When it comes to tweaking your diet to add in more nutritious foods, fall is an unbeatable time of year. There’s an unending variety of beautiful produce and amazing flavors right about now, so why not incorporate them into your delicious healthy breakfast?
I’d love to wake up every morning and spend a leisurely hour making a perfect meal, but let’s face it: I probably have about 20minutes to make and eat breakfast, and I bet you’ve got about the same. My solution? I put in a little time once, then have breakfast options for a few days. Try one of these strategies on a Sunday evening…
• Roast a winter squash like butternut, acorn or delicate in the oven. Pop it in the fridge or you could even portion it into several containers, then heat it up for breakfast. Top it with ground cinnamon and a quarter-cup of seeds or nuts like pumpkin seeds, walnuts or pecans. If you like a sweeter breakfast, add a tablespoon of pure maple syrup or honey.
• Potatoes and yams also make a delicious breakfast, and they’re plentiful this time of year. Bake them just like you would for dinner and serve them up for breakfast. Alternatively, you can cube your potatoes (or yams), steam them and finish them off by sautéing them with diced onions, peppers and garlic for a hearty hash
• Add cooked seasonal fruit to your breakfast: Chop a pound or so of apples or pears (or both!) and mix them with the juice of one lemon. Stir the fruit over medium heat with half a cup of water (or try a local apple juice like McCutcheons for a sweeter option) and a cinnamon stick. Stir frequently to keep the fruit from burning for 10-15 minutes, depending on how soft you like your fruit. Finish with a touch of maple syrup or honey, and add it as a topping to plain or vanilla coconut milk yogurt or use it to top whole-grain toast throughout the week.
• Want something special to go with your cooked fruit? Cook a big pot of grains with pumpkin pie spices—like cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves—and portion it into containers for the week. Sure, oatmeal is great, but be adventurous and give yourself a nutrition boost with grains like amaranth or brown rice both of which are suitable for gluten-free friends. They’re loaded with protein, fiber and nutrients to power you through lunch.
Hip tip: MOM’s Organic Market has a fantastic bulk section so you can buy the grains, seeds, nuts and even spices you plan to use, instead of spending a fortune on big bags and boxes. Do you have a go-to fall breakfast?