Start Your Day in a Positive Way: My Breakfast Pantry

Happy Monday everyone!

A few weeks ago I posted a blog that gave you a sneak peak of my daily habits. I shared what I do every morning in order to start my day in a positive way, daily menus and bedtime routine. It was a huge success! So many of you responded with requests to share more.

In today’s video I’ll show you the food staples I keep in my kitchen in order to have hearty, healthy breakfasts every day that fuel me appropriately for the needs of my day. You’ll learn what I eat on mornings that I have back to back appointments with little opportunity for snacks, as well as what I grab on the go on days that I have more command of my time. What I hope you’ll gain are not only ideas, but how best to organize your pantry and fridge so that you always have what you need to create variety in your menu, keeping your diet clean, healthy and delicious.

Variety is one of the greatest challenges my clients face. Because their hectic lives make it difficult to cook, they’ll identify one or two easy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner that they can grab on the fly and then stick with those day in and day out until they grow tired of the same old thing. From the get-go I offer them options so they can always enjoy something different while still staying on plan. Being prepared is key, and following through is essential.

In addition to the video, you’ll find a shopping list below of all the foods I’d recommend you keep on hand. I also provide links to the recipes I mentioned. Pick one or two recipes, stock the necessary ingredients and give them a try. Next week, try something different. As you explore these recipes, you’ll begin to establish a healthy breakfast pantry of your own.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the staples I keep in my kitchen for easy, delicious lunches that you can bring to work and dinners that are easily whipped up at the end of a busy day. It’s not hard to stay healthy with a little creativity, planning and determination.

I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback on the recipes! Till then, enjoy your Monday and I hope you have a happy week!

Shopping List

  • Eggs
  • Organic turkey sausage
  • Wild Alaskan salmon
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers for breakfast salads or to make green juice
  • Asparagus or other green vegetable for breakfast omelet
  • Shallots or scallions for tomato cucumber salad or for omelet (or for arugula salad)
  • Arugula to have with baked salmon
  • Assorted nuts and seeds, raw and unsalted
  • Nut butter
  • Fruit (berries and apples are best)
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond milk or coconut milk
  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut flakes
  • Goji berries
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Cinnamon

Green Juice Ingredients

  • Cucumber
  • Baby bok choy
  • Broccoli, kale or asparagus stems
  • Lime
  • Green apple
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric


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14 comments on “Start Your Day in a Positive Way: My Breakfast Pantry

  1. AvatarFozzy

    The best breakfast to get a Sunday morning off to a good start is your Spanish omlette and my yorkshire tea xxxx

  2. AvatarKeith Thorne

    So happy I found you… I have moderate psoriasis since 2006. Gave up gluten 4 years ago. Breakfast is always the same. Warm lemon water with organic honey, 30 mins later I juice 4 carrots,1 beet 1 apple/ piece ginger. 30 mins later I make a kind of porridge without oats.. tablespoon chia seeds/milled flax/milled quinoa add1 tablespoon coconut oil add goats milk and warm in a pan, leave for 20 mins or so to thicken. Then add coconut milk and honey. After this I have homemade bread toasted. with a small amount of marmalade. The bread is made with coconut flour/almond meal/pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds. needs 8 eggs. Last is a cup of black filtered coffee. No need to eat for hours. Can I Improve on this or make changes… If I have no time in the morning… I usually scramble 2 eggs with pepper and tumeric with olive oil.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Keith!
      This sounds super healthy! It’s also though, high in carbs, some of which are high on the glycemic index which may be feeding an imbalanced gut bacteria that could aggravate the psoriasis. Perhaps do a green drink (cucumber, kale, broccoli stem, apple, lime, ginger and turmeric) more often and the carrot less often. Alternate the eggs with the homemade bread. Have almond butter rather than marmalade… see where you can reduce some of the more “sugary” options. But the quality of this meal is obviously solid and you are clearly conscientious about what you’re eating, which is great.
      Good luck!

  3. AvatarMary

    I eat steel oats with bananas nuts yogurt cinnamon. I cook the oats the night before and just warm up in the morning.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Sounds good Mary! Does it hold you over for a few hours? If not, then you may want to consider adding some slivered almonds for a little protein. Either way, it’s a nourishing way to start your day~

  4. AvatarDayna

    I also love eggs & veggies in the morning!
    My usual is arugula & 2 fried eggs in coconut oil, along with 1/2 of an avocado with cayenne pepper & Himalayan or sea salt ~
    Helps me to start my day strong!
    Thank you for all that you share with us!!

  5. AvatarDebbie Cavanaugh

    I usually have Irishcut oatmeal with a glass of Almond milk and an apple or banana. I am wondering if I should add to that.


  6. AvatarLouise DiSclafani

    Thanks for all these suggestions. I have to make some adjustments as I have allergies to eggs, chocolate and nuts. My breakfast is organic grain cereals, either hot or cold. I make various salads for lunch. And try to eat healthy dinners of meat and vegetables. I make all my own food due to my allergies. I make a very healthy black bean brownie for dessert. Sometimes I just eat fresh fruit.

    I’ve been on a reasonably healthy diet for a few years now. It’s helping me keep my skin in good shape and my weight where it should be. My allergies cause dermatitis and eczema so I need to be careful.


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