With Christmas around the corner a lot of people seem to be stressed due to an abundance of holiday parties where there is never a shortage of high calorie appetizers, sugary alcoholic beverages, and tasty sweets & treats and it seems to be hard to stay on track with cooking healthy meals at home. Even if you know how to eat clean and prepare healthy meals, all the running around associated with the holidays makes this very hard (especially for those with children and families to look after.) I thought I would help everyone out a little bit and give you some ideas of healthy (but still tasty) Christmas morning breakfast ideas.
Note: These breakfast ideas are also great for any other day of the year, not just for Christmas morning breakfast
Combine almond milk and chia and allow to sit for 10 minutes – this will get the chia all gelatinous and good for your digestion. Alternatively, allow the chia to soak overnight in the milk, then add to the recipe.
Preheat a small non-stick pan on medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients.
Stir until just mixed.
Pour ¼ of the mixture into the preheated pan. Allow the first side to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until bubbles form and the edges begin to turn golden.
Flip and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Place completed pancake on cooling rack and repeat with remaining batter.
Serve with melted coconut oil, maple syrup, chopped apple and pecans.
Lightly coat a 13×9-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Tear the bread into 1-inch cubes. Mix the bread cubes, blueberries, and almond slices. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Blend the cottage cheese in a blender, food processor, or using a hand mixer. When there is a smooth consistency, blend in the eggs and milk. Mix in the sugar and the extracts. Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the bread. For the best results, cover the casserole and let it sit for at least an hour (or up to overnight) in refrigerator. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the French toast with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes until the casserole is puffy and golden brown. Serve and enjoy while still warm.
Serving Size: makes 8 servings
Blend all ingredients together. (I use a Magic Bullet.) The cereal will have a thin consistency at first, but if you leave it in the fridge (after blending) for even just 10 minutes, it starts to get really thick! I usually make it before I run, and it’s the consistency of thick pudding by the time I return. This is great for breakfast on the run too!!
FYI: Makes 2 Waffles
Combine first 6 ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir well. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Grease your waffle maker, with oil or oil spray (be sure to grease well if using the oil-free version), then let it preheat. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir to make a batter. When the iron is hot, pour half the batter into the center of the iron, and close the lid. If you don’t have a waffle maker, i’m sure these would turn out just as good created in pancake form too!
Try topping them with the frosting below:
HEALTHY CHEESECAKE FROSTING
Blend the tofu until smooth, then add the other ingredients and blend again.
OR —- TRY THIS PROTEIN FROSTING
FYI- Makes 6 Servings
Turn on oven to 350 degrees. Coat glass or ceramic 8X8″ dish coated with butter flavored cooking spray. Pour in egg whites and pepper. Sauté onions, cauliflower, mushrooms in a non-stick pan with oil. Add to egg whites when cooled. Add cottage cheese, yogurt, feta. Stir till blended in the cooking dish. Sprinkle asiago on top. Bake for 45 min. If prefer a golden color on top, put under broiler, watching till desired color is achieved. Enjoy!
There you go!! A few of these recipes you can make or prep the day before to ease the stress and hassle of feeding a hungry family Christmas morning breakfast!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!