After a weekend of traipsing through the fabric markets of Shanghai and eating nothing that was good for me I spent a 4 hour train ride reading Mark Bittman's VB6. It had been a hot and steamy weekend that left me feeling drained by a lack of water and over consumption of junk food. The book proposes a vegan lifestyle before 6 pm. At night you can be a carnivore. It is not a limited diet, more of a mindset change which has given me perspective on a better way of eating. A change that would not hurt anyone to incorporate into their lives.
One of my takeaways was this breakfast parfait recipe. It is a great make ahead meal that can sit in your fridge for days and double as dessert. I have added a bit of yogurt for a better gut and nuts because a variety of texture in my meals always seems to leave me satiated.
- 1 apple, chopped (I love honey crisp for this)
- 1 tsp Russian Mulling Spice or cinnamon/nutmeg
- ½ cup Muesli or other low-sugar, high-fiber cereal
- 2 ripe medium bananas
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 cup plain greek yogurt (optional)
- 1/8 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
Toss apple pieces with mulling spice and microwave for 1 minute. Put the bananas in a medium bowl and squeeze the lemon juice over all. Mash and stir the mixture with a fork or potato masher until it’s as smooth or lumpy as you like.
Assemble parfaits in short, wide glasses in alternating layers of spiced apple, cereal and mashed banana/tofu until you use everything up. Top with nuts. Serve immediately.
More simple and healthy breakfasts;
- Savory Breakfast Cupcakes
- Protein Packed Carrot Muffins
- Mixed Fruit Power Bars
- Pumpkin and Pecan Biscuits, healthy sustenance
Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini