by Lea Gance, M.S., L.Ac

Lea’s Cleanse-Friendly Breakfast Ideas : The YinOva Cleanse 2012

It’s Spring! That means time for spring-cleaning and the annual Yinova Spring Cleanse.  Because I usually eat greek yogurt and fruit, or eggs in the morning (and I’m usually in a rush) I’ve found the hardest meal to adhere to on the cleanse is breakfast. Here are some fast, healthy, and cleanse-friendly breakfast options. They’re listed from the most time-consuming (still only 30 minutes) to the quickest.

Maple Riz Au Lait

3 c Almond milk

¼ c Maple syrup

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

1 tbsp Vanilla extract

3 c cooked Brown rice

1/3 c Raisins

1/3 c Pecans, chopped and toasted

½ c Apples, diced

In a medium saucepan, bring the almond milk and maple syrup to a boil. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Add the rice and simmer uncovered until most of the liquid is absorbed (about 20 mins). Top with the raisins, pecans, and apples and serve.

Berry Quinoa

1 c Almond milk

1 c Water

1 c Quinoa

½ tsp Ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp Ground nutmeg

½ c Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries (or a mix)

1/3 c Pecans, chopped and toasted

4 tsp Honey

Combine milk and water in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, add the quinoa, reduce to a simmer and cover until the liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes).  Let stand for 5 minutess. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, berries and pecans. Drizzle with honey and serve.

Berry Breakfast Crunch

1/3 c Almonds

1/8 c Pistachios

½ c Walnuts

1/3 c Oats

1 tsp Cinnamon

½ Dried cranberries

Assorted fruit

Almond or Coconut milk

Combine almonds through cranberries in a food processor and blend to desired texture.  Top the fruit of your choice with the crumble mixture and add milk.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

1 Banana

1/8 c Peanut butter (be sure to use an organic variety with no added sugar)

½ c Almond or coconut milk

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.