Nutritionist and SHAPE Weight-Loss Coach Cynthia Sass
, MPH, RD, told us the go-to breakfast that leaves her feeling energized and nourished.
"This is a modified version of a recipe from my latest book Cinch!: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches," Sass says. "I slice an organic red apple into small chunks and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes. While it's heating up, I toss together a quarter cup of dry rolled whole grains, 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds, and a generous dose of organic apple pie spice. After the apple is warmed, I cover the slices with the grain mixture and voila! It's like eating warm apple crisp for breakfast."
Sass combines this meal with a homemade vanilla latte, consisting of one cup of brewed organic coffee, one cup of organic soy milk, and a pinch of organic pure vanilla powder. "Nutritionally speaking, I think it's the perfect combination of whole foods—fresh, in-season organic fruit; a serving of 100% whole grains for nutrient-rich, slow-burning carbs that fuel me all morning; high-quality metabolism- and brain-boosting lean protein from my full serving of organic soy milk; heart-healthy, satisfying plant-based fat from the almonds to help me stay fuller longer; natural spices for aroma and flavor; and each ingredient is chock-full of antioxidants, including the coffee."