Tag Archives: breakfast

Homemade Apple Butter

Screenshot 2017-09-14 at 11.17.51 AM

Fall is here!!

Apple lovers REJOICE!! I made a trip to my local apple orchard and am so excited to be making delicious apple butter to share with friends and family this fall and for the holiday season.

Apple butter was one of my favorite spreads as a child, and I just can’t resist SPREADING 😉 the love with my loved ones.

BTW, it’s hard to make brown goop look appetizing but trust me, this is DELICIOUS!!

This is a super easy recipe and process to making your own apple butter. I have removed the processed sugar and replaced it with honey (my own personal preference) but you can still use sugar if desired. If you choose not to water bath your recipe, it should last about a week refrigerated.

Give this delicious fall recipe a try and enjoy the awesome smells of fall throughout your house. Better than any candle can produce!

Screenshot 2017-09-14 at 11.18.29 AM

Ingredients:

  • 10cups apples (peeled, cored & chunked) your favorite variety
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (1 cup sugar if you prefer)
  • 1tablespoon cinnamon
  • 12teaspoon nutmeg
  • 12teaspoon allspice
  • 1234teaspoon ground cloves
  • dash of pure vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  • Place apples in crock pot; cook on high for 4-1/2 hours (covered).
  • After 4-1/2 hours stir and add remaining ingredients. Cook for another 4-1/2 hours with NO lid.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix to the desired consistency
  • Using a ladle, fill jars with 1/4 inch left at top. seal in jars. see sealing instructions below.
  • *Can seal in hot water bath 

Screenshot 2017-09-14 at 11.16.20 AM

 

Ezekiel avocado toast with spinach & tomato.

Who doesn’t love creamy avocado, fresh tomatoes, and spinach from the garden?

This is a perfect breakfast for Meatless Monday. It’s super quick to make before work and unbelievably tasty! I could have an avocado every day. (I practically do)

Do yourself a favor and get everything but the bagel seasoning. It’s so delicious and I now put it in just about everything. I’m obsessed!!You can find it at Trader Joe’s or online. You won’t be sorry.

If you are looking for other Meatless Monday ideas check out these fabulous recipes.

Mexican Fiesta Skillet

Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta

Banana Split Chia Bowl

Ingredients:

1 slice Ezekiel Sprouted BreadScreenshot 2017-07-23 at 6.56.26 PM

1/3 avocado sliced thin, lengthwise

2 yellow sugar cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 red cherry tomato cut in half

3 baby spinach leaves

1/2 Tsp Trader Joe’s “Everything but the bagel” seasoningScreenshot 2017-07-23 at 7.00.43 PM.png

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toast bread to desired darkness
  2. arrange veggies whichever way makes you feel good. I like to eat pretty food.
  3. sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning
  4. ENJOY!

Banana Split Chia Bowl

Mexican Fiesta Skillet

This Baked Eggs Skillet with Avocado and Spicy Tomatoes is Low-Carb, Keto, low-glycemic, Gluten-Free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet friendly, and it’s sooo DELICIOUS!!! 

Today,  I made this just for me so I used a non-stick skillet and just one egg. This recipe is for up to 4 eggs

Screenshot 2017-07-23 at 11.51.41 AM

I’m always looking for new low-carb breakfast ideas, and recently when I had avocados in the fridge that needed to use, I came up with this MEXICAN FIESTA!  If you’re wondering why my avocados were in the fridge, it’s because a long while ago, I discovered if you put ripe avocados in the fridge they will stop ripening and last longer.

This would make a delicious Meatless Monday meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.If you don’t care if it’s gluten-free or low-carb you could eat it with something like Ezekiel tortillas or Ezekiel toast, but I just ate it alone this morning.

Before you start simmering the tomatoes, preheat the oven to 400F/200C and break 4 eggs into individual dishes and let them come to room temperature on the counter.  (This is important or the yolks will get too done if you start with cold eggs.)

I used these Red Gold in Cilantro lime juice tomatoes to make this recipe. I will say that it’s not too spicy, but if you’re making this for kids I might use plain tomatoes.
Screenshot 2017-07-23 at 12.02.38 PM

I recommend using a cast iron skillet to make this. Even if your pan is well-seasoned, spray it thoroughly with non-stick spray or brush with extra virgin olive oil.  Then drain tomato juice, add to skillet and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated.

While the tomatoes simmer, slice the avocado.

After 4-5 minutes on medium, the tomatoes should look like this, with the water has mostly evaporated.

 Turn heat to low and arrange the avocado slices over the tomatoes, whatever way looks appetizing to you.

 Then gently put each egg into a spot between the avocado slices.  Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

 Put the skillet into the preheated oven and bake 10-12 minutes, or until egg yolks are as done as you like them.  Serve hot!

Ingredients:

2 mushrooms sliced
1 can (14.5 oz) Red Gold diced Tomatoes in lime juice and cilantro
1 ripe avocado, sliced lengthwise into 10 slices
Himalayan salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
4 eggs

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Break eggs into individual ramekins and let the eggs come to room temperature while you proceed with the recipe.

2.Spray a medium-sized ovenproof frying pan with non-stick spray or brush with extra virgin olive oil, add the tomatoes, and start to simmer over medium heat, and I highly recommend using cast iron for this if you have it.

3.While the tomatoes and mushrooms simmer, peel the avocado, cut in half, and then cut each half into 5 thin slices. When all the liquid has evaporated from the tomatoes (about 4-5 minutes), turn the heat to low and arrange the avocado slices like spokes of a wheel in the pan.  Gently put each egg between two avocado slices, spacing them evenly apart.  Season to taste with Himalayan salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

4.Put the skillet into the preheated oven and bake until whites are completely set and the yolks are done to your liking, about 10-12 minutes for runny yolks.  Serve hot, with Ezekiel tortillas or Ezekiel toast if desired.  I eat mine plain.

5.ENJOY!!

Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding

The fun thing about this recipe is you can serve it different ways. It’s great for breakfast or a snack and you will feel full for hours. It has all kinds of nutrients so you can’t go wrong with this deliciousness!

Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients. Rich in Fiber, Vitamin C & K, and Manganese. Perfect brain food to get you going!

Chia seeds are rich in Fiber, Protein,Omega 3’s, Calcium, Magnesium, & Phosphorus. Low in calories.

 

Screenshot 2017-07-11 at 6.57.50 PM

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) I like fresh
  • 1 cup coconut milk or coconut cream if you like it thicker
  • 3.5 T chia seeds
  • Toppings of choice: coconut flakes, blueberries, cacao nibs, raspberries, etc…

Directions:

  1. Add blueberries and coconut milk to a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. pour into your favorite Jar or bowl and stir in chia seeds.
  3. Place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight so chia seeds expand and get soft.
  4. Add toppings of choice and serve cold.

Screenshot 2017-07-11 at 6.53.26 PM.png

A Journey to Functional Nutrition, Part 1

Food is important in our lives and critical to our overall well-being. Consider healthy eating as a journey, one that has been shaped by many situations in your life. These factors include your stages of life, preferences, access to food, culture, family traditions, and the personal decisions you’ve made over time.The important thing to remember is that all of your food and beverage choices count. That being said, don’t beat yourself up if you have been less than stellar in your food choices because you can always improve.

And that brings us to the meat of this blog. 🙂

When it comes to nutrition, focus on your diet quality. That means enhancing your functional foods intake, which are foods that have a potentially positive effect on your health beyond just basic nutrition. Functional foods promote optimal health and help reduce your risk of disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. One example of a functional food would be oatmeal because it has soluble fiber that can help lower your cholesterol levels. Begin to think more about what you eat each day and avoid eating on the run, which is when we’re more likely to make poor choices. Try to plan ahead and provide the quality of the nutrients your body needs: protein, good carbs, good fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Screenshot 2017-07-11 at 5.43.20 PM

You should try to get about 40 to 60 percent of calories from good carbs, 25 to 40 percent from fat, and 15 to 30 percent from protein. Of course,  no single diet is perfect for everyone, foods that are low in saturated fat with a moderate amount of protein is good, as you probably already know. Include plant-based foods such as nuts, soybeans, and legumes into your daily diet, as they are super important sources of protein, according to nutrition experts at Food Matters.

A nutritionally balanced diet may have moderate amounts of fish, and poultry. You may want to explore some of the benefits of reducing if not eliminating red meat and reducing or eliminating poultry and sugar. Most vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, which is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer. If you decide to go the vegetarian route, however, make sure that you don’t become deficient in vitamin B12, which is essential for healthy brain function. Eggs, wild caught salmon, nutritional yeast, and sardines are all good examples of foods that contain B12.

I will definitely get into more functional foods at a later date because there are so many more to explore.

Screenshot 2017-07-11 at 5.12.45 PM

Importance of Protein

Protein is very important in our diet since it’s is the main building block of our body. It is used to build muscles, tendons, organs, and skin. Proteins help build enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various molecules that serve important functions in our bodies. Proteins are made out of smaller molecules called amino acids, and they link together to form long protein chains. Some can be produced by the body, while we have to get others from our diet. The ones we can’t produce and have to get from the food we eat are called the “essential amino acids.”Soybeans, baked beans, lima beans, lentils, brown rice, whole wheat, corn and nuts such as almonds and cashews are good sources of branched-chain amino acids. Of all the plant-based foods, beans have the highest amount of total protein, so they’re the best choice. One cup of vegetarian baked beans has about 1 gram of each of the BCAAs.  According to nutrition experts,  Protein has 4 calories per gram. The optimal amount of protein in the diet is up for debate, but most experts suggest that adults get a minimum of 7-8 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight.

The recommended daily allowance of protein for women is 46grams and 56 grams for men. Your specific protein needs can vary, especially if you are exercising intensely on a regular basis. In that case, your protein intake needs to be higher. Eggs are one of the least expensive forms of protein and a huge staple in my diet. You’ll notice I have eggs in a lot of my recipes. Recent studies show eggs do not affect Cholesterol. So feel free to eat them.

Not to much Dairy

Where milk, cheese, and plain yogurt are good sources of protein. I prefer to stay away from the white stuff and get a lot of my protein from plants. Try to be creative and consider other ways to get additional calcium, including broccoli, spinach, swiss chard and any dark leafy greens.

Carbs for fuel

Screenshot 2017-07-11 at 5.18.18 PM

Carbohydrates are your body’s main fuel source, and they help make an overall healthy diet. They provide energy, protect against disease, and can help you control your weight. Again, quality matters. The type of carbs in your diet is more important than the amount of carbs in your diet. Some sources of carbs, like vegetables (not potatoes), fruits, whole grains, and beans, are healthier than others. You should be shooting for 200 and 325 grams of carbs a day.

As we all know eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains can help you control your weight. The bulk and fiber content helps weight control by helping you feel full on fewer calories. Choose whole grains such as steel cut oats rather than refined grams. Eat more legumes, which include beans, peas, and lentils. They are low in fat and high in folate, potassium, iron, and magnesium, plus they have beneficial fats and fiber. Legumes are a good source of protein and can be a healthy substitute for meat, which has more saturated fat and cholesterol.

I can’t cover all nutrition facts in one blog ( or we will be here all day) but you can enhance your health by making sure you are focusing on quality nutrients.  Even if you haven’t had good nutritional habits in your past, your body can adjust quickly to new healthy habits. So don’t’ beat yourself up….Just move forward. Tomorrow is a new day!!

 

 I am going to leave you with a few tips! Don’t do them all at once. Crowd out the bad and add in the good at your own pace.

1.Choose healthier protein sources such as fish, broccoli, nuts, and legumes

2. Eat foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated fats) such as Salmon, flax seed oil and spinach
3. Avoid sugary beverages and get rid of all sodas, including diet ones
4. Shoot for quality ingredients, locally grown and organic when possible

5. Crowd out processed plant foods (eat raw when possible)

6. Drink plenty of clean and safe water, ( I like to add lemon to mine for taste and vitamin C) and be mindful of proper hydration when you are working out
#9: Use healthy oils and grass fed butter.

WISHING YOU A HEALTHY JOURNEY!

Oat and Berry Bowl

If you need an easy healthy breakfast, then this Oat and Berry Bowl is exactly what you need. Full of berries and seeds and with steel cut oats, this is not only nourishing but also delicious. If you like, you can also make this a delicious quinoa or gluten free oat breakfast recipe by substituting the steel cut oats.

Screenshot 2017-07-10 at 1.17.31 PM.png

I like to make large quantities of the steel cut oats on a Sunday and freeze them in a cupcake pan. That way you can just get up and pop one into the microwave and in 2 minutes they are done! You’ll have a full week of breakfast already ready!! Strawberries have been on sale lately so I buy in semi-large quantities and cut them up ahead of time so they are ready to go for breakfast or just a snack.

Screenshot 2017-07-10 at 1.24.07 PM

This recipe is after I have already cooked and frozen the oats.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen oats

4-5 sliced strawberries

30 ish blueberries

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds or your favorite nuts or seeds

1/2 teaspoon raw honey

1/2~ 1 cup almond or coconut milk

 

Directions:

  1. Remove frozen oats from cupcake pan and cook in microwave for 1 minute
  2. Take out chop it up with a spoon. add 1/2 cup almond milk and cook 1 more minute in the microwave.
  3. Add more almond or coconut milk as desired.
  4. stir in raw honey
  5. Add strawberries, blueberries, and seeds ( or your favorite berries and seeds)
  6. ENJOY!

 

 

%d bloggers like this: