Build a Better Breakfast Challenge!

April 1st, 2011 at 11:11 am

There’s no doubt about it. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Be it a tall smoothie, a veggie-packed omelet, or a bowl of whole grain hot cereal, there’s nothing like starting the day with an energizing meal.

Too often, though, breakfast gets ambushed by what I call “nutrition bandits:” sugar-laden cereals, refined baked goods and pastries, high-sodium processed meats, and cups of caffeine. At the holistic healthcare center where I work, I read patient’s diet diaries and find myself shocked at what ends up on their breakfast plates. Kids and teens especially load up on empty carbohydrates and teaspoons upon teaspoons of sugar before they even make it to school.

I think it’s safe to say that breakfast could use some serious re-vamping in this day and age. Which is why I’ve decided to launch the Build a Better Breakfast Challenge. I am so excited about this project and hope you’ll join in on the fun! Read on for the details.

What is it?

The Build a Better Breakfast Challenge is a call for all bloggers, home cooks, moms, students, nutritionists, and foodies to get in their kitchens and eat nourishing breakfasts!

I want to know how you build a better breakfast, so send me your tips, recipes, time-savers, ideas, and photos. Here’s how it works:

Bloggers: Send me the link to your Build a Better Breakfast post by email to hallie(at)dailybitesblog(dot)com. Attach any photos you would like shared with your link. In the post, share anything you’d like that relates to making a healthy breakfast. That might a recipe, a kitchen tip, some book recommendations, etc. Please link back to this post in your post to help spread the word. (Feel free to snag the badge above for your post.)

Not a blogger? No problem. Please still participate! Email your recipe, tip, etc. to hallie(at)dailybitesblog(dot)com along with any relating photos if you desire. You can remain anonymous if you’d like, or include your first name, last name initial, and city/state. Whatever you prefer.

Deadline: Please send your content to me no later than Thursday, April 21st. On Tuesday, April 26th, I will post all of the submissions with corresponding links (if applicable) in one big, inspirational Build a Better Breakfast round-up!

The Giveaway: On the day of the round-up, come on back to read all the entries and enter to win a gift package that will get you well on your way to building an all-star breakfast!

Questions? Email me: hallie(at)dailybitesblog(dot)com

Please note that recipes do not have to be gluten-free or dairy-free, just healthier and “built better” in some way. The goal here is to exchange helpful advice that motivates us to start our days with nutritious, real food. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Have fun!

Oh, and to get us all headed on the right track towards nourishing breakfasts, how about a new smoothie recipe?

Zesty Ginger-Blueberry Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

This smoothie is chock-full of “booster foods”: ingredients that give our health and immune systems a boost. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants. Chia seeds and flaxseeds both contain healthy omega-3 fats and fiber. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels, while ginger fights inflammation. The orange peel contains all of the fruit’s essential oils and refreshing zesty flavor.

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ medium pear, peeled and chopped

½ cup unsweetened almond, rice, or hemp milk

1-2 ice cubes

½-1 scoop brown rice or hemp protein powder (optional)

2 teaspoons ground chia seeds or flaxseed

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (¼-inch thick) slice fresh peeled ginger root

1 (1-inch) strip orange peel


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Enjoy a great start to the day!


  1. Sounds like fun, Hallie! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

  2. This is such a GREAT idea, Hallie!

  3. Hi Hallie!! This sounds like an awesome idea. I am totally called the breakfast tyrant in my house because it is so important to me to get my kids out of the house with a super nourishing breakfast. Count me in!

  4. Wonderful, Hallie! No, we don’t need nutrition bandits to start our day and it’s the gluten-free varieties that are giving living gluten free a bad name–undeservedly, in most cases. There are so many of us who are eating much better breakfasts. Adding this to my calendar right now! Love the logo! :-)


  5. Great idea Hallie! I am a huge fan of healthy breakfasts. The cool thing is that there are SO many great, healthy gluten free breakfast options. My new fave is a Savory Multi Grain Gluten Free Hot Cereal. I plan on posting about it in the next few days. When I do, I’ll send you the link.

  6. Thanks for all the support, ladies! Bring on breakfast.

  7. Great idea and super fun! So many cool blogger events happening this month. I can’t wait to get my booty in the kitchen!

  8. Wonderful idea! Sugary breakfasts are quite the norm for a lot of people, and are so contradictory to what our bodies need first thing!

  9. How fun!! Love the idea- I’ll work on something as I’d love to participate too :)

    xo Brittany

  10. Sounds like an amazing idea Hallie! I am in.

  11. What a great idea, I’d love to enter this! I love breakfast, but so many of my friends skip it and end up eating all sort of sugary snacks mid morning. This is a fab way to inspire people and I can’t wait to submit something!

    Teenie Foodie

  12. This looks great!! Breakfast is my favorite too. :) Almond flour waffles, smoothies, millet porridge, oatmeal, fried eggs…anything!!! So good!

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