats provide a delicious blast of protein in the morning. You can make a few days worth in advance, put them in individual serving size containers, and grab it as you head out the door in the morning. I have created a few variations on this recipe that you can rotate between, just to switch things up a bit. This is definitely not your granny’s hot bowl of oatmeal! No cooking involved on this one, it’s eaten chilled.

This recipe contains two types of protein; casein (from the cottage cheese) and whey (from greek yogurt). Whey protein is a naturally complete protein; it contains all essential amino acids. It is easy to digest, our bodies absorb it quickly. Our bodies absorb casein protein more slowly, so the amino acids in the protein are released into the bloodstream at a more steady pace.

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Overnight Oats

1 cup organic old-fashioned oats (not instant oats, minute oats, or flavored oatmeal)

2 cups grassfed cottage cheese (my favorite is Kalona Supernatural)

12 oz plain grassfed greek yogurt

2 tbsp Coconut Crystals (more if you like it sweeter)

cinnamon (to taste, I like lots)

Combine everything in a medium sized bowl and mix away! Store in the fridge overnight, and you will wake up to a delish breakfast.

Makes 4 servings

Approximately (depending on which brands of ingredients used) – 235 cal, 6 g fat, 24 g protein, 20 g carbs


-add 4 tablespoons of coconut flour and organic dark chocolate chips or organic raisins for Overnight Oats that taste like cookie dough

-top with cashew nut butter, raw honey or coconut nectar

-put a layer of frozen fruit in the bottom of each portion, or a layer of nuts on top (walnuts are best because they have such a high orac -oxidative radical absorption capacity- value)

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Quinoa Pancakes

Quinoa Pancakes

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1 cup cooked quinoa
3/4 cup Jovial Foods Einkorn Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white (organic, pastured)
1 tbsp unsalted grassfed butter, melted
1/4 cup Snowville or Traders Point whole milk
2 tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup

In a medium bowl, whisk together quinoa, flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, butter, milk, syrup until smooth.
Add egg mixture to quinoa mixture, whisking til combined.

In a non-stick skillet, melt a little coconut oil over medium to medium-high heat.
Drop batter by heaping tablespoonful into the skillet.
Cook until bubbles appear on top, approximately 2 minutes.
Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 1-2 minutes.

Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit or preserves.

Makes 12 pancakes.

Can be made ahead of time. Freeze cooked pancakes between sheets of waxed paper in zip-top bags, up to 1 month. Reheat in toaster.

Nutrition Info (per pancake)
73 Calories
2 g Fat
2.5 g Protein
12 g Carbs
0.5 g Fiber

Scrambled Eggs with Onions + Peppers

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This recipe serves: 4
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 cup diced organic red bell pepper
4 tablespoons diced organic Vidalia onion
4 large organic, pastured, eggs
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


1. Heat the oil in an 8″ non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
2. Add the peppers and onions to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables and set aside. Wipe the pan clean so that it can be reused for the eggs.
3. Whisk the eggs with the salt and pepper until well blended.
4. Pour the eggs and vegetables into the frying pan and stir constantly over low heat with a rubber spatula. When the eggs begin to get firm, add the parsley and continue stirring.
5. When the eggs have reached the desired degree of doneness, put them on warm plates and serve immediately.

NUTRITION INFO (per serving)
Calories 84
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Protein 7 g
Total Carbohydrate 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sodium 113 mg

Percent Calories from Fat 54%
Percent Calories from Protein 33%
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 14%

Blueberry Smoothie

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

1/4 cup organic orange juice
1/2 cup Snowville, 6% plain yogurt
1/2 cup washed, stemmed organic blueberries
honey or coconut nectar to taste


1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.

Tip: Make it Quicker, use frozen blueberries, and partially thaw before blending.
Nutrition:  210 calories, 7 g fat, 7 g protein, 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber

Kimchee, Spinach & Goat Cheese Frittata




5 large eggs
2-3 ounces fresh organic spinach, coarsely chopped
About ½ cup kimchee
About 2 ounces organic goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Snowville or Trader’s Point Grassfed whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon *coconut  oil (why coconut oil?)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the eggs and milk in a medium large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the spinach and kimchee and stir. Heat the oil on a 6-9 inch oven safe skillet (smaller if want a thicker frittata, larger for a thinner one) over medium high heat. Make sure oil coats entire surface and then pour in the egg mixture. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, gently stirring the egg mixture and pushing away from the edges. Add the chevre evenly across the top. Transfer pan to the oven and cook 4 to 6 minutes (depending on how thick the frittata is) until eggs are just firm. Let sit at least five minutes before trying to pull the sides away from the pan, gently, with a spatula. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Makes one 8 inch frittata or 3-4 servings


Calories: 184
Fat: 14g
Protein: 12g
Carbohydrates: 3g

Banana Nut Bread

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This recipe serves: 18
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 55 minutes


4-5 ripe bananas, mashed
1 ¾ cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons Snowville whipping cream
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups Jovial foods Einkorn flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups organic walnuts, chopped


1. Mash bananas with fork and put into mixing bowl.

2. Add melted butter, eggs, sugar, and cream. Beat well.

3. Add dry ingredients and stir until blended. Add nuts (Break half nuts in two) and mix well.

4. Place into 2 small greased bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

Serves 18.

NUTRITION INFO – 225 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g protein, 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber