Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Healthy Starts

Hola, internetland! 

Today I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorite breakfast foods! Because who doesn't love breakfast? It's important to start your day right, whether you have the time to get out the old frying pan or not. Now, I have never been the type to skip breakfast for the sole reason that I LOVE IT. But I will be the first person to admit that I have made some bad judgment calls when it comes to the land of fluffy, flaky, delicious danishes and pancakes. And those goddamn McCain Hashbrowns. Those are like kryptonite in our house. 

So, in keeping with this new lifestyle change I have been working on, I wanted to share a few of my favorites! Depending on what you lot think of this post, I may do a few others with some lunch, dinner, and snack ideas. 

Here we go! 

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Oh. Mon. Dieu. I looove these. Not only are the guilt-free, but they also keep you full! There have been days where I've made these little gems at 8 o'clock in the morning and been full until the afternoon. The best part? THEY ONLY NEED A HANDFUL OF INGREDIENTS. 

You will need: 
                     - 1 ripe (ish) banana
                     - 2 eggs
                     - a nice dash of cinnamon
                     - a splash of vanilla
                     - a scoop of Protein Powder (this is optional)

This recipe will give you about 3 decent sized pancakes- I use a 1/4 cup scoop to measure them in the pan and it works out just about perfect. 

All you have to do is mash the banana in a bowl, whisk in the eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and protein powder, if you feel so inclined, and you're ready to go! These cook exactly like normal pancakes, albeit they are a lot flatter and not as fluffy, but they end up tasting like tiny banana bread circles of joy. Personally, I also like to use Coconut Oil in place of margarine when cooking, but I know that that may not be for everyone. Keep your pan on the higher side of Low-Medium and make sure that the pancakes are nice and solid on one side before you flip. And if you botch it? It's still going to taste delicious. Pair it with a low-sugar syrup or nut butter, and you have a healthy start that will keep you full and help stave off unruly cravings! 

Baked Yam with Basil and Eggs

Alright, this one I usually save for weekends just because I don't often have time to go 'Full-Oven' in the mornings, but around our house it's still a favorite. 

You will need: 
                     - 1 medium sized yam
                     - A good splash of Frank's Red Hot Sauce (or whatever hot sauce you want)
                     - Dash of Basil (dehydrated works too, fresh is best!)
                     - Dash of Oregano
                     - Pinch of sea salt
                     -1 tbsp Coconut oil (can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil is you prefer)
                     - 2 eggs, scrambled
                     - Sliced grape tomatoes
                     -1/4 of an avocado
                     - a few strips of chopped Yellow Pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Peel and chop the yam into bite sized chunks, it doesn't have to perfect so don't worry about making everything even. In a large bowl, combine the yam and Coconut Oil. or EEVO.  Once everything is nicely coated, add in the Frank's, Basil, Oregano, and sea salt, mixing well so that the spices are evenly spread out. Throw that delicious smelling goodness onto a baking sheet and stick it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. If you're using a larger yam, add an extra 10 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. 

When you have about 10 minutes left on the yams, heat up a frying pan and add a small amount of either Coconut oil or EEVO. Sautee the peppers for a few minutes, don't let them get too mushy, and then add in your whisked eggs. Once your eggs are just about done, add in the sliced tomatoes and avocado. I usually add a bit of basil and hot sauce to this as well to give it a little more oomph. 

Serve up the yam in a bowl covered with your veggie-fied scrambled eggs and you're done! All that's left is to add in some fruit, and you've got a nice, filling, healthy meal right there! 

On-The-Go 

During the week I haunt the gym in the wee hours of the morning before work. This means that I'm going straight from the gym to the office without much time to spare. I'll usually make a smoothie the night before, one that has a lot of protein for post-workout muscle love, but there are days when I just don't have the time. 

On those mornings, I try and keep the prep to a minimum and I'll eat once I've gotten into work. My staple, if I don't have a smoothie, is a single serve cup of Activia Vanilla Greek yogurt, a banana, and a cup of either strawberries or raspberries. Bananas are great for eating post-workout, and I'll usually eat one in the car before I start the drive to work. I have also been known to sub out the strawberries or raspberries with a Fiber 1 bar of some sort. They have a lot of options that are low calorie, the only downside is that while they taste great, they aren't all that great for you. But in a pinch, they can be the difference between being miserable and grouchy in the morning, to not wanting to scream at your co-workers. 

I snack a lot during the day- everything I have read says that eating smaller meals more frequently helps your body with its metabolism and fat burning- and I've found that it makes a huge difference in both my productivity and my mood.It keeps your body in a constant state of work and so long as you are selecting healthy foods, it'll make you feel a lot better! I usually have my breakfast at 8:30 ish, a sliced apple at 10:00, lunch at 12:00, and then an afternoon snack at 2:30, usually cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, or something to that effect. 

I'll try and post some smoothie recipes in the next while, but for now here are a few of my morning loves! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 

Stay healthy, friends! :)  

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1 comment:

  1. Looks great Alexandra!! I grab a boiled egg (I make a dozen on sunday nights and label them in the fridge), to take for post-workout protein, along with a banana and a yogurt too!! haha!

    Can't wait to try the baked yam - umm, yum???
    Thanks for posting!

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