Archive for the ‘Breakfast’ Category

Tour de France 2017, Stage 3: Crepes with Nut Butter, Fruit and More

Stage 3 of this year’s Tour de France is on. This is what I just had for breakfast: fresh crepes topped with nut butter, cooked fruit topping, mixed grains,… Read more »

Great Training Fuel: French Toast Taken From “Simple to Exciting” – All in Pictures

Yesterday’s post showed how to use your favorite bread to make French toast either in the pan or microwave oven.  As mentioned in that post, the I bread used to make French toast last weekend was Seeded Levain bread from the BirchTree Bread Co. in Worcester, MA. (That bread, by the way, goes great with your favorite cheese, nut butter, and much more – terrific stuff!)

What you see below is all I needed to power a fantastically invigorating 60+ mile Bicycles Battling Cancer training ride from my town, Westborough, MA, through Northborough, Boylston, Sterling, Clinton, Bolton, Harvard, Read more »

12 Days to Cancer Ride and French Toast Training Fuel

 

12 days to the 100 mile Bicycles Battling Cancer ride through Central Massachusetts – you bet, I’d appreciate your support.

Regarding training, French toast, which combines sustained energy from the protein in eggs with the more immediate energy provided by complex carbohydrates in bread, is a great fuel for a good ride, run, or any activity that keeps your body in motion. I made the French toast shown above with a great local find: Seeded Levain bread from the BirchTree Bread Co. in Worcester, MA – I’ll be back for more soon! Tomorrow I’ll show how to take the French Toast I made above from “Simple to Exciting” to power a gorgeous 60+ mile training ride last weekend.

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Warm Apple, Kiwi and Cranberry Fruit Topping Picture Book Recipe

Apple Kiwi and Cranberry Fruit ToppingLast post showed how to ripen and prepare fresh kiwifruits (kiwis). Here’s a fully flavorful way to have those kiwis warmed in a pan with fresh apples and cranberries either as is or over hot cereal, or any way you like.

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How to Ripen and Prepare Fresh Kiwifruit (Kiwi) Picture Book Directions

How to Ripen and Prepare Kiwifruit Kiwifruits, also known as kiwis, are native to Southern China but are now grown around the world with a fresh fruity flavor that’s a cross between bananas, strawberries and pineapple. Kiwifruits are rich in vitamins A, C and E, and their black seeds, when crushed or chewed, are an excellent source of beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Crepes Made Easy Picture Book Recipe

Froome Takes Yellow & Crepes Made Easy

How ’bout celebrating the well underway, rippin’ fast 103rd Tour de France with fantastically flavorful fresh crepes, which are no-kidding just as easy to make but much more versatile than plain flapjack pancakes?

Here are the ingredients you need.

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Adapting to Specific Dietary Needs: 2 Easy Steel Cooked Oats Picture Book Recipes

Steel Cut Oats with Nut Butter, Fresh Fruit & Kefir (AID)Steel Cut Oats with Nut Butter, Fresh Fruit & Kefir

Adapting recipes to specific dietary needs doesn’t have to be hard at all – and best of all – can be done with NO COMPROMISE IN FLAVOR. You bet!

Here are two very easy-to-make steel cut oats breakfast recipes that are very much the same – with just one slight exception. The recipe on the left is made completely with ingredients that are anti-inflammatory (AID in the title=Anti-Inflammatory Diet). The recipe on the right contains raisins, which can be substituted by any choice of dried fruit. Dried fruit, however, can cause discomfort to those with irritated digestive tracts. Removing the raisins/dried fruit is an easy fix.

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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats Picture Book Recipe

Steel Cut Oats Ingredients

Steel cut oats: nutty flavor, complete protein source, complex carbohydrate, fiber rich, anti-inflammatory, and highly versatile in both sweet and savory recipes. Great stuff! Here’s how they look compared to rolled oats.

Rolled Oats and Steel Cut Oats ComparisonWant to know more about what steel cut oats are, why they’re a bit more nutritional than rolled oats, and how to cook them as easily as possible (they take about 25 minutes to cook – almost completely hands-free)? Just click any picture on this page for a complete, easy-to-follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »

Breakfast Yorkshire Pudding Picture Book Recipe

Breakfast Yorkshire PuddingApril 19th is Patriots’s Day, the day the first shots were fired in 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts, between British troops and American colonists. On that day, and all through the Revolutionary War that lasted 8 years, all Americans were still considered British subjects.

Why the brief history? Because I think it’s an enlightening backdrop to breakfast Yorkshire pudding, which as easy to make as they are fantastically flavorful to eat.

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Fresh Fruit vs. Dried Fruit Nutritional Value

Fresh vs. Dried Fruit An extraordinarily friendly woman I check out with almost everytime I take a run through BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, MA, noticed a bag of mixed dried fruit along with containers of fresh fruit in my shopping cart and asked, “What’s better for you, dried or fresh fruit? I’ve tried looking it up online, but I can’t find a good answer.”

Bottom line: fresh fruit is by far better for the following three reasons:

  • vitamin and nutrient content in dried fruit is diminished through the fruit drying process, more so when that fruit is dried more aggressively commercially instead of more gently dried at home either in the oven or in a food drier
  • ounce for ounce, dried fruit contains more sugar and calories than fresh fruit (that makes sense as most of the weight in fresh fruit is water, and that water is removed through rapid evaporation when the fruit is dried leaving only the fruit flesh behind)
  • though fresh fruit may not be free of chemicals due to pesticide use depending how that fruit is grown, fresh fruit does not contain preservatives the way some fresh fruits do to enhance color and shelf life

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