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Delicious, Nutritious Breakfast

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Breakfast is great, and a great time to try delicious recipes, but sometimes I like to keep it simple and yummy while not having to cook too much. I have recently enjoyed throwing a bunch of little things together for an awesome and healthy breakfast. In simplest terms: toast, eggs, fruit.

Before I get into specifics, I also need to share my latest discovery…and obsession. Almond Butter. Where do I begin? I love almond butter so much more than peanut butter. It is healthier and much more delicious, in my opinion. It is just as creamy, with only a slightly different texture that I enjoy better. It stores well and lasts long…all the same perks as peanut butter, but tastier. I now prefer an almond butter sandwich for lunch, as opposed to peanut butter. I have also recently loved making some almond butter toast – a piece of gluten free bread slathered with almond butter and lightly toasted. So. Amazing. It is creamy and melty and heaven in my mouth! Note the tiny bubbles–those are from being toasted. This has also really made me want to try making homemade almond butter (I always have almonds on hand, because I love those, too!)…something to think about.

Next, I make an egg. I either scramble it or make a quick egg, ready in the microwave in just about a minute. You can add extras, but like I said, I’m keeping things simple.

Lastly I pull out the berry containers. In my fridge, there is always some sort of combination of blackberries (my faves), rasberries, and blueberries. Along with my toast and egg, I will pour 1-2 handfuls of berries onto my plate. These are usually mostly blackberries, with a few of the others as well.

  • Almond butter toast
  • 1 quick or scrambled egg
  • A couple handfuls of berries (I love blueberries and blackberries)

I literally had this for breakfast three days in a row (before I made french toast and a fourth time today) – all of the food is incredible and makes a wonderfully delicious combination! This meal is high in protein and blah blah blah…I couldn’t tell you the specific nutritional information. But this is a great balanced and healthy breakfast to start your day off with!

A Dinner Modification: Last night I wasn’t very hungry or in the mood for anything heavy. I was looking for a light meal. Then I thought: my newest breakfast treats. I made the almond butter toast, an egg, and swapped the berries with some dinner greens and cottage cheese. Mm-mm-mm!

Get through those midmorning/midday cravings

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Usually a good breakfast and lunch are enough to keep me going, and if I have a sudden craving, it passes within minutes. Sometimes, however, I have cravings in between meals that just won’t go away. When this happens, I try not to munch on unhealthy snack foods. I decided to compile a simple list of my go-to foods when I just want a snack. If I mention cheese, I usually refer to a couple bites of cottage cheese.

  • Gluten free Chex Mix
  • Some fruit, fresh or dried (with cheese)
    • apple/orange slices, any berries, grapes, clementine/tangerine, etc
  • Veggies with hummus, peanut/almond butter, cottage cheese, or plain!
    • celery, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, pepper, etc
  • A small spoonful of peanut/almond butter
  • Various trail mixes (see below)
  • A few cheese or peanut/almond butter crackers (with fruit or veggies)
  • One hard-boiled egg
  • A little plain popcorn (or lightly salted)
  • A rice cake with peanut/almond butter
  • Yogurt-covered raisins

Below are also some quick homemade trail mix ideas (I have not tried them all myself). You can add or take away from any to reach your perfect snack mix. A general mix is a combination of: a grain (like Chex), nuts, seeds, dried fruit, popcorn, pretzels. My mixes include almonds, rice chex, smartfood/plain popcorn, Glutino pretzels. Then I love adding seeds, dried fruit, and other types of nuts whenever they are available. A last note: dried fruits include raisins, apple chips, banana chips, etc.

  • Rice chex, smart food, and almonds
  • Rice chex, pretzels, raisins, nuts
  • Popcorn, pretzels, nuts
  • Rice chex, raisins, almonds, dried apple chips
  • Sunflower seeds, nuts, popcorn, dried fruit
  • Sunflower seeds, almonds, dried fruit

For a touch of sweetness, you can also add some M ‘n Ms or chocolate chips. Just make sure they are gluten free, because candy like M ‘n Ms are often processed in the same facilities as wheat/gluten.

Not only are all these great go-to snacks in case of food cravings, but they are also awesome snacks in general. They are delicious things to munch on for people of ALL ages as well. Pack them for lunch, add them to a breakfast, or serve them as appetizers (depending on which one you choose, of course!).

If your cravings or rumblies continue, drink WATER. Fill up a water bottle or a large glass to the top and take a big sip whenever thoughts of food take over your mind. Just drink a lot. If the water trick does not work, take a walk or go for a jog. Exercise actually suppresses your appetite, and even just a 15-minute walk should do the trick. If exercise is not your thing, do something. Occupy your mind, your hands. Play with your kids, play an active Wii game, read a book your really in to, do some yard work, run those errands you’ve been putting off, whatever. Distract yourself. Finally, GUM. Gum is my savior. My sugar-free, no artifiacial flavor gum is one of the most wonderfully simple appetite suppressers out there. My favorite is Orbit spearmint, and it actually does work. Gum also helps me focus and concentrate on tasks at hand.

My last note is this: do not think too much about food, if you’re dieting or in general. If you are tempted to grab a snack, or if you are standing in front of your pantry tempted to eat something, just ask yourself a simple question. Am I hungry? Are you hungry? If not, walk away. If you are, get something healthy, like from the list above.

Apple Almond Salad

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Salads are a healthy and delicious way to end the day. There are so many variations, and you can make it a meal or snack. It is so easy to experiment with salads and create recipes. Salad recipes are also quite lenient, and you can add and withdraw anything you desire.

This recipe is one of my more frequent salads. I love nuts, especially almonds, just as a quick snack, but they are also so delicious in salads. The apples add great flavor, a nice sweet side, to the salad. I realize the amounts are pretty vague, but I figured with a salad recipe, you don’t need to get too specific. This is just a general idea, but you can use however much of each thing you want. I honestly don’t have anything to add to that, other than this is a fantastic salad!

The last thing I will add is look out for a bunch of new recipes coming soon…I plan on getting busy in the kitchen this weekend! I am especially excited to try either Brazilian cheese rolls, popovers, or pesto pasta/chicken. So keep a look out for some tasty recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Enough fresh lettuce to fill a large salad bowl (or 1 bagged salad)
  • 1/2-1 apple, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup almonds (or large handful)
  • A handful of pine nuts
  • A small handful of grapes, cut  in half
  • 1-2 tbsp goat cheese (and/or parmesan)
  • 1-2 pieces of GF bread’s worth of homemade croutons

Instructions:

  • Put lettuce in a large bowl, add nuts and apples slices, and mix until evenly distributed. Sprinkle goat cheese over top along with any desired GF dressing and add croutons.
  • Enjoy!