Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Breakfast Choices- Healthy You 2010

Breakfast is a very important part of your day. The choices you make for breakfast will set in motion your food choices for the rest of the day. I guarantee if you eat a healthy, filling breakfasts you will be less inclined to make bad choices the rest of the day.

Here are a few suggestions:

*Oatmeal(rolled or steel-cut, NOT instant)- Given oatmeal's high content of complex carbohydrates and water-soluble fiber which encourages slow digestion and stabilizes blood-glucose levels, this is an ideal, healthy breakfast choice. For extra protein and essential fatty acids, sprinkle the oatmeal with LSA* . Add fresh fruit or a little agave nectar for some sweetness, yum! Here is a fun recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal. Maybe these Oatmeal Pancakes will hit the spot!

*Rusher's Shake- This is a quick, delicious shake that is easily digested. (recipes follows)

*Whole grain, rye or gluten free toast with your choice of topping such as tahini, honey/agave nectar and LSA or banana, honey/agave nectar and LSA or almond butter, honey/agave nectar and LSA. Use very little of the honey/agave nectar and make sure to avoid processed jellies and jams that are very high in sugar. If you prefer a savory topping on your toast you can try scrambled egg whites or a little avocado for some added EFA's.

*Green Smoothie- I make mine with hemp milk, hemp protein powder, orange juice, green powder and plenty of spinach or other leafy green.

*If you are 100% Raw or want to try it out, a breakfast of fruit only is wonderful. It is a quick exit food choice so you will feel more energetic throughout the day. I find that if I eat only fruit and my green juices and smoothies until 2:00 p.m. I have far more energy than if I eat a heavier foods. Try it!

*An excellent source for more clean breakfast choices is Clean Eating Magazine. Click here for a link.

  • Recipes:

3 cups raw whole linseed(flaxseed)
2 cups raw whole shelled sunflower seeds
1 cup raw whole almonds

Grind each until fine then mix together. Store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.

A coffee grinder works great for grinding the nuts and seeds. I suggest you have one just for the purpose of grinding the LSA.

The mixture has a nutty, slightly sweet taste. It is yummy sprinkled on oatmeal, fruit, rice or just about anything:)

LSA is a good source of fiber, protein, essential fatty acids and minerals. I use this often!

3/4-1 cup hemp, almond, coconut or rice milk
3/4 cup ice (or use frozen fruit)
1/2 banana- (optional)
6 strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen chopped pineapple (no canned)
1/2 Tbs. honey/agave nectar or a pinch or two of stevia
1 Tbs. LSA

Blend together and serve immediately.

Stay tuned, up next are great snack ideas!

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shannonmarie said...

Like the shake, LSA and the new look. I tend to eat fresh fruit for breakfast. It is easy to grab in a hurry. Happy new year!

Lizzie M. said...

That Rusher's Shake is what kicked off smoothie making for us! Thanks for the great tips!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

great recipes and info, Nicole!!

I’ve been up for 26 hrs. I am truly insane. Get home after 3+ weeks away, go groc shopping at 1am, unpack everyone, do the mail, and then crack the google reader. Yes, I love my bloggie friends :)

TheFitnessFreak said...

Oh my Averie, you must be exhausted!! I hope you get a good nap today and take a break : )



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