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postheadericon Breakfast Benefits – Reasons Why You Need to Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast - Start Your Day Off Right!

Breakfast – Start Your Day Off Right!

Breakfast Benefits

If you eat a healthy breakfast each and every day, you can expect to receive some, or even all of the following benefits! 1. More energy throughout the day. 2. Improved concentration for school/work. 3. Lower cholesterol levels. 4. Helps manage your weight. 5. Can reduce the risk of heart disease. 6. Increases your metabolic rate. 7. Helps lower your blood pressure. 8. Helps prevent obesity. Don’t make excuses! Many people tend to not eat a nutritious breakfast, or even any breakfast at all, because they are — too busy, too tired, don’t have enough time, not hungry, consider eating breakfast not important or simply don’t know how to make a healthy breakfast. If you find that you are not eating a healthy breakfast please consider the above reasons for why you should. If you need help or guidance, feel free to contact me and I will offer some advice in hopes that you will do whatever it takes to make sure you start eating breakfast -which truly is the most important meal of the day, and for many reasons! This is essentially why I made this website. To hlep people make healthy food choices when it comes to breakfast… Good Luck!

Nutritional Benefits

Fiber

–Eating breakfast can give your body the fiber it needs to get a healthy start to your day! Oatmealoffers lots of fiber.

Carbohydrates

–Eating carbohydrates for breakfast gives your brain the fuel it needs to start the day off right. Try a bowl of oatmealand some toast.

Protein

–Eating protein provides your body with a lot of the essential amino acids it needs to function properly. Try eating a couple of scrambled eggs, which are a good source of protein.

Fats

–Add some avocado to your scrambled eggs for some healthy fats, yum!

Vitamins

–Add a glass of orange juice or eat a couple of oranges for a good dose of vitamin c for breakfast.

Minerals

 

postheadericon Blueberries Make the Most Delicious Smoothies

Blueberries are delicious!

Blueberries

Blueberries

I love blueberries! They are not only full of flavor, they are chock full of nutrition. Breakfast time is when you need to get some nutrition into your body so you can feel good & give your body the energy it needs to start the day off right. Blueberries have tons of Vitamin C, are high in manganese, have lots of dietary fiber, lots of antioxidants, and are low in calories. The nutritional qualities of this special fruit are simply some of the best found in fruits. If you live somewhere in which fresh blueberries aren’t available, simply buy them frozen. Frozen blueberries are flash frozen (as all fruits are) so they still contain all the essential nutrients that will keep your feeling strong and healthy.

Recipe

This Blueberry Smoothie recipe is one that you will love so much you’re sure to add it to your list of favorite healthy breakfast meals. It’s easy to make and great for those mornings when you’re running late because you can throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend away, and then take it with you.

Ingredients

Apple Juice – 1 1/4 cups Orange Juice – 2 tbsp Banana – 1 large Blueberries – 2 cups, semi-frozen Raspberries or Blackberries – 3/4 cups (really, you can add any of your favorite berries here) Ice – for a little extra-added texture (optional) Walnuts – 1/8 cup (optional)

Directions

Simply toss all the above ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite container, preferable one that keeps drinks super cold so the smoothie doesn’t start to melt and separate as smoothies tend to do.

Suggestions

You can add blueberries to a variety of breakfast foods. Sprinkle them on top of your waffles, pancakes, or french toast. Or put them on your yogurt, along with some flax seeds, chia seeds, and granola.

 

postheadericon Banana Bread Recipe – Teenagers Will Love this Delicious Breakfast Food!

Banana Bread

Banana Bread – Delicious!!

Banana

A banana is a great fruit. They’re easy to take with you when on the go, they don’t make a mess when you’re eating them, provide lots of essential nutrition, and just simply taste good! A banana is full of potassium, which is really good for helping your muscles function properly (very important for the busy lifestyle of a teenager!).

Nutritional Benefits

Eating a banana a day provides a wealth of nutritional benefits! Bananas are low in fat and calories, high in vitamins B6 & C, a good source of manganese and fiber, as well as providing a little bit of iron, calcium, vitamins A & E, folate, and carotene. Studies also show that teenagers who don’t eat a healthy breakfast are more apt to be overweight, which is not a good start for them as then enter their adult years. Help your teen eat right by making sure they eat breakfast – the most important meal of the day!!

Banana Bread

Teenagers are almost always in a hurry, making this Banana Bread recipe one that they will not only like but one that will provide them with lots of nutrition for a great breakfast when they’re in a hurry. Make this Banana Bread recipe the night before and pack it into a convenient and earth-friendly to-go container that your teenager picks out so they will use it.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups Flour – preferable whole wheat but can make half white & half wheat 1 4 tsp Salt 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 3/4 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice 2 Large Eggs 3/4 cup Sugar – or use Agave Syrup for a sugar-free recipe (@ 1/2 cup is good cuz you need less) 4 Large Bananas – very ripe! 1/4 Vanilla

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°. Then mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended. Add rest of ingredients and stir gently until thoroughly mixed together. Spread in to well-greased *loaf pan (one large or two small) and bake for @ 35 minutes. Banana Bread is done when you enter a toothpick or fork into the thickest part and it comes out clean. *In order to help the Banana Bread cook evenly, when putting the batter into the loaf pan, spread the batter so it’s even and not higher in the middle. Or use two smaller pans to ensure even and thorough cooking. Sprinkle Cinnamon & Pumpkin Spice on top before baking.

Toppings

Although Banana Bread tastes great plain if you make it just right, there are quite a few options you can add on top of your Banana Bread for even more flavor. When I was growing up, we would put a pat off butteron top and let it melt in, which was (and still is as I occasionally still eat Banana Bread this way!) a great treat. Sprinkle some nuts on top for extra richness and texture. Toasted walnuts or pecans are a favorite.

Banana Tips

–Use a banana instead of oils or butter when making a recipe. –A banana is usually one of the first fruits introduced to babies when they start eating solid foods as they are easy on the stomach and thus easy to digest. –Add in some blueberries for extra nutrition and yumminess!

 

postheadericon Quiche – A Healthy, Versatile Breakfast that Anyone is Sure to Love!

Quiche

Quiche – Fancy, Healthy, & Delicious!

Quiche

Quiche makes a really great (and healthy!) breakfast meal because it’s not only so easy to make, you can add your own choice of ingredients making it your very own healthy breakfast that will keep you feeling good throughout the day. A quiche can be described as an open-faced pastry with a filling that consists of eggs and cheese as the main ingredients. A quiche is a French food dish that has been around for hundreds of years, and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Quiche is a very versatile dish! You can make quiche with a crust or without, it’s up to you! You can cheat (as many of us do!) and buy a store bought pie crust, or you can make your own with the recipe below.

Easy Quiche Recipe

This is one of my favorite quiche recipes because it’s so simple to make. You basically add all the ingredients into one big bowl and then pour it into a well-greased pan to bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Ingredients

6 large free-range chicken eggs 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite!) 1/2 cup non-fat milk 1 tbsp butter, optional 1 tbsp cream, optional Add-Ins -Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Goat Cheese, Brie Cheese -Mushrooms -Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, -Onion, Green Onion (sauté onions first for flavor and texture) -Tomatoes, Red/Green Bell Peppers -Sausage, Bacon -Crab (also add 1/8 cup of mayo)

Directions

Add the eggs and milk together in a large bowl and mix well. Add the cheese along with any or all ingredients you want in the quiche, and gently mix well again. Pour into a well-greased 9 x 9 pan, and put into a 375° oven for @ 45 minutes. Quiche is done when it is a nice golden brown on the top and fairly firm to the touch.

Pie Crust

Mix 1 cup of flour with @ 2/3 stick of unsalted cold butter (cut into small cubes) and 1/2 tsp salt. Add in a little less than 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of cold water. Mix well and then add the egg. Use your fingers or a pastry knife for best results. Put in fridge for about half an hour. Take out, roll out, and press into pan. Easy!

Tips

If you want to watch your cholesterol, use an egg substitute. If you’re vegan, use almond or rice milk instead of cow’s milk, as well as a vegan cheese instead of regular cheese. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, use vegan bacon. or soy sausages.

 

postheadericon A High Protein Breakfast- This Egg Recipe is Delicious and Nutritious!

Egg with Tofu & Spinach

Egg w/ Tofu & Spinach

Egg

The incredible, edible egg. That was a big-time slogan for eggs many moons ago. I believe it came about right after there were some reports about them being high in cholesterol(which they are) and the egg industry wanted to get the word out that eggs were a healthy choice when it came to eating. Both the slogan and the tune are quite catchy, making this 30+ years old slogan one that is still quite popular.

Egg Recipes

Egg recipes are very popular! An egg is full of lots of great nutrients, of which one is protein. You can add in a little bit of tofuand spinach and you’ve got a healthy breakfast that’s full of protein! Ingredients 2 large eggs Tofu -about 2 ounces Spinach – michael kors bags outlet about 4 ounces (if leaves are large, cut up with scissors to make it easier to eat) Oil or butter for the pan Dash of salt Directions Turn on the burner to medium heat and add oil to keep the ingredients from sticking. Add the spinach and cook for a few minutes or until it starts to soften. Add the already crumbled tofu into the pan and cook for a few more minutes. If you’re new to using tofu you can experiment with cooking it a little quicker or a little longer to find out how long to cook it so that it meets your specific tastes. Scramble the eggs in a bowl and when ready, add to the tofu and spinach mixture cooking in the pan. You may need to add a little more oil or butter first so the eggs won’t stick. Stir often as eggs like to stick to the pan and will cook rather quickly.

Add-Ins

Depending on what you like, you can easily add or substitute one of more of the below high-protein ingredients into your scrambled egg recipe so you can make it exactly how you like it!. Additional High Protein Ingredients/Suggestions/Substitutes • Mushrooms • Asparagus • Kale • Tomatoes• Onions

High Protein Bread

Add some high protein bread (I like mine toasted) on the side! • Mixed Grain Bread – @ 16% protein per serving • Whole Wheat Pita Bread – @ 15% protein per serving • Sourdough – @13% protein per serving Add some fried potatoes for more protein – @ 16% in a 1 cup serving

 

postheadericon Fruit! If You’re In a Hurry and Want to Eat Something that’s Quick & Easy to Make – Eat Fruit for Breakfast!

Delicious, Healthy Fruit Bowl!

Fruit

I absolutely love eating fruit for breakfast! Sometimes I’ll grab an apple and a banana, sometimes I’ll open up a can of pears and/or peaches (I usually rinse with a little water first in order to take away some of the sweetness that comes with the syrup it’s packed with), and sometimes I’ll go all out and but 5 or 6 different healthy fruits and cut them up into bite size pieces and throw them in a big bowl. Then whenever I want to eat a bowl of fruit for breakfast or just want a quick and healthy snack, I just pour some into a smaller bowl and eat away (usually with a toothpick since I’m reading or working and don’t want to get all sticky). Other times I’ll add this healthy food option to my healthy breakfast, such as on top of my yogurt or on top of my french toast.

Fruit Bowl

Sometimes I don’t feel like cutting up all that healthy fruit into a bowl, but when I think about the end result – a big, beautiful bowl of delicious and healthy fresh fruit – I start cutting away! The first time I started cutting up the variety of different fruits I bought, the knife wasn’t that sharp and it was much more difficult to cut the pieces into the shape and size I wanted. So be sure you have a really sharp knife so that the cutting up process is as simple as possible. (Be Careful!) My favorites right now (for cutting up and eating) include – red apples, green apples, oranges, pears, pineapples, red grapes, and green grapes. For the most part this stays the same, changing with the seasons for freshness and variety!

Healthy Fruit

Consider looking into the various types of benefits that eating fruit provides, which will allow you to better understand the full nutritional values you are giving your body. I eat some type of fruit every single morning and call it breakfast #1. Then about 20-30 minutes later, I’ll eat breakfast #2, whichis usually either a bowl of cereal, a bowl of oatmeal, or a bowl of yogurt. Yum! (This makes me feel I’m eating more than I am!) So what are some of your favorite fruits? Update: Recently, I tried for the very first time a persimmons, and it was really delicious! I bought them from a couple of friends who grow them and sell them at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market where I volunteer on Thursdays. Yay! A new addition to my list…

 

postheadericon Peanut Butter – A Few Facts (& 2 Peanut Butter Recipes!)

Creamy Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is one of the most popular foods that kids (and adults!) love to eat. Peanut Butter is full of nutrition, can be added to a variety of healthy breakfast recipes (pancakes, toast, homemade breakfast bars), is jelly’s buddy when it comes to one of the most popular sandwiches ever created, is added to quite a few candy bars for extra deliciousness, and of course is often eaten all by itself by dipping a spoon right in the jar to be enjoyed for its wonderful simplicity.

Peanut Butter Nutrition

It’s important to understand that the less refined the peanut butter, meaning the less it is processed and thus the less additional and unnecessary ingredients it contains, the better! Two tablespoons of peanut butter contain about 190 calories, provides about 6 grams of carbohydrates, about 2 grams of fiber, about 8 grams of protein, and about 25% of your daily intake of monounsaturated fats (which is good1).

Peanut Butter – Fat & Calories

Although Peanut Butter is high in calories, it offers lots of nutritional benefits. Most of the calories comes from the high amount of fat, yet the majority of these fats are monounsaturated, which is a good fat as it can help to lower your LDL (aka bad) cholesterol. The other fats are polyunsaturated, which helps to raise your HDL (aka good) cholesterol, so it’s really a win-win when it comes to the fats found in Peanut Butter. A small amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fiber (as well as other essentials) are also included in Peanut Butter.

Looking for a Peanut Butter Recipe?

Try out one or both of these super easy Peanut Butter recipes. Be sure to share the end result as well as if you altered the recipe to make it even more healthy!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter cookies are easy to make and quite delicious! 1/2 heaping cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cups of quick oats 1/3 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 heaping cup of Peanut Butter 1/3 cup agave syrup 1 large egg 1 1/2 tsps vanilla Heat oven to 375°. First combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Then combine all the wet ingredients and mix them together well. Then blend the two together, once again mixing well until fully blended. Drop a tablespoon or so of the Peanut Butter cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 9 – 11 minutes. TIPS: Put the dough into the refrigerator for about half an hour, which make sit easier to work with. Flatten dough with a fork for a more traditional look. Sprinkle a few small dark chocolate chips of top for extra specialness!

Peanut Butter Balls

This Peanut Butter recipe is super fun for kids to make as well as super delicious! 1 1/2 cups of quick oats 1/4 – 1/3 cup of agave syrup 2/3 cup of Peanut Butter 1/4 cup of Flax Seeds (also adds crunch, which some kids like and some don’t) 1/4 cup of raisins or chocolate chips 1/2 tsp vanilla Mix together well and chill for a couple of hours. Enjoy!!

How to Make Peanut Butter – So Simple!

Put (roasted and blanched) peanuts into a grinder. Add salt to taste. Sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil (although hydrogentated vegetable oil keeps the the Peanut Butter oils from seperating from the Peanut Butter itself, it contains trans fats, which are bad news!) are also commonly added for flavor. TIP: You don’t have to keep Peanut Butter in the refrigerator. IMPORTANT!: It is highly recommended that children under the age of two avoid eating peanut butter due to a possible allergic reaction. Therefore, recipes with peanuts should also be avoided.

 

postheadericon Recipies for a Healthy Breakfast. I Know, I Spelled Recipes Wrong

Pancake Recipies Make for a Delicious Breakfast!

Recipies

There are lots of tricky words in the English language. Since the word ‘recipes’ is often misspelled as recipies, I thought it would be a good idea to incorporate the misspelled version so that those who are entering this misspelled word can find my website! I’m fairly sure that there are not as many options that come up when performing a search for a misspelled word, so hopefully by my using recipies people will be able to find this site. (-:

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Coming up with original, healthy breakfast recipies can be tricky, as there are lots of easy recipies out there that people tend to associate with when they begin to think of breakfast food or breakfast ideas. So what are some of the more common and simple breakfast recipes that people think of when you mention the word ‘Breakfast’? –Fruit –Yogurt –Cold Cereal, Oatmeal –Waffles, Pancakes –Eggs, Omelets –Bacon, Sausage, Ham

Breakfast Foods

I grew up eating these breakfast foods often, and really enjoyed eating them, but now that I’m 40-something my tastes have changed and thus my eating habits have changed. The foods that I now crave are healthier, which is great! The overabundance of unhealthy foods that are sold in the market today make it so easy to buy these unhealthy foods. Especially convenience foods, which are sold almost everywhere. Although these foods are indeed convenient, most of them are not healthy, making it so that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing healthy foods to incorporate into their everyday diet. Therefore, I’m hoping that my journey of finding new and healthy food recipies to eat (for breakfast) will also help you on your quest to find new and healthy foods to eat so that you can feel energized throughout the day! Because when you eat healthy foods you are giving your body the essential nutrients that it needs in order to be/stay healthy. Now, let’s take a look at those common breakfast foods from above again so that we can still eat them yet with a healthy twist, turning them into a few healthy breakfast recipies! –

Cold Cereal

There aren’t a lot of healthy cereal choices, so try to choose ones with minimal ingredients. Also, stay away from preservatives, additives, food colorings, HFCS, enriched flour, and sugars. (Yes, this eliminates most of the cold cereal choices!) –

Oatmeal

Don’t buy those prepackaged oatmeal packets that contain a super long list of ingredients! Instead, buy a box of oatmeal that contains… get ready… whole oats! Then you can simply add your own favorite (fresh and healthy) ingredients, such as fruit, granola, or a sprinkling of brown sugar. –

Waffles and Pancakes

Either buy one of the few brandsthat have a short list of ingredients or make your own! See my favorite waffle and favorite pancake recipies here (COMING SOON!!). –

Eggs, Omelets

If you’re watching your cholesterol, you can buy egg substitutes, which are pretty good. Otherwise, buy eggs that come from free-range chickens. The chickens from these brands aren’t caged up for their whole lives, which is really sad and unnecessary, so you’ll not only be supporting a great and natural way to raise chickens, eggs from happy chickens will taste so much better! –

Bacon, Sausage, Ham

Try to buy meats that contain as few preservatives as possible, i.e. the fresher, the better! Tip? Tell your butcher what you’re looking for and ask for their opinion.

Recipies for a Healthier Diet

Although the above aren’t really recipies but more like tips, they do provide some great guidelines that you can follow that can help you in your quest to choose healthier breakfast recipies. Be sure to pick and choose in order to use any or all of the above tips that may be helpful for you!

 

postheadericon Healthy Breakfast for When You’re On the Go – A Super Delicious Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burritos are a Great Choice when you’re On the Go!

Healthy Breakfast

Coming up with healthy breakfast ideas is not always easy to do. If you’re like most people, you wake up and then everything from then on is pretty much a blur as you rush around the house doing everything that needs to be done before heading out the door. Since eating a healthy diet is super important to your feeling energized throughout the day, start the day right and make your first healthy food choice for the day a healthy breakfast! To eat healthy will not only help you feel better, you’ll be doing your part in helping retailers know that people are making healthier food choices, telling them that they should steer away from selling cheap, unhealthy food and instead start/keep selling healthier food options. In order to make a healthy breakfast, you must put in the effort. Making a list of healthy food(s) that you like is essential until making healthy food choices becomes an everyday habit.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast burritos are a great idea when you need to eat while on the go. All the food is neatly wrapped up into a tortilla so you can hold it with one hand while you’re out and about doing your business. Great for eating in the car on your way to work (is this legal?) or for students who are running late on their way to school!

The Basics

Whole Wheat/Grain Tortilla (carbohydrates) Scrambled Eggs(protein) Ham or Sausage or Bacon (Just a little! for added flavor) Cheese – Sharp Cheddar (my favorite) or Swiss or Your Favorite

A few Add-In Ideas

Avocado Onions Green and/or Red Peppers

TIPS

-Prepare all the ingredients the night before for a super quick and easy breakfast! -You can make two small breakfast burritos instead of one big one, which is easier to eat. Two tortillas will also keep you feeling full a little longer due to the extra carbohydrates. -Bring a napkin for messiness. And a container in case you don’t eat the whole breakfast burrito.

postheadericon Yogurt Makes A Delicious and Healthy Breakfast – Make it Your Own With Extras!

Yogurt = Healthy Breakfast!

Yogurt

I know, I know… many people (including me once upon a time!) seem to think that eating yogurt may seem a little too simple to make a breakfast meal. Well, if you want to eat a healthy breakfast, then yogurt should definitely become one of your regular breakfast foods. I now eat yogurt at least 4 – 5 days out of the week, and absolutely love it! I buy a big tub of plain, non-fat yogurt (Mountain High is my favorite!) and then one of those small, individual yogurts (usually with blueberries or strawberries) so I can add a small scoop to the one cup or so of the plain yogurt in order to add a little touch of flavor without adding too many calories.

Yogurt Toppings

Once I make just the right mixture, I add about 1/4 cup of my favorite granola or Grape Nuts cereal, then I sprinkle about 3 -4 tablespoons of flax seed on top. I’ve recently added chia seeds, which I bought at the Farmers Market and absolutely love! If I happen to have a few fresh berriesavailable, I throw them on top for some extra flavor and nutrition. Yummy!

What is Yogurt?

Okay, ready? Yogurt is made by adding (a particular kind of) bacteria to milk and then allowing it to ferment in a controlled environment. Of course, there’s a step-by-step procedure to making sure that it comes out just right, but that’s pretty much the procedure of making yogurt. There are a lot of health benefits to eating yogurt, as well as it being rich in protein.

Give Yogurt a Try!

So if you’re one of those people who think yogurt may be too plain to eat for breakfast, I ask you to think for a minute or two so you can come up with your own special yogurt recipe that will have you hooked (like me!). Be sure to share!