Upon a recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed that Shaun White, Chris McCormack, and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. were the faces of Wheaties on three different boxes. If my memory serves me correctly, we didn’t have any options. I was rather impressed. Bruce Jenner is definitely my greatest memory of a Wheaties cover. Mary Lou Retton, Walter Payton, and Michael Jordan also resonate in my brain.  The marketing strategy certainly had me convinced at a young age; eating Wheaties made me stronger. As I reminisced about the orange box, the tag line, and the many superior athletes that have graced the cover of a Wheaties box, I ponder the question “What is the breakfast of champions in 2011?”

In today’s world of fast food, donut shops, coffee bistros, food trucks, convenience stores, restaurants that cater only to breakfast, and a myriads of microwave options……What is the breakfast of champions? Apparently, my regiment of 40 ounces of coffee with swiss mocha creamers along with my cocktail of vitamins, is not ok.  My dear friend Shelly Mitchell Hollingsworth is a fitness trainer and sports strength/ conditioning coach. While At Penn State, she was a NCAA All-American in the heptathlon and she still holds the high jump record at 6’0. Shelly believes that good nutrition is important. However, she finds that eating what you enjoy in moderation is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Shelly’s top 5 favorite healthy selections:

– Oatmeal with almonds and/or dried cranberries
– Whole wheat pita stuffed with 2 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice low-fat cheese and 2 hardboiled eggs
– Multigrain pancakes with fruit and yogurt w granola
– Egg white omelet w spinach, onions, tomatoes (1 slice low-fat cheese optional), oat bran muffin
– Sweet potato with cinnamon, Kashi Go Lean cereal, fruit salad
On the go I would make a quick protein smoothie with fruit and yogurt.
There are many variations on these meals as well as the smoothie.

These awesome suggestions will certainly get anyone ready for a long day on the job or a hardcore workout. Ever since we graduated from college, Shelly has had an outstanding work ethic in the gym and maintains the same discipline with her diet. Anyone looking to maximize a workout or get an energy boost in the morning,  should give these breakfast selections a try.  Now, when you want to indulge and splurge on the calories, I have a “Championship Brunch”. Rather quick, easy, and  a crowd pleaser. Lots of short cuts!!!

” Egg and Steak Fry Platter” and Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits with Strawberry Jelly Cream Cheese

Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits with Strawberry Jelly Cream Cheese

-1 container of store bought buttermilk biscuits ( make number of containers according to guest count)

-Melted butter (1/2 stick)

-Cinnamon sugar mixture (sprinkle cinnamon into 1/2 c. sugar)

– Place biscuits on baking sheet

-Brush biscuits with melted butter

-Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture

– Bake according to the directions provided

Strawberry Jelly Cream Cheese

– 8 oz of softened cream cheese

1/3 c. strawberry jelly (or any jelly, jam, marmalade you desire)

In small bowl, mix thoroughly

Serve with biscuits

Egg and Steak Fry Platter

– 1 32oz. bag of frozen steak fries

– dozen eggs

-1/2 cup milk

-salt,  course black pepper, and red pepper flake

-1/4 lb bacon

– Shredded cheddar cheese or any cheese of your choice

– ketchup (optional)

 – sour cream (optional)

– bbq sauce (optional)

– Fry Bacon in advance ( I usually do it the day before if possible) and crumble into bits

– Toss Steak Fries in olive oil and season with salt and pepper

– On baking sheet, arrange steak fries and bake according to package directions

– In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and add 1tsp salt. Course black pepper and red pepper flake to liking (salt can always be added)

– Start eggs approximately 6 minutes before steak fries are done

– In large skillet, melt a pat of butter over medium low heat. Low and slow; the key to good scrambled eggs

– Pour egg mixture into skillet, allow eggs to set and then stir continuously with spatula

– Remove steak fries from oven, spoon softly cooked eggs over fries, sprinkle cheese, and add bacon bits

– Place under broiler for 1 to 3 minutes. As the oven door should always be open when broiling, keep

an eye on the melting cheese

– Take out of oven and gently slid onto large platter for guests to share

– Add sides of ketchup, sour cream, bbq sauce, or even a mambo sauce

Many of my close friends know, I would absolutely top this brunch off with Mimosas along and a Bloody Mary Bar. Just a suggestion!!!

Hope you enjoy these recipes and remember…………..”Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?”