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A New York Kind of Breakfast

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?

Nothing quite like a parfait… for breakfast

Greek yogurt parfaitI have become a breakfast kind of gal; however it has to be something “special.” No boring cereal for me, unless it is steal cut oats and fruit, yum, however that’s another recipe..,. Today we are talkin’ parfaits…

I know you are saying parfait for breakfast?

Why yes we are!

A wonderful mixture of oats, nuts, fruit and Greek yogurt, so yummy and full of everything you will need to start off a great day!

Shelley’s Breakfast Parfait

Makes 4 servings

Serving size:

½ cup of Greek yogurt

½ cup of berries and bananas

¼ of granola mixture



½ cup of raw almonds chopped

½ cup of walnuts chopped

1 cup of rolled oats

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Pinch of cinnamon

2 cups Greek yogurt

2T of honey

½ t of vanilla

2 cups of mixed berries

1 banana



Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a small bowl mix the rolled oats, nuts, syrup and cinnamon and then spread on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes. When done let come to room temperature.

In another small bowl mix the Greek yogurt with the honey and vanilla.

Now it is time to assemble:

Take out your fanciest parfait glass or bowl. *note you should try and enjoy all of your senses surrounding your meal; sight and smell as well as taste. Another little ditty that my nutritionist taught me.

Add ½ cup of the Greek yogurt mixture into the parfait glass or bowl.

Layer ¼ of the granola mixture on top of the Greek yogurt.

Top with the berries and ¼ of the banana

Enjoy with your family, friends, or by yourself… I know you are going to love it!