Friday, January 20, 2012

Breakfast Win

I am shocked! How can it quite be 9am already?!  I am slacking this morning and I blame it all on Forbes!  Today is a teacher work day so he wasn't in a big hurry to get to school at his usual time.  Thus we took a little sleep-in.  It really should be all my fault honestly, as I am the one who made the suggestion!  However, I finally feel like I am caught up from our Florida trip! 

Yesterday was a whirlwind of meetings and appointments.  I had so many things to do immediately after returning from the Summit.  I felt very overwhelmed but plowed through the day.  The extra long hours yesterday more than made up for my late start today!

This morning I recycled an oldie but goodie breakfast and I wanted to share it with you once again, in case you missed it the first time.

Puffed Amaranth Cereal

by Tanya Kummerow
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: stovetop breakfast snack vegan gluten-free

Ingredients (1 serving)
  • 1/4c raw amaranth
  • toppings of choice
Heat a large pot over med-high heat. Allow pot to fully heat up before popping.
When fully heated, add in 2T raw amaranth, cover with a lid and continuously slide the pot back and forth on the burner. If your heat is set correctly it should pop within 15-20sec. This burns very quickly so as soon as it looks all popped remove from burner and remove amaranth from pot. My first batch became a little too brown. After that I got the hang of it.
Empty popped amaranth to a bowl + repeat the process again.
Add in spices or fruit and nuts and pour in milk and eat just like cereal!
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Breakfast was filling and delicious...And sugar free!  I am having quite a hard time with my sugar-detox, and of course vacation isn't the easiest time to implement any type of dietary restrictions.  So yesterday I jumped back on track. 

Meals yesterday included Grape Nuts for breakfast, left-over stuffed acorn squash for lunch with soup and a large kale salad topped with a black bean burger Forbes made for dinner. 

In between meals I snacked on a Green Monster smoothie.  After dinner I felt the sudden urge for something sweet.  Although I wanted to fight the urge to snack after dinner I decided having a "healthier" snack would be better than caving and digging into the box of chocolates.  So I went with a slice of bread with almond butter.  It filled me up and gave me the creamy, sweet flavor I was craving.

It is important to remember that when ice cream and vegan brownies get in the way of our goals, not to throw in the towel.  Instead, wake up with a fresh start each day and try your best!  Life happens, and if we don't let it then we aren't really living!

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