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Breakfasts: Peaches & Almonds

It seems appropriate to say that, pregnant or not, first and second breakfasts should just be a staple of life. I agree with Pippin. Food is a necessary means of enjoying everything else. It’s always good to start the day and live the day and finish the day with good food.

Breakfast became my favorite meal, or pastime, when I lived in Italy. I was studying there for a semester in college, and the Italian cook laid out a simply delicious spread every morning – fresh bread from the bakery, nutella & chocoduo, yogurts, cold chocolate cereal & fresh milk (and the cereal never got soggy!), hot chocolate & juice. I was in heaven every morning. Chocolate and more chocolate and fresh bread. What could be better? For my soul or my hips? It doesn’t matter because both benefitted.

I don’t eat just chocolate for breakfast anymore. I aim to include fruits and grains and protein in my breakfasts now, which seems to be the best energy boost for starting the day.

Here’s a recipe I adapted with peaches from the back of the coconut flour bag:

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Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins (Gluten & Dairy Free/Makes 12 Muffins):

1 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour (I bought my bag at Costco)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp raw honey

1 cup coconut milk (in this case I used almond milk because that’s what I had on hand)

6 eggs (absolutely necessary as coconut flour is very dry and blends best with allotted amounts of moistening)

4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

4 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp chia seeds (I did not include this in my concoction)

1 cup of preferred fruit

Preheat oven to 350, sift dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, stir together, fold in fruit. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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This morning I experimented with no-bake homemade granola bars recipe from blogger Balancing Beauty & Bedlam:

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I love peanut butter all the time, any time. But I especially like it for breakfast. In this recipe, as the author mentions, anything you like can be added to the mix. I had on hand sunflower seeds, dried almonds, a mixture of flax & pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, cranberries & raisins, which I tossed in with my raw honey & organic peanut butter. It turned out quite yummy, and I sat down to a little plate of it and a glass of almond milk after yoga for a quiet breakfast with my book for a friend.

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Good books and good food just go together.

So, what recipes do you use to start your day? (Post in the comment link provided.)

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