Vegetables for breakfast? Who would have thought these decadent (and delicious) A.M. oats could be so good. The combination of vanilla almond milk and sweet potato is sure to awaken your morning sweet tooth and give you the energy boost you need to get your day started off on the right foot!
1 medium sweet potato, peeled & cut in bite-size pieces
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Nature’s Promise almond butter
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
What you will need
Large microwavable bowl
1. Mix milk and oatmeal in a large bowl. 2. Microwave mixture on high for 5 minutes. While it is cooking, peel the skin off your sweet potato and chop it into bite-size pieces. 3. Add sweet potato chunks and olive oil to your large pan. Cook on medium-high until brown, stirring frequently. Before removing from heat, add walnuts to pan and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. 3. Remove mixture from microwave and stir. Microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove and stir. Microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. 4. Immediately stir almond butter into your milk and oatmeal mixture. Then, add your sweet potato and walnuts. Stir one last time, then serve.
Guilt-free noodles: They do exist! So what is a “zoodle?” A zoodle is a zucchini noodle! You can make them at home with a Veggetti – a very inexpensive kitchen tool used to turn veggies into delicious spaghetti. The best part? Zoodles have less calories and more nutritional benefits than regular or whole wheat pasta.
1 can of low sodium chickpea/garbanzo beans
2 medium-sized zucchinis
Garlic salt to taste
1/2 – 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Optional for topping (for some added protein): 1/4 tablespoon of fat-free cottage or 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. 2. Remove lid from garbanzo beans using the can opener. Poor beans into strainer and rinse with water, then drain. Pour garbanzo beans on the cookie sheet. Coat evenly with oil so they are smothered, then spread out beans in a single layer on the cookie sheet. Top with garlic salt to taste. Once oven reaches desired temperature, bake for 23-25 minutes, or until crunchy. 3. While your garbanzo beans are cooking, rinse your zucchinis and cut off the ends. Place your bowl in front of you on the counter. If you are right handed, place Veggetti in left hand and 1 zucchini in right hand so that one end is inside the Veggetti. Hold Veggetti still while slowly turning your zucchini in a circular motion facing away from you (make sure you are pressing the zucchini into the Veggetti while turning). If you are doing it right, you will start to see “zoodles” falling into your bowl. Continue “zoodling” until your zucchini can no longer rotate through the Veggetti. Repeat the same process with the second zucchini. 4. Once you’ve got 2 zucchinis-worth of zoodles, place the full bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove zoodles from the microwave and place in strainer. Drain as much water from them as you can, using both hands to squeeze out the liquid. Set aside zoodles in serving bowl 5. Once garbanzo beans are done roasting, remove them from the oven. Let them cool for about 5 minutes, then top your zoodles with the garbanzos. At garlic salt to taste. If desired, top with cottage cheese or Parmesan cheese.
If you’re looking for the gourmet taste of french toast with all the benefits of a health-conscious breakfast, give this unique & delicious toast a try. Filled with healthy fats, the crunchy texture and smooth caramelized fruit will leave your mouth unsure of what just hit it!
2 slices (low sodium) Ezekiel bread
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp brown or white sugar
Pumpkin spice to taste
Cinnamon spice to taste
1 medium banana
1/4 cup Aunt Jemima’s Lite Maple Syrup
1/8 – 1/4 cup walnuts
Non-stick butter spray
What you will need
A medium-sized bowl
2 stove top pans: 1 small & 1 large
1. Heat two separate burners to medium-high heat. While burners are warming up, mix egg, almond milk, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon spice together in a bowl. On your cutting board, slice your banana into 1/4-inch pieces. Put banana slices aside. 2. Dunk slices of bread in mixture so that they are completely soaked on both sides. Coat large pan with butter spray and begin to cook slices of bread until golden brown, flipping often so that they are cooked equally on both sides. Once browned, transfer bread onto a dinner plate. 3. Coat small pan with butter spray and add banana slices, a few shakes of pumpkin spice, and 1/4 tablespoon of sugar. Flip slices every few minutes to ensure they are completely coated in pumpkin spice and sugar. After 5 minutes, remove from heat. 4. Top your Ezekiel bread slices with the remaining 3/4 tablespoon of sugar, maple syrup, walnuts, and caramelized bananas!