It’s true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you should never skip it! Sometimes it’s hard to get inspired to be your best inner chef first thing in the morning—especially if you haven’t had coffee yet. The best way to get around that morning sluggishness is to plan ahead. If you know what you’re going to make, and have the ingredients ready to go, your morning will go a lot smoother. You’ll even wake up looking forward to the amazing breakfast that awaits you. So now the important part: what are you going to make?!
A Fruitful Breakfast Bowl
Making a breakfast bowl is a great way to give your body just what it needs to start off your day, and your metabolism, right. First, you’re going to make a smoothie base by combining fresh açai berries with whatever favorite fruits you have around the house (blackberries, bananas, strawberries, it’s up to you!) along with some coconut water and ice in a blender. Blend until uniformly thick, then pour your smoothie mixture into a bowl. Top with shredded coconut, granola, mandarin orange segments, green figs, and goji berries, and you’re done! Enjoy.
Coconut Pancakes with Vermont Maple Syrup
Every sane human being loves pancakes. For a twist, make them with coconut flour, and sprinkle with toasted coconut. In a small bowl, beat 4 eggs, 1 cup milk (you can use cow’s milk or coconut milk), 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of honey. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine ½ cup of coconut flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and whisk to blend. Gradually adding the wet mixture into the dry, stir until fully combined. Grease a pan with butter or coconut oil, then pour batter into the pan in whatever size pancake you would like. Cook a few minutes on each side. Toast some pieces of coconut to add on top if you’d like, and voila! Serve with real Vermont Maple Syrup.
Blend together açai berry and pitaya (dragonfruit) with coconut water and ice for a great on-the-go treat. Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, can be found fresh at your local Asian markets or frozen in most health food stores. Add lavender blossoms for an eye catching, and edible, garnish.
Cinnamon Challah French Toast
This one is probably best for those weekend morning when you want to sit down for a more hearty breakfast. Preheat your oven to 250°F. In a large bowl, whisk 6 large eggs, 3 cups milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt together until uniformly mixed. Pour your mixture into a shallow dish. Slice your challah bread into 1 inch thick pieces and dip them into the mixture one slice at a time, covering both sides. Put a pan on medium heat and grease with butter. Heat each piece until golden brown, flipping each piece once. Then place your finished pieces on a baking sheet in the oven to keep them warm until you’ve finished cooking all your bread. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, add some berries on top, and serve with your favorite syrup. Yum!
Turmeric Almond Chai Lattes
Turmeric is full of antioxidants and is sure to spice up this unique take on a chai latte. Using 1 tablespoon of freshly grated or ground turmeric, combine 2 cups almond milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 2-3 cardamom pods, 1 cup of brewed chai tea, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer and whisk to combine ingredients into a froth. You can strain once fully heated if there are large pieces of ingredients visible on the top. Pour into a blender that can handle hot liquids, and blend for about 1 minute. Pour the frothy mixture into your favorite mug and relax as you sip this comforting concoction.