Five Ways to Spice up Breakfast

Five Ways to Spice up Breakfast

Are you bored with your breakfast routine? Stuck in a cereal rut? Do you run out the door late and end up eating a doughnut at the office? Looking to eat more protein in the morning? Here are a few simple ideas to spice up your morning.

1. Looking for more protein? Cook up some Love-Lies-Bleeding.

Amaranth, also known as love-lies-bleeding, is a seed that transforms into a powerhouse breakfast to help you meet your day head-on. One cup cooked of this wee seed provides you with half your daily protein needs. When compared to cows milk, amaranth is higher in protein and calcium, cup for cup. It’s also a rich source of magnesium, iron and zinc. So shelf that dairy and cook up an amaranth porridge with some almond milk and berries.

2. Bored? Try Some New Spices.

While we all love cinnamon, sometimes it’s time to branch out a bit. Take a trip to your local Spice Shop and sniff around until you sneeze find something delectable. Maybe even a blend? Some ideas to get you started – Chinese Five Spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, or this Baking Spice. Sprinkle atop your next warm bowl of morning oats (or amaranth) and enjoy as your morning bursts into flavors you never imagined were possible.

3. In a rush? Make it the Night Before.

Whip up some chia seed pudding just before hitting the sack – and by the crack of dawn it will be waiting for you to devour. As a general rule, you can mix together 1 cup of non-dairy milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds. Add a pinch of sea salt, a dash of your favorite spice and sweetener to taste. Stir it very well, place in a glass jar overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning stir your pudding, add any fresh fruit or more non-dairy milk and voila! You’ve got yourself a fast food breakfast.

4. Still bored? Make it Savory.

We are so used to loading up on sugar in the mornings  – in our coffee, with doughnuts and sweet breakfast cereals. For a morning when you’re feeling like mixing it up a little, try something sugarless. And I’m not talking sugar-free jam on toast. Give it flavor, be bold, find a savory depth. Maybe saute up some collard greens for breakfast, like these Collard Greens with Crispy Chickpeas.

5. Want it on the go? Make a Smoothie.

No time to sit and eat, except on your commute? Then throw all your fruit and some greens in a blender and run. Oh, you may need to add in some non-dairy milk too. But really, smoothies are an incredibly forgiving cuisine. You actually have to work hard to make them taste terrible. And the best part: You don’t need to measure any of your ingredients. Just add a liquid, (juice, non-dairy milk, etc.), fruit (whatever would brighten your morning commute) and maybe a thickening agent (a handful of rolled oats or some almond butter). If you’re feeling adventurous, add some spinach or kale and enjoy eating your greens for breakfast… sneaky style.

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