04 Oct

What’s for breakfast mom?

Ash Archambeau
Ash Archambeau is Kitchen Koach LA, helping you and your kitchen get along! As a cancer survivor Ash improved the functioning and healing of her body through diet and lifestyle changes. With that spirit in mind, KKLA can help anyone interested in making change in their lives- particularly in their kitchens. Along with helping individual clients and writing for Body Temple LA, she recently went to the final callbacks for Food Network's reality series "The Next Food Network Star". Currently she's taking on new clientele working with a non profit in East LA helping lower income families integrate healthy eating into their homes. For more info on how Kitchen Koach LA can help you check out www.KitchenKoachLA.com.
Ash Archambeau


The most beneficial way to make breakfast for kiddos in the morning, is to do a little planning ahead.

Getting out the door in time for school can be a challenge, but these easy morning and night before recipes will make your mornings tasty! Plus they’ll sustain the kiddos long after! (and you can feel good about eating them too!)


Carob or Cacao Shake 

Carob doesn’t have caffeine like cacao does, and it’s a morning chocolate milkshake!

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened carob or cacao powder
  • 1 ounce raw almonds or 2 tbs. almond butter
  • Stevia to taste

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until creamy. Almonds are the only alkaline nut. I’ll bet your kiddo won’t notice the difference between almond butter or peanut butter in a milkshake!

Chia Acai or Berry Smoothie

  • 1 tablespoons of chia
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 packet frozen acai smoothie package OR 1 c. frozen berries
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk

Soak chia in water or coconut water overnight in refrigerator. Add all of chia gel mixture, banana, acai and almond milk to a blender and mix well. If you don’t have an acai packet, try a heaping spoonful of the powder in your berry smoothie!


Hearty Breakfast Quinoa

  • cup quinoa, soaked and cooked
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, etc.)
  • Dash sea salt
  • Cinnamon or grated nutmeg to taste
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 cup almond milk

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until liquid is absorbed. Cook the quinoa the day before for ultimate ease. If you don’t want to use a pan in the morning, place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl the night before and just pop in the microwave in the AM.


Banana Breakfast Wrap

  • 1 sprouted whole grain tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 banana, diced

dash of cinnamon, hemp seeds

Spread almond butter on tortilla.Top with bananas, cinnamon and hemp seeds and roll. Sprouted bread and tortillas offer a much lower glycemic index and a larger amount of fiber and protein!


Chocolate or Vanilla Chia Pudding 

1/4 cup raw, organic chia seeds

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp. raw cacao powder and 1 tsp. cinnamon

Coconut nectar, honey, stevia, 1 mashed small banana or 3 pitted dates

For a tangy twist add 1/2 c. of yogurt of your choice


Place chia seeds in a container. Blend the almond milk, cacao powder, cinnamon and sweetener(s) of your choice in the blender until mixed well and desired level of sweetness is reached. Pour over chia seeds and mix well.Cover the container and move into the fridge. Let stand for at least 30-40 minutes (or ideally1-2 hours), before mixing again and serving. Keeps around 3+ days in the fridge, so feel free to make larger batches at a time.

Green Team Smoothie 

1 heaping cup spinach
1 heaping cup chopped kale leaves (if you don’t have a great blender, then just stick with spinach)
1/2 pear
1 frozen (or unfrozen) banana
1 1/2 c. almond or coconut milk
1 tbs. sweetener (honey, stevia, maple syrup)

In a blender combine kale, spinach, and milk. Blend until smooth. Add pear, banana, and sweetener. Blend until smooth. Make the night before, and place in on the go jar or cup!

Overnight Oatmeal 

1/2 cup rolled oats or cooked brown rice/quinoa/millet
1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice

1/2 cup applesauce (trader Joes no sugar is great)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
Pinch of salt!
Top with almonds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, raisins,

walnuts, chia seeds, bee pollen or berry of your choice

Combine all ingredients in a sealable container (like a glass jar). Stir the mixture, OR seal it tightly and shake vigorously until everything is thoroughly combined. Place in the fridge overnight (or several hours). In the morning, eat cold or warm up for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

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