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Natural Weight Loss
The Picture-Perfect Breakfast
You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But that doesn’t mean any old breakfast is good.
If it’s filled with refined carbs, like sweetened and refined cold cereal, bagels, and pastries, it won’t help you face the day.
Instead, power upon whole plant foods at breakfast every morning – even if it’s as simple as oatmeal with fruit, nuts, and soy milk.
The picture-perfect breakfast combines all of the major plant food groups – whole grains, plant proteins (like nuts, legumes, or soy), and whole fruit or vegetables (yes, that’s right) – into one wholesome, satisfying meal.
Recipe of the Day: Peanut Butter and Banana Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Active Preparation Time: 9 minutes
Total Preparation Time: 22 minutes
Who says you can’t eat quinoa at breakfast?
A number of whole grains make excellent breakfast porridges.
The classic American pairing of peanuts and bananas elevates this cereal into star status among the whole family – from the youngest to the oldest.
Make a whole pot and microwave the leftovers the next morning.
Makes 4 servings (generous 1/2 cup quinoa each, plus toppings)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted creamy or crunchy peanut butter
2 medium ripe bananas, sliced
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
Plant-based milk, optional
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
1. Place the quinoa and water in a medium pot, cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10-12 minutes, until tender.
2. Stir in the vanilla and peanut butter and divide the quinoa into 4 cereal bowls.
3. Top with the bananas, coconut, and peanuts. Serve with plant-based milk, if desired.
Note: If you’re going to serve this porridge later, don’t add the bananas, coconut, and peanuts until after reheating, to avoid discoloration and sogginess.
Variation: Replace the peanuts and peanut butter with sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter or almonds and almond butter.
Per serving: 289 calories, 10.5 g total fat (3 g saturated), 9 mg sodium, 42 g total carbohydrates (7 g sugar), 6 g fiber, 10 g protein.
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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN