|Date Published||January 30, 2014|
|Company||Essential Ingredients Cooking Inc.|
|Article Author||Jessica Willott|
|Tags||Breakfast Recipes, Eating Habits, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Morning Routine|
â€œNew year, new me!â€ We have all said this to some degree as the clock nears midnight. We make big, bold statements that are sure to succeed (usually after a few too many glasses of bubbles). But, as we settle comfortably into the New Year and back into our old routines, itâ€™s easy to neglect those vows we made to ourselves just a few short weeks ago.
When we make plans to drastically change our lives overnight, it starts to feel overwhelming. All those good intentions give way to what we know, whatâ€™s safe, and, most of all, what is routine. This is human nature. But, how can you make changes that actually work? Baby steps! Set realistic goals, plan accordingly, and, most importantly, be kind to yourself.
The number one way I have seen people be successful with any goal, whatever it may be, is to make it part of their routine. When getting up and running 5km (or insert goal here) every morning becomes as commonplace as having your coffee and brushing your teeth, it becomes easy to transform this ambition into your life.
If one of your many goals was to improve your health, energy level, attitude, etc., hereâ€™s my advice to you: start by eating breakfast! This is one of the simplest changes you can make to improve your ï¿¼overall health. It seems so simple, right? But, you would not believe the number of people dealing with weight issues, exhaustion, and crankiness caused by not â€œfueling their fireâ€ in the a.m.
As a nutritionist and a chef, I cannot stress enough the importance of eating breakfast daily and not just on the weekends. I know it seems like an impossible task some days, especially if you are taking care of yourself, kids, animals, and trying to get everyone ready and out the door.
You may not think skipping breakfast is a big deal, but trust me, it is. Breakfast sets you up for success for the rest of the day. Donâ€™t you want to be as prepared to face the world as possible? I know I sure do!
You can breathe deep though, because I am here to help you! I want everyone to believe in and enjoy breakfast as much as I do. I have broken it down into a few fun facts, some simple kitchen tips, and some delicious recipes. Follow these tips, slowly start incorporating them into your everyday, and before you know it, youâ€™ll have a new routine.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BREAKFAST FOOD:
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAKFAST?
TIPS FOR SIMPLIFYING YOUR KITCHEN LIFE:
2 slices Whole grain bread (toasted)
1 large Egg (preferably organic)
1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar (or any light vinegar)
1/4 Tomato sliced
1/4 Avocado sliced
1 oz. Aged white cheddar cheese
Directions: Bring water and 1 tsp. vinegar to a light boil in a shallow pan. Make sure there is enough water to cover egg. While water is coming to a boil, make your toast. Place tomato, avocado, and cheese on top of toast. Poach eggs; crack into water and cook about 5 minutes – just until the white is set and the yolk has filmed over. Remove with slotted spoon, use paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Place on top of toast. Season with salt and pepper to taste. FRUIT AND
1 cup Fresh berries
3/4 cup Greek yogurt (I use 2%)
1 oz. Pecans, chopped
1 tsp. Honey
1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Directions: Wash and prepare fresh berries. Top with Greek yogurt and drizzle of honey, chopped nuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
WHOLE GRAIN PANCAKES (4 SERVINGS)
1 cup Rolled oats (chopped in a food processor)
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk 1% (well shaken)
1 cup Whole wheat (or gluten free flour)
1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
3/4 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 large Egg (lightly beaten)
1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. Honey
Accompaniment: Fresh berries, Greek yogurt, Chopped pecans, Maple syrup
Directions:Â Soak oats in buttermilk for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir egg, vanilla, yogurt and honey into oat mixture and mix with dry ingredients until just combined. Heat a griddle over medium heat until hot and lightly brush with oil. Working in batches, pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle and cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden-brown, about 1 minute. Flip with a spatula and cook other side, about 1 minute more. (Lightly oil or butter griddle between batches.) Serve hot with your favorite toppings!
OATMEAL COOKIE SMOOTHIE (2 SERVINGS)
1 medium Banana
1/4 cup Pitted dates
10 Almonds (soaked overnight and rinsed)
1/4 cup Rolled oats
4 Tbsp. Hemp seeds (or chia seeds)
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
2 cups Milk (almond, cow, rice etc.)
2 scoops Vanilla protein powder (optional)
Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth, thin with more milk if needed, or add some ice cubes if you prefer a thicker shake.