New years are like breakfast. . .

With the promise of breakfast you may be thinking of muffins or pancakes.

And a name like “breakfast hash” could certainly conjure piles of potatoes.

Yet for most of us, when the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, we realized that the time had come to lay the end-of-year indulgences to rest and start the new year off fresh. After all, the first days or even month of the new year are just like breakfast – the opportunity to begin anew. (Can you feel the thrill of it? I can!)

A CNN poll released several years ago showed that over 50% of us lay caution to the winter wind when it comes to our holiday season eating. Sadly, some of us will feel the gluttony right in our guts – not necessarily with weight gain, but with the digestive disturbances that can come with these seemingly festive allowances.

At Replenish we’ve been conducting a survey of our own to learn more about your post-holiday needs.

The early results are to be applauded. Over 50% of you are seeking ways to incorporate healthy food choices that you will also love to eat yet are currently feeling kind of out-of-whack as you ring in the new year.

What a great time for a fresh start!
(Weigh in with your response to our short survey. Click here. It’ll take just one minute!)

These past few weeks, I’ve been taking a new twist on my usual breakfasts and loving it. Talk about a fresh start!

While a green smoothie might meet my summertime breakfast needs, I often crave something more hearty and less chilly for my winter morning meal. My current favorite was originally inspired by my trip to Israel a few years back. I’ve come to call it breakfast “hash” and it has gotten me all excited for the first meal of the day in this first month of the year.

It opens a new world of breakfast possibilities.

My breakfast “hash” is different each day. Many days it includes the base of an Israeli salad, which consists of fresh chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. As these vegetables aren’t always available in the colder months, I’ve been experimenting with other options, which I’ll share with you so you can start to create your own daily sunrise surprise.

First let me tell you some of the different ingredients that have gone into my “hash”:

(not all together and not every day, but all dressed & roughly mixed with pourable tahini*)

  • chopped cucumbers
  • chopped tomatoes
  • roasted eggplant
  • shredded carrots
  • pitted olives
  • chopped apples
  • chopped walnuts
  • sultan raisins
  • medjool dates
  • pomegranate seeds

*If sesame tahini doesn’t suit your fancy or your immunity, try liquefying any other nut or seed butter of your liking to a pourable texture or use a yogurt of your choosing to mix into your morning bowl.

The dressing-like texture works splendidly to turn your cornucopia into a heavenly “hash”. And just like your green smoothie, your breakfast “hash” allows you to check several servings of your healthy fruits and vegetables off your list right from the start.

If you’d like more ideas and support to kick the year off with a fresh start, join me for the fast-approaching Resolution Detox. There’s an Early Bird offer that expires at midnight PT on January 3rd. (Making it just $67 to step into a radiant new you for the new year!)

Happy New Year to you! May 2017 be filled with splendor and good health.

Warmly,
Andrea Nakayama

 

Winter Breakfast Hash

Winter Breakfast Hash | Replenish PDXNow it’s your turn to get creative and get chopping. Don’t worry about perfect slices, dices or chops. Just make it rough, easy and delicious. That’s my ticket to healthy eating – quick, simple and yummy.

You can even get a smorgasbord going for the family. Leave piles of chopped goodies on the cutting board and let each person fill their bowl as they choose.

Feel free to stir some honey or cinnamon into your pourable “cream” or go savory with some sea salt and garlic. Two of my favorite additions that I discovered while in Israel are pomegranate syrup for my sweet tooth and turmeric oil for my more tangy taste buds.

Here are some “hash” combos to jumpstart your creative engine of possibilities:

  • orange, pomegranate, spinach, arugula, fresh herbs and chopped walnuts
  • quick sautéed kale and cabbage ribbons, shredded carrots, apples and raisins
  • roasted Brussels sprouts, chopped hazelnuts and shredded beets
  • roasted cauliflower, arugula and juice-sweetened cranberries
  • chopped apple, radish, roasted onions and Romaine chunks
  • baked or small-chopped raw kale, grapefruit chunks and avocado
  • roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, pine nuts and apples

The possibilities are endless, and you will undoubtedly come up with your own winning combo. Don’t forget you can add a whole grain (quinoa, millet) or source of protein (salmon, bacon) to your bowl.

Make this “hash” and this year your own – with all the ingredients that suit your fancy and result in your success. Post your favorites over on the Replenish Facebook page!

Start your new year off right…

Resolution Detox: 10 Days to a Radiant New You!
The holiday season is filled with a bounty of food and eating (likely to excess).

The hangover at the start of the new year can leave you feeling grouchy and out of sorts.

But wait! Resolution is the solution!
As you’ll learn after taking our survey, Resolutions are actually one key to your success. You make it and we’ll help you keep it.

What to expect from your new year’s Resolution:

  • live group program (online)
  • 10 days during the month of January (you pick your start date, anytime between January 9th and January 16th
  • daily recipes & protocol provided
  • group forum and nutrition support from me and the Replenish nutrition team

You can do this!

To join the Resolution Revolution, click here.

Not sure if resolutions are for you?
Click here to take our short survey. It’ll take just one minute and I have something special for you on the other side that I think you’ll really enjoy.



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