5 Whole Food Breakfasts in 5 Minutes or Less

Okay, I know, when you think of whole food, you don’t think of quick, convenient food. Admit it, that’s the excuse we all use. “Making food from scratch takes too much time. It’s easier to throw a Pop Tart in the toaster!” Maybe you’re the type of person  who doesn’t eat breakfast at all.

It’s okay if you’re not. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for at least a year. However, my first meal, to “break” the fast, is always a breakfast style meal. Just because I wait 16 hours between my last meal one day and my first meal the next day, doesn’t mean I don’t need breakfast. In fact, with intermittent fasting, that first meal is even more important! What you eat when you break the fast needs to be healthy and nutritious. Breakfast, especially with intermittent fasting, is still the most important meal of the day.

Well, now you don’t have any excuses. Here are 5 super healthy breakfast ideas (Videos-no less. I mean who doesn’t love those quick recipe videos?). They are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fat and they’ll be ready in the same amount of time as a Pop Tart or toast and Coffee.

Green Smoothie-The first time I ever heard of a green smoothie, it sounded disgusting. I mean why would anyone in their right mind blend leafy greens, with perfectly good fruit and drink it? It’s better than it sounds. In fact, they can be down right delicious. And what better way to eat those all important leafy greens? (Especially if you don’t like them). This video shows the basic smoothie technique. Feel free to get creative and, remember my motto, use what’s on hand. Let me know if you make a green smoothie so good, you just have to share. Watch this post on the 10 best blenders, for tips to pick the right one for you.

Smoothie bowls-Take smoothies to the next level by combining smoothies with fruit and granola. This video makes a basic fruit smoothie, using soymilk. If you are allergic to soy, or just try to avoid soy, (like me) use ANY liquid, such as water, nut milk, rice milk, coconut milk or coconut water, or even yogurt. Feel free to take the green smoothie you just made, and make it into a smoothie bowl.

Overnight Oatmeal-This recipe is prepared the night before, in just a few minutes and placed in the fridge. Then, when you wake up in the morning, you can grab  it and go. Once again, this is a basic technique and very versitile.

“Magic” Eggs– I was fascinated by this technique when I first saw it. I admit, it’s very cool, but takes a bit of practice. I did try this, and was not successful the first time…or two. A few tips: 1) don’t add in the extra items the first time you make it, just the egg,  2) make sure your pot is big enough, with plenty of water. 

Sweet Potato Toast-Take that magic egg you just made, and put it on a slice of sweet potato “toast”, along with some steamed greens. YUM! (Sweet potato toast tip…It’s not as quick as it looks in the video. In my experience, It takes 2-3 “toast cycles for the sweet potato to properly cook,)

Featured picture is via 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You’ll Want to Eat Every Morning

2020’s Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists Are Out…Here’s What You Should Know— Mind Body Green

Have you ever wondered if you should buy organic produce? You wonder if it’s worth the extra expense. Well, the Environmental Working Group has you covered. Every year the EWG publishes 2 lists. The clean 15 is a list of produce with the lowest pesticide residue, while the dirty dozen is a list of produce with the highest amount of pesticide residue. When purchasing produce from the dirty dozen list, it’s best to buy organic.

The Clean 15 

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Cantaloupes
  11. Broccoli
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Cabbage
  14. Honeydew melon
  15. Kiwi

The Dirty Dozen 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

For more information, see this article from Mind Body Green at the linnk below.

www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/ewg-dirty-dozen-and-clean-15-lists

Healthy Food Tips: Brain Boosting Superfood Smoothie!

We all want to boost our brain power.  With Alzheimers Disease as the 6th leading cause of death in the USA, you’re never too young or old to get that brain working at peak efficiency.. (1) You can give your brain a boost and some added nutrients with this tasty and healthy smoothie!

Source:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/leading-causes-of-death#8

Healthy Food Tips: 3 Cancer Fighting Foods to Eat Daily!

Cancer is so prevalent in our society. Did you know that you have a 38.4% chance of developing cancer at some point in your life? (1) WOW! That’s pretty high! Eating a healthy, whole food diet can help keep it at bay. Here are 3 regular foods, with impressive cancer fighting properties, you should be consuming daily!  00

Source:

  1. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html

Healthy Food Tips: Acid Reflux Tips and Recipes

Approximately 20% of the population has GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease) otherwise known as acid reflux. (1) Millions of Americans are on PPI’s (protein pump inhibitors.) This drug stops the body from producing stomach acid. It’s actually a misconception that GERD is caused by too much acid. It’s actually caused by a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (The valve that connects the esophagus and the stomach) When this valve doesn’t close properly, the stomach acid leaks into the esophagus.

One of the questions I get most is how to deal with GERD and how to get off PPI’s all together. While this video won’t tell you how to get off PPI’s, it will help you deal with symptoms and give you a couple of tasty recipes to sooth your stomach. Have a look:

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/gerd/facts-statistics-infographic#1

Healthy food tips: TOP 10 BEST FOODS TO BURN BELLY FAT

These foods will help with all aspects of health and weight loss, not just burning belly fat.

God bless!

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10 Recipes to Transform Your Leftovers

Hello everyone…I just wanted to share my Thanksgiving leftovers list from 1 year ago. This is the first “recipe” list I ever did. I hope you enjoy it.

What do you like to make

with your left overs?

God bless…Namaste!

 


Ok, by now…if you have any turkey left…you are quite tired of it. That being said, I think it goes without saying, that these recipes aren’t just for leftover turkey. One of my kitchen rules, “use what you have on hand.” If you have leftover chicken, even rotisserie chicken from the store,  pork or perhaps leftover Sunday roast, feel free to swap it out. If you’re vegetarian, tofu or beans would work. Just FYI, if you swap out the turkey, in favor of beef, use beef broth in the recipes that call for broth, or veggie broth for tofu/beans.

I searched the web and tried to find something for everyone. I had a blast looking. I even got to play with my Instagram photo app. Look for my own personal leftover recipe coming soon! ENJOY and Bon Appetite!

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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust

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Best Ever Chicken (Turkey) Enchiladas

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Quick Turkey Chili

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Corn Tomato Chowder

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Turkey Pasta Bake

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Turkey Hash & Sunny Side Up Eggs

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Turkey Cobb Salad

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Turkey Gumbo

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Turkey Dill & Orzo Soup

 

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Turkey a-la King

 

9 Thanksgiving Recipes You Won’t Want to Miss! — The Nautical Wheeler

 

This was one of my first reblog articles from one year ago. There are some fabulous recipes in this reblogged article from The Nautical Wheeler.


(This is what I said last year. 😁)

The Purple Almond adds: I had planned on sharing my crock-pot cranberry apple sauce recipe, however, time got the better of me. Instead, I wanted to share the incredible recipes posted by The Nautical Wheeler. Enjoy!

Whether you’re serving turkey or going vegan this Thanksgiving, there’s a recipe or three! here for everyone. Some of these Thanksgiving recipes are a little more on the traditional side and some not-so traditional. Scroll all the way down for seafood options as well! A little more on the traditional side: The vegan options: […]

via 9 Thanksgiving Recipes You Won’t Want to Miss! —

A Blast from the Past – My Very First Post – Welcome to The Purple Almond

Update July 28, 2017

It’s blog-iversary time at The Purple Almond, at least ONE of my blog-iversaries. You see, I consider that I have 2 blog-iversaries, the date I opened the blog, and the date I REALLY got it going. Here are my 2 blog-iversaries

  • July 29, 2015 – open date
  • November 26, 2016 – start date

So, 2 years ago (tomorrow) on July 29, 2015, I opened my blog and published my first post. I do have this same post on my “About” page, AND it was updated over a year later, but, none the less, it is my first post.

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that, after I opened my blog, my own fear kept me from really getting it going. I used excuse after excuse to keep myself from writing, keep myself from living my dream. What if no one reads it…what if no one likes it…what if people laugh at me…what if people make fun of me…I have too much homework…the house needs cleaning. Well, you get the idea!  So, other than 2 reblogged articles, for 16 months, I let my fear stop my dreams. As I write this today, I wonder what this blog would be like and where it would stand, had I not let my fears get in the way for 16 months. I’m just glad that I got up the courage to get it going in November, 2016. I really don’t know what changed, or what prompted me to overcome my fear. Support and encouragement from my family helped. I always follow my heart and sometimes, the longing in my heart becomes so overwhelming that I can’t ignore it. That’s what happened here. Quite frankly, I don’t know where I’d be without my blog and all of you.

Don’t let fear stop your dreams…

As I said above, in between my 2 blog-iversary dates, I reblogged 2 articles

Then, on November 29, 2016, 16 months later and the date I consider my REAL blog-iversary, I started writing and didn’t look back.

Here is the original article,


“The Doctor of the future will no longer treat the human with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition”

~ Thomas Edison

Welcome to my blog. I hope you’ll join me as I journey into the field of nutrition, more specifically using food to cure disease.

This blog was first opened the summer of 2015, and for the past year, I’ve been working on my Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program at Hawthorn University. I began my coursework there in September, 2015. Now, in November, 2016, I am much wiser and on the road to fulfilling my nutrition dreams.

This is something I’ve thought about for a long time. I read everything I can get my hands on and watch food documentaries whenever I can. It is my passion and I can’t believe I get to study it full time. Well, as the old saying goes, “Do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Many things fell into place at just the right time to make this possible, and I feel very fortunate.

I am of the firm belief that food can cure disease. I’m not talking just any old food, but good clean whole food from nature. I didn’t always feel this way however. One of my favorite things for lunch, as a child, was Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I often snacked on sliced American cheese with french onion dip. So, what changed my mind and put me on the “food is a cure” path?

I’ll talk more about myself in another blog, but, suffice it to say, I was on the same path as most Americans, eating the Standard American Diet, gaining weight and slowly getting sick. I tried many diets and eating plans, to no avail. Then, 2 people close to me were sick, one with Grave’s disease and one with PCOD. I watched as both of them completely cured themselves by doing only one thing, changing their diet. I was amazed and intrigued. I began to read and watch everything, thus my journey into food began.

I realize that the name Purple Almond is a bit different, and you may wonder why I chose it. The symbolism of the 2 words together summed up what food means to me. Purple/violet, symbolizes, among other things, healing of mind, body and spirit, higher consciousness and awareness of self. Almonds and Almond trees are sometimes known as “the tree of life” and symbolize light and awakening. So, the name Purple Almond sums up my beliefs nicely, “Good, nutritious, whole food brings light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

So join me as I take you on a journey of mind, body and soul, while I show you how to heal your body from the inside out.

Healthy Cooking Tip…

When you’re going to saute garlic,

slice it rather than mincing it —

it’s less likely to burn that way.

~ Aarli Sequeira

Here’s to a happy, healthy

and beautiful day for you.

God Bless, Namaste!

#sharethejoy #onesong