If you have kids or a busy job to get to, mornings can be stressful. There may never seem to be enough time to make a healthy breakfast, sit down, eat it slowly and mindfully, and then get to work or drop the kids off without being late. But, breakfast is so important for your health and well-being that it might actually be worth getting up an hour earlier in order to make it part of your morning routine. Eating well in the morning will not only make you feel good, it can also contribute to weight loss or weight control, increased productivity, and lower cholesterol.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy breakfast should consist of:
- Whole grains. Whole-grain bread, bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, low-fat bran muffins, crackers, or Melba toast.
- Low-fat protein. Peanut butter, lean meat, poultry or fish, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Low-fat dairy. Skim milk, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage and natural cheeses.
- Fruits and vegetables. Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, 100 percent juice beverages without added sugar, or fruit and vegetable smoothies.
We, at Healthy Heart Meals, love breakfast! Our menu consists of a wide variety of options from cold cereals like our famous homemade granola to hot meals like our Broccoli, Cheddar, and Tomato Breakfast Bake. Our clients tell us, time and again, that when they open the fridge in the morning and see a Healthy Heart Meal waiting for them, it puts them in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Because we’re so passionate about breakfast, we decided to make it the subject of our appearance on Rogers Daytime Toronto on March 6. On the show, our President and Founder Jon Burnside and Chef Keith Mitchell, prepared Sweet Potato Pancakes—one of our most loved breakfast dishes and the perfect meal to enjoy as a family.
Jam packed with healthy goodness, these pancakes taste delicious and leave your belly feeling full all morning long. To help encourage you to make a healthy breakfast part of your morning routine, we’d like to share this recipe with you. We hope you love these pancakes as much as we do!
1 1/4 cup ALL PURPOSE FLOUR (unbleached)
3 tbsp CORNMEAL, (yellow, whole grain)
2 tsp BAKING POWDER
1/2 tsp CINNAMON (ground)
1 cup NONFAT MILK
1 cup SWEET POTATO (raw, mashed)
3 tbsp BROWN SUGAR (unpacked)
1 tbsp CANOLA OIL
1/2 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT
2 large EGGS
1. Combine flour, cornmeal, cinnamon and baking powder in large bowl-stirring with whisk.
2.Combine milk, sweet potato,sugar,oil,vanilla and egg. Stir until smooth.
3.Add flour to mixture. Stir until just combined.
4.Let batter stand 10 minutes.
5.Scoop 1/4 cup mixture per pancake and cook on griddle.