My mom’s cure-all for eating too much sugar or drinking too much caffeine is eating a raw carrot. When pressed for the reasoning behind the carrot, she says, “I don’t know, it just works. Want me to get you a carrot?” This is a conversation that happens regularly between my mother and I. “blllllluuuuuuuuuuuur I think I made the coffee too strong this morning.” “eat a carrot” “seriously?” “yup, it helps when you’re over-caffeinated” “how come carrots help?” “I dunno, they just do. Works every time.”
Once, after I enjoyed myself a peanut butter milkshake (PBM, giggity giggity) followed by brownies, graham crackers and more PBM, my mother suggested the carrot. Whether or not the carrot works is erroneous but the placebo effect is extraordinary. If carrots could Edit Undo my entire holiday season, I’d be a carrot farmer, I tell you what!
I’m no nutritionist but I do believe whole foods have healing powers. The earth provides natural medicine, so when you’re missing something, let the earth give it to you. Easier said than done…typically when I feel like I’m missing something, I O.D. on crunchy chips and Desperate Housewives, which is exactly why you should take anything that sounds life-coach-ish on this blog with a grain of salt. But don’t take the food with a grain of salt – the food needs much more than one grain and should be taken with the siriosity of an out-of-control freight train. Cereal? Cereal.
This is where I talk about nutrition. What are you getting in a Superfood Breakfast Taco? Almost everything. Kale + Sweet Potato + Avocado + Tomato = Vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6, manganese, folate, fiber, and healthy omega fats. Eggs + Black beans = protein, more folate and fiber. Corn tortillas = whole grains. Cheese = flavor…yum! Put it all together and you get a powerhouse breakfast with whole foods that work together to ensure maximum nutrient absorption, stimulate metabolism and boost immune system. Throw in a side of orange slices and you win at life. WIN!
Instead of focusing on subtracting from our diet, we can instead think about adding. Adding some carrot crunching and root roasting is very easy, affordable and builds a healthful lifestyle. Over-sugared or caffeinated? Crunch a carrot, superfood a taco. You’ll feel great lickety split!
Superfood Breakfast Tacos
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
- 1 pieces small sweet potato chopped into ¼”
- ½ small yellow onion diced
- ½ leaves head dino kale stems discarded and chopped, or kale of choice
- 9 eggs
- 1 teaspoon curry powder optional
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 can black beans
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tomato diced
- Cheddar cheese
- 6 corn tortillas
In a large skillet, heat the grapseed oil to just above medium heat. Saute onion and sweet potato until sweet potato is al dente, about 15 to 18 minutes. Add salt, black pepper and curry powder a few minutes in. If necessary, add a few tablespoons of water periodically in order to help steam the sweet potato.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk to scramble. Set aside.
Remove the stems on the kale leaves and chop the leaves.
Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and put them in the oven at 350 degrees until they’re hot, about 7 minutes.
Heat the can of black beans in a sauce pan over medium low heat.
Once the sweet potatoes are cooked to desired level of “doneness”, add the kale leaves and mix in. Allow kale leaves to soften, about 45 seconds.
Pour eggs evenly over the veggies and allow to cook a minute. Using a spatula, flip the eggs/veggies over on top of themselves so that everything stays clumped together. Cook about 2 minutes. Repeat several times until eggs are cooked all the way.
Time to prepare your tacos! Remove the tortillas from the aluminum foil, sprinkle them with cheese, then add black beans, scrambled eggs/veggies and top with diced tomato and avocado. Enjoy your filling, nutritious breakfast!
These are great with salsa on top, too! If you like sour cream, add plain greek yogurt for a healthier option!