In my inbox today was a question from a gal who is trying our new Re-Boot Camp! She had a question regarding having a smoothie everyday—
I just signed up for the Re-Boot Camp. I did not realize that breakfast would be a smoothie and the recipe contains your protein powder, etc…. Is there something else you can have for breakfast?
I didn’t order these items when I first signed up because I didn’t realize they were necessary for this program.
Hey there Becky!
I use smoothies because of their ease of accomplishment AND it really, really helps with weight loss from my own personal experience.
If you would prefer, you can scramble two eggs, add some salsa on the top if you like and 1/4 of a ripe avocado–that would totally work. I’d also add some fresh berries like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or blackberries on the side; no more than 1/2 a cup.
PS—Re-Boot Camp is happening NOW! No, you don’t have to do the smoothie, but my question would be, why wouldn’t you? GREAT results happen when you embrace this one daily habit! This is what Megan said about our smoothies, “The smoothies were so filling that I didn’t even think to snack and I have tons more energy. I have multiple sclerosis and four young kids so the extra energy is a life saver.”
If you would like more fantastic Gluten-Free ideas, I’ve put together an amazing bundle featuring Gluten-Free freezer menus and mixes! It’s a $50 value, but you can get it right now for just $17! Click here to learn more
One of the questions that I get asked all the time is, “Hey, Leanne, can you help me out with some gluten-free snacks?” I love a gluten-free snack just like anyone else and my favorite go-to’s of course are apples and oranges or tangerines because you can throw it in your purse. But also, I like nuts, a handful of nuts that is. And when I say a handful, I’m talking ten. The problem with nuts is that they are full of fat which is not a problem, but too much fat is too much fat, people, right? They also have lots of fiber and protein so they really are the quintessential great snack. You need to limit them though, because overeating is overeating and it doesn’t ever work out well. So that’s one of my favorite things.
Another of my favorite things, and you can find this over on the Leanne Recommends page is Bulletproof Coffee. Bulletproof Coffee is from my friend Dave Asprey, also known as the Bulletproof executive and he has MCT oil. This is high-octane, Brain Octane Oil. And what this is is pharmaceutical grade coconut oil plus Kerrygold unsalted butter. So you take a cup of coffee, one tablespoon of the upgraded Brain Octane Oil and a tablespoon of Kerrygold Butter, you blend it in your blender and you drink it in this like a fabulous cappuccino! Seriously! And the only dairy is just a little bit from this butter and let me tell you something, this puts your brain on fire. So, if you have to work really hard or you’ve got a lot of things going on, this is the best coffee drink that you can get. Sometimes, this is all I’ll have for breakfast. I’ll have a couple cups of this and I’ll just be going like crazy. That fat is amazing.
The other thing I like is celery and almond butter. I think it’s just fantastic and eat it all the time. I love hard-boiled eggs. I mean, again, if you stick it in a Ziploc bag and throw it in your purse, you can take it with you.
Avocados are fabulous. One of the things that I like to do with an avocado is cut it in half, put a little salt and pepper on it and a little bit of salsa right in the middle, and just spoon it out and eat it that way. It’s very satisfying and very delicious. You can also stick part of an avocado into your smoothie to make it extra creamy. You won’t taste the avocado, so you don’t have to worry about that.
And if you’re wondering, “What on earth is that stuff on the counter?” It is chia seed pudding. Now chia seeds are fantastic. They are full of fiber and particularly pectin which is awesome because pectin holds toxins and pushes them out. So, you know what I’m saying… it’s the ultimate cleaner upper. It’s also full of omega-3 fatty acids so that’s brain power right there. So if you mix them up with a little coconut oil or almond milk. That is, around a quarter of a cup of chia seeds versus a cup of almond milk or coconut milk. And you shake it up, let it sit and it gels… it’s a pudding! Put some fresh raspberries on it, blueberries, whatever you want, maybe even some slivered almonds and it’s fantastic. I will have that for breakfast and I eat about a cup of this for breakfast and I’m telling you, honey, it keeps you regular. That’s what I’m saying.
Also, speaking of keeping you regular, I am crazy about fermented foods – sauerkraut, pickles, good pickles, Bubbies is an awesome brand. Also this is really pretty crazy. This is kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage food and this one has spicy ginger.. It’s a little bit hot but you just throw it on your plate and eat it! Fermented foods help to build the good guys inside of your gut and that’s what helps to get rid of the bloat and again, keep you regular. I’m all about keeping you regular.
Anyway, so those are just a few of my favorite things that I like for snacks and I hope you give them a try and see what you think!
Some of the best fruit on a hot summer day are good fat plums. Juicy and sweet, these little gems are enough to satisfy that craving for dessert.
And of course, there are always the health perks in eating in season fruit and veggies. Plums are full of vitamin C and because of this, they also help your body absorb iron. Antioxidant-rich plums help boost your immune system and help keep your skin pretty and hair and nails strong.
In their dried form, prunes can seriously help to manage constipation, but just a few is all that is necessary! And don’t forget to drink your water.
Here’s Your Tip
If you want to cook and skin your plums, the easiest way is to bring some water to a boil, let them sit in the water briefly, remove them from the water, let cool a bit and you’ll see it’s easy to remove the skin from the flesh of the fruit with little to no effort.
Here’s Your Trick
Eat them while they are at their ripest because not only will they be as sweet as can be they’ll also be at their max for antioxidants. Also, I would recommend refrigerating them once they’re ripe. The coolness will be refreshing in the heat, and they’re also juicier when cold.
And for Your Recipe
Plum Good Breakfast
3/4 cup organic Greek yogurt
Homemade muesli (mix oats, some Kashi fiber cereal, a little bit of cinnamon, honey, and splash of lemon juice – mix and use raw; can also be made gluten free, just replace gluten filled cereal with an appropriate cereal. Make your own proportions according to your tastes)
1/2 chilled plum sliced, pitted
Sprinkle muesli over yogurt, and add sliced plum. Enjoy!
Per Serving (may vary depending on how much muesli you use, we used 1/4 cup): 239 Calories; 11g Fat; 15g Protein; 24g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 24mg Cholesterol; 149mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Fruit; 0 Fat. Points: 7
Want more easy and delicious breakfast ideas? Be sure to check out our full line of breakfast menus.
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day but it is something many of us skip. If at all possible breakfast is another meal opportunity that can be enjoyed at the table if you plan ahead. Meal planning goes far beyond just dinner, it should include breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Being well prepared will save you money in many ways, first on groceries, then years later on doctor bills.
One thing to consider when making healthy breakfasts is how long will it be until you get to eat your lunch? Do you have time to have a midmorning snack? If you have to wait a long time make sure you get plenty of lean proteins and healthy fats in your breakfast. This will help your breakfast stick to you longer, keeping you full and satisfied and less likely to grab a vending machine candy bar. A healthy breakfast does not have to be boring.
If you are having trouble finding time consider breakfast smoothies, breakfast casseroles and even slow cooker breakfasts. You can put the ingredients of both the smoothies and the casseroles together the night before, ready to blend immediately or pop in the oven while you shower. The trick is, of course, meal planning.
You can add literally an hour to your day with simple meal planning. Imagine, instead of looking in your fridge each morning with a blank expression you actually know exactly what you will feed yourself and your family before you even go to bed at night. In fact, you’ve known all week since you went grocery shopping. Boring? No way! Healthy, fast, and necessary in today’s fast paced world.
Below are some super yummy, easy and healthy breakfasts:
2 cups old fashioned oats
6 cups water
Dash of salt (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
handful dried fruit of choice (optional)
Put everything into a large capacity slow cooker, stirring well, turn on low and go to bed. In the morning, give it a stir before serving. Older kids and adults can serve themselves adding toppings of their choice from milk, to fresh fruit and honey. It’s up to your individual tastes.
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, shredded
8 Large eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Mix all ingredients together well divide evenly in a muffin tin (six )which has been coated evenly with melted oil. A tip to coat is to use a paper towel dipped in the melted coconut oil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes until eggs are thoroughly set. Variations: Add 2 ounces of any type of cheese. Try goat cheese and chopped spinach for an excellent variation. You can cook these the night before, can be eaten cold or hot. You can also mix the mixture the night before and pour in muffin tins in the a.m. for a hot breakfast. Wrap inside some flat bread or a wheat tortilla and take on the road.
Delicious breakfast smoothie
Six frozen strawberries
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 egg (optional)
Splash of milk (almond, or real milk, optional)
In a large blender mix the above ingredients until smooth. Recipe is one serving, you can double, or even quadruple this recipe depending upon how large your blender capacity is. Variations: Change fruit to any fruit you desire. If you need more fat in your food try adding a teaspoon of coconut oil or the fruit of a coconut.
Are you ready for the school year to begin? Do you have your school supplies purchased, new shoes for the kids and carpool schedule yet?
The new school year is just around the corner, or maybe your children have already started! Mornings can be crazy-busy trying to get everyone out the door on time; getting a good breakfast into your family and packing a healthy lunch is the last thing on your mind! But don’t worry, the Dinner Diva will fix you up!
These menus get down to business and nip this problem in the bud putting you back in charge of all mealtimes and eliminating that last minute chaos. Our 2 breakfast menus gives you hearty breakfasts that go double duty–they’re all freezable (so double up and get your breakfasts handled for awhile!) How does Breakfast in a Cookie, On the Go Breakfast Bars, and Breakfast in a Pizza sound? The lunch menus (all 4 of them!) consists of great lunches and healthy side dishes your kids (and you!) will love. Funny Face Tuna Bagels and Berry Parfait, Turkey and Black Bean Pitas, Chicken Rocket Pockets, and Pizza Roll-Ups to name a few.
Did you know that packing your lunch everyday can save you at least $25 a week? According to MSN Money, that’s just for the parents! Some folks saved $60 a week when they packed the kids’ lunches too! WOW, that’s some kind of serious cash!
So I’m laying down the gauntlet–are you ready to save money & eat healthier? Then take the Saving Dinner All Meals at Home Challenge: You’ve got dinner handled, right? Now it’s time to eat breakfast at home (and Pop Tarts don’t count as breakfast, y’all!) and brown bag your lunches. And here’s your plan to do just that with all 6 menus for just $27; it’s like getting 2 menus FREE!
Are you in? We’ll be talking about brown bagging this week on our Facebook pages…join the convo, take the Saving Dinner All Meals at Home Challenge and then tell us what you’re going to do with all that money you’ve saved!