Let’s talk about breakfast. Many people skip this meal but it is very important to fuel yourself with healthy nutrients to get your body and mind nourished for the day. I never skip breakfast no matter how busy I am! Here are a few very healthy and delicious breakfast options that I love.
Green tea shake
1 tbsp. of matcha powder
1 ripe banana
¾ cup of unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
½ cup of unsweetened plain Greek yogurt
1 cup of spinach
Small handful of ice cubes
Sweeten to taste with dates, agave or honey
1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until thick and creamy.
Note: Green tea is filled with healthy compounds called catechins, which have been found to be helpful in reducing obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancer. In addition to the green tea, the unsweetened Greek yogurt adds healthy protein to the shake and will keep you full for longer.
1 tbsp Flax seeds
1 tbsp Chia seeds
2 ½ cups of skim milk
2 ½ cups of water
3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
2 tbsp date sugar
Sprinkle of Walnuts
1. Add milk and water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
2. Once the liquid is boiling, add the oats, chia seeds, flax seeds and date sugar. Alternatively if you do not have the date sugar you can add a small amount of agave or honey. Try to keep the sugar at a minimum!
3. Stir for about 5 minutes until the oats are soft and then remove from the heat
4. In a separate pan on high heat toast the walnuts while stirring constantly – about 2 minutes. Add these to top the oatmeal
5. Top the oatmeal with the walnuts and your favorite fruit and enjoy!
**I make a huge portion so that it can last a few days. When I reheat the leftovers I just add a little more water to a bowl of the oatmeal and warm it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Even the baby loves this recipe!
Note: Walnuts are very high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids have been found to be essential in proper fetal development, cardiovascular healthy and may also have some benefits in slowing cognitive decline (dementia). Our body does not adequately produce these vital fats so it is important to add them to our diet.
Banana pancakes - super simple and very delicious
2 ripe bananas
4 large eggs lightly beaten
1. Add bananas and eggs to the blender and blend on high until well mixed and smooth. This takes about 1 minute.
2. Lightly spray a frying pan with nonstick cooking spray and set to medium high heat.
3. Add about ¼ cup of the mixture onto the pan and cook until bubbly and then flip. Cook until nice and fluffy.
4. Top with you favorite fruit and enjoy!
Note: This is a healthier version of the fatty and sugary pancakes that we all love and enjoy. Plus the banana adds a caramelized sweetness so you do not need to add any syrup!