The Healthy Breakfast Change-Up
I’ve slowly come around to the realization that Alberto and I have fallen into a breakfast rut! Ugh. My beloved weekday stand-by of plain yogurt + sliced banana + cereal is just not cutting it these days. As part of my reality check, I woke-up to the fact that our inexpensive, store-brand, “healthy” cereal has the longest ingredient list of anything we eat on a regular basis. In other words – the first thing we’ve been fueling our bodies with each morning is probably not the best choice. Woops. :/ Time for a change-up!
I awoke Monday morning determined to change how breakfast looks for us. Still, whatever ended up nourishing us would need to meet my Non-negotiable Weekday Breakfast Requirements:
- Delicious (I often fall asleep at night dreaming of the next morning’s meal, and awake HUNGRY to consume it.)
- Quick to throw together
- Easy to assemble
- Nourishing – for us at breakfast, this means plant matter, protein and unprocessed carbs
I’m happy to report – the first week off the junky cereal was a huge success! Here is a quick pictorial review of the breakfasts I’ve enjoyed this week:
This breakfast was the most similar to what I’ve been eating – 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, 1/2 cup of water, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, a few raisins, a scoop of plain yogurt and a sliced banana. The 1-1 ratio of oats to water produces a barely-moist oatmeal after 2 minutes in the microwave, which I prefer since I suspect that otherwise, the addition of yogurt would turn it into a soggy, unappetizing mess.
This bad boy was a real treat! I blended up a couple smoothies comprised of 2 frozen bananaa, 1/3 cup of canned pineapple in its own juice, 1/2 cup of frozen spinach, fresh mint leaves from the garden, a large dollop of plain yogurt and a splash of pure grapefruit juice. It tastes like summer! To make the “fried” egg, I simply cracked an egg in a microwave-safe dish, added salt, pepper and dried dill, a splash (1/4 tsp.) of water, and zapped it for about a 45 seconds.
So far – so great! It’s been a fairly seamless transition and I can’t wait to get creative and come up with even more healthy, delicious breakfast options for us to try. Still on my “breakfast bucket list” are Smitten Kitchen’s homemade granola recipe and perfecting my (currently abysmal) omelet-making skills. My lesson learned from this whole situation is that no matter how “clean” you eat, there are probably a few blind spots you’re not aware of that could stand to get the ol’ Food Rules treatment. We’re on a constant quest to eat more foods that grew from plants or that ate plants than food-like substances that came out of a plant. :) Here’s to new breakfast beginnings!
Do you have any breakfast ideas we can try? Send them our way!
- Posted on June 24th, 2013