Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the most important things in maintaining a healthy balanced diet. A good balanced breakfast containing carbohydrates, proteins, fiber and fats (the healthy kind of course) and always yummy! The nutrients and vitamins gained from the food what you eat for breakfast really makes a difference in your day. We must have heard that old saying – breakfast it is the most important meal of the day for a reason. Actually, there are several. Breakfast serves as a kick start your metabolism and provide your body with a healthy proportion of the energy it needs.
Breakfast is essentially because at the beginning of the day and you do need a lot of energy to get your day started. While you sleep your body is fasting and that means by the time you wake up it’s time for you to refuel. You’ve gone through the night with no food so your body needs to be restocked with nutrients to help you get your metabolism off to a running start. So the breakfast is just that, breaking the fast that your body is in from the night before. It is literally in the name, “break the fast”. I believe that eating breakfast is a major part of having a healthy lifestyle. Common excuses for skipping this important meal – I don’t have time in the morning or I’m not hungry when I first get up, … In my opinion, these are weak reasons for missing out on the meal that really set you up with energy for the whole day. Also, skipping breakfast leads you to be starving by lunch and you end up overeating to compensate for that.
There are endless options for your morning selection and here’s a few:
Sweet and tangy, fully loaded NiceCream Bowl – chewy dates, gooey bananas, sweet beets, oranges, blueberries, crunchy nuts and seeds … combined together to create a healthy and colorful breakfast.
Beetroot Bars – This raw bar is super nourishing, full of goodness.
Recipe makes 8 bars
1 cup beetroot
2 ripe banana
juice of ½ orange
2 tbsp coconut oil
6 soft, sticky dates
Combine all the ingredients in the food processor fitted with the S blade and process until well combined.
1 cup oats
¼ cup dried blueberries
1+ ½ tbsp chia seeds
Add remaining ingredients and pulse a few times. Line a square pan with cling firm and spread the mixture evenly. Top with granola and dried blueberries. Cover and freeze overnight before cutting into bars or squares. You’ll get cleaner cuts if they’re cold.
Recipe makes 12 balls
1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
approx. 12 soft and sticky dates
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 heaped tbsp peanut butter
1+ ½ tsp maca powder
In a food processor blend all the ingredients until well combined, roll into balls.
You can add different nuts, any dried fruits, you can use figs instead of dates. Roll them in cacao/superfood powder, shredded coconut or chia seeds. The list of variations is endless.
Banana ice cream – it’s kind of magic, isn’t it? Welcome to a whole new world of creamy, dreamy, and totally dairy-free ice cream. The base is just two ingredients: bananas and nut milk, couldn’t be easier to make! They get processed into a soft ice cream. As for the flavors and toppings, the sky’s is the limit!!
3 peeled, sliced and frozen banana
2- 3 tbsp nut milk
2 tsp maca powder
1 tsp carob powder
Peel and slice (about 1 inch slice) your bananas. Next you have to freeze them overnight. Place frozen bananas and nut milk in a high speed blender by using the tamper or use food processor and process on medium speed for a few minutes until it reaches a smooth ice cream looking. If you using a food processor keep stopping it and scraping down the sides of the food processor to get the right consistency. Do not over process, it’s depend on how powerful the blender, food processor what you using but ready in 2 minutes.
1 cup buckwheat, 3 cup oats, ½ cup sunflower seeds, ½ cup flax seeds, sun dried raisins – In a small bowl combine all ingredients and stir well.
Carrot & Maca: 3 tbsp dried carrot juice pulp, 1 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tbsp maca powder, 3 -4 tbsp date paste
Spinach & Spirulina: 2 tbsp dried spinach juice pulp, 1+ ½ tsp spirulina powder, handful walnuts, 3 -4 tbsp date paste
2 cup buckwheat
4 tbsp date paste
2 cup dates
¾ cup filtered water
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
Press dates (pitted) into a bowl and soak them in water which is just cover the dates for 30 minutes, process the dates, apple, cinnamon, coconut oil and water together in the food processor/blender into a smooth pure.
Add date paste and buckwheat/granola mixture to a bowl, and mix by hands until evenly combined. Spread over dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115ºF until crispy.
These recipes can easily be modified to incorporate whatever nuts, seeds or dried fruits you may have sitting around the house. Also can be made by using dehydrator or oven!!
What’s your favorite way to eat an ice cream? And if you make any substitutions please come back and let me know in the comments!