Yesterday after yoga the kids and I were STARVING to death, so we stopped in to Taco Bell and I ordered us bean burritos without onions. As I got to the window to pay, I thought I really should make a point to eat cleaner food in 2014. I knew that my bean burrito was going to taste extra good, but later it would cause gastrointestinal problems and make me feel badly about myself.
This is no way to start out 2014, a year I have determined is going to be phenomenal!
I feed my family mostly nutritious meals, minus my occasional interludes with processed foods containing hazardous dyes and other chemicals that we all know are harmful to our health. I try not to obsess too much about food. I do try to make conscious decisions about what is reasonable food that will give us energy and fuel our bodies.
Breakfast is always a concern for me because it is the only meal time of day that is packed with sugar. Sugary cereals, instant oatmeals, pastries, pancakes and waffles, and even some of the processed sausages contain sugar.
My kids love Trader Joe’s blueberry oatmeal. I read the ingredients and it is actually pretty good for instant oatmeal. The sugar content clocks in at 10 grams, fairly low for packaged oatmeal compared to other instant oatmeals that can have up to 16 grams in one package. The TJ oatmeal has good fiber (6 grams) and lots of vitamins and minerals. My kids want two packages each every morning. For fiscal and nutritional reasons, I have decided to deceive them. I tell them I am giving them two packages but instead I pour one package of the TJ blueberry oatmeal in the bowl and mix it with a ½ a cup of plain oatmeal (which I have painstakingly food processed into a fine meal consistency to blend with the TJ package format) and flax seed. Then they think they are getting the requested two packages of blueberry oatmeal, but I’ve healthed it up!
So after I finished my bean burrito I went to the store and bought a bunch of ingredients to make some delicious and nutritious breakfast items.
I read in the current issue of Real Simple Magazine about making a yogurt parfait. Chris and Ava love a yogurt parfait. I bought Nancy’s Organic plain yogurt, organic raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries, real maple syrup (not Log Cabin people) and organic granola with flax seed. I layered mason jars with the yogurt, syrup, fruit and more yogurt and syrup and topped it with granola. This will be our breakfast over the next week. Note: do not put the granola on the top until you are ready to eat the parfait, or it will just be soggy and gross.
I also made some Blueberry vegan muffins out of the Superfood Cookbook by Julie Morris. My friend Lea had made some and shared them with me this week, and they are super delicious. They were so good that I ate two of them and then felt them sit like a hard brick in my belly as I did Chair Pose with a prayer twist in yoga. Delicious. And you may just want to stick with one muffin if you are going to yoga right after you eat them.
What is your healthy breakfast secret?
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.