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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 Syrups – What’s your Favorite Syrup for Pancakes? Waffles? French Toast?

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup – Syrups add flavor to your breakfast meal

Syrups

There are quite a lot of syrups available to pour over your favorite breakfast food, such as pancakes, waffles, and french toast. Maple syrup is said to be the #1 syrup that people choose to pour over their breakfast meal, and I believe it! It’s pure and simple flavor tends to highlight a variety of breakfast foods. Although the price of pure maple syrup may/will be higher, it’s well worth it! There’s also blueberry syrup, boysenberry syrup, apricot syrup, blackberry syrup, cherry syrup, butter pecan syrup, strawberry syrup, and more. So as you can see, there is definitely a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a syrup to add some yummy flavor to your breakfast meal!

Syrup Ingredients

Syrup is basically made up of sugar and water. Additional ingredients are added depending on the brand and flavor. Be sure to avoid any syrups that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup(HFCS), which is banned in Europe due to its unhealthy side effects such as obesity and diabetes.

Syrup Substitutes

If you don’t want to use regular syrups, you can use *honey, corn syrup or molasses. michael kors bags uk If you want to try and avoid the high amount of sugars that come in most syrups, try a sugar-free syrup, of which some are actually pretty good! If you want to avoid syrups altogether, try a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Or use your favorite jam or jelly, again making sure the ingredients don’t include HFCS. Or add some fresh fruit (preferably from your local Farmers Market), which is the healthiest option and naturally sweet. One delicious fruit you can add to your breakfast meal is Blueberries! Blueberries are full of nutrition and go perfectly with a variety of breakfast foods! Or you can create a fruit syrup, which consists of bringing to a boil 1/4 cup agave syrup, 3 tbsp corn starch, and about 2 cups of water (be sure to stir constantly so doesn’t stick to the pan). Once the mixture begins to boil, add 2 to 3 cups of your favorite fruit (you can puree it if you want, or leave it chunky) and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. *Important! Don’t give honey to any child that’s under the age of 1.

 

postheadericon French Toast – How to Make Delicious & Healthy French Toast for a Special Breakfast

French Toast Special Treat!

This is a fancy version of the classic french toast recipe. I absolutely love eating french toast and have so for years, so figured maybe it was time to look for a french toast recipe that I could eat from time to time that had a bit of a twist to it so I could make it for special occasions.

French Toast

French Toast. Sounds so fancy, doesn’t it? So exactly what is French Toast? Making French Toast is easy and consists of taking a slice of bread (needs to be dry or thick so it doesn’t fall apart), dipping both sides into an egg mixture, and then frying it in a pan until light (or dark depending on your particular taste) brown.

French Toast Nutrition

When you eat French Toast, you are eating a good amount of carbohydrates (bread) as well as some protein (eggs), which will help to keep you full longer and thus a good way to start the day. There are a variety of fruits and syrups that are used to add a particular flavor and/or texture to French Toast, which of course are all optional. Choosing a different flavor of syrup or adding different kinds of fruit allow for versatility so you never get bored eating French Toast! Syrups – Pure Maple (a favorite!), Boysenberry, Blackberry Fruits – Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Pears, Peaches Ingredients 3 large eggs (preferably organic and from free range chickens) 1/2 cup milk (made from cows that don’t receive any type of growth hormones or antibiotics) 1 tbsp unsalted butter (//100healthybreakfastrecipes.com/2011/07/is-butter-bad/) 1/2 tbsp agave syrup 1 tbsp orange juice plus 1 tsp orange zest pinch of coarse salt Sunflower Oil for cooking Your choice of bread (sliced thick is a good idea) –Brioche, Sour Dough, Whole Grain, Your Favorite Directions Heat oil in large pan turned on to medium to medium-high heat. While the pan is heating, place all ingredients into a shallow bowl and mix well. Add a tbsp of butter to pan and spread around well so bread won’t stick. Gently dip the bread slice into the egg mixture (let excess drip off) and then place into pan. Cook for 4 -5 minutes on each side, or according to your particular likeness. When you take the French Toast out of the pan, set it on a few paper towels for a few seconds to absorb any extra butter/oil so it doesn’t get soggy. Place French Toast onto a fancy plate and add your favorite fruit(s) and syrup, and a little bit of butter if you must. Powdered sugar is also a favorite among many and can be sprinkled on top once your masterpiece is complete.Enjoy!! If your French Toast recipe happens to come out exceptionally well, or you added something unique, be sure to share so everyone can enjoy!

 

postheadericon Fruits – When are Your Favorite Fruits in Season?

Fruits

Fruits are Yummy!

Fruits

Eating a variety of fruits is a really great idea. I used to only eat one or two fruits – banana and an apple – because they were easy to grab and eat on the go. Although eating a little bit of fruit is better than eating no fruits at all, I always wanted to eat more as well as a variety of fruits. Nowadays, I eat more fruits, yay! I finally expanded my fruit selection by experimenting here and there, and find that I tend to like the more popular types of fruits – apple (green and red), banana, grapes (green and red), grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, cantaloupe, papaya, pear, tangerine, plum, and all types of berries. I especially like to buy a variety and make a fruit bowl – delicious! Even though the availability of fruits can vary greatly depending on your particular region, there are still usually lots of fruit choices due to the fact that most foods travel by truck to get to the store for retail sale. Unfortunately, food milesare a major cause of pollution making it a great idea to buy any and all foods you can that are local to your particular area. Fruit makes a great healthy breakfast! Eat a variety of fruits for lots of great nutrition or add them on top or on the side of your breakfast plate. Currently, my favorite fruit is blackberries. What’s yours?

Fruits in Season

January oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, lemons, papayas February oranges, tangelos, grapefruit, lemons, papayas March pineapples, mangoes, April pineapples, mangoes, May cherries, pineapples, apricots June watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots July watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums August watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums September grapes, pomegranates, persimmons, eggplants, pumpkins, tomatoes October cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes November cranberries, oranges, tangerines, pears, pomegranates, persimmons December pears, oranges, tangelos, grape fruit, tangerines, papayas, pomegranates, *If you can’t find your favorite fruits in season to buy, try buying them frozen. When fruits are frozen, they are flash-frozen, which keeps the nutritional elements intact.

postheadericon Eggs & Your Cholesterol – What You Need to Know

Eggs Nutritional Information

Eggs

Many people are afraid to eat eggs, which began when all that information came out years ago about how eggs are too high in dietary cholesterol. This scared a lot of people into thinking that eggs are unhealthy, which they are not. In fact, eggs contain lots of nutrients, such as (lots of!) protein and vitamins (especially vitamin D), as well as helps the body to absorb calcium.

USDA

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, eggs are now lower in cholesterol than before. The average amount of cholesterol found in one large egg is now equal to 185 mg, which is a 14% decrease when compared to previous calculations. The reason for this decrease? It is believed that the use of higher-quality chicken feed, which provides chickens with better overall nutrition, is now more commonly used. The recommended daily amount of cholesterol is 300 mg, so be aware that if you eat one egg, you are consuming more than half of the recommended daily amount. If you’re worried about too much cholesterol in your diet, simply counteract this by eating foods that are lower in cholesterol for that particular day. Also, you may want to only eat eggs 2 or 3 times a week, which is completely dependent on your particular dietary needs.

Eggs are Healthy!

Eggs are one of the most natural foods to eat, and I eat them quite often. Eggs aren’t processed or contain any preservatives or additives – it’s just a simple, beautiful egg! Since eggs are healthy when eaten in moderation, be sure to eat them in a variety of ways, such as scrambled, poached, and soft boiled. We would love to hear your favorite egg recipe, so be sure to share! One of my all-time favorite egg recipes is Eggs Benedict, with either ham or asparagus. Delicious!