Guest Post: Bring Joy – A Great Way To Start Your Day

Today’s post is from the lovely Janae Wise of Bring Joy.  She creates delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes and blogs with beautiful authenticity.  I am proud to call her my friend.  You can follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her blog for more healthy, tasty treats and great insight into a joyful life.


I don’t know about about you, but the choices I make the first hours of the morning make a huge difference in my day.

My typical routine looks something like this:  Arise at 5 am.  Shower & dress, personal time to read/meditate/journal, tidy things & get my house ready for the day, before my four kids get up.  These are all small, seemingly insignificant choices, but significantly determine the direction &  outcome of my day.  If I start the day out right, I feel prepared to take on the day.  I have greater confidence, sense of purpose & direction.

The same goes with my first food choices of the day,ie. breakfast.

Do you eat breakfast?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you feel guilty if you don’t, or tell you that you should.

Really, everyone eats breakfast (even if it’s at 11 am).  Breakfast (or “break” fast, since it’s breaking your night time fast) is just your first meal of the day.

Typically it happens sometime in the early morning, but it doesn’t have to.  A mid-morning breakfast also works.

When it comes to food, I have evolved my thinking a bit, into a more intuitive eating approach–eating when I’m hungry, & not eating when I’m not.  So breakfast for me, happens whenever I get hungry.  If I begin my day with intense exercise I’m usually ready to eat breakfast after that.  If not, my breakfast happens later, around 10 or even 11 in the morning.  And I eat whatever sounds good.

Often it’s a bowl of oatmeal & fruit.

Or a veggie, tofu scramble.

Or a yogurt/fruit breakfast bowl.


Here’s how I make mine:

  • 1 container non-dairy plain yogurt (I like Whole Soy & Co.)
  • 1/2 c. (or so–I actually just eyeball it!) frozen or fresh blueberries
  • handful of fresh strawberries, sliced (or other berries, such as raspberries)
  • a small handful of raw pumpkin seeds
  • sprinkling of stevia


I’ll add a side of gluten-free toast (I’m gluten-intolerant) & I’ve got a very satisfying, healthful start to my day.

I like chewing, I like texture & different flavors, so this dish fulfills those needs.

It also has a good ratio of protein/fat/carbohydrates/fiber.  Eating something like this helps me to continue to make healthful food choices for the rest of the day.  Like my daily morning routine, I’ve set a good foundation, I feel ready to take on the day.


What breakfast foods make you feel awesome?

Janae Wise

Janae Wise is an Air Force wife, mother of 4 & is passionate about sharing with others ways in which to bring more joy to living.  She is also a vegan & gluten-free recipe developer, writer, & yoga teacher/fitness instructor.

She is the founder of bring joy, where she shares her love for creating wholesome, fresh & simple food.  Janae also writes about insights into family & home life, as well as occasionally shares fitness tips & videos.  You can read more about Janae, here, & more about her family,here.

You can also find bring joy on facebooktwitter, & pinterest.

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There are 16 comments

  1. Angela

    I have to have a green smoothie in the morning or I really don’t feel good. You might say I’m addicted but really, it makes a difference. Since we’ve switched to 99.9% organic in our diet I don’t have a source for affordable frozen organic fruit. So instead I’ve simplified it and my daily smoothie is usually an entire bunch of spinach, cup of water and 2 or so frozen bananas, blended in the blendtec. I was scared it would be gross without other fruit/powders but its actually great. I’ll rotate with other greens periodically depending on what we’ve got but this is what I’ve been doing the last month or so. Before that it was usually 1/3lb baby spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1.5 c frozen fruit, 1 scoop sunwarrior and 1 cup water.

    1. Michaela Ballmann, MS RD

      Sounds like a powerhouse of a breakfast! I use our Vitamix to make my husband a kale smoothie with 1 whole head kale (destemmed), 1 frozen banana, some organic soy milk, cashews, vanilla… It tastes more like pistachio than kale (good since we love pistachios!) and it’s a great way to get all those nutrients. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Marsha

    I make a kale soothie every morning (which I’m still picking from my garden). To it I add 2 Tbs each of cacao nibs, flax, hemp hearts, 1 Tbs each chia seeds, mulberries and maca powder. Then I put in a variety of fruits I have on hand, and frozen blueberries, frozen wheat grass juice 6 dates and spring water. This is my husband’s and my breakfast which pretty much keeps me going until lunch. I love Janae’s blog and look forward to it very much.

    1. Michaela Ballmann, MS RD

      That sounds awesome! We didn’t have good luck with growing our first round of kale, but we’re trying again. You’ve got some great sources of omega-3’s and antioxidants in your super smoothie! Yes, love Janae and her blog too.

  3. Joy | Frock Files

    Janae is one of my favorite food bloggers, and she always inspires me to try to eat cleaner (despite the fact that my food posts are 100% sinful). I’ve become hooked on acai lately. I love blending it with kale and other berries in the mornings, and we throw in some olive oil too. Sometimes I just like it blended alone and topped with some sliced almonds and a handful of blueberries. It keeps me full and feeling great.

    1. Michaela Ballmann, MS RD

      Acai is so tasty! Do you buy it frozen? I’ve never put olive oil in a smoothie–does it help with the consistency? For the most part, I use really flavorful olive oil (my favorite right now is smoked by enFuso and it is amazing) in savory dishes, but I have never tried it in sweet things like cakes or drinks.

  4. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    I always make sure my children have a good breakfast but I am guilty of not ALWAYS ensuring the same for myself.

    I find that my day does get off to a better start once I have had my morning meal. With the cold weather I have been starting to eat oatmeal, but in the warmer months fresh veggies (like celery and carrots with peanut butter) were my go to food sometimes even a kale salad topped with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    I love that you guest posted over here…nothing like having two of my favorite bloggers in one spot

    1. Michaela Ballmann, MS RD

      Nice to see you here Rachel :) Thanks for sharing your breakfast ideas. Over the past couple of years, I have ventured out of the typical breakfast foods and often have veggies (with a protein and fruit) to start my day. Kale in a smoothie or salad is such an awesome kickstart!

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