Friday, February 4, 2011

What do I eat for breakfast?

I had a few friends ask me this last night... so I thought, hey, maybe you all want to know... (I am sure you don't care!  LOL!)

This morning I had a Banana Almond Smoothie and steel cut oats for breakfast.
Smoothie:  Take one medium sized banana, about 8 oz of almond/rice milk, a teaspoon of green tea leaves, a pinch of cinnamon, tsp of of pure vanilla extract and about a tablespoon of almond butter—blend until smooth.   

Oats:  The night before, measure your desired amount of steel cut oats (I do about ¼ cup) and add water (1/2 cup of water to a ¼ cup of oats).  Let this soak overnight and it will cook in 5-10 minutes.  You may have to add a little water as it cooks down.  Forgot to soak?  You can cook the steel cut oats, but they take longer, or you could just used rolled oats with the same measurements.  Anyhow, once your oats are cooked, I add about a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

What a balanced meal to start your day!  You have a serving a fruit, whole grain, lean protein, good fats, and spices/seasonings that will keep you satiated until lunch time.  I look forward to breakfast every morning!  I always have the above breakfast but change up the fruits (berries, pears… etc) and of course, change up my spices—I always have nut butters.  I love a Cherry Smoothie with cardamom and a freshly grated nutmeg—it pairs well with peanut butter or almond butter or even ground flax (a good fat –and fiber)!

After eating, I love to sit down with a good cup of coffee… which is what I am drinking right now… 

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