Enjoying Breakfast Again: A Guest Post

Enjoying Breakfast Again: A Guest Post

Hi, this is Ashley from @apronsandarmor and I am excited to share some of my thoughts with you all! When Danielle received her results from an allergy test showing she should avoid foods like eggs, avocado and certain nuts I took it as a challenge to come up with some delicious meals that she could enjoy. They turned out so great I decided to share them with you all as well. I hope you enjoy!

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Breakfast… it is glorious and full of hope and happiness. Except when you find out you are allergic to all the breakfast foods you love or your mornings are rushed or you wake up feeling nauseous. Mornings can be hard sometimes but don’t let that discourage you from enjoying the most important meal of the day!

The Research Is In

You have heard it time and time again- you need to eat a nutritious breakfast to have optimal health. Research has shown us that a well-balanced and nutrient dense breakfast can:

  • improve concentration
  • prevent over eating
  • improve your mood
  • boost your energy and metabolism
  • and so much more!

With all of those benefits, it is obvious that breakfast is a non-negotiable. But what about those hurdles we talked about earlier? You know- no time or inspiration. Our morning challenges can make the most important meal of the day seem like the least appealing meal of the day. Here is some inspiration to help you overcome your morning challenges and begin to enjoy breakfast again!

Feeling Nauseous?

Do you wake up in the morning and the last thing you want to do is eat a large meal? Do you start your day queasy? There can be a number of reasons for this:

  • digestive issues
  • cortisol rush
  • low blood sugar
  • hormone issues
  • too much for dinner

If this is you I am sure you are wondering what you can do. Here are some ideas to help:

  • have a smaller dinner
  • make sure your dinner has a good proportion of fats and carbohydrates and minimal sugar to help maintain your blood sugar through the night
  • wake up at the same time every day
  • start your morning with a cup of lemon water
  • wait about 20 minutes after waking up to eat
  • still don’t feel like eating? You should probably eat anyway

I also highly recommend working with Danielle to narrow down why you might be having a hard time in the morning. Getting the help, support, and inspiration you need from a qualified professional is one of the best ways to have success on your journey to wellness.

Busy Mornings?

Mornings can be a mad dash to get out the door on time! Add in the challenge of finding breakfast items that are low in sugar and high in nutrient dense foods full of good fat and protein and breakfast can seem rather daunting. If you are like me and hit the snooze button for as long as possible here is one of my favorite recipes to grab as I run out the door.

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Ginger Apple Breakfast Cookie (GAPS/Paleo)

Ginger Apple Breakfast Cookie GAPS / Paleo

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hour total
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 Apples (we use green apples for less sugar and great flavor)
  • 1 inch of fresh Ginger
  • 1 inch of fresh Turmeric
  • a pinch of crushed black pepper
  • 1 c Water
  • 2 c Almond Flour
  • 1/3 c Ghee, Butter, or Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 c Honey
  • 2 Tbs Gelatin
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Dice the apples and place them in a medium-sized skillet
  2. Grate the fresh ginger and turmeric into the skillet
  3. Add in black pepper and water
  4. Place on medium-low heat and allow the apples to simmer
  5. While your apples are cooking mix the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl
  6. Once the apples are done cooking (soft like apple sauce) turn off the heat
  7. Add the honey and ghee or other fat of choice to the pan allowing them to melt
  8. As soon as they have melted quickly stir in the gelatin
  9. Pour your apple mixture into your mixing bowl with your almond flour mixture.
  10. Add in the vanilla and stir until well combined
  11. Place around 1/3 of a cup of mixture per cookie on a greased baking sheet.
  12. This should make 8 cookies.
  13. Bake for 10-25 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown.
  14. Allow to cool and enjoy now or put in the fridge for a quick grab and go breakfast later!

This pairs well with a turmeric late or a cup of stock. Quick, easy, delicious, and full of anti-inflammatory and healing ingredients!

Lacking Inspiration?

There are a number of real food diets that limit what you can enjoy at least for a time. Whether it is due to an autoimmune disease, allergies, or a myriad of other health challenges we oftentimes have to cut out certain foods to give our bodies an opportunity to heal or feel well. Due to the fact that eggs, dairy, and grains are some of the most common foods to be cut out breakfast can become extra challenging. Whether you are like Danielle and have just received a list of foods you are currently allergic to or are limited for another reason here is an incredible breakfast that you can make a large batch of ahead of time to make your mornings easier and more satisfying. This meal is full of vegetables, good fat, protein, and delicious flavor!

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Sage & Rosemary Butternut Squash Hash (GAPS/AIP)

Sage & Rosemary Butternut Squash Breakfast Hash GAPS / Paleo

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hour total
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 c Fat (Tallow, Lard, or Coconut Oil)
  • 1/2 large Yellow Onion – diced
  • 1 large Garlic Clove – minced
  • 1 Butternut Squash peeled and cubed
  • 15 Cremini Mushrooms – sliced
  • 5 oz of Spinach (one small clamshell)
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 2/3 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Put your fat in a large skillet and allow to melt
  2. Add in diced onion and minced garlic and allow to cook for a minute
  3. Add in the cubed butternut squash and allow to cook until soft (usually around 15 minutes)
  4. Don’t forget to stir occasionally
  5. Once the squash is soft, stir in the mushrooms and spinach
  6. Allow the spinach to cook down some
  7. Crumble in the ground turkey breaking it up with your spatula
  8. Sprinkle in the thyme, rosemary, and sage
  9. Saute until the ground turkey is all cooked
  10. Add in salt
  11. Enjoy!

Our favorite way to enjoy this hash is in a bacon cup topped with sour cream or coconut sour cream! It is also super delicious enjoyed as is or with a side of citrus!

Make Breakfast Great Again

I hope these ideas help to spur you on to breakfast greatness! Thank you for letting me share some of my thoughts, ideas, and recipes today! Now go and enjoy yourself some delicious breakfast and set yourself up for a great day! Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to visit me at apronsandarmor.com.

 

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