Winning Combination

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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I’m always a little hesitant about eating a non-oatmeal breakfast, especially on work days. I’m never sure that it hold me over until lunch like my wonderful and filling oatmeal does. This morning, however, I may have found a great alternative to my usual oats. I know that this might sound strange, but I actually do get bored with oats every once in awhile! 😉

This morning’s winning combination was 2 Van’s waffles with peanut butter and sliced banana. The combo of ingredients was obviously scrumptious, but surprisingly satisfying. Peanut butter + banana always seems to have that affect on me!

Breakfast also included an iced coffee with soy milk and agave nectar. 


Now the ultimate test is whether this breakfast holds me over until lunch! 

Question of the Day

What’s your breakfast winning combination? What breakfast can you always rely on to satisfy you and carry you through to lunch?



  1. The breakfast that I have EVERY SINGLE MORNING:

    – oatmeal with 3 big spoonfuls of nut butter/seed butter

    – protein shake (unsweetened hempmilk, vanilla protein powder, frozen berries)

  2. Oatmeal holds me over with a hard-boiled egg. I noticed you used agave syrup in your coffee. Is that a good sweetener? I’m trying to ease myself away from Splenda and looking for a natural choice.

  3. I ALWAYS include protein/fat, fruit, and whole grains in my breakfast…I’ve found that anything involving nut butters and banana is a sure fire winner though 😉

  4. Oatmeal made with 1/2 cup milk does a good job for me. Also, I’m learning that yogurt + cereal bowls can hold me over pretty well too, as long as I use about 1 cup of cereal…even if the serving size is 3/4c or something 🙂

  5. Honestly, I rarely make it to lunch time. Unless I’m running around like a crazy person all morning and have NO time, I need something to satisfy my grumbly tummy around 10:00. I eat breakfast around 7:00 am, so I don’t think that three hours is unreasonable. However, oatmeal does the best job at making sure my tummy isn’t grumbly at 9:00 am!

  6. totally understandable to get bored on the same combo every day!
    my latest favorite combo is toasted Tj’s english muffin with laughing cow and PB. But I’m taking back on that since I’m doing a clean eating and dairy free challenge, so I’m back on oats and oat brans. This morning I tried your oatmeal + banana + wheat berries combo, it was amazing!! so chewy!! 😀

  7. NOT cereal. I could eat 5 bowls and still not be full.

    My fav combo is a light english muffin + 1 tbs pb + 1/2 large banana. I think the protein from the peanut butter and the carbs from the e.m. work perfectly together to hold me until lunch.

  8. Oats usually do it but I love your combo above. Peanut Butter and banana is always a winner =) I am trying to break away from oats myself and am loving Ezekiel English muffins with PB, banana and some yogurt on the side. YUM!

  9. 1. Two morning star sausage patties, a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, and a piece of fruit
    2. Sliced strawberries with soy yogurt and 1/4 cup of bear naked granola, and 2 hard boiled egg whites
    3. Egg white omelet with mushrooms and green peppers, two pieces of light toast, and two strips of turkey bacon

  10. As much as I love my English muffin/PB combo, if I’m going to be out of the house I rely on Greek yogurt with some high fiber cereal! Always works 🙂

  11. I’ve been keeping passover this week so no oats for me.

    My combo this morning was a serving of plain yogurt, 1/2 banana & a few berries mixed in. On the side I had 1/3 cup egg white fluffy with a 1/3 of a laughing cow cheese wedge. Curious to see how long it holds me over.

  12. I’m always worried about that, too.

    My breakfast is usually oatmeal with fruit/nuts/nut butter/hard boiled egg + milk for protein OR eggs of some sort (usually eggs, grits, plus fruit on the side).

    The waffles look great, though! I hope they do a good job 🙂

  13. hi all –

    non-fav-breakfast related question: I am attending a co-workers birthday lunch today, and she chose “Five Guys Burgers and Fries” (! The menu is VERY limited and the nutritional facts (posted on the site) are not pretty. Any suggestions on what I should order without looking like the group health freak?


  14. Pretty much anything that includes oats and peanut butter will keep me going until lunch. This includes my daily banana oats or oatmeal pancakes. I’m trying the infamous breakfast cookie later this week, so we’ll see how that works out.

  15. 0% or 2% greek yogurt with honey (or fruit preserves for a treat) and low calorie granola.
    Oatmeal made with skim milk, blueberries, and nut butter.
    Soft boiled eggs and toast.

  16. Love the PB Banana Combo! My current breakfast combination is Vanilla Greek Yogurt with Pumpkin Butter and mushed up Erin Baker’s Walnut Brownie!

  17. oats! mm 🙂

    your banana with waffles look so good! at first i thought i saw some shredded coconut, too! i wonder how that’d taste with the bananas 🙂

  18. Have you tried making a Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie. I love them! I alternate between that and the banana peanut butter oatmeal. They really hold me over till lunch. 1 Banana, 1tbsp pb, 2 tbsp. flax seed, 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt and handful of ice. YUMMY!

  19. Love the waffles!!

    The best breakfast I’ve found that keeps me full for about 4-5 hours is oat bran. I use less than I do when I make oats and yet somehow it keeps me full longer. It’s a bit of a mystery to me.

  20. So funny–this morning I woke up thinking “I canNOT eat oatmeal again today” and made 2 Whole Foods toaster waffles (the kind with flax–mm) with PB and sliced banana. Just like you. Haha!
    I eat a bowl of instant oatmeal (what can I say, I’m a college student), usually WF “Oats and Flax,” with sliced banana every morning. Boring but tasty. I don’t like a lot of stuff in oatmeal, usually just milk and banana, and sometimes dried fruit. And I always have hot tea.

  21. Yum! This breakfast looks so good. My go-to breakfast to hold me over is yogurt, chopped apple and cereal mixed together. I need to have at least 1/2 cup of yogurt though, otherwise I’ll get hungry before lunch time.

  22. I can always rely on oats to carry me over, NOTHING else seems to work as well! I usually have waffles, PB and bananas pre-work out. But if I know I won’t be able to eat for like 3-4 hrs before lunch, oats plus flax and other add-ins is the way to go

  23. I have the exact breakfast you had today a lot of mornings, only I make mine into a sandwich to eat on the way to work. Nut butter, banana, and carbs of some sort make me happy. 🙂

  24. My normal breakfast is a bowl of fruit (i usually combine three fruits, like an apple, a kiwi and some strawberries). On the side I have some rice crackers with hummus or a new favorite is small slices of toasted organic rye bread with Tofutti Creme Cheese (vegan creme cheese) or toasted date or carrot/raisin bread with pb and banana. Mmm, love it!

  25. Thomas’s hearty grains whole wheat bagel w/ 1 tbs of any kind of nut butter and a banana. Sometimes I do one side w/ nut butter and 1 w/ whipped cream cheese and jelly. Either way, it sticks to my ribs! I need protien in the morning to keep me full.

  26. I wish I could do oatmeal- I love it but I have digestive issues with it! So I rely on 2 scrambled eggs with a little shredded mozzerella, some sauteed mushrooms and a handful of sauteed spinach (or any other vegetable floating around in the fridge) with some fresh fruit on the side. It always keeps me 3-4 hours.
    Sarah- Five Guys advice- eat a half of a burger and enjoy it! Skip the french fries and if you feel deprived eat some of their free peanuts to keep your hands busy. Skip the soda also, and it will be a yummy splurge without too much damage. Their burgers are REALLY good!!

  27. Not oats. Apparently I’m an abberation in blog world!

    1 whole wheat mini bagel + MSF veggie sausage patty + half a fried egg white + half a piece of cheese

  28. Sarah – at five guys make sure to order the “little hamburger” – that just means one patty, the normal hamburgers have two patties. Load it up with veggie toppings and skip the fries. They have a veggie sandwhich but the stats on that are almost as bad as a burger, lol.

  29. My most recent favorite for breakfast is very similar to yours Tiny. I take a piece of 7 grain, sprouted wheat bread, toast it in a pan, spread soynut butter on half and better n butter on the other half, slice bananas and lay them down, then sprinkle some milled flaxseed over it, warm up a few frozen blueberries and add them on top and then drizzle a little honey and sprinkle cinnimon and ready to go! Sounds kind of like a lot to do, but i make it every morning and it really is so easy and pretty quick too 🙂

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