The Paleo diet is based on the theory that our bodies haven’t significantly changed since the Stone Age. As a result, advocates say that optimal health can be achieved by eating the foods enjoyed by the hunter-gatherer tribes who flourished during the Paleolithic era. One of the key benefits of this plan: You eliminate processed foods, so that you’re following a clean eating program, thereby avoiding potentially dangerous ingredients in processed foods such as high fructose corn syrup and white flour. In addition, you benefit from healthy fats in foods such as salmon, olive oil and nuts.
Several years ago, a group of public health schools backed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center created the Monday Campaigns, designed to kick-start the week with healthy behaviors. Among those behaviors: Making Monday a day to go meatless. By eliminating meat from your meals for just one day, you can cut down on excess fats and calories while benefitting the planet.
If a bowl of oatmeal is your go-to breakfast, you’ll enjoy this warm porridge made from buckwheat—a gluten-free, grain-like seed that has a nutty flavor and a soft, chewy texture when cooked. Like oatmeal, buckwheat is high in fiber and protein, and low in fat and cholesterol. In this recipe, it’s simmered in coconut water, then topped with coconut flakes, cranberry and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Good morning to you!
Plain pancakes are fine in a pinch, but if you want a breakfast bursting with flavor and good nutrition, add cashew butter to your batter! Gluten free and vegan, this recipe calls for almond meal instead of flour and hemp milk instead of dairy. Pan fry your cakes in coconut oil and top with sliced bananas for an even sweeter morning treat.
Saturday mornings wouldn’t be the same without pancakes! This weekend, skip the super-sweet syrup and serve these crispy, rich Coconut Corn Cakes with a side of your favorite nut butter. No milk or eggs are needed, and a scoop of protein powder added to the batter makes a delicious and healthy breakfast treat.
Granola makes a great cereal or healthy grab-and-go snack. Make your own and you can customize flavors and save money! This recipe yields about eight cups, and the cost is less than you’d spend on a package of the premade kind. Read more →
If you’ve got some extra brown rice leftover from last night’s stir-fry dinner, today’s breakfast is going to be a breeze! Stir in a scoop of almond butter, some applesauce, a pinch of cinnamon and a few other simple ingredients for a delightful, belly-warming bowl of porridge. Top with fresh berries for added antioxidants and sweetness.
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