Breakfast Ideas

Quick and easy breakfasts with high nutrient value are not so hard to come by. What doesn’t make the cut? Bagels, pastries, Pop Tarts and their ilk. And if you think eating a “breakfast bar” is a good way to go, forget it! What your body craves after several hours of fasting is fresh, unprocessed foods with easy-to-digest protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

My favorite breakfast these days is as simple as they come. Combine equal parts plain yogurt and applesauce (organic on both counts) in a bowl and add a tablespoon or two of ground flax seed and a sprinkling of cinnamon. That’s it! Tad and I both enjoy it’s sweet/tangy taste and smooth pudding texture. Try it and see if you agree.

Some other quick and nourishing breakfast ideas:

1) Sprouted grain toast with a thin smear of almond butter and mashed banana or thin-sliced fresh apples or pears
2) Poached or scrambled egg on sprouted grain toast with a slab of roasted red bell pepper and a sprinkle of paprika
3) Smoothie made with fresh or frozen berries, banana, and ground flax seed blended in a base of unsweetened soymilk or plain lowfat yogurt.

And if you don’t have time to sit down, grab a FEW pieces of dried fruit (prunes, apricots) and a SMALL handful of nuts on the run. Whole fresh fruit is fine, too. The nuts deliver some protein, fiber, and healthy carbs to slow the uptake of fruit sugar and keep your energy chugging.

P.S. It may appear that my favorite breakfast is floating somehow in the sky, but of course it isn’t. Without realizing the effect it might have, I placed the bowl on a blue-topped outdoor table strewn with pine needles...

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