Do you buy cereal or bars because they make an easy breakfast? Have you recently read the label of your cereal box or breakfast bar and weren't sure what all the ingredients were, or discovered it's mostly sugar and refined grains? Are you trying to get more plant based nutrition in your daily diet but don't know how?
Breakfast is the perfect place to add more healthful foods, especially vegetables, fruit, and fiber. I emphasize vegetables though because most people don't get enough and they are great sources of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber.
We usually have the least amount of time during the week to make a good breakfast. One simple change, such as prepping your breakfast at night and taking a minute or two in the morning to blend and go will go a long ways toward ensuring you are getting more whole foods nutrition than found in a bowl of cereal, or a breakfast bar.
Try this to get you started:
To a pint size mason jar or other glass container, add:
1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit (I like berries but any will do)
1 cup fresh spinach or other greens, washed
1/4 cup yogurt or yogurt alternative, or nut milk (for Vegan)
1/4 avocado or cooked sweet potato
2 tsp flax meal (optional)
2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
2-3 walnut halves (optional)
2-3 ice cubes (optional, helps make it cold and thick)
Cover jar and store in fridge. In the morning, dump all ingredients in a blender, add 2-3 Tbsp. filtered water (enough to produce a smooth consistency) and blend until smooth. Drink or take in your to-go container. Like it a little sweeter? Add a fresh date (pitted) or a teaspoon of honey and blend some more. I use organic ingredients as much as possible. This makes a light smoothie. For the hungry morning person, double ingredients.