breakfast

Tofu Breakfast Scramble (with something better than Nutella)

Ever get tired of eggs?

Or maybe you're vegan or you don't eat them for other reasons like maybe allergies? Or maybe you just don't LIKE them.

Well, have you ever tried tofu scramble? When spiced nicely and cooked well, mashed tofu can simulate the egg experience or just be its own protein-packed nutritious breakfast all on its own without trying to be like anything else. ;) 

Here's a simple recipe that takes just a few minutes and leaves you feeling satisfied for hours. I suggest matching it with a small side salad and/or multigrain toast with a full fat spread and/or natural sweetener. When you eat a tasty breakfast like this, shitty donuts will have no power over you mid-morning.

(PS you can also eat this for lunch or dinner)

Give this a try and let me know what you think in the comment below!

TOFU BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE

1 package extra firm tofu, rinsed, drained and cut into quarters

1/8 tsp each curry powder, garam masala, garlic powder, all-purpose seasoning 

1/8 tsp coconut oil or olive oil

Warm oil in a small pan on the stovetop. Place 1 or 2 quarters of tofu into pan. Mash with a fork. Bring heat to low or medium low. Add spices and mix well. Cook over low heat for 2-5 minutes until tofu is lightly browned.

 

These are better (for your body) than Nutella. With cleaner ingredients they taste just as good!

These are better (for your body) than Nutella. With cleaner ingredients they taste just as good!

Make Your Own Muesli

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It's muesli time, y'all!!! You all know I'm a huge fan of oatmeal. One day recently, it was too damn hot to eat oatmeal and I hadn't planned ahead to soak my oats for cooler breakfast consumption.

SO! I decided to make my own muesli. I knew a little bit about what was included (raw oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit) and had just about everything I needed at my house. That's how to do it, folks. For pretty much anything in life. Start with a general idea and do your best.

Why do you want to make yer own muesli?

Muesli is an incredibly delicious, healthy and convenient breakfast option. Heck, you can eat it pretty much any time of day, really. It was first developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician, Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, for the patients at his hospital. He was an early advocate of whole foods and nutrition as the solution to most of what ailed folks. I heartily agree and can testify that the shift toward more whole foods and less refined products in my own diet has greatly improved my overall well-being. Many of you don't know the crap I once ate. I promise to write more about that in subsequent posts because I think it is a big gap in my story of transformation.

fresh blueberries are next to godliness
fresh blueberries are next to godliness

Here's my recipe/suggestions for building some kick-ass muesli. You want to have a fun and colorful assortment of dried fruit, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit to be served over/beside/under some fresh yogurt. I wasn't keeping up on my homemade coconut yogurt batches so I bought some incredible Greek yogurt from a local shop. It was sure damn tasty but my belly and my sinuses weren't having it. I'm currently whipping up another batch of coconut yogurt because I think it will be easier to digest. 

Another thing you want to consider with said muesli. Keep the amounts to a minimum because, while it's fantastically nutritionally dense it is also mega calorie dense. Make sure you find a nice balance between being full and ready for the day and not overstuffed. Mix the following ingredients together and serve in a bowl over fresh yogurt of your choice.

MAKE YER OWN MUESLI

1/2 cup dry, raw quick oats (some folks use rolled oats. That's a lot of chewing for me.) 1 Tbsp roasted, salted pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds (raw or roasted) 1 tsp raisins or dried cranberries 1 Tbsp diced, dried apricots (make sure to get unsulphured!) 1 tsp chopped/sliced almonds

OK, I could go on. Here's a list of other tasty ideas:

-chopped walnuts -chopped dried dates -dried coconut -raw cacao nibs -fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or cherries

Choco-banana-chia Oatmeal

  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

 

Did you know that? It is. It's like 90% responsible (maybe even higher) for how your whole day goes. Skipping it is setting yourself up to have a rough go of things.

Breakfast doesn't have to be complicated and you sure as heck don't have to buy it every morning. I remember those days--when my work day started with a Starbucks drive-by. I spent about $8 every morning. I had a great salary so I was like, "who cares? It's $8." I did the math. 8x5=$40 per week. $40/week x 4 weeks = $160 a month JUST on breakfast, alone. Did I also tell you I ate lunch and dinner out most days?

Yep, that was me. That was my life.

Not anymore. I do like to grab a muffin or croissant from time to time, but I am currently doing an experiment to see which of those foods is contributing to my acne. It's mostly caused from the hormones I'm on for my transition but I KNOW that nutrition plays a huge role in whatever happens with my body.

So, I'm eating a lot less baked stuff and more oatmeal lately. I like oatmeal but it can get boring. I try to come up with new things to add in to make me like it even more.

Here's my latest and greatest. Hope you enjoy!

Choco-banana-chia Oatmeal*

1/2 cup instant or quick oats (because who has time for the other kind? Not me.) 1 cup boiling water 1/2 banana, sliced thin 1 tsp raw cacao (cocoa) powder 1 Tbsp chia seeds (they add protein, fiber and healthy fats) 1 tsp coconut oil (more healthy fat) 1 tsp pure, organic maple syrup 1 small pinch of salt

 

Stir and savor!

*prep all the dry ingredients the night before, add the wet ones in the morning to save EVEN MORE time!