What did you have for breakfast? Something is certainly better than nothing, but you should try to get the most out of that something. If you have no more time than to toast an English muffin, at least spread some peanut or almond butter for a protein kick. If you’ve eaten and slept properly, it’s been about 12 hours since the last time you gave your body anything to eat, making it terribly important to eat as soon as possible after you wake up.
We’ve had breakfast on the mind a lot lately, with the introduction of our first-ever eCookbook called Baker’s Dozen. We filled it with 13 healthier breakfast and brunch recipes. Some are better for slow, lazy weekend mornings when you’ve got all the time in the world – like the Apple Cinnamon Streusel Doughnuts made with bright green Granny Smith apples; and others lend themselves more to the harried pace of Monday through Friday. It’s been fun letting our creative juices flow over our favorite meal of the day, so we thought we’d gather up some of our other favorite breakfasts with a focus on that most healthy color of all – green.
Whole Wheat Green Tea Pancakes - We made America’s favorite breakfast food not only taste better, but better for you! An edible green tea powder is blended with whole wheat flour, sugar and vanilla for a fluffy pancake with an antioxidant punch. Our recipe offers vegan preparation alternatives, too!
Spinach and Egg Omelet – If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, it takes almost no time to scramble some eggs together. When you sautee a generous handful of spinach, too, you add a rich source of fiber and vitamins to keep you satiated all morning. Top with a little feta cheese and roll in a whole grain tortilla to mobilize this breakfast.
Zucchini Bread – Whether you like this fresh green squash or not, you’ll have a hard time passing up its bread. You just need two cups of grated zucchini plus heart-healthy walnuts and some seasonally delightfully cinnamon to make a healthy breakfast food. In this recipe, it’s served with pumpkin seed butter, too!
Tomato Basil Quiche – We assume anyone who doesn’t like basil is lying, because there are few things that smell and taste as incredible as this tiny herb. You can add it to fruit salads, smoothies or even omelets for a fresh, lemony bite of flavor. A more traditional use would be atop this vegetarian quiche that’s perfect for a weekend brunch.
Green Fruit Salad – You can easily toss together a quick fruit salad with kiwi, green apples, pears, and grapes to add a pop of healthy color as a complement to just about any breakfast dish. A dressing of nothing more than honey and bright green lime juice will sweeten it just right. And you could even add a little minced basil!
Green Tea Power Smoothie – We take just a few seconds to blend a whole green tea powder with protein powder, spinach, a banana, and other ingredients to make an on-the-go breakfast that will light your turbo boosters for a strong day. This recipe, like the streusel doughnuts, is only available in our eCookbook Baker’s Dozen: 13 Healthier Breakfast and Brunch Recipes.
green tea smoothie image by Dana Shultz / DietsInReview.com