breakfast

Avocado Toast

There is a lot of debate about breakfast.

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Others say it’s better to skip breakfast. And some others say it’s the consistency (eat breakfast everyday or never) that’s important.

We believe that having a nutritious breakfast can be a great way to start the day! How about our Super Easy Avocado Toast for breakfast tomorrow?

Avocado Toast

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1/3 tsp salt

  • 1/3 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/3 tsp red pepper

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mash the avocado and mix it with olive oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder and lemon juice.

  2. Toast the bread.

  3. Spread the mashed avocado on the top.

  4. Fry an egg to your preferred consistency and add it on the top of the toast.

  5. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on each toast.

If you’re not a morning person, you can start with a piece of fruit or some homemade smoothies. Have a great day!

Smoothies

REFERENCES:

  1. Guinter MA, Park YM, Steck SE and Sandler DP. Day-to-day regularity in breakfast consumption is associated with weight status in a prospective cohort of women. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Mar 29. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0356-6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30926951

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Looking for a delicious festive breakfast? Try these sweet potato pancakes!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 large sweet potato (steamed and mashed)
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup almond milk
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tbsp butter
• coconut yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds and maple syrup to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1. Mix together the mashed sweet potato, eggs, almond milk, salt, and ground cinnamon.
2. Over medium heat, melt butter and cook the sweet potato pancakes for approximately 2 minutes per side (don’t flip them too soon so that they don't break!)
3. Top them off with some coconut yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds and maple syrup.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but are also one of the best sources of beta-carotene, which are converted into vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A protects body from infections, supports cell growth, and is involved in eye and skin health.

Enjoy sweet potatoes for meals and snacks - the easiest way to cook them is to just rinse and bake in an oven until they are soft. You’ll be surprised how sweet they are without having to add any sugar :)


REFERENCES:
1. California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California. Harvest of the Month. 2010. http://harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/documents/Winter/SweetPotatoes/Sweet%20Potatoes%20-%20Educator%27s%20Newsletter_Final.pdf

Salmon Crêpe

It’s almost the weekend!

What is your favorite brunch menu? Pancakes, waffles, omelets… It’s hard to just pick one, but one of our favorites is bagel + smoked salmon + cream cheese! If you also LOVE this combination, try our Salmon Crêpe. It tastes just as good (if not better!), and looks a little fancier to brighten up your weekend.

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INGREDIENTS:
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 cup milk
• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• Smoked salmon
• Cream cheese

DIRECTIONS:
1. Add the egg, sugar, salt, milk, flour, and baking powder into a blender and blend until smooth. Wait for 20 minutes, then add vegetable oil. Mix well.
2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Slowly pour a little scoop of the batter while holding pan off the heat and swirl the batter in a circular motion to get a thin layer. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes or until loosened from the bottom of the pan and lightly browned. Flip the crepe and cook for another minute until lightly browned. Remove from pan and place on a plate and continue the process until the batter is gone.
3. To assemble the crepes, spread a small amount of cream cheese and some smoked salmon. Roll the crepe and cut into 3 parts. Enjoy!

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that has been associated with lower risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.

If you have some leftover smoked salmon, put it on a toast or rice cracker with some mashed avocado - a super easy breakfast/snack recipe!

Salmon Avocado

Whole Wheat Pancake with Applesauce

Looking forward to the weekend?

LOVE going out to brunch and getting those pancakes?

Eating out and experimenting different restaurants is definitely fun, but making your own pancakes from scratch is also a lot of fun! It's also a great way to make it healthier so you don't have to feel guilty afterwards. 😊

Whole wheat pancake with applesauce

Try our Whole Wheat Pancake with Applesauce.

INGREDIENTS (~10 pancakes):
• 1 cup and 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 tbsp honey
• 6 tbsp applesauce
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• Oil or butter for the pan
• Fresh seasonal fruits

DIRECTIONS:
1. Mix the whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. Add unsweetened almond milk, honey, applesauce and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix to incorporate.
3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Brush a bit of oil or butter and cook the batter until bubbles form. Flip and cook the other side.
4. Serve them with fresh seasonal fruits and some extra drizzles of honey.

applesauce

In this recipe, applesauce is the secret ingredient, preventing the pancake from being dry without having to add extra fat/oil. This secret tip works for many other recipes - when you're baking a muffin or a cake, try replacing 1/3 to half the fat/oil with applesauce.

Pitaya Smoothie

Dragon fruit, also known as red pitaya, is native to tropical forest regions of Mexico and Central/South America. Recently, it is gaining popularity worldwide due to its vibrant color and antioxidant property. Dragon fruit contains several antioxidants like betalains, polyphenols and ascorbic acid.

Animal studies suggest that dragon fruit may have some health benefits, such as increasing oxidative defense and promoting would healing.

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If you are always busy in the mornings, try making smoothies for breakfast. Smoothies are an easy nutrient-packed way to start the day!

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 banana
• 1 packet of puréed pitaya (Açaí can be used as an alternative)
• 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1/2 tsp of bee pollen
• (For topping: Sliced banana, shredded coconut, bee pollen)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Blend banana, puréed pitaya, yogurt, almond milk, and bee pollen
2. Top with some sliced banana, shredded coconut, bee pollen, or whatever else you choose

Pitaya Smoothie

REFERENCES:
1. Anand Swarup KR, Sattar MA, Abdullah NA, et al. Effect of dragon fruit extract on oxidative stress and aortic stiffness in streptozotocin-induced diabetes in rats. Pharmacognosy Res. 2010 Jan-Feb; 2(1): 31–35. doi: 10.4103/0974-8490.60582.

Lentil Soup

Even if you are not a vegetarian, it may not be a bad idea to have occasional meatless nights.

Recent study shows that high plant protein intake was associated with lower overall and cardiovascular death risks while high animal protein intake was associated with increased cardiovascular death.

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As we reach the end of the summer, it’s time to start enjoying warm soups! How about trying some plant-protein filled soups like lentil soup?

Lentils are a good source of not only plant-protein, but also complex carbohydrate, thiamine, iron, and other nutrients. 

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 diced onion
• 1 Tbsp butter
• 1/2 cup red lentils
• 2 cups vegetable broth
• 2 Tbsp of fresh chopped parsley
• Dash of pepper
• 1/4 cup milk or almond milk

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large pot, cook the onion in butter until it's translucent, but not browned
2. Add red lentils and vegetable broth. Simmer the broth until the lentils are cooked through (if the soup is too thick, add more broth as necessary)
3. Add in fresh chopped parsley and a dash of pepper
4. To make the soup smoother, use an immersion blender and blend until the desired consistency is reached
5. To top it off, mix in milk or almond milk. Serve and enjoy

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REFERENCES:
1. Song M, Fung TT, Hu FB, et al. Association of Animal and Plant Protein Intake With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 1;176(10):1453-1463. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4182.
2. USAID. Lentils Commodity Fact Sheet. USAID Web site. https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/agriculture-and-food-security/food-assistance/resources/lentils-commodity-fact-sheet. Updated: November 14, 2016. Accessed September 8, 2017.

Avocado Smoothie

Whether it's in a salad, on a toast, or as a guacamole, who doesn't LOVE avocados?

Avocado

Some people are concerned that it's high in calories, but 1/2 avocado is 76 calories -  lower than 1 tablespoon of butter (~100 calories).

And the fatty acid composition of avocado is much healthier than butter! Majority of the fat contained in avocado is a type of fat called monounsaturated fatty acids. 

With this healthy fat and other nutrients, avocado consumption has been associated with cardiovascular health and healthy aging. 

 

Avocado goes well with pretty much anything, but if you're looking for something different, how about trying our creamy Avocado Smoothie?

INGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 avocado
• 1 banana
• 1/2 cup packed spinach
• 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 Tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tsp flax seed
• 1 tsp bee pollen

DIRECTIONS:
1. Add all the ingredients in a blender
2. Blend until smooth
3. Enjoy it with a spoon (this smoothie comes out extra creamy and is often difficult to drink with a straw)


REFERENCES:
1. United States Department of Agriculture. Basic Report: 09038, Avocados, raw, California. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2157
2. United States Department of Agriculture. Basic Report:  01001, Butter, salted. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/1
3. Mark L. Dreher and Adrienne J. Davenport. Hass Avocado Composition and Potential Health Effects. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2013 May; 53(7): 738–750. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/