I love breakfast. And though I believe that it is, indeed, the most important meal of the day, breakfast can be hard to keep exciting without going off the deep end, if you know what I mean. (Hello bacon and cream cheese stuffed french toast!) In my house, we keep a bunch of super healthy staples like oatmeal with flax, hard boiled eggs, smoothies and whole grain toast smeared with sweet potato “butter” on rotation, leaving room for a splurge every once and a while. And then, of course, there is cereal. With so few truly all natural, good-for-you options, cereal occupies the space between everyday and once-in-a-while breakfasts.
This balancing act is not easy to maintain and just one especially busy week can tip the equilibrium from mostly healthy mornings to only a couple of healthy mornings. The best way to keep that from happening regularly is to build, build, build your arsenal of healthy go-to breakfasts.
This recipe was born of that effort. Being the Italophile that I am, breakfast polenta is a favorite of mine. It’s so luxurious and rich, even glamorous. It’s so Italian! But, the truth is that polenta is a humble grain that takes all of 10 minutes to make. It’s even quicker and easier than its down-home American counterpart, oatmeal. The catch is that it isn’t quite a naturally nutritious.
In an attempt to turn breakfast polenta into one of my healthy, everyday breakfast staples, I add blueberries and almond meal. Vanilla and cardamom layer on the flavor, while a bit of honey lends some (but not too much!) sweetness. All in barely more time than it takes to pour cereal and milk. Now that’s the way to start a day!