Easy Peasy Make Ahead Breakfasts

Summer maybe here, but I still need quick and easy grab and go breakfast for me and my family as we head out the door to work or workouts.

My Power Oatmeal  full of protein, fiber and superfoods. I make a big batch and put single servings in snack size ziplock bags. Then add hot water, stir, top with fresh fruit. Or, you put into Mason Jars for:

Overnight Oats: 1/2 Cup Oats, 1 cup Almond Milk, 1/4 cup Chia Seed (if not using power oatmeal mix), 2 tsp Vanilla Extract, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon mix together in mason jar, top with 1/2 cup fresh berries and 1/4 cup nuts Refrigerate overnight.

The two make the night before and put in a container with a lid to grab and go:

Egg and Veggie Scramble: 2 eggs, fresh or frozen Spinach, tomatoes diced, mushrooms chopped, fresh or frozen bell peppers. Toss frozen veggies in olive oil (about 5 min, salt), add fresh veggies (3-5min, salt and pepper) , add eggs, cook through. Other add ins, mushrooms, onion, scallions, fresh herbs, broccoli, asparagus, nutritional yeast.

Scramble Burrito Bowl from the book Vegan Bowl Attack, for days when you don’t want eggs, this recipe uses protein rich tofu.

These recipes, make a big batch and package in grab and go servings.

Quinoa Egg Power Bites from one of my favorite books, Aim True by Kathryn Budig. A mix of delicious recipes and yoga poses to help you enjoy life and find your true self.

Morning Glory Muffins from the book Everyday Detox is one of my boys favorite. Unfortunately, every time I make them, they do not last long enough to make it into weekday breakfast packs.

Let your rice cooker do the work.  I use my rice cooker a lot to make batches of brown rice and quinoa to have on hand during the week

Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge is a recipe I adapted from Nutrition Stripped by McKel Hill. Soak 1/2 cup of Orange Flavored Cranberries in the juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon. In your rice cooker add 1 cup Quinoa, 2 cups water, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg (or 2 tsp pumpkin spice mix) and a pinch of salt. Shred 2 cups of carrots and add to the warm quinoa when it finishes cooking, cover and let set 10 min. Then add the soaked cranberries, 2 tbs honey and 1 tsp vanilla, fluff with fork. When cooled store in fridge.

Nectarine Quinoa Porridge is another recipe from Vegan Bowl Attack. One of my Zumba students brought me a bag of nectarines so this recipe was just what I needed. This is a sweet porridge so it is great as a brunch treat or even afternoon snack to kick a sweet craving. Slice up 1 and 1/2 cups nectarines. In your rice cooker add 2/3 cup quinoa, 2/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, 3 tbs coconut sugar, 1 1/2tsp vanilla extract and nectarines. Stir, start rice cooker and stir a few times while cooking. Top with pistachios when serving.

What are your favorite make ahead breakfast recipes.

Fresh and Easy Detox Drinks

Apple Cider Vinegar has amazing health benefits. You can add a dash to sparkling or still water with a little lemon or try one of the recipes below. You want to make sure your ACV has “the mother” in it. Some of the benefits include:

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  • Internal Benefits:
  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • External Benefits:
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

You can find more info at braggs.com and is available at most grocery stores. You can also find other quality brands of ACV at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.

Fat Burner Drink

Dr Oz

This is a new recipe for me, I have a huge box of grapefruit so I am going to give it a try. Why does it work? From Dr. OZ’s website:

“Before every meal, try Dr. Oz’s secret swimsuit slim down drink of a choice – a mixture of grapefruit juice and apple cider vinegar. Simply mix 1 cup of grapefruit juice with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, stir, and enjoy. The juice is loaded with vitamin C, which will help you burn fat faster, especially during exercise. In fact, a study showed that people with adequate vitamin C levels burned 30% more fat during moderate exercise than individuals low in vitamin C. Meanwhile, the acetic acid contained in the vinegar may switch on genes your body needs to pump out fat-burning proteins. If you find the drink a bit tart, add 1 teaspoon of honey, which only adds 20 calories, for sweetness. Drink Dr. Oz’s secret slimdown drink before every meal and you’ll literally burn away your fat while enjoying a citrusy delight.”

7 Day Detox Drink

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This one I do drink on a regular basis and really like. I do even add some ACV if I want an extra kick. Yogi tea has a Detox and Peach Detox tea that have dandelion root in it. Traditional Medicinals Herbal Teas has an organic Roasted Dandelion Root tea. I have used all 3.

Why does it works:

*Dandelion Root stimulates the liver, helping to detox and also helps with digestion.

*Cranberry juice is full of antioxidants and PAC’s which help stop bacteria from attaching in the urinary tract and supports the liver.

*Lemon juice is alkalizing , a stimulant for the liver and adds a Vitamin C boost.

Master Cleanse Lemonade

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I am including this one because I have gotten a few questions about it. This was popular as a cleanse and you drank the lemonade in place of meals. I personally have not done a liquid cleanse but I have added this at times when I feel I need to clean up my food choices and get back on track.

Why it works:

*Cayenne pepper (and all hot peppers) contain capsaicin which boosts thermogenesis in your body, which in turn, boosts metabolism and fat-burning. It can also lessen the effects of dietary fat.

*Lemon juice helps with digestion and stimulates the liver, helping with detox.

*Maple Syrup if full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants

Let’s be honest, drinking cayenne pepper and lemon juice together is going to clean out your intestinal tract. That said, make sure you are drinking plenty of purified water in addition to this to help flush out toxins and replace lost water in your digestive tract.

Other beneficial detox ingredients:

Cinnamon- helps fire up metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and is an anti-inflammatory

Turmeric- is an anti-inflammatory , aids weight management and helps with cancer prevention and liver detoxification. Take with black pepper to help boost benefits.

Ginger- another great inflammatory, helps digestion, eases nausea and migraines and helps fight colds.

Green Tea- full of antioxidants, helps with cancer prevention and speeds up metabolism.

Yerba Mate-has 24 vitamins and 15 amino acids, has a higher level of antioxidants than even broccoli or blueberries, which in turn helps slow aging and cancer prevention. Another great tea that helps speed up metabolism.

Hope you found this helpful in creating your delicious, healthy detox drinks.