It seems like the Standard American Diet (SAD) Breakfast usually consists of sugary, unhealthy boxed cereals with low-fat or no-fat milk. It’s time to step outside the box!
Why ditch all cereal? Even the “healthy ones”….never mind, there is no such thing. Boxed cereals are highly processed to extend shelf life. They contain added sugars, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and several other refined ingredients that cause your blood sugar to spike and then come crashing back down on you. This sugar spike causes a release of insulin into the blood. As long as insulin is in the blood, you can’t burn fat. Consistently consuming sugars (or things that break down into sugar) will cause you to keep spiking your blood sugar, leaving your body at a disadvantage and not the fat burning machine it is meant to be.
Most boxed breakfast cereals are made with what I call “zombie grains.” These grains are refined, they are stripped of most, if not all nutrients and then lab created vitamins are added back in later. The body has difficulty recognizing these chemically made additions. Sitting down with a nice big bowl of processed cereal with skim milk just adds to the problem. Key vitamins like A, D and K need fat to accompany them in order to be absorbed into our bodies properly. This means that your “fat free” vitamin-fortified cereal, topped with fat-free milk is truly pointless from a nutritional standpoint.
Everybody loves to have a little fun right? That is why “fun” looking cereal will get you every time! There are all sorts of crazy colors and flavors. These cereals are colored and flavored artificially with petroleum based substances derived from coal tar. This makes them very toxic to your nervous system. See, this is where changing your family’s diet can help children in school. Artificial colors and flavors are known to contribute to nervous system disorders like ADD and ADHD.
I am on a bit of a mission to get you to go to your pantry and “ally-oop” those boxed cereals right into your trash can. If you are not there yet….keep walking…I’m just kidding! Sort of…let me give you a sustainable substitution to help you transition!
Try our granola instead! You can serve just like traditional cereal with a crunch and a tiny bit of sweet from an unrefined source – pure raw honey.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 3 cups steel cut oats
- (Omit oats for a grainless option)
- 1½ cups whole raw almonds
- 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw honey (real honey crystallizes)
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, coconut, seeds, and salt
- In a small sauce pan on low, liquify the coconut oil and honey
- Pour coconut oil/honey mixture over oat mixture and stir until combined well
- Scoop onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper - do not overfill
- Bake for 15 minutes
- You may want to toss half way through to prevent the edges from overcooking
- Remove and allow to cool
- Add dried fruit (optional) and store in airtight containers
- This is a large recipe. You can reserve a cup or two and turn them into power balls by using honey and nut butter to bind the mixture together. Adding mini chocolate chips make this a sweet treat. Form into balls and refrigerate.
- Serve for breakfast as a substitute for breakfast cereal, layer with fresh berries and yogurt, making it the perfect parfait or top a french toast casserole for the added crunch.
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