Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Your Breakfast Makeover - Organic Juices Plus 10 Quick, Delicious and Healthy Meals

This fall come out swinging with the BEST juices and foods to start your day.
Breakfast...the most important meal of the day as it sets the pace for your metabolism, energy and brain function. It also can be the chance for detoxification and recovery if you choose the right foods. So here are some life changing, workout boosting ways to do breakfast this fall:

The Right Juice
Whole, organic juices are good BUT the amount of fructose found in most fruit juices makes them too high in calories to consume in large quantities. You can still have a tasty, organic juice with breakfast by simply adding vegetables to the mix. As an example, you can add celery or organic spring greens to your apples and pears. 
TIP: Make your own Very Veggie or V8 by using mostly tomatoes, carrots, celery and a little TABASCO for spiciness. 😘
I used the Tribest Fruitstar Fruit and Vegetable Juicer as it is perfect for dealing with both. It does an amazing job pumping out delicious, organic raw juices which are rich in vitamins and enzymes. Unlike other juicers, this one isn't a horrible mess to clean either.

Tribest Fruitstar Juicer

So here's the ratio for a healthier, morning juice:

2 Vegetables : 1 Fruit

Tip: Berries are a lower glycemic fruit and can be added for more antioxidants, vitamins and nutrition yet less fructose.

Getting some shopping help at Whole Foods, West Palm Beach, FL

Purchasing Raw, Organic Juices
Now you can always go this route but be prepared to purchase your juices every 7 days or so as that is the max shelf (refrigerated) life of most raw drinks. Especially if you are traveling, you can bring a chilly thermos for the trip and then replenish at Whole Foods or Wegmans. The only downside is a lot of "Green Drinks" sold at these outlets are often mostly kale based. Kale like other cruciferous vegetables can really "reek" of sulphur if it is not absolutely fresh. It is also not the best juice to drink if you happen to have a sluggish thyroid. So keep this in mind should you want to buy raw, organic juices. Another option is to have a weekly/monthly delivery service of pre-made organic juices and dishes such as are offered by NYC's Chef V and Veestro Foods.

These pre-packaged organic foods & drinks can be delivered to your door. 

10 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Menu Ideas
These are my favorite "get out the door" breakfasts which are easy to grab and go! Take it from one who knows.

Fresh pressed, raw organic tomato and carrot juice

1.) Raw Juice + Protein Powder Plus 15 Raw Almonds
This is SUPER easy. Just throw some raw, organic juice in a shaker cup plus a scoop of your favorite protein powder and ice. Shake it up and you're good. Enjoy a handful of nuts and you're on your way. This is also a good recovery meal and I use it after my morning run, bicycle ride or weight lifting sessions.

Swiss Overnight Soaked Oats

2.) Swiss Overnight Soaked Oats and Blueberries
This is a way to get a jump on the day by doing some simple prep the night before. Add 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats to 1/2 cup of Almond Milk, 1/4 cup blueberries and 1 teaspoon of honey or brown sugar and refrigerate overnight in an airtight container. In the morning, add another 1/4 cup of Almond Milk. Heat it up if you like. It's still basically a "raw food" with all the nutrients intact. Try my easy recipe for Making Your Own Organic, Raw Almond Milk HERE.

3.) Hard Boiled Egg and Whole Grain Toast
You can hard-boil about half a dozen eggs for the week and store them in the fridge. You get all the goodness of eggs, that is the protein, omega fatty acids, etc. but no added saturated fat from cooking.
Grab a slice of whole grain toast and if it's cold, a pat of natural butter will be perfect. You can try KerryGold Pure Irish Butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows which is available in most quality grocery stores and seasonally at Wegmans. This Irish butter is very light tasting and even comes whipped in tubs for easy spreading. 

Morning Rounds Muesli

4.) Muesli Morning Rounds by Ozery Bakery
These are SO delicious! A cross between an English Muffin and a Pita Pocket but made with fruit nuts, seeds and whole grains. Like taking a bowl of Muesli to go. My favorite varieties? The Muesli of course but the Apple Cinnamon and Orange Cranberry are good too. Freeze them for freshness and let thaw at room temperature or thaw a whole pack in the refrigerator for the week. I like to split and toast them. After that you can add an egg, sausage patty, cheese...whatever. Buy them locally at Whole Foods and Costco's. Check them out at Ozery Bakery online.  

Pro Trainer Tip: Heidi Powell, celebrity trainer of Extreme Weight Loss says: "Carbs fuel your workouts. Just stick with complex carbohydrates and whole grains." 
I totally agree! The right carbs stoke your energy furnace.

Heidi Powell, star trainer of ABC's Extreme Weight Loss

5.) Avocado On Toast
1/2 of a ripe avocado to go. Eating a whole one is over-kill so stick with the half. An avocado counts as a raw food so add it to whole grain toast and you're good.

Greek Yogurt with Berry Puree with a Chick Pea Brownie

6. Greek Yogurt with Nuts and Berries Drizzled with Honey
I was served this at a Nespresso Bar in Soho and loved it. Get a large container of plain Greek Yogurt and top with frozen mixed berries and raw walnuts or pecans. Drizzle a little Manuka Honey or Fruit Juice on top and you are good to go.  Plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt has less sugar and more protein than other yogurts and is a good source of calcium and probiotics.

Oven Fried Chicken and Protein Waffles drizzled with Maple Syrup

7. Chicken and Waffles
My first time trying this southern favorite was at Autumn Calabrese's book launch brunch in NYC. It is in her latest book, FIXATE which offers 101 personal recipes to use with her 21 Day FIX Portion Control Program. I would save this breakfast for the weekend but it is absolutely delicious even to a dyed in the wool northerner like me. You could also do a short cut version with whole grain toaster waffles and breaded chicken breast tenders, prepared in the oven.

Edamame Salad, Egg Cup, Red Berry Salad with Goat Cheese 

8. Egg Cup & Breakfast Salads
You wouldn't think of having salad for breakfast but these were really good. The fresh berries and watermelon are hit with a bit of goat cheese. So delicious!  Also from the FIXATE cookbook, the Egg Cup has savory mushroom, bell peppers and green onions. You can use your favorite omelette recipe but this time preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Pour your omelette mixture in silicon cup lined muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve with homemade salsa.

Pumpkin Muffins & Vanilla Protein Pancakes
9. Pumpkin Muffins & Protein Pancakes
Make both muffins and protein powder pancakes ahead of time, freeze or keep in the refrigerator for the week. These lower in fat Pumpkin Muffins are rich in beta carotene and fiber. Same for the pancakes. Make a whole stack of whole grain, protein pancakes (simply add 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder to your regular pancake batter) and keep them in a zip lock bag. Warm them up in the microwave and add berries on top for extra yum.

Grilled Salmon and a Poached Egg are pure brain food.

10. Grilled Salmon & Eggs
Nitrite cured meats like turkey bacon, ham and other such products have been linked to higher cancer risks. It's time to switch those breakfast meats with something much healthier but just as easy to fix. My Scottish ancestors loved salmon and in Great Britain you will often see herring and other fish served at breakfast. Try adding a bit of grilled salmon to your omelette. The Omega 3 Fatty Acids will give your brain waves a boost and keep you satisfied well until lunch.

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