Beth Baldino, MSW, CHHC
Certified Holistic Health Counselor
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Breakfast Smoothie

I know — we’re all busy in the morning! For most people, full breakfasts of omlettes, whole-grain pancakes, etc. are for days off or leisurely weekends. But that doesn’t mean you need to skip THE most important meal of the day. If you don’t have a well-balanced meal in the morning, you’re setting yourself up for sluggish metabolism, sugar imbalances, and cravings that will make it impossible for you to stick to your eating plan.

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Cinnamon Walnut Bread (Wheat & Sugar-Free)

My favorite way to bake wheat and gluten-free is using nut flours. They impart a delicious flavor and make for a really moist bread or cake. Add a “frosting” made from cream cheese sweetened with agave syrup and flavored with natural vanilla, and call it a lightly-sweetened cake!

Ingredients:

1-1/3 cup Almond Flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
¼ cup honey
1 jumbo egg
1 Tbsp. milk of your choice
1 banana (not too ripe)
¼ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

Homemade Muesli

This is a very easy substitute for cooked oatmeal at breakfast. It is especially nice in the warmer weather when hot cereal may not be as appealing. Children may enjoy being involved in putting their own bowls together the night before and are more likely to be open to something new if they have participated and selected their own toppings. Of course if many people will be eating it, it may be more convenient to make one bigger batch and let everyone choose their own ingredients as they make their bowls in the morning. And if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, don’t let that stop you — improvise and use what’s on hand.

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