It’s fresh cranberry season and how could you pass the fruit aisle without grabbing a box of these beautiful and healthy gifts of the forest? So when I was thinking about breakfast for lovely vegetarian toddler and I, my view fell on that box of awesome red cranberries in the fridge. So we made us a slice of dark vegan whole wheat bread, covered with homemade vegan butter, topped with sautéed cranberries and sprinkled with chia seeds and pine kernels. Sounds complicated, but ….
…. preparing this deliciousness, packed with an abundance of health benefits, took us only about five minutes. It took us even less than that to devour it. Lovely toddler loved it too, and grabbed his share with his little fingers.
Here are the health benefits in more detail:
Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Whole grains are especially for vegetarian raised children of major importance to provide proteins and trace minerals. Make sure to combine whole grains for your vegetarian child with a portion of vitamin C for an optimized absorption. This can be a bit of apple or orange juice or a handful of fruit high in vitamin C, like the cranberries in our breakfast.
Our vegan homemade butter is, in contrary to butter made from cow milk, a very healthy option, that is not just good for you to consume, but also beneficial to your health.
Cranberries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods, scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. In addition, the berries are also good source of many vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate and phenolics like ß-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and minerals like potassium, and manganese.
Chia seeds, despite their tiny size, are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. And chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. They make a great protein source, especially for people who eat little or no animal products.
Pine kernels are very healthy as well. When you are on a weight loss mission, then they will help to suppress your appetite. Research showed that fatty acids derived from pine nuts lead to the release of high amounts of cholecystokinin (CCK), an appetite-suppressing hormone. They boost your energy with their nutrients including monounsaturated fat, protein and iron. Pine nuts are also a good source of magnesium. Pine kernels reduce through monounsaturated fat, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese heart diseases and they contain a wealth of Anti-aging antioxidants, including vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, and lutein, a carotenoid that may help you ward off eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
A vegan breakfast full of health benefits and animal-friendly deliciousness.