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Start the day off right: Anticancer breakfast ideas

Over on our Facebook page, Pamela asked for more breakfast options that contained veggies. The DYKC team loves to cook, so we pulled out our copy of Anticancer: A New Way of Life and came up with some suggestions for healthy, cancer-fighting breakfast options – with and without vegetables – ┬áthat taste delicious.

Oatmeal Supreme

Oatmeal is an excellent way to kick-start your morning. It’s great for people who want to eat a hearty breakfast and stay full right up until lunchtime, too. We recommend purchasing plain oatmeal – plain, instant oatmeal packets for those of you with limited time in the AM to make breakfast – and adding the following:

Raw, unsalted almond slices

Flaxseed

Organic strawberries, sliced

Dried walnuts

Dark chocolate shavings [the chocolate should be more than 70% cocoa]

Agave nectar or Stevia for sweetness

You can combine all of the above, and mix it up so that your oatmeal is never boring. Adding some vanilla or almond-flavored soy milk is also a delicious and protein-packed alternative to using water.

Anticancer Omelette

This is a great option for ANY meal – not just breakfast! Start with omega-3 eggs, and mix in one or more of the following:

Organic chicken chunks

Organic tofu or tempeh [great for vegetarians or those who have been instructed to avoid meat]

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Spinach [fresh, if you can find it, but some brands of frozen spinach offer the same nutritional benefits]

Curry [if you're brave!]

Shallots or leeks, chopped

Shitake, Enoki, Portobello or Oyster mushrooms, chopped

Use a little bit of organic skim milk – mix with the omega-3 eggs [preferably the egg whites only] and drizzle a little olive oil in the pan before pouring in the egg mixture. Let the eggs firm up a bit, then toss in your add-ins! A cup of Greek yogurt on the side with some sliced, organic berries is a nice complement to your Anticancer Omelette.

Cancer-Fighting Veggie Breakfast Pizza

Start with a personal-sized whole grain pizza crust [you can find these in your grocery store, or make your own at home!]. Drizzle some olive oil over the crust, and add the following:

Soy cheese, grated [this is usually in the refrigerated area of your grocer's natural foods section]

Spinach, chopped

Broccoli, chopped

Flaxseed [sprinkle over the top]

Pop crust into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, and you have a delicious – and filling – breakfast pizza that’s great for people who have to eat their breakfast on their way to work.

Scramble for a Cure Scrambled Egg Burrito

Scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple for many of us, but on busy mornings, you may not have the time to sit down and eat your eggs the traditional way – on a plate! Take them to go in a burrito! Start with a whole grain tortilla – toss it on a cookie sheet and let it warm up in the oven on 350 degrees for just a few minutes. While the tortilla is heating up, scramble your omega-3 eggs in a pan with a little bit of organic skim milk and a handful of soy cheddar cheese. Remove the tortilla from the oven, and spread on a thin layer of all-natural hummus. Add the eggs, some fresh herbs [oregano or parsley] and wrap it up – for easy transport, wrap some aluminum foil around the outside of your “burrito” before you head out!

Berrylicious Anticancer Yogurt

Greek yogurt makes a great breakfast – not to mention a tasty dessert option! If you prefer regular yogurt, choose an organic yogurt [or soy yogurt]. About one cup is a good serving size. Add the following, and you have a sweet treat:

Sliced organic strawberries, blueberries or cherries

Sliced raw, unsalted almonds

Sliced bananas

Dried pecans, finely chopped

Top it off with a sprinkle of flaxseed. You can even layer the yogurt, fruit and nuts parfait-style. A slice of whole grain toast with almond butter is a nice addition to this breakfast.

What are your favorite anticancer breakfast meals?

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