3 Natural Organic Breakfast Recipes To Boost Your Morning
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not spend a little extra time in the morning making sure it starts you off on the right foot? Research shows that skipping breakfast is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and blood sugar problems (1). But you can’t eat just anything and expect great results. Here are three mouthwatering natural, organic breakfast recipes to help you conquer your day with ingredients locally sourced near you.
1. Tropical Acai Bowl
This tropical acai bowl perfectly complements island life. Acai bowls are basically a smoothie in a bowl, and you get to top them with delicious, healthy items for a nutrition boost that eats like cereal. This recipe is free from gluten, soy, dairy, and refined sugar, which means that your blood sugar levels won’t crash an hour after eating it. You can even buy locally grown acai berries at Kahuku Farm on Oahu’s North Shore. The local cafe started growing their own bunch in the fall of 2016 and even has a Hawaiian acai bowl on its menu (2).
For the base, you’ll need the following organic ingredients:
- One and one-half cups of acai berries
- One frozen banana
- One-quarter cup of mango or pineapple chunks
- One-quarter cup of freshly squeezed apple juice (not from concentrate)
- One-quarter cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- A pinch of sea salt (to bring out the flavors in the fruit)
- Berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries)
- Sliced apples or bananas
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
To make, add all the base ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until you reach a thick consistency. If you want the base to be thinner, add more coconut milk or juice. For a thicker acai bowl, use unsweetened coconut yogurt in place of the milk. You may need to blend for a little longer to work through the fruit chunks. Add the mixture to a bowl and top with shredded unsweetened coconut, granola, chia seeds, and berries.
The entire bowl without the toppings includes around 380 calories, 10.7 grams of fat, 70 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. Plus, you’ll be getting 96 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 48 percent of vitamin A.
Adding a handful each of some berries and pumpkin seeds brings the total caloric intake to around 525 calories, 15.7 grams of fat, 90 grams of carbs, 16 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.
The good fats from the coconut help you absorb all the protective plant chemicals of the fruits, such as antioxidants, flavonoids, and some vitamins. It also helps keep you full until lunchtime, so you eat less!
2. Best Ever Green Smoothie
Green smoothies are healthy and all, but they don’t always taste good. Who wants to down a bunch of raw kale and spinach first thing in the morning anyway? Luckily, this smoothie recipe found a great way to make your greens taste good, and the secret ingredient is something you might not expect. No one could ever turn down a peanut butter smoothie- not even if it has kale and spinach in it! If you have never tried sunflower butter, then you’ll be surprised to know that it tastes exactly like peanut butter.
Check out this kid-approved green smoothie with sunflower butter, mangos, and lots of greens. You can find all of these ingredients at Whole Foods. Make sure there is no sugar or hydrogenated oil added to your sunflower butter. Use Pink Himalayan sea salt if you can as it has antioxidant properties that help you naturally detox.
- One cup of packed organic kale with the stems trimmed off
- One cup of packed organic baby kale
- One cup of frozen organic mango chunks
- Two tablespoons of organic sunflower butter
- One cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- Two Medjool dates with the pits removed (optional)
- A pinch of sea salt
If you know how to make homemade almond milk, then you should do so for this recipe and sweeten it with the Medjool dates as the sunflower butter and almond milk go great together. If not, you can use unsweetened coconut milk and omit the dates for a creamier base. To make, add all of the above ingredients together and blend them in a high-speed blender for several minutes.
The entire smoothie (without the dates) contains around 331 calories, 16 grams of fat, 31 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein. It also provides about 134 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamins A and C.
3. Avocado Egg Boat – Keto Diet
If you’re following the ketogenic diet right now, then carbohydrates are off limits to you. Even if you’re not a keto dieter, and you want to switch up your typical breakfast acai bowl, this recipe is sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied without messing with your blood sugar levels.
All of these keto ingredients can be found at Costco. If you’re not a fan of pork bacon, then you can substitute turkey or even soy, but keep in mind it will affect the nutrition information. You can also jazz this recipe up by adding the vegetables of your choice, such as green, leafy vegetables, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, or topping it with shredded cheese. Enjoy with a side of fresh berries for an antioxidant boost.
- Four slices of organic, antibiotic-free bacon (no sugar added and nitrate-free), crumbled
- One large avocado
- Two organic, cage-free eggs (preferably pasture-raised)
The first step to making this carb-free wonder is to prepare the bacon by frying it in a medium pan on the stove. Cook each side for about three to four minutes. Once it’s cooked, remove the bacon and set aside. Once it cools, you’ll want to crumble it into small pieces. Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Crack an egg into each of the holes in the avocado slices. You could also omit the egg white and add two egg yolks to each center for extra fat. Season with sea salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for eight minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When the eggs are thoroughly cooked, take the avocado slices out and top with crumbled bacon.
This meal contains about 554 calories, 50 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of fiber, and 24 grams of protein.