We’ve all been told a thousand times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many of us still find ourselves skipping it, as we rush in the mornings to get out of bed, ready for work, & out the door. Not a good idea at all! Raise your hand if you need a little help in the healthy breakfast, but short on time department.
If it’s raised, you’re in luck, as today my dear friend Chef Katie Gluck, of Katie’s Healing Kitchen is here to share her tips & a recipe for a delicious & nutritious “make-head” breakfast that can be thrown together instantly & effortlessly, even on the busiest days. Take it way Katie!
Winter Wellness … What does that mean to me?
Between managing work, family & friends, along with day to day life, it can be difficult to stay healthy. Exercise, meditation & smart eating choices can fall at the bottom of the to do list. And when time finally frees up in a hectic schedule, motivation can lack in starting (or restarting) healthy habits. I know the feeling.
Well I’ve discovered a way to stop stressing about eating healthy. It’s as simple as this: take a few hours a week to prep a few items. I designate one day a week to prep sauces, grains, lentils, pre-cut veggies & make a few other staples that make meal time a snap!
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with an acai bowl topped with a super simple nutritious granola that can be made ahead of time. Just the thought of this breakfast makes me roll out of bed in no time. I make the granola at the beginning of the week and keep it in tupperware on the counter. I double the acai smoothie mixture & stash it in a glass jar in the fridge. I simply pour the desired amount of acai in a bowl and top it with a handful of granola, chia seeds & plenty of fresh organic berries. In less that 2 minutes I have a healthy breakfast that keeps me satisfied until lunch.
We all get busy & our health can go on the back burner. But I’ve found that by taking an hour or two a week to prep quick & healthy meals, everything in life seems to go smoother.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not a perfect health guru. Some mornings I sleep through yoga, have cupcakes for dinner & I’ve never really gotten the hang of this mediation thing… but I do the best that I can under busy circumstances & try not to stress about the days when I fall short.
- 1/3 cup dates, packed
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (goji berries, raisins, dried cranberries)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a high speed blender combine wet ingredients & blend until smooth (adding coconut oil last).
- In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (except dried fruit). Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Evenly spread mixture onto baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, taking trays out & stirring every 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven & place in a large bowl, add dried fruit & enjoy!
*Keeps up to ONE week in a sealed container
“Antioxidant Acai Bowl”
- 1 sambazon acai pack
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup non dairy milk
- 1 stevia packet
- handful of greens (spinach, kale, etc…)
- optional Garnishes: granola, sliced fruit, hemp seeds, goji berries
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Garnish with desired toppings.
I can confirm & attest that this is one yummy & healthy breakfast, as Katie taught & served this at her Brunch Class last weekend! It is definitely a recipe to add into the regular rotation. You can learn more about Katie, sign up for her newsletter, & see her upcoming class schedule at katieshealingkitchen.com.
Enjoy & eat your breakfast!