HOW TO UN-KIT BREAKFAST!
I’ve seen kits for salads (um, apparently see-thru lettuce + pancake syrup disguised as dressing + stale nuts and dried cranberries = a “salad”), kits for packing a school lunch, and even kits for making rice krispie treats. Seriously? Mixing ONE boxed product with ONE bagged product and a stick of butter must be waaaaay too complicated.
It’s a kit-crazy world.
I know I sound grandma-ish here (I can’t help it), but in my day, we just used – a recipe.
I was thinking about kits the other day when I looked at the breakfast cereals on the store shelves. (Boxed breakfast cereals were the first, or at least some of the first, foods to be promoted as a “kit.”) Knowing there’s not a healthy boxed option to be found, it occurred to me that perhaps not everyone thinks outside the box.
There may be those out there who aren’t even aware of how quick and easy it is to throw a few ingredients together and come up with something nutritious and delicious.
And the best part? When you think outside the box – you get to add the ingredients that you like best. Allergic to nuts? Skip ‘em! Want a gluten-free option? Check out the great recipe using the ancient “grain,” amaranth, below. (Click here to learn more about amaranth.)
Want to reduce the pain and inflammation of fibromyalgia and chronic health challenges? Eating clean is a great way to help your body to heal from the inside out.Do your best to reduce the amount of highly packaged and processed foods you consume and replace them with simple, whole, healthy and deliciously homemade versions.
Today’s tip: UnKit your next breakfast with this simple recipe. It packs a nutritious punch adding protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and great antioxidants. It’s so versatile, it can be served for any meal of the day including dessert.
3 C Water
1 C Amaranth
1 Apple or Pear, chopped
½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
Desired sweetener, to taste
Nuts or seeds, if desired
Directions: Bring water to a boil and then add amaranth. Return to a boil, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes or so. Add fruit and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until tender.
Stir to blend in fruit and to check for desired consistency. Let stand a few minutes before serving. Get creative and top with your favorite add-ins from the list below.
Sweeten, if desired, with grade B maple syrup, raw organic honey, coconut crystals, stevia, xylitol, erythritol, mashed bananas, or natural sweetener of your choice.
Experiment with peaches, plums, mangoes, cherries, berries, golden raisins or other dried fruits. (Apples and blueberries happen to be my favorite.)
Top with crushed nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.) or seeds such as ground flax or chia.
For a creamier texture, add coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut cream, almond butter, cashew butter, ghee, or butter. Try combinations to create your own favorite blends.
For a creamy dessert, serve chilled topped with fresh fruit compote and whipped (coconut) cream.
Have you experimented by making porridge from these great gluten-free options — quinoa, millet, or amaranth? Try them in this recipe and others.
What do you think? Tell us your favorite UnKit recipe suggestion, below!