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The Best of Breakfast

15 Mar

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I recently came across a list of the best healthy breakfast foods and thought: wow, I’ve got a lot of those covered already! The only ones on the list I stay far away from are cottage cheese and whole wheat bread for obvious reasons, and eggs, because unless they’re 100% vegetarian fed and free-range, they make me sick for days. Not worth it!

Those that know me well know that I’m a *bit* of a tea snob. Naturally, seeing green tea on the list made me happy. It’s rich in antioxidants and has 2/3 the caffeine that coffee has, so you get a pick-me-up without the jitters! Brew it for 1-2 minutes with your water at 175 degrees F or you’ll burn it and have that famous bitterness that turns so many off of green tea. Buy loose leaf tea from a quality vendor; organic if possible.

Berries are next and they’re my favorite! I grow raspberries and everyone knows to keep their grubby paws off or face my wrath. They’re low in calories and rich in all kinds of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are all fabulous eaten plain, sprinkled on cereal, or in our next item…

Smoothies! I’m a bit of a smoothie fanatic. I’m actually taking part in a 30 day smoothie challenge through Simple Green Smoothies starting April 1st. Check out the link for 5 great tips, and explore their site for amazing recipes and join me in the challenge!

Yogurt. Those of us who can’t have dairy, like me, now have great options through Silk (not my favorite), So Delicious (regular and Greek-style!) and through the homemade vegan recipe on this blog! I like to eat it especially with berries or my super healthy granola recipe, which brings us to the next one on our list…

Cold Cereal; while gluten free Chex is great, I really prefer something a little more wholesome, like the aforementioned granola. It was our secret family recipe until I outed my version a little while ago. It’s a great way to get fiber, flax (omega-3!), protein, and a great energy boost for your day!

While cold cereal is great, I’m a big fan of oatmeal and oats in general. I have a TON of recipes including oats that don’t involve forcing down any goopy, grey mess but still keep you full. Try these recipes to get your day started right!

Cranberry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Granola Fruit Bar

Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Streusel Muffins

Peanut butter is the last item on the list, and I have the greatest breakfast EVER for you right here. A peanut butter banana “milkshake”! It seriously tastes like ice cream. It’s base is frozen bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt, so you’re getting lots of potassium and protein, and it’d even be good with a scoop of flax meal, spirulina or maca powder for extra health benefits.

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