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Three Simple, Healthful Breakfast Recipes

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I'd have to agree! It kick starts your metabolism, provides you with necessary calories (energy) to get through the morning and afternoon, and... Breakfast is delicious. I'm passing along three of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes that are so easy there is no excuse for grabbing a donut or bagel on your way to work. 

If you start your day with lots of sugar and/or carbs, you will be craving it for the rest of the day, and you'll be fighting an uphill battle to regain your focus after your mid-morning sugar crash. So, do your prep work ahead of time and make sure you have the healthy ingredients in the following recipes, and see if maybe you can create some healthy breakfasts of your own!

Note: you'll notice that there are two liquid breakfasts on this list. The reason for this is that, from a yogic/Ayurvedic standpoint, spring is the time to cleanse and lighten up, paring away the dense comfort food that we eat in winter. By consuming more liquid meals (ex: juice cleanses, etc.) we are assisting in re-setting the body's metabolism and digestive system. You will be receiving the nutrients in a more direct manner, rather than your body having to sort through/digest solid food. There is no pressure by any means to start a juice cleanse, but you may find that you feel more energized if you start your day with something light and nutritious!

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1. Turmeric & Ginger Latte

This delicious pick-me-up is great for any time of day, but I enjoy mine on my subway ride and it helps keep me calm and centered. 

Directions:

- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

- 1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, chopped

- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped

- pinch sea salt

- pinch cinnamon

- 2 teaspoons coconut/turbinado sugar

- 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Heat the coconut milk on the stove on low heat until it almost begins to bubble. Remove from heat. Blend all other ingredients in a blender or food processor. Place milk and blended mixture into your blender, and pulse until frothy. 

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2. Elvis (Revamped)

This is a healthier take on Elvis's favorite sandwich, with pumped up nutritional value and a few extra layers of flavor!

Directions:

- Sprouted grain bread or other seedy bread (I use Ezekiel bread) 

- 1 small banana

- Chia seeds

- Unsweetened flake coconut

- Honey or agave

- Almond butter

Toast your bread to make it crunchy. Spread the bread with almond butter, and sprinkle with desired amounts of chia seeds and coconut. Chop your banana and add to toast, then drizzle generously with honey to keep toast from being too dry. Serve open faced. 

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3. Green Smoothie

Don't spend $10 on your morning green juice. Make this simple, delicious one at home-- no juicer required! This smoothie is great for detoxing the skin and internal organs, and boosts hydration! (Organic produce preferred) 

Directions:

- 1 handful spinach

- 1/2 frozen banana

- 2 tablespoons coconut oil

- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple

- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

- 1/2 - 1 cup coconut water

- Water, as needed

Blend all ingredients. If your smoothie is too thick, add water or coconut water as desired. 

Never skip breakfast again! 

Namaste!