All the nutritional knowledge in the world does nothing to combat my craving for sweets in the morning.
In heaven, I plan to eat a chocolate croissant and biscuits with honey butter every morning. (Heaven is calorie-free, right?)
In my current reality, most morning sweets will hold my appetite for a very short time, while holding the sides of my hips for a very long time. Also, I know that making healthy choices all day long starts in the morning.
Having seen the line at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts each morning when I use to commute to work in Atlanta, I feel safe assuming I’m not alone, so I thought I’d share some of my sweet solutions.
There is a lot to love about the following options. They’re easy, yummy, healthy and kid-friendly. I don’t use exact measurements for any of them, so just make them each “to taste,” and ask if you have questions.
Sweet, healthy breakfast options:
Nutty Nana Oatmeal: Boil water, add old-fashioned oats, once boiling again, add banana and almond butter. Reduce to simmer and cook until mixed and absorbed. Add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
Ezekiel French Toast: Soak Ezekiel bread (regular or cinnamon-raisin) in mixture of egg, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and cinnamon. Cook in a skillet. Enjoy with a little butter and honey, if needed.
Nutty Cinnamon Prunes: Smear a bit of nut butter on a few prunes, sprinkle with cinnamon.
And, of course, there are always my healthy pancakes!
Are you a good wich, or a bad wich?
With all the sandwich shops out there ready to build your dream hoagie, it’s hard to know when you’re making wise nutritional choices. One way to save money and guarantee you’re sandwiching nutritional choices from crust to crust, is to make your own at home, but turkey and cheese with mustard can get boring pretty quickly.
Here are a few heathy options (they’re also vegetarian), that will help you get protein, whole grains, and even fruit in between two slices without missing a single bit of the flavor you get from fancy breads and sauces at shops.
I use Ezekiel bread for all of these. Always pick whole grain breads, and steer clear of those made using refined flour and sugar. Not all bread is created equal. The right decision can make or break your diet, and how your clothes fit.
Healthy Cucumber Sandwiches – Laughing Cow cheese replaces cream cheese for a healthy swap.
- 2 slices of Ezekiel bread, toasted
- Half a cucumber, sliced
- Half a tomato, sliced
- 2 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese
- Red wine vinegar
Spread one wedge of cheese on each slice of bread. Sprinkle tomatoes and cucumbers with vinegar, salt and pepper. Layer veggies on one piece of bread and top with basil. Put the top piece of toast on and enjoy!
Peanut Butter and Berries – The berries add sweetness without using jelly, so you skip the added sugar.
- Fresh or frozen berries of your choice
- Natural (no salt added) peanut butter
- 2 slices of Ezekiel bread, toasted
Spread peanut butter on one piece of toast, add berries, press, slice and enjoy.
Grilled Apple and Cheese – Do not butter the slices. The cheese and apple will add all the flavor you need.
- 2 slices of Ezekiel bread
- Half an apple, sliced
- One piece of sliced cheddar
Place one slice of bread on a sandwich grill, top with sliced apple and cheese, top with second slice, grill until cheese is melted.
What is Ezekiel Bread?
Inspired by the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9., “Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it…” Ezekiel bread (made by Food for Life) is a high-protein, organic, flourless bread made with six sprouted whole grains and beans. It contains 18 amino acids – 9 of which are the essential amino acids.
In the Bible, Ezekiel survived on bread made based on this same concept for two years.
This bread is rich in protein and natural fiber, with no added fat or sugar. It is lower in sodium, has a much lower glycemic index score than regular bread, and will keep you full longer.
You can find Ezekiel bread in the freezer section of your grocery store.
At home, keep it in the freezer, then toast it to bring out the natural, nutty flavor. Use it as a healthy, low-carb, whole grain, high protein alternative.
If you can’t live without toast in the morning or a sandwich at lunch, I encourage you to try out Ezekiel bread.