Recipes: 3 Quick and Clean Breakfasts to Perfect Your Spring Skin

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The sun is peaking through the clouds with rays of light beaming down from the sky; it’s hard to tell from the inside that the temperature is still hovering around the freezing point. We have officially spring forward and changed back to daylight saving time. It’s incredible how an extra hour of daylight makes the day seem much longer, and even though the weather still cant’ make up its mind if it’s going to be hot or cold, it sure feels like we have finally exited winter and entered spring. Maybe it’s a personal habit, or maybe it’s the universe that’s urging me to follow the natural life cycle, I started to crave for cleaner meals and lighter food options to kick start the new season.

In the past, I liked to go on a juice cleanse for a few days to reset my body back to its cleanest state. I love the deep clean feeling, but juice cleanse can be difficult with all the activities going on in the city. This year, I decided to start a healthier eating routine starting with breakfasts that are not just clean, but also give a little nutrient boost to my skin. From a stereo typical thinking, it is not the easiest to have a healthy and tasty breakfast during the work day – sometimes we don’t even have enough time to get our hair and makeup right before work, let alone preparing for breakfast – but here are a couple recipes that are quick and easy to manage, and better yet, they are good for you!

  1. Honey Almond Butter Toast

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I’m always a big fan of almond butter; it was one of my staples during my vegan days. Almond butter lived under the shadow of peanut butter for years, and it is finally getting its fair share of attention lately. Almond butter contains high doses of essential fatty acids, it not only protects you from heart attack, but also help keep your skin supple and hair shiny. It is also rich in minerals and vitamins, which will help giving you those rosy cheeks from within. Some argues that raw almond butter is better than roasted because it contain live enzymes, but they are actually both good choices to fill you up with quality protein and nutrients in the morning. Almond butter has a nutty aroma and rich creamy texture, it goes well with most fresh fruits that are in season. I also like to add a little honey and cinnamon for the taste and the extra antioxidant. Here is a sample default recipe I like to use:

Honey Almond Butter Toast with Banana and Cinnamon (serves 1)

2 Slices of whole-wheat toast
2 Tablespoon Almond Butter (toasted or raw, your choice)
1 Banana
2 Teaspoons of honey
Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Slightly toast the bread to a light golden brown color, spread 1 tablespoon of almond butter on each toast, slice the banana and distribute evenly on the toast, sprinkle with honey and cinnamon, enjoy!

  1. Chia Seed Pudding Bowls

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Chia Seed is another super food I fell in love with while I was on a raw food kick. It is still a great addition to my daily diet even thought I’m not a raw foodist anymore. Chia Seeds are one of nature’s richest antioxidants, it helps speed up skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage. With the high content of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Chai Seeds can prevent premature skin aging from inflammation free-radical damage. I like to make Chia Seed in a pudding form – they are softened from the soaking and it’s easier to digest, and can be flavored easily. When they are made right, they taste just like dessert, it’s hard to believe they are also so nutritious. Here are two of my favorite recipes:

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding (serves 2)

¼ Cup Chia Seeds
1 Cup unsweetened coconut milk (use fresh coconut milk if possible)
1 Tablespoon agave syrup or honey
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whisk together coconut milk, syrup or honey and vanilla extract. Stir in chia seeds and let it soak for at least 2 hours (or overnight if possible). Eat it plain or top with fresh fruits or toasted coconut flakes.

Mocha Latte Chia Seed Pudding (serves 2)

¼ Cup Chia Seeds
1 Cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
¾ Brewed coffee
2 Tablespoon coco powder
2 Tablespoon agave syrup
½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon cacao nips (optional)

Whisk together the almond (or cashew) milk , coffee, coco powder, syrup and vanilla extract. Stir in chia seeds and let it soak for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Eat it plain or top with cacao nips, cinnamon or fresh berries.

  1. Super Packed Green Smoothies

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Green Smoothies does not sound appealing to some people, but you know a good recipe and make it right, it can be very tasty and nutritious, and it is the perfect healthy breakfast that can be taken on-the-go. I have my signature smoothie that is packed with all the right goodness that gives your skin the boost of glow it needs. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C that not only gives you good energy, but also brightens complexion from within. Spinach is high in iron, zinc, vitamin K, folate and magnesium that make skin strong; avocado has powerful antioxidants and healthy fat that serve as the natural anti-aging remedy. Last but not least, parsley! It adds a punch of green flavors, and also keeps your immune system strong and flushes out excess fluid to make you look less bloated. It sounds like a random combo, but it’s actually very tasty and refreshing.

Grapefruit Avocado Green Smoothie (serves 1)

1 Small pink grapefruit (or ½ large one)
½ Avocado, cubed
1 Cup of baby spinach
¼ Cup fresh parsley leaves
¼ Cup Cucumber, peeled and cubed (optional)
Juice of ½ lemon (optional)
1-2 teaspoon of honey

Cut the grapefruit and slice out the segments. Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Enjoy.

I still love my sunny-side eggs and bacon for breakfast on the weekends, but for weekdays, I like to keep it clean and healthy, so I feel happy with my body and have good energy for work…. And if these breakfasts can help my skin maintain a healthy appearance, I’m not going to turn that down! Hope you enjoy these quick and easy breakfasts as much as I do.

xo,
Alicia