Journey To Health Week 3 ~ Fast and Easy Real Food Breakfast Ideas January 19 2017, 0 Comments

                                     

Eating real food is extremely important on your journey to health. A whole food diet involves maximizing your nutrient intake from natural sources and avoiding nutrient-poor processed foods. Real whole foods can help keep your immune system healthy and reduce overall stress on the body. By eating a whole food diet you are keeping your organs, cells, and lymphatic system clean. You are also helping your system rid itself of unhealthy toxins that have built up through the years.

Changing to a real food diet can be a challenge for some. I suggest taking it one meal at a time. So lets start with breakfast. I am not a big breakfast person. However I have found that by eating a little healthy, "something" , I am not starving around lunch time. Which in turn helps me make better food choices. Here are some of my favorite, quick and easy breakfasts. From Green Drinks, to Smoothies and Vegan & Gluten Free Overnight Oats ( my favorite). 

Eating a healthy whole foods breakfast helps set the tone for the rest of your day.


                                       

Green Drinks ~ Green Drinks contain important nutrients that nourish and strengthen your immune system. They are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants, which are known to prevent cancer and illness by repairing your cellular structure. Most of these important ingredients are lacking in the standard American diet (SAD). Green drinks provide your body with a nutrient called chlorophyll. The "Dr. Oz Show" explains that fat-soluble chlorophyll, which is found in green drinks, supports your red blood cells and hemoglobin along with enabling your blood to carry more oxygen to your blood. Because of the cleansing action of red blood cells, your heart is able to work more effectively and your blood is able to eliminate toxins. You should make Green Drinks part of your daily, real food, eating plan. Here are 3 delicious Green Drink recipes for you try ~

                                     


Spinach Mango Green Drink

Ingredients
½ cup of purified water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cups chopped spinach or kale
1 1/2 cups frozen mango
1 cup green grapes

 Directions
1. Put water in blender add the lime juice, greens, mango, and grapes in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water to reach the desired consistency.

Tropical Green Drink

Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut water or purified water
2 cups chopped spinach or kale
1 cups chopped pineapple 
1 ripe banana chopped

 Directions
1. Put water in blender add the kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water, if needed, to reach the desired consistency.

Grapes of Health Green Drink


Ingredients1 cup seedless green grapes
1 cup packed baby spinach
1/2 cup ice
1/4 cup coconut water or purified water
Directions
1. Put water in blender add the kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water, if needed, to reach the desired consistency.

SMOOTHIES ~ Healthy, delicious and filling, these fruit smoothies are a great meal replacement or between meal snack. Here are 3 recipes to get you started. You can get creative and come up with your own smoothie blends.

                               


Summer Time Smoothie

Ingredients
1 Banana
1/2 Cup of rasberries
1/2 Cup of blueberries (frozen)
5 strawberries ( frozen strawberries will help for consistency)
Between one and two cups of Almond Milk

Directions
1.Put almond milk in blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend till frothy

Island Delight
Ingredients                                
1 Banana
1/2 Papaya
½ Mango
1 Kiwis
5 strawberries
1/2 Cup pineapple (optional)
One cup of Almond or coconut milk 

Directions
1.Put almond milk in blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend till frothy

Peaches & Cream

Ingredients
1Banana
1 Cup of frozen peaches
1 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk

Directions
1.Put almond milk in blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend till frothy


VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE OVERNIGHT OATMEAL ~ Want something more filling than a Green Drink or smoothie to start your day. Try these Vegan & Gluten Free Overnight Oatmeal recipes. Some of my favorite things :)

                                            

Vegan & Gluten Free Overnight Oatmeal Standard Recipe

Ingredients
1/2 cup Gluten Free Oats ( try Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 cup almond milk, and more if needed
1 teaspoon chia seeds ( can be found at most health food stores
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Add any of the following in any combination as much as you want ~ sliced strawberries, blueberries, mango, peach, bananas,

Directions
1. Place first 4 ingredients in a Pint size mason jar.
2. Place lid on and shake well. Add fruit.
3. Stir and refridgerate overnight. You can add a touch of raw honey or agave nectar if you wish. 


Cranberry Coconut Vegan & Gluten Free Overnight Oats

Ingredients
1/2 cup Gluten Free oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 table spoon shredded coconut
1 tablespoon raw almonds or walnuts
 fresh fruit
Directions
Mix the first five ingredients in the mason jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 5 hours. Top with the nuts and fruit in the morning and enjoy!

Starting your day right, helps your motivation and sets the mood for the day. On your journey to health, start your day off right!

Green Blessings,

Tamara

be sure and check out week 1 and week 2 of Journey to Health....