In an ideal world, all of us would have time for a leisurely gathering at the breakfast table, ample hours for perusing the news (or, let’s be honest, Facebook) while feasting. We would only brew freshly ground coffee beans and not get up from the table until the slow-drip percolator pot has been emptied. We most certainly would get adequate nutrition to start the day and continue on strong until lunch. Hell, when it gets down to it, in an ideal world, we probably wouldn’t work, so this sort of breakfasting would be possible.
But, for the time being, let’s face facts: We don’t have a lot of time, we still need a balanced breakfast and we do have to work, or go to school, or make sure people go to school, or look for work…most days, things are on the agenda. After sound advisement from one of our favorite One Green Planet writers (that’s me), we’ve all recently rushed out and bought a food processor not too long ago. Can that mighty appliance help in this situation? Can it make breakfast a little more streamlined? Indeed it can.
The Breakfast Smoothie
The breakfast smoothie is no newbie to the quick meal scheme, but what is too often assumed is that it requires some sort of magical device. The humble food processor will get the job done and have us on our way in no time. It’s just up to us to put the right stuff in the mix to keep us upright for the morning. But, make no mistake, a smoothie can provide, not only a balanced meal, including quality carbs, protein, fruit and veggies, but also can fill in some marks on the raw food chart as well. Try an Energy Boosting Vegan Superfood Protein Shake or a Cacao Maca Energizing Smoothie as two great choices.
Homemade Nut Butter on Toast
Peanut butter on toast is a breakfast classic, right? Add in a little banana, and you’ve gotten off to a fairly balanced start. Want to make it even better? Don’t just settle for store-bought butters. Get creative, and try making your own nut butters. They combine fantastically with fruit and toast, or stirred into oatmeal. Also, be aware that some nuts need to be soaked overnight for the best results. Imagine Dark Chocolate Pecan Butter or gooey Homemade Walnut Butter in your near future!
Dessert for Breakfast!
Full of energy-supplying calories, quality fats and plant-based proteins, raw cakes (a food processor specialty) can easy double up as healthy breakfasts. Seriously, how many health-focused breakfast cereals advertise fruit and nuts as the key ingredient to each bowl. We just cut out the marketing, get to the healthy stuff and have some cake for breakfast. Try Raw Blackberry Breakfast Chocolate Cake or Berry Tarts with Chia Seeds.
Cream Cheese and Bagels
Wow! What a concept! There are loads of quick, homemade plant-based cream cheeses that can be whipped up in mere minutes, literally in the time it takes to toast a bagel. And, they are delicious. Think Garlic Herb Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese or Cashew Coconut Cream Cheese. If you want to go 100 percent homemade, here are some tasty pretzel roll bagels to prepare the night before.
A Middle-Eastern Feast
First things first: We need to get out of the mindset that all breakfasts were created the same. People across the world eat all sorts of stuff to start the day. So can we. And, anytime of day is a good time for quick and easy hummus, or a more interesting Smoky Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus with some whole grain crackers. You can also serve hummus with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, some type of toasty bread perhaps and that’s breakfast in less time than a drive-thru with added protein and veggies to boot.
Really the key to being able to make a quick and healthy breakfast — the food processor (or any) way — is having the ingredients at home. If we stock our pantries and refrigerators with healthy, versatile ingredients, we are bound to come up with something easy, quick, delicious and nutritious.
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