Friday, July 19, 2013

What's For Breakfast, Part Two

If you have followed along recently you will know that, after reading The China Study, I am making some changes to the family diet. We have recently started drinking more Green Smoothies and making small changes to breakfast to help ease the girls into our new plant-based diet. 

I mentioned that my girls do not eat a lot of cold cereal for breakfast but I know many families do so I shared those tips first. We do enjoy oatmeal, homemade muffins, or plain fruit as an easy breakfast most mornings. The oatmeal is almost always made for me and then requested by the girls and the fruit is for mornings when I would rather sleep in and let the girls feed themselves.

We recently have started enjoying our traditional muffin recipe with a few minor tweaks to stick with our plant based diet.

Here is the updated recipe:

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup sweetener (we like the C&H Half Sugar Half Stevia)
  • 1 egg replacer (1 tbsp flax meal or chia seeds with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup filler (canned sweet potato is a recent favorite)
  • 1/4 cup oil (olive oil is good)
Stirring up a mess.
Mix the chia seeds or ground flax seeds with water in a medium bowl to make the egg substitute. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir to combine. Add filler, milk substitute and oil to egg substitute and mix well. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until just combined. Fill 12 greased or lined muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

We love how versatile this recipe is. These muffins pack well for when you have to leave the house early or want to have a healthy treat after school. My girls and I are always on the go and love being able to grab one of these to refuel. I keep individual chocolate milk substitutes to treat the girls with if I have a long meeting. These are our current fav:

Yummy muffins and the girls think this milk is a special treat. It does still have added sugar so I limit them but I do not have to worry about all the fat in cow's milk.

Check out our What's For Breakfast, Part One ideas on how to eat healthier and move to a more plant based diet. 

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