By: Marissa Ierna, breakfast creator extraordinaire, marathon runner and cancer survivor at @marissaswholelife


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am not a scientist, so technically I can’t prove that as a fact, but for me at least, it’s unquestionably the most important meal. Not only is it a time where you can be fun and creative in the kitchen, (which is definitely the best part), but breakfast is also the meal that kickstarts your morning, fuels your brain, and jumpstarts your metabolism!


As a lover of cooking, and hard-core runner and athlete, I look forward to finding different and creative ways to eat clean and healthy foods at breakfast. After running seven marathons and training for each one differently, I have learned that a wholesome way of eating that is filled with real foods that you find on the outer part of the grocery store is key to success.


I’m also a stage four cancer survivor, I am always looking for foods that are going to keep me strong, healthy, and provide my body with excellent nutrients. Clean eating plays a vital role in my life — and as someone who has tackled cancer, I always find myself looking at food labels, and making sure I am eating the ‘good stuff’ for my body. When I went through a year of chemotherapy, my oncologist firmly believed that I reacted so well to treatment because of the healthy routines I already had set in my life.


So, while I am no expert in the field, I am a firm believer that sticking to clean, nutrient-dense foods and eating breakfast can make your life that much better.


Here are a few tips, tricks, and recipes so you too can build a better breakfast!


1. Find what you love to eat in the morning

If you’re eating breakfast foods that you are not a fan of, then you will most likely not eat breakfast on a regular basis. When looking at your plate, ask yourself, does this food look appealing to you? If it doesn’t, then why are you eating it? My suggestion is to make your plate look like a rainbow. Fill it with colors and make it something you would like to take a photo of!


2. Hit all of the right nutrients

Make sure you’re getting all of the right nutrients to keep yourself feeling full, satiated, and filled with energy so you can start your day on the right foot and feeling your best. For me, those nutrients include carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a healthy fat.


3. Win with meal prepping

By planning your meals ahead, you’ll save so much time and energy in the morning trying to figure out what to make — which is especially beneficial for those days when you’re in a hurry. I love to prep on the weekends when I have some free time, and typically make waffles (with veggies in them!) that can be frozen, or egg muffins that you can eat all week long!


4. Make sure to get your vegetables in

It can sometimes be hard to get vegetables in at breakfast, but I’ve found a few ways to make it that much easier! One of the things I love doing is adding cauliflower rice to my oatmeal, you honestly would never know it has cauliflower in the bowl because it tastes amazing. I also love adding a Medlie Veggie Shot to my favorite signature breakfast dishes — the IMMUNITY Shot is especially great in waffles and pancakes. Plus, their Veggie Drinks make it so easy and tasty to get 4 servings of whole vegetables in at breakfast when you’re on the go! I grab a bottle as I’m headed out the door.




Carrot Cake Banana Oatmeal Bowl



  • 1 cup of riced cauliflower
  • 1 IMMUNITY Veggie Shot
  • 3 tbsp of hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop of collagen (I prefer Paleo Pro Products Pumpkin Spice)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Almond @wholeme Clusters
  • 2 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 small handful of blueberries (or other fruit of your choice)
  • 1 small container of plant-based yogurt (I prefer Lavva)



  • Combine all ingredients, and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Waffles



  • ¼ cup of Birch Benders Paleo Mix (can be used for waffles of pancakes)
  • 2 tbsps of flaxseed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 IMMUNITY Veggie Shot
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 small handful of blueberries (or other fruit of your choice)
  • Toppings of your choice (I prefer honey, granola, and coconut chips)



  • Combine all ingredients, then cook as you would regular waffles
  • Add toppings of your choice like fresh fruits, honey, granola, coconut chips, and more
  • Enjoy!