Functional Breakfast Burritos: Taste Test

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When I say I’m a breakfast person, that may be a bit of an understatement. The correct term is breakfast enthusiast.

I have been known to have trouble sleeping the night before, because I can’t wait to eat breakfast the next morning. I have been known to make breakfast dates with friends who have initially asked for drinks dates, coffee dates, lunch dates or dinner dates. It’s just.. breakfast. This is my flow time. This is my happy time. It’s when I’m most creative.

This is when I’m most ravenous.

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With the new year just underway, I’m more focused than ever on starting 2017 off on a healthy note. As per usual, my goals are on bettering myself physically, mentally and emotionally, and on staying healthy with the help of Sweet Earth Natural Foods products. Cassidy and I used to make burritos during the early parts of our marriage. We’d throw anything on that our hearts desired, and that expanded later when I was pregnant. Sometimes it was carrots. Sometimes it was peppers.

I learned how to eat quinoa by living in San Francisco. Now that we’re parents and we’re in the middle of the frigid and endless months of a New England winter, I need a little more substance in my breakfasts lately. I need a kick to start my day. I generally need lots of protein and even more flavor. During this past weekend’s taste test, I found something new.

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Over the weekend, I went on a Functional Breakfast Burritos shopping spree – partly at Stop & Shop – and mostly at Whole Foods, I did not come up empty-handed. Not one to miss out on a single good thing, I got four flavors from Sweet Earth Natural Foods: Get Focused!, Protein Lover’s, Get Cultured!, and Lighten Up! What inspired their functional burritos? Form following function. The burritos are filled with vegetables, complex grains, omega-3, probiotics, fiber, and tons of protein.

I started my day with a Get Focused! today.

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Sweet Earth Natural Foods make healthy foods, without compromising flavor. These easy-to-eat burritos are so much fun to discover, that Cassidy and Des happily helped me when I taste-tested all four flavors.

Get Cultured! – This one intrigued Cassidy the most. It’s a probiotic, vegan, Korean-inspired breakfast burrito, filled with – tofu, cabbage, carrots, spinach, fermented red pepper, edamame, and ginger. There are 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Intriguing, right? It was a little spicy, but not too much for me. I love the edamame! I think I have an obsession with fermented foods. I also love tofu. Would I buy it? Yes. Cassidy’s reaction was simple, but perfect: “I like it!”

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Get Focused! This one was my most anticipated one, because I’m totally an eggs and cheese girl. This burrito also has rosemary, flaxseed, kale, peas, smoked gouda, and meatless Tuscan Grounds. There are 18 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and omega-3! It’s a favorite. I LOVE the eggs. This is totally my thing. There’s a slight fennel taste too.

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breakfast burritos

Lighten Up – Lighten Up has only 190 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber. It has seasoned tofu, homemade salsa verde, spinach, black eyed peas, brown rice, and red bell peppers. The smell of the homemade salsa verde and the red bell peppers is instant! Des liked this one best. So if you are keeping score, Cassidy liked Get Cultured Best!, I liked Get Focused! best, and Des liked Lighten Up best. It has a nice traditional favor, and I bet it’s a favorite to many people. I LOVE the black eyed peas! I’m not a cilantro person, and it’s in there, but it doesn’t overwhelm at all. Also available in a 3-pack!

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Protein Lover’s – This functional breakfast burrito contains Sweet Earth Natural Food’s Vegan Benevolent Bacon.

The smoky smell and taste is instant! This burrito is protein-packed with scrambled egg whites, quinoa, kale, garlic, meatless Tuscan Grounds, the Benevolent Bacon, and cheddar cheese. It has a whopping 20 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and is high in vitamins B1, B2, and C. I loved the quinoa – such a great texture! Also, this one is available in 3-packs.

Talk about healthy, convenient, and flavorful foods for your New Year’s Resolutions! I found my burritos at my local co-op, at Stop & Shop in the organic frozen section, and at Whole Foods. Find your local Sweet Earth Foods with THIS LINK.

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Five Ways to Jumpstart 2017

I’m not really a resolutions kind of girl. I’d like to say I’m a goals person, but sometimes things take a long time for me, and sometimes I get scared. What I really think I am is a wakeup call person. I like to act on wakeup calls. At the end of 2016, I felt less healthy than I should. I felt older and less fit. I felt like I could and should be doing more to be all-around healthier.

When I was a teenager, I went on a life-changing trip through Canada and upstate New York. It was my first time away from home for nearly two weeks, and it was also my first time discovering so many cities and towns, nestled in another country. I was battling some demons during those days, as one sometimes does during those tumultuous teen years, and I wound up better and stronger for doing so while on the road. The world never looked the same for me. Colors got brighter, music got louder and more meaningful, and relationships got stronger. I got happier. That doesn’t mean I’ve honored everything I learned along the way as much as I should have as an adult, but I loved the experience of growing and exploring the world.

Around the same time, I saw a trailer for one of M. Night Shyamalan’s first movies – Wide Awake. I know too well that feeling of suddenly feeling “wide awake”, as if you’ve been sleeping or not paying attention for a long time. For me, 2017 is a time of wakeup calls to be answered. I’m not a resolutions girl, but I’m a wakeup call girl and I want 2017 to reflect change.

One thing I’m doing is re-focusing on myself and feeling inspired in the new year. That requires me to carve out some “me time” and to also focus on new ideas with cooking, cleaning, parenting, health, fitness, relaxation, and overall goals.

I’m jumping into the new year with hope and love. I had SO much fun creating this video – which shows you the five ways I jumpstart my day, and my year – and feel my absolute best. I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it!

To summarize, that’s drinking plenty of water, having a wholesome breakfast, taking time to rest and relax, finding time to snuggle up with loved ones – even pets – and being active. For #4, I love this recipe using my favorite Grape Nuts:

Recipe:

Crunchy Berry Stuffed French Toast

Crunchy Berry Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 medium loaf of brioche or other soft, thick bread. I used maple oatmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, ricotta cheese, or marscapone
  • Butter and maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh berries and bananas (optional)
  • 1 cup or so of Post Grape Nuts

Instructions

  1. Slice the bread
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until foamy and then add milk, cream, salt, vanilla, and sugar, and whisk to blend
  3. Pour into a sheet pan with sides - I used 13x9 baking pan
  4. Let the bread soak in a single layer in the mixture
  5. Heat butter until foamy in a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat
  6. Working in 2-3 batches, cook the soaked bread until lightly brown (3 minutes)
  7. Lay slices of cream cheese/ricotta/marscapone on top of the bread
  8. Place berries and Grape Nuts on top of the cheese
  9. Place another slice of bread on top of the soaked one - to make "sandwiches"
  10. Press firmly with back of spatula
  11. Rotate the "sandwiches" and brown the other side for another three minutes
  12. Serve with butter and syrup of choice
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I’m a big fan of texture, so when you get the sweet and eggy French Toast, then pair it with fresh and tart berries, use some form of spreadable cheese for flavor and stick factor, and then add in the crunch of Post Grape Nuts? Awesomeness.

In the great theme of trying for and being what we want, isn’t it amazing that cereal can be eaten at all times of the day, and for various occasions? Whether it’s on or with French Toast for breakfast or brunch, whether it’s snack time, or whether you want a good bowl of cereal at any time of the day or night, it’s always welcoming, comforting and delicious.

And so, what would you make with your Grape Nuts?

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