I always intend to eat breakfast, but it does not always happen. If I had more time added to my day, I’d sit for an hour with the newspaper and enjoy a delicious omelet and some fresh-squeezed OJ. I believe most people have breakfast on the go whether it is fruit, a protein bar, or a value meal from a fast-food chain. I created this easy little sandwich out of my love for omelets, yet my lifestyle of being constantly in motion. Eggs Florentine is in my opinion the perfect omelet: sauteed spinach and eggs for a ton of iron, balanced with protein-rich cheese which is delicious and also full of calcium. I highly recommend using those nifty 100 calorie sandwich thins since they are full of fiber and save on calories.
You will need:
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- a dash of coarse sea salt
- 1/2 cup baby spinach
- 21 seasoning solute
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- your cheese of choice, I used light Havarti cheese
- 100 calorie sandwich rounds (or any bread is fine)
- 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
1. In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. If you’d like to use less oil, spray the pan with a cooking spray, and use oil very sparingly (1 tsp approximately). Once oil is heated, add garlic to heat for about 15 seconds.
2. In a small bowl, crack egg and add salt, pepper and 21 seasoning solute. Set aside.
3. Saute spinach and once nearly wilted, add egg and spices to the skillet to combine with spinach. Much like an omelet, let the egg spread into a thin layer, and with a spatula flip once the egg is firm and congealed. Once the egg is cooked, add cheese and let it melt.
4. Fold the very thin layer to fit bread. Assemble sandwich and serve.
Who loves oatmeal? I have always heard very mixed reviews. For some it is bland and the texture is all wrong. Others who like it even tire of it, because they have run out of ideas. Since we know the healthy benefits of iron, fiber, protein and more– it is good to wake up a little earlier and take the time to prepare oatmeal and start the day out right. I’ve gone out on a limb and combined fruits and flavors that I have never eaten together before, and it is absolutely delicious. With nothing more than the natural sweetening from fruits, this hot cereal is almost too good to be true!
You will need:
- Quick cook steel cut oats
- 1 TBSP chopped walnuts
- 2 TBSP pomegranate seeds
- 1 TBSP mint leaves, chopped roughly
- 1 date minced for sweetening
- 1/2 banana thinly sliced
- Optional: 1 TBSP unsweetened coconut milk ( I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Drink)
1. Cook steel cut oats according to directions. Just as they finish thickening into the pot, add coconut milk.
2. Pour oatmeal into a bowl and top with cinnamon and tiny date pieces for sweetening and flavor.
3. Last, add walnuts, pomegranate seeds, mint and banana slices.
Calories: 304 Fiber: 8g Iron: 16% Protein: 8g
I find it difficult to ever go back to instant oatmeal after having Jamba Juice’s delicious steel cut oats. In vowing to add no sugar or salt to my food for 21 days, I opted to make my oatmeal at home. It’s also much more cost-effective. Breakfast was divine, and with only a few ingredients. I used:
*Trader Joe’s quick cook steel oats
*1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
* 2 large dates minced
*1/8 cup walnuts chopped
1. Cook oatmeal according to instructions.
2. Sprinkle cinnamon, nuts, strawberries, then dates.
Nutritional facts: Calories: 322, Fat: 13g, Protein: 8g, Iron: 14%