A spa morning meal
Breakfast is a key component to losing weight. Enjoying a healthy morning meal can help curb hunger (so you don’t overindulge later in the day), give you energy, and act as an easy way to get key nutrients your body needs. Give yourself a spa treat every day with these five recipe ideas straight from The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu. These meals are delicious, and you’ll feel full and satisfied thanks to a healthy mix of carbs, fiber, and protein.
Buckwheat-flax pancakes with walnuts
Yes, pancakes CAN be healthy. This batter is made with buckwheat instead of your usual white flour, so it’s packed with fiber to keep you full. Bonus: The prep time for this breakfast is just 10 minutes!
Ingredients: Rolled oats, flaxseed, buckwheat flour, almond milk, eggs, baking powder, sea salt, maple syrup, walnut oil, walnuts, strawberries
The ranch granola
Who doesn’t love the crunchy goodness of granola? Traditional versions can be loaded with sugar, fat, and calories, but this recipe is made with dried fruits, nuts, spices, and fiber-filled steel-cut oats. To keep portion size in control, make it a topping instead of a main dish. Sprinkle it on yogurt or add some to a smoothie for a crunchy kick.
You can also get creative with the toppings. Swap out nuts for dried fruit or try golden raisins instead of dried apricots. The possibilities are endless.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, walnuts, steel-cut oats, pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, cinnamon, egg whites, maple syrup, dried blueberries, dried apricots, dried dates
Berry breakfast smoothie
This drink brings together the best of green and fruit smoothies into one filling cup of goodness. Kaleand broccoli add nutrients, while berries act as antioxidant-rich powerhouses. Plus, avocado adds a creamy texture and some healthy monounsaturated fats.
Ingredients: Berries, kale, broccoli, banana, pineapple, avocado, orange juice
Blistered tomato and spinach scramble
If you’re short on time in the morning (and who isn’t?), this scramble serves four, so you can make it ahead of time and enjoy it throughout the week. Eggs are a high-protein way to start your day, and this version cuts calories and fat by adding flavor with spices and veggies instead of adding cheese.
Ingredients: Olive oil, grape tomatoes, garlic, spinach, scallions, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, eggs
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