Wake Up Calls

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Okay, so this blog is more for me than it is you…sorry!

But like always, there is a part of me that thinks perhaps someone else struggles with the same issues or is hungry (pun intended) for more information.

I have flaws (many actually) but not eating breakfast properly is the one that I need to seriously work on. On any given morning I would be completely happy with a large cup of tea and a piece of toast. Almost the exact same breakfast my mother has been eating for 30 years and almost the exact same breakfast that I have been trying to get her to change for the last 10 years. Sighhhhh. I am my mother’s daughter. The only difference being mine is Earl Grey tea and Spelt Sourdough toast with Earth Balance. Okay so maybe I am splitting hairs on this one. Anyway you slice that damn sourdough bread my breakfast skills are lacking. Maybe yours are too? Perhaps you are stuck in a rut, eating the same thing over and over. Or maybe you are amongst the many people that jolt their bodies awake with hard to digest (not to mention acidic) meats or dairy? And yes, I am familiar with the popular proverb “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”  🙂

So I gave myself a wake up call!  I have been on a mission these last few weeks to pull together simple, quick and nutrient-dense breakfasts that even I could muster up.

I am not someone who wakes up hungry, I have to work at it. Believe me I understand the importance of a well balanced breakfast…but the truth is that for some people it doesn’t come naturally (well that might be more of “my” truth and not an actual truth).

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

  • A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Improved concentration and performance throughout your day
  • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight

And with this information in hand I set out on Operation: Wake Up Call.  My requirements for my morning meal might be more restricted than yours so use these more as suggestions and modify as you wish. Other than avoiding dairy and eggs for personal/moral reasons, a recent food-allergy test revealed that I need to also avoid almonds, soy, and whole wheat. So what’s left? Well, here is what I came up with, I have broken it down into 2 categories, Sweet & Savoury…

Sweet Breakfast Cravings

“Tree-hugging, Birckenstock-wearing Granola Bowl “

(I used Highwood Crossing Organic Sunflower Flax Seed Granola and unsweetened Flax Milk as my base)

Topped off with fresh berries, chia seeds, and chocolate chips. Yum!

Topped off with fresh berries, chia seeds, and chocolate chips. Yum!

Topped off with bananas, coconut chips, hemp seeds and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Topped off with bananas, coconut chips, hemp seeds and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Banana Nut Porridge

Slow cooked oats topped with flax milk, caramelized bananas (pan fried using coconut oil) chopped pecans, and delicious maple syrup for sweetness.

Slow cooked oats topped with flax milk, caramelized bananas (pan fried using coconut oil) chopped pecans, and delicious maple syrup for sweetness.

Recipe from lunchboxbunch.com Toss together strawberries, avocado, lemon juice, fresh ginger, maple syrup and assemble on top of your favorite toasted bread. Garnish with hemp seeds. This is by far my favourite new breakfast!

Recipe from lunchboxbunch.com Toss together strawberries, avocado, lemon juice, fresh ginger, maple syrup and assemble on top of your favorite toasted bread. Garnish with hemp seeds. This is by far my favourite new breakfast!

Savoury Breakfast Cravings

Spread homemade hummus over toasted Sourdough and finish with sliced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and sea salt. Very quick.

Spread homemade hummus over toasted Sourdough and finish with sliced cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro and sprinkle with sea salt. Very quick and protein-packed.

Breakfast FEAST! On a lazy Sunday morning I went all out- Potato Hash (filled w/roasted onions, leeks, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms), sautéed spinach w/garlic, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, leftover baked Maple Beans, and Tempeh "bacon". They leftover potato hash was so tasty for a couple of  weekday breakfasts afterwards.

Breakfast FEAST! On a lazy Sunday morning I went all out- Potato Hash (filled w/roasted onions, leeks, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms), sautéed spinach w/garlic, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, leftover baked Maple Beans, and Tempeh “bacon”. The leftover potato hash was so tasty for a couple of weekday breakfasts afterwards.

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