Breakfast Makeover: Tartines

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One of my goals for this month is doing a breakfast makeover. I'm tired of eating cereal every morning, just to feel hungry again by 9am. Because I still need something quick and easy in the mornings, I thought I'd start with toast. On my breakfast Pinterest board I found a pin from A Cup of Jo that featured breakfast tartines.  I decided to try a few of those ideas to make toast a little more interesting, in hopes it would do a better job of filling me up.

Breakfast Tartines | www.shealennon.com


Over the past few weeks, I tried 3 out of the 4 tartines: the avocado-feta tartine, the nutella-almond tartine, and the strawberry tartine.

{my favorite} Nutella + almonds + sea salt. Is anyone really surprised here? Anytime I can have dessert but call it a meal I'm on board. The "recipe" (if you can really call it that) also called for a drizzle of olive oil. I tried that, but found that I didn't love the olive oil taste with the nutella taste. The verdict? Delicious, but I still felt hungry before lunch.

Nutella Almond Toast | www.shealennon.com


{kept me full} avocado + feta + sunflower seeds. This was on the opposite spectrum from the Nutella toast, as it was completly on the savory side. I found the avocado-feta combo to be pretty genius--the flavors balance each other out perfectly. The sunflower seeds add a tasty little crunch too. The verdict? This one kept me happily full until lunch time, score! The only down side was the prep time (not terrible, but I was eating dry cereal before...) and the endless battle of keeping half an avocado from browning.

Avocado Feta Sunflower Seed Toast | www.shealennon.com


{meh} strawberries + cheese. This one called for creamy, dreamy mascarpone cheese, but all I had was some ricotta. I sweetened it up with honey, but I'm afraid it just didn't do the trick. If I try this one again, I'll go for the real deal with mascarpone or at the very least some cream cheese. I love ricotta in my stuffed shells, but not so much for breakfast. The verdict? To me, ricotta is not so hot(-tah) for breakfast.

Strawberry Honey Ricotta Toast | www.shealennon.com


I'm so glad I found some non-cereal options, but my pursuit of better breakfast is an ongoing one. What do you eat for breakfast and, more importantly, does it keep you full

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23 comments:

  1. What a great idea. One of my breakfasts is toast with avocado and an egg (you're right--it is filling), but adding the feta and sunflower seeds sounds so good. I'll have to try that.

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  2. I love this! I'm all about the breakfast makeover right now, experimenting with things while on the Whole30 and deciding what my solutions are going to be when it's over... I used to do greek yogurt with Kashi cereal, which works pretty well, but right now I'm on egg/sausage/sweet potato scrambles that I can make on the weekend and reheat on weekdays. Good stuff to help you stay full - fats, proteins, starches.

    And I love that you reviewed all of these and figured out the verdict for us :) The first one does sound amazing, and I'm not surprised the second was the one that kept you full - since I'm learning more and more that you need some good fats and proteins to keep you feeling satiated, and the avocado and sunflower seeds are going to help you there. Also, best invention ever: http://www.amazon.com/Evriholder-Avo-Saver-Avocado-Holder/dp/B001IWONL6. It really does keep your half avocado good.

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  3. I'm such a big toast fan-- this is perfect for me! I really love avocado toast and have never even thought about adding feta to it! It all looks amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  4. I need to try some of these, I'm such a cereal girl, but I hear you, it's empty calories that leave me hungry within an hour or two! I love toast, but stepping it up a notch with these would be great!

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  5. Nutella + sea salt- YES!
    Have fun tonight, lady! I wish I could make it to the MODE event!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  6. Oooh, the avocado one looks delightful! I love a raisin English muffin with some butter and a piece of fruit for breakfast. Or I sometimes make these energy ball things (oats, coconut, peanut butter, honey, flax seed, chocolate chips) and eat two of them with some Greek yogurt. I eat breakfast at 7:00 and lunch at 1:00 and I usually have a tiny snack (fruit leather or a banana) at 10:30ish.

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  7. Thanks Krysten, they did turn out pretty yummy! :)

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  8. And I'll have to try it with an egg--probably on the weekend. I love eggs with anything so I don't know why I haven't tried them with avocado before!

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  9. Aahhh I need that avocado thing, how awesome is that!?! I'm the only avocado-eater at my house (Jona used to be on board, but now not so much) so if I only want half storage is an issue.


    I don't know why I didn't think about making a scramble/hash on the weekend and then reheating during the week--that would definitely be quick and filling too. Thanks! I agree about needing the fats and proteins in the morning, but I was a little surprised that the protien from the almonds and hazelnuts in the Nutella weren't enough to fill me up longer. Wishful thinking I guess... :)

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  10. It was SO good with the feta, you should definitely try it! Thanks Melanie!

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  11. I've always been a cereal girl too--it's so quick, there are so many varieties, etc. But yes, it just doesn't keep my hunger at bay and I'm so tired of having to remember a snack in the morning!! (Either that or go to the vending machines...)

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  12. Nutella = always a win :)
    Thank you, it will be fun I think!! :) Have fun for your friend's bday!

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  13. I've been craving the avocado one since you posted it on Instagram. Looks so good!

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  14. I've never made those energy bites before but I've always wanted to try them--need to add that to my to-make list. And I love English Muffins too, that would be another good thing to shake up my routine a little. Thanks Brynn!

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  15. It was good! I've been on an avocado kick lately too--they're just so dang good!!

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  16. Yes, the AvoSaver is seriously brilliant. Though with the amount of avocados I've been going through on the Whole30 and the amount that Hendrik eats, we haven't needed it much lately... It's funny what kids are picky about - Hendrik's been going through a finicky phase lately but the one thing I can always count on him to eat is avocado! Could be worse things.


    And wishful thinking on the Nutella... that cracked me up. If only that were the right amount of protein, right? :)

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  17. lol at not so hot-ah! i am always looking for ways to mix up breakfast. i don't like eggs, so that seems to eliminate majority of what's out there

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  18. Hehehe, yay, I'm glad you liked my silly joke :) You're right that eggs do kind of dominate the breakfast "scene" but there are still lots of yummy things left I think (like pastries!!).

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  19. I've never thought about these kinds of topping for my toast. I usually have either peanut butter toast or a bagel for breakfast, then mid morning I have a smoothie that I mixed up before I left the house that morning. When I was pregnant, the mornings shifted to the time when I ate the most and that really hasn't changed I guess. A smoothie is usually just enough so that I'm not starving my lunch, and I can drink it on the go if I'm busy with emails or appointments.

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing these. They sound divine. I think my favorite, from what I can tell, would be the middle one.

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  21. I love peanut butter toast too but for some reason never have it during the week--no idea why. I like the smoothie idea too--it is really portable so I could drink it on my way to work if I didn't have time at home.
    Thanks Jess!

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  22. Thanks Ada, they were all pretty good!

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