So what does a nonbreakfast eater have for breakfast? Well, if you’ve been around here before you have probably seen me complain about how I don’t really dig breakfast. I’ve only mentioned it EVERY. SINGLE. time so I’m sure you are aware.
I’ve never been an eggs person, and the only part I really ever liked about breakfast were the carbs. I also don’t really love spending a ton of time first thing in the a.m. making food. I really just want to get my nom on and get a move on. So I thought I would share what I typically do for breakfast every morning before heading to the gym.
Now, I want to say that I recognize that this is kind of a cheater post/recipe. Why? Because it’s toast and not exactly fancy pants toast or really a “recipe.” But the truth is my morning routine consists of this toast almost every time. Sometimes I do opt for avocado toast, but peanut butter just makes my heart sing. So usually, it’s pb.
And even though it might just be “toast,” it’s suped up toast because chia seeds and flax seeds have decided to join the peanut buttery party. But why chia and flax? The short and sweet answer: they have very little flavor, making them versatile, are packed with nutritional goodness.
How much goodness? Well…
Chia seeds: Although quite small, they are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and a number of other nutrients. They are unprocessed and can be eaten as is.
Flax seeds: Can be found in seed form or ground (as used here) and is loaded with fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, and lignan which is a cancer fighting antioxidant. While you can easily find seeds on the market, the body really needs ground flax, as whole just passes through our system without being digested. In order to really reap it’s benefits you’ll want ground flax seeds.
There is so much research out there showing the amazing benefits of these two little seeds, a quick Google will generate an insane amount of reasons why you should give these guys a try. With such little flavor, they are the perfect nutritional addition to any meal. I add them in baking or granola or just anywhere I can sprinkle them to up the nutritional value of my meal.
And that leads us to this… seedy peanut butter toast. Homemade peanut butter, slathered on delicious multi-grain toast, with chia and flax seeds sprinkled on top. That’s it. And it’s packing some nutritional heat. And it’s just toast!
If you are interested in making homemade peanut butter, it’s crazy easy. Are you ready for this…
Homemade Peanut Butter
In a high speed blender or heavy duty food processor add 1 cup of peanuts (roasted, plain, honey, whatever your little heart desires) and blend until creamy smooth. Depending on your blender/processor this can take a few minutes or up to 8-10. Just blend. And blend. And you will have yourself some homemade peanut butter. If you prefer a thin pb, just add a little mild-flavor oil, such as grapeseed, to thin. If you prefer a sweeter peanut butter, you can add maple syrup, honey or agave to taste. Personally, I have never thinned mine and I usually add just a smidge or maple syrup to cut the flatness that peanuts as is can kind of have.
Now toast isn’t the only thing I enjoy for breakfast. I accompany my toast with a good ole smoothie. And while my toast doesn’t change up much, my smoothie can vary between tropical flavors or mean greens. But my all time favorite is strawberry oat. Mmmmm… On any given morning that’s most likely how you’ll find me, seedy peanut butter toast and a strawberry oat smoothie.
**For nut free try using sunflower seed butter instead!
- slices of quality bread (gluten free, if desired)
- peanut butter, homemade preferred
- ground flax seeds
- chia seeds
- Toast desired amount of slices in a toaster. Slather toasted slices with peanut butter. Sprinkle ground flax seeds and chia seeds on top. Devour.