It seems like one of the greatest pieces of shared knowledge is that breakfast is the most important meal. By eating early, you receive the much needed energy for the day. Your memory, concentration, and productivity increase; your attention span, creativity, and mood perk up; and your overall daily experience and behavior can become much more manageable.
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However, that’s not to say all food is created equal. When planning breakfast, you’ve got to be on your toes about what’s going into you and your family’s bodies. Pesticides and GMO's are a known reality, and too many brands of cereal out there have more sugar than found in a candy bar and with only a trace of fiber or nutrients.
Don’t even get me started on Frappucino’s or beverages that come off as ‘coffee drinks’. For me, I like to make the morning brew pure and simple and I'm sure to only use pure & natural sweeteners.
Trust us though, we get it, some people just don’t have time to cook breakfast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy. Fear not: there are other options besides donuts and scones. And it starts with planning organic. Below are seven recipes, some quick and some not, but all are sure to please!
#1 – Blueberry Banana Granola And Yogurt – On The Go!
Ingredients – Makes one (1) serving
½ cup organic Granola (Plain or your choice)
¾ cup organic Low Fat Yogurt
½ Banana, sliced
1 tbsp. raw honey
½ tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
In a small (8-12 oz) reusable container with a lid, layer half of the yogurt and granola. Sprinkle blueberries or layer bananas, and add flax and honey. Repeat layers. Seal container and store in refrigerator or lunchbox until eating.
#2 – Whole Wheat Pancakes – Plain, Pumpkin, Or Peach!
Ingredients – Makes 8 (5-inch) pancakes: 4 servings
1 cup organic whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. organic raw cane sugar
¼ cup golden flax seed, finely ground
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ cup organic raw milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons expeller pressed canola oil.
2-3 Fresh organic Peaches
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp. brown sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. ground allspice
In medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and flax seed. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk egg. Add milk, oil, and whisk. Add milk, oil, and egg mixture to dry ingredients, just enough to combine. Pour about ¼ cup of mix on griddle for one pancake. Cook until bubbles show on top, then flip. (Tip: Keep pancakes warm in the oven at 300 F)
For pumpkin pancakes, add allspice with dry ingredients. After mixing dry ingredients, add pumpkin puree.
For peach pancakes, peel and slice peaches. Cook peaches in pan with orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until tender. After pouring on griddle, spoon in peaches as desired.
#3 – Homemade Apple Raisin Granola Cereal
Ingredients – Makes one 8 servings
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 cup raw almonds, slivered or crushed
1 cup dried strawberries
1 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup shredded raw coconut
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
6 Tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
2 tablespoons water, hot
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. flaxseed
Canola oil cooking spray
First, preheat the oven to 250 F. While warming, lightly coat a baking sheet with the cooking spray. In bowl, mix in oats, almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, and flax. In separate bowl, mix in syrup, brown sugar, oil, cinnamon, and salt with hot water until well blended. Pour syrup mixture over dry ingredients and stir to combine. Once mixed, pour evenly onto baking sheet. Bake till browned (roughly 1 hour, 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.
After baking, remove mixture to cool and mix in raisins. Store inside airtight container in cool dry place when not in use.
#4 – Hearty Breakfast Burrito
Ingredients – Makes about 8
1/2 lb. free-range smoked sausage, pork or chicken, cubed
1 med. organic onion, diced
1 med. organic bell pepper, diced
1 organic tomato, diced
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Greek seasoning
8 oz. shredded cheddar/pepperjack cheese
4 organic eggs
8 10″ flour tortillas
Sauté sausage, onion, bell pepper, tomato, and garlic on medium high heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until sausage is cooked. Blend in eggs; cook until eggs are done. After warming tortillas on burner, scoop in mixture and add cheese. Top with a favorite salsa for garnish.
#5 – Organic Spinach And Pepper Jack Cheese Omelette
2 Organic Eggs
1 tbsp. Organic raw milk
1 tbsp. unsalted Organic butter
2 tbsp. precooked Organic spinach puree
3 tbsp. Organic pepper jack cheese
½ tsp. Sea Salt (optional)
½ tsp. Ground Organic Black Pepper (optional)
Lightly mix, do not fold, whip, or blend, the eggs and milk. Add spinach and mix well. Prepare pan, preferably non-stick with ridges, and add while on medium heat add ½ of butter. When ready, add mixture. Before folding, add ½ of the cheese to center fold. After finished, place in broiler with butter and remaining cheese on top. As soon as cheese begins to turn brown, remove and serve!
#6 – The Berry Breakfast Smoothie
8-10 Organic blackberries
8-10 Organic raspberries
4 Organic strawberries
1 handful Organic oats
1 cup organic, natural raw yogurt
200ml apple juice or ½cup vanilla soy or rice milk
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
1 ½ tsp. flaxseed meal (optional)
Add berries to blender, then add juice or milk and yogurt. Blend on lowest speed as you add honey, oats, and flax seed. Once everything is added, increase speed and blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!
#7 – Whole Wheat Breakfast Sandwich
1 Organic egg
2-3 slices free-range Bacon
1-2 slices free-range Ham
1-2 slices organic Muenster Cheese
1 whole wheat English muffin, toasted and buttered
Salt and Pepper to flavor
1 tsp. organic butter
Cook bacon until lightly brown or crispy. In separate pan, melt butter in pan and fry egg in desired style. Season with salt and pepper. Add ham in same pan to warm. After toasting muffin and buttering, layer the ham, egg, bacon, and cheese.
These home cooked meals are guaranteed to be a great, healthy start for you and your loved ones. Start organic, start your day right! If you're interested in finding the best, certified organic food, check out Organic Consumers. Or, for finding out where/when is a local farmer's market near you, visit Local Harvest.