3 Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Your Holidays (And Beyond)

Rise and shine its breakfast time! To finish our wellness-infused holiday series I’m giving you three healthy breakfast recipes. Why breakfast? Well, when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship with food I follow two main guidelines:

First, eat WHAT you want but stop once you’re satisfied. 

When you try to avoid eating the one thing you really want to sink your teeth into, you may end up overeating. An unsatisfied taste can lead you to consume numerous portions of substitution foods (and let’s be honest, you’ll often finish by eating the real deal anyway).

Second is to eat a healthy breakfast.

A good brekkie will kick start your metabolism, satiate your hunger and balance your blood sugar. Not only will this make it easier for you to avoid mindlessly snacking on idling treats, it also means that you’ve gotten in a good meal, no matter what transpires later in the day.

Of course I am writing this after a croissanty-bacony-latte-filled weekend, but that’s cool too! As always we try to do right by our physical bodies most of the time, but it’s also important that we do right by our souls — and croissant loving tastebuds. It’s that little word called balance!

With that said, read on for three healthy breakfast recipes that you can make during the holidays and beyond.

Low Carb Protein Plate

Healthy Breakfast Protein Plate

While I don’t prescribe to any one way of eating, I do try to balance my overall macronutrient intake over the course of the day. What that means — in real woman speak— is that if I know I’ll be chowing down on hearty carbs later on, I’ll choose a breakfast that is lower in carbohydrate, and filled with protein and nourishing fats.

At other times of year I enjoy a good bowl of oatmeal or avocado and eggs on toast, but during the holidays I’d rather save room for mashed potatoes, bread or dessert!

Depending on whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere will determine how you serve this meal. When its cold outside you need more warming foods, when its warm you can have more cooling foods.

Use these tips to make it your own:

  • Eggs: cold hardboiled (warm climate); scrambled or poached (warm or cold climate)
  • Salmon: smoked (warm or cold climate); poached warm salmon (cold climate)
  • Avocado: raw slices for both.
  • Veggie Slices: raw (warm climate — radishes, cucumber, zucchini, tomato); sautéed (cold climate — kale, broccoli, zucchini, fennel; cooked in a little olive oil with garlic).

There are no hard or fast rules about making up this plate, so feel free to add and subtract what you do and don’t like.

High Fiber Breakfast Smoothie

Before a big day of eating I will enjoy an easily digested morning smoothie. In this recipe I’ve added three additional fiber superfoods: chia seeds, psyllium husk and slippery elm powder. These ingredients will help you keep things moving if that egg-nog is taking its toll on your system.

In warm climates you can add ice to this smoothie, and even try pre-freezing the zucchini slices to make it cold and creamy. In cold climates you will keep this at room temperature, which means no ice or frozen veg.

To keep this smoothie low-carb and low-fructose I have not added any fruit (again, you’ll likely enjoy a sweet treat later in the day). If you’d like to top it with a little fruit go right ahead. I recommend berries or passionfruit for warm climates, and banana or pomegranate seeds for cool.

High Fiber Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Breakfast High Fiber Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon each chia seeds, psyllium husk and slippery elm bark powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla stevia-sweetened protein powder (I like Nuzest or Vega)

Blend together all ingredients in a high-powered blender, add a little filtered water if smoothie is too thick. Top with a little fruit, perhaps some unsweetened shredded coconut and/or nuts, and serve immediately. As this smoothie contains extra fiber powders it will set if you leave it too long!

Gluten Free Breakfast Crepes

This recipe has been a winner for all who have tried it! The crepe is a thin omelette and the fillings can be customized to your heart’s desire. Sweet? Savory? Why not both?

Gluten Free Breakfast Crepes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk (any that you like)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Savory Filling (quantity is for one crepe)

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk ricotta or grass-fed cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons halved cherry tomatoes
  • small handful baby spinach or arugula
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

Sweet Filling (quantity is for one crepe)

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk ricotta or grass-fed cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons organic berries or grated apple
  • cinnamon to taste

Directions

  1. Heat one teaspoon coconut oil a small fry pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Crack one egg into a small bowl, add two tablespoons milk and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour egg into frypan and immediately turn heat down to low.
  4. Once the bottom of the egg-crepe has set, swirl the egg mixture around the pan to make a thin layer.
  5. Using a spatula, gently flip crepe over and cook 10 more seconds, or until just set.
  6. Remove egg from frypan and place onto a serving plate.
  7. Repeat with remaining egg and milk to make the second crepe.
  8. Divide fillings in between crepes (choose sweet, savory or make one of each). Roll up and enjoy!

Watch this video to learn how to make the crepes!

 

I now pass the gauntlet to you. Are you willing to start your day in a healthy way, to keep feeling balanced and bright this December? Let me know which of these three recipes is your favorite by leaving a comment below!

Then catch up on the rest of this series — How to navigate the silly season with aplomb: four strategies that will make the holidays feel welcome and well-balanced — where we have also covered:

Holiday socializing for introverts

How to stop over-indulging on holiday treats (even if they’re lying around the house)

A guide to letting go of stress and finding those festive-feels

 

Happy eating and I’ll see you again soon.

 

With love,

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