BREAKFAST TIME!

If you are new to this post keep in mind it is a continuation to an effort we are making to lose 5 pounds for the summer! Now that you know what eating clean entails (see previous post HERE), let’s put it into practice and see what those clean meals consist of.  With that said, I cannot stress enough the importance of a multivitamin and also [if you are a woman] the daily intake of calcium. I take my multivitamin in the morning with breakfast and my calcium at night before bedtime. Check with your doctor to make sure this is the best for you as well.

 

Since I keep kosher I get my vitamins and protein powders at www.koshervitamins.com  (you can get them also at any Kosher vitamin store, it is just that I don’t live close to any store that would carry these)

 

Don't these look sublime? If you are eating clean make sure the bread is whole wheat or skip the bread all together.

Breakfast is a must! Remember people saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, it is totally true! You need to fuel your body to begin your day with the right attitude. The most popular breakfast for clean eaters is: Oats and egg whites! However, I do break my “fast” by drinking a tall glass of water with a little apple cider vinegar to prep my body before I venture with real food. So, that’s what I have almost every day. My gorgeous friend Michelle asked me…what about coffee?!! Well, you can certainly have your coffee, but to sweeten it use truvia or stevia and preferably almond milk, although low fat milk is fine as well.  Almond milk gives you the same benefits as regular milk minus the fat. Make sure to purchase unsweetened almond milk.  Check my facebook page to see more pics of my favorite healthy products.

Persians call morning eggs “Omelet.” I will share with you that recipe (made clean) and also my favorite oats. You may think this is a lot of food, but it really isn’t. If you calculate the actual calories you will not believe how low calorie this meal is and how satisfied you will feel.  Note this meal includes protein (egg whites), complex carbs (strawberries) and starchy complex carbs (oats). I only have the oats when I know I am getting a workout about an hour after breakfast…no workout=no oats.

 

Reyna Favorite Oats

 

¼ Oats (the real ones…not little packages full of sugar)

½ cup hot water

1 package of truvia or stevia-optional (yep, sugar is not going to help lose anything)

3 strawberries, sliced

1 T ground flax seed

1T wheat germ

1T bee pollen

cinnamon or cardamom to taste

 

Mix all ingredients, except strawberries and cinnamon, in a bowl and cover for about 5 minutes. Top with strawberries and cinnamon.

Yield: 1 serving

 

This are the oats I use along with the flax seed and wheat germ.

You are what you Eat:

 

SUGAR: Yep, that’s right. Sugar, as treat, is ok but should not be an every day thing. The reason why we crave sugar is because it is actually a drug. I know…it is fantastic and makes you happy and makes things yummy…and then, after a while you find yourself with this deep sluggish feel that leaves you sad and needing more. So, I keep it as my drug of choice Friday night for dessert along with a glass of wine…did you know alcohol is also sugar? That is the only time a week I allow myself to eat cake, in fact, Shabbat dinner to me is what clean eaters call my “cheat meal”.

Flax Seed, Wheat germ, bee pollen…make the perfect mix for a wonderful working body. Flax seed and wheat germ help tremendously with digestion and will make you as regular as you will ever be! Bee pollen (available in Whole Foods-no need for kosher symbol according to the Star K) protects me against allergies and it is also considered a superfood!

 

Keep these refrigerated. These are all super foods and keep your engine working nicely. Do not heat flax oil or fish oil. According to the Start K you do not need a kosher symbol on the bee pollen..

Persian Breakfast Omelet

 

½  small onion, finely sliced into half-circles

¼ teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil

¼ teaspoon turmeric

1 tomato, finely sliced into half-circles

 ½ cup eggwhites, whisked together

salt and pepper to taste

 

In a medium skillet, sauté onions in olive oil and turmeric over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and sauté for additional 5 minutes until soft. Combine eggs with salt and pepper. Pour over onion-tomato mixture and cook over medium/low heat, covered, for 10 minutes or until eggs set.

Yield: 1 serving

 

My favorite egg whites! They are pasteurized which means you can even eat them raw if you wish...I cannot get myself to do that even to save my life!

You are what you Eat:

Olive oil and Coconut Oil: The time to get rid of the corn and vegetable oil in your kitchen has arrived. You cannot compare them to the health benefits of olive oil and much less to coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the most incredible oils readily available and with hechsher (kosher symbol). Worried about fat? Well, your engine needs fat to run just like a car needs oil to run. Just make sure you feed it with the best lube available. Oils like coconut, avocado, olive, flaxseed (you had this with your oats already), grapeseed oil and canola oil are fantastic. These fats actually keep you lean and boost your metabolism.

 

Next post will be dedicated to lunches and dinner. We will then tackle healthy snacks. If you are going to do your grocery shopping this weekend remember to download your healthy shopping list from Tosca Reno’s website HERE.

 

SHABBAT SHALOM!! Cheat meal is tongith YAY!

Reyna

 

 

3 Responses to “BREAKFAST TIME!”

  1. judith says:

    Reyna if you have a rice cooker you can set up steel cut oats the night before and the first one down pushes the button to start — I put in 1 measure steel cut oats, flaxseed, cinnamon, and up to 2 cup line of water…then it soaks overnight so cooks faster. The Best!

  2. Lea says:

    Why do you wanna skip the egg yolks? they’re the most nutrition-dense part of the whole thing :)

  3. Reyna Simnegar says:

    I LOVE egg yolks! I really wish I didn’t have to skip them because they do have lots of nutrition…but sadly they also have fat, and if I am trying to lose 5 pounds, which is our goal right now, I am skipping the yolk until I meet my goal. ;)

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