5 Simple Healthy Breakfast Recipes: How to Chow Down, Stay Lean & Energize Your Day!

5 Simple Healthy Breakfast Recipes

by Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson

You have probably heard your whole life that ‘Breakfast is the Healthiest Meal of the Day’, but you have also come to realize that morning is the busiest part of your life! There are lots of things that can contribute to rushing through your mornings:

  • Hitting the snooze button one too many times
  • Morning prep for the kids
  • Traffic

Breakfast is usually the first thing sacrificed during a rushed morning. However, you are setting yourself up for failure if your first meal of the day only consists of coffee. Breakfast ignites your metabolism for the day. It’s going to energize you to be on the top of your game, wherever you are rushing to, all while keeping your waistline slim and trim.

Most people do not eat breakfast because they think they don’t have time or they think they will lose weight by cutting morning calories. I understand; I used to be right there with you. I also used to be 100 pounds heavier when I adopted that philosophy, so obviously the ‘skip breakfast’ plan was NOT producing the desired results.

Never fear, I am here to help by sharing 5 Simple Healthy Breakfast Recipes. Use them this week to get in the habit of starting your day the right way! To make this list, the recipes had to meet certain criteria: They are Healthy, They are Simple, and They Taste Awesome!

Coach Jimmy’s Sweet Potato Protein Pancake

This is a favorite amongst my friends who train hard and want to be properly fueled for a full day!

Hopefully you have read my previous post on preparing your food in bulk for the week. If so then this simple healthy recipe will be a tasty no-brainer to make.

  • 1 cup of baked sweet potatoes
  • 1 scoop of high quality whey protein powder
  • 6-8 egg whites
  • Stevia (it’s more concentrated than other sweeteners, so use sparingly…as in a few DROPS!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Preparation: Combine sweet potatoes, whey protein, egg whites and stevia into blender and mix until you have a thick batter for your pancake.

Heat a non-stick skillet coated with non-stick cooking spray over medium heat, add batter, cover pan, and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes till fluffy. Gently flip pancake, recover, and allow to continue cooking 3-5 minutes until pancake has solid fluffy consistency. Remove from pan, place on large plate, and top with Coconut Oil.

Calories: 514 | Protein: 52 g | Carbs: 45 g | Fiber: 5 g | Fat: 14 g

Wrap and Roll – from the Les Mills Pump Nutrition Guide

  • 1 6-inch whole wheat tortilla
  • 4 egg whites, scrambled
  • 2 ready-made turkey sausage links, cooked & chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato salsa
  • Tabasco (optional)

Preparation: Layer whole wheat tortilla with egg whites and sausage. Top with salsa and Tabasco to taste. Roll Up.

Calories 281 | Protein 33g | Carbs 33g | Fiber 2 g | Fat 5g

Mozzarella, Spinach, and Tomato Omelet from the ChaLEAN Extreme Nutrition Guide

  • 3 egg whites whisked with 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes
  • ¼ cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ of a whole wheat english muffin, toasted

Preparation: heat a non-stick skillet coated with non-stick cooking spray over medium heat. Add the whisked eggs and allow to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then add in spinach, tomatoes, cheese, and fold over into an omelet. Allow to cook for 2 to 3 additional minutes. Serve with toasted english muffin half.

 Calories 290 | Protein 26g | Carbs 22g | Fiber 4g | Fat 12 g

 Coco-Loco Shake from the INSANITY the ASYLUM Nutrition Plan

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp all natural nut butter
  • Ice

Preparation: Mix all in blender until creamy smooth consistency.

Calories 320 | Protein 22g | Carbs 37g | Fiber 9g | Fat 14g

Warm Cereal Bowl from the INSANITY Elite Nutrition Guide

  • ¾ cup whole-grain Cream of Wheat® cereal, cooked
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup skim, almond, rice, or coconut milk
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder 

Preparation: Combine ingredients in bowl, heat

Calories 314 | Protein 25g | Carbs 40g | Fiber 3.5g | Fat 6g

There you have it. All super simple, super fast, and super tasty! I would encourage you to copy these recipes and post them on your refrigerator. If you want to take it a step further, look at the list before you go to bed, decide which one you want to make in the morning, so you can hit the ground with a plan already in place.

I would love if you shared this post with anyone you know that struggles with ‘No Time for Breakfast’ – AND – leave a comment below to let me know which of these simple healthy breakfast recipes YOU like best!


In This Together – Coach Jimmy

Coach Jimmy Hays NelsonJimmy Hays Nelson Beachbody Coach is a self-proclaimed ‘former fat guy’. In his mid 20’s he was an overweight college dropout, who found himself living back at home with his parents. Knowing something had to change, he took action.

Through his transformation journey he lost 100 pounds, started his own business, was featured in the Shaun T workout series INSANITY, and has been seen multiple times on QVC with his buddy Tony Horton promoting P90X.

He founded NELSONGY FITNESS with his wife Kelly to reach out to give hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally we are here to help you see REAL RESULTS!


  1. Fortunatina Graziano | May 28, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Hey Jimmy! Personally I enjoy the Shakeology recipe ;) I will share this with my fellow law enforcement who rarely eats breakfast..Thank you and your wife Kelly for all your support ;) I would love to be in a Beach Body work out DVD, like Shaun T’s. Can you give me any advice on how to go about doing something like that or who to contact? I want to share my transformation story with the world and motivate others ;) Thanks Fortunatina (Tina) Graziano

    • jimmyhaysnelson | May 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Thanks for the comment @284470872874b6689fa47495903a19ce:disqus That Shakeology Recipe is super tasty!  As far as being in a DVD 
      #1 – Be a Beachbody Coach (if you aren’t- super easy to do.  Anyone can, and I would be happy to help) – I say that bc they like to feature BB Coaches
      #2 – Attend events to get to know people (Summit is around the corner)
      #3 – Submit your pictures, stories to the Beachbody Challenge (plus you could win $100,000!) – Again I can show you how to do that as well.

      Keep up the good work! 

      • Grazia352003 | July 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Jimmy: Thanks for the info buddy! I am a friend of Shaun’s and we correspond regularly. And three of my friends are in his Asylum: Volume 2 DVD so I am looking fwd to that as well. I am a BB Coach as of May 2012!! I appreciate all your info and for the support..You all are AMAZING!!! And I LOVE watching you do your thing in Insanity!! Your squats and form are perfection but yoyr story is soooo motivating..Thank you for pushing me every day :)) Keep in touch and I will keep you posted on my success!! Lok fwd to Summit 2013 in Vegas and a photo opp with you too…Stay safe
        Tina Graziano

  2. Michelle DeMarco | May 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Holy Cow do I appreciate these recipes!  As a new vegetarian, I struggle to make interesting and delicious food (although there are so many out there!)  I will definitely try this out!

  3. Konshu | June 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Warm cereal is one of my favorites that I remember and still have. 

  4. Scott Streitfeld | November 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Hey Coach Jimmy, pretty good sweet potato pancake recipe. Very tasty, and a great use of whey protein powder to boost up the protein without adding a ton of calories or unnecessary carbs. Good nutrition and easy to prepare. Thanks!

    • jimmyhaysnelson | November 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks @facebook-100000957185140:disqus – always great to hear your feed back. I sent ya a private Facebook message – shoot me an email soon buddy. Admin@nelsongy.com


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