sunday morning breakfastWhen I was young we would have bagels and lox on many Sunday mornings. I can remember waking up with what I will call a “New York kinda breakfast” smell. There is nothing like the combination of soft cream cheese, smokey fish and the crisp crunch of red onions and cucumbers all wrapped up into one big bite.

Since I began my wellness journey I try and serve pumpernickel bread for those who don’t want to eat bagels which you might not realize but are the equivalent to 4 pieces of bread, however I do have friends who still can’t give them up and pull out all the doughy centers and fill with the “fix-ins”. For me it’s all about the flavor of the pumpernickel with the fish and crunch of veggies!

Last fall Sarah and I had a chance to visit the wonderful “fishary” called Russ & Daughters in New York city. And Ohh my you can not image how wonderful their lox is. It tastes so silky and fresh, I have never had such wonderful lox-it is most definitely a must try!

russ and daughters fishary

Shelley’s New York Kind of Breakfast:

2 pieces of pumpernickel bread (try and get the small 3-4″ squares)

a smidgen of whipped cream cheese *which in Shelley talk equates about 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream cheese on each piece of pumpernickel

2 ounces of thin sliced lox, go for the Nova

4 slices of cucumber

1/2 tomato either chopped or sliced

2 slices of red onion

Just layer it all up and enjoy, sometimes if I am having guests I will add chopped chives to the cream cheese.

*Eating Well Tip: Did you know that whipped cream cheese has the same calories per tablespoon as reduced-fat cream cheese because it is air whipped, making it less dense?

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