Bene-full Breakfast Ideas

Let me tell you, people have feeeeeelings about breakfast. We have the most important meal of the day’, and then there are the fans of ‘only eat if you’re hungry’. Special shout out to real ones eating their leftover lasagna the morning after…I mean, it really is better the next day. The jury is still out for me when it comes to starting my day off right. Sometimes weekends call for donuts or brunch. But most of the time, I’m up early during the week trying to get a workout in before my first calls of the day. The next thing I know it can be early afternoon and the only thing I’ve prepared is my morning green tea, which sits untouched and cooled off on the kitchen counter. Since I’m trying to normalize my routine (if you recall: sleep better! stay organized!), I’m going to try hopping on the morning Smoothie Train…and also the Juice Train, and my new go-to for the wintertime, the Immunity Shot Express. Today I’m sharing with you my favorite recommendations and combinations; from boosting energy to combating bloat, and how you can prepare these or stock up on them from home.

Beat the Bloat Smoothie

Alissa outside of Restore, Cold Pressed Juice's Store

The best foods to help with bloating are high in potassium and water. So the ingredients that immediately come to mind are: cucumbers and bananas! Seems like an unfavorable combo, but I’ve found a balance that makes it work and tastes delicious. Pro tip: prep this ahead of time by packing all of the fruits and veggies into freezer bags. When you’re ready, dump this into the blender and add your wet ingredients – no need for ice! These will stay good in your freezer for up to nine months!

Cucumber Banana Anti-Bloat Smoothie

  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut water OR sugar free almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 English cucumber, rough chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s apple cider vinegar – yes, you’ll taste it a little, but just trust me!
An assortment of Restore Juices

Energy Boosting Smoothie

Technically all foods boost your energy, right? But clearly some are a little better at it than others. For this one, I’m choosing to incorporate dark berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, for their ability to reduce inflammation and fatigue. Perfect to combat morning aches and pains while also providing a jolt of energy. Plus, the color alone with this one is sure to bring a smile to your face (or give you a great, vibrant shot for your instagram story #doitforthegram).

Mixed Berry Power Boost Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries (any mixture of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar free orange juice OR fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup low-fat or fat-free yogurt
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled (I put ginger in ALL my smoothies – I love it! Clearly ok to omit if it’s not for you)

We can all agree that smoothies are the gateway drinks for breakfast nutrition. What comes next requires a little bit more fortitude (and some upscale kitchen equipment)…the morning green juice. These often lack the sweetness you’ll find in a smoothie, and they aren’t necessarily a meal replacement, but they are loaded with all the nutrients you need to get you through the day. These are perfect for the day after you just spent all weekend on your couch binging Netflix and eating pizza or the first day back to work after a week-long beach vacation.

Restore smoothie, shot, and juice full view

Easy Green Juice

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 green apple
  • 3 1-inch ginger segments (peeled)
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ bunch celery

I’d recommend putting the heartier items through the juicer first, such as the cucumber and celery. Next go the greens, and then the apple and lemon – those help clean out any leftovers. Pro tip: juicing is great for cleaning out the fridge! Have leftover parsley, mint, and other garnish-like herbs and greens? Push all those through the juicer too!

Okay. We’ve blended. We’ve juiced. We feel great. We’re healthy. We’re hungry for more. It’s time for graduation…I’m talking SHOTS. Not those kind of shots…these shots are actually good for you and won’t leave you with a hangover. But their strong flavor may still leave you with “shot face,” you know that wince…but it’s worth it, trust me. Cold pressed shots are becoming more readily available at your local grocery store or health shop, and I recommend outsourcing from them since it’s a lot of work for a two ounce shot. My favorites are Restore Health Bar for their ginger shots (perfect for digestion) and turmeric for immunity. I’m also loving the latest wellness shots my local Heinen’s is carrying. I’m stocking up on their immunity and digestion shots each time I drop in.

Congratulations! We are now perfect examples of health and wellness! Right?! For me, not even close…but with enough weekly prep and dedication, and slowly incorporating the above into my weekly routine, I’ll get there. And you will, too. Time to #drinkup!