This January, as part of Well+Good’s (Re)New Year, famed plant-based and classically trained chef Candice Kumai is providing five weeks of healthy recipes to help not only transform your eating habits, but set you up for year-long success. For the fifth and last week, the former model is sharing her top recipes to enhance your beauty *and* brains.
As you know, a good night’s sleep is key to waking up looking refreshed and feeling your sharpest. But honestly, it doesn’t always happen. Whether you were up late working on your side hustle, putting the final touches on a big work project, or up all night doing something else entirely, there are some foods you can nosh on in the a.m. to bring out that inner glow—and get your brain working.
Candice Kumai knows a thing or two about late nights. You don’t film a season of Top Chef, write six (!) books—her latest, Kintusgi Wellness is out this spring—and travel the world without a few restless nights—okay, more than a few. Her shortcut to being bright-eyed and brainy: The breakfast recipes she shares here. From a smoothie loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 heavy miso avocado toast, and even chocolate almond butter protein bites that taste so delish that they double as dessert, your days of skipping breakfast or grabbing a bar on your way to work are over.
Keep reading for her go-to breakfast recipes to feel on-point all day.
Monday: Wild blueberry avocado beauty smoothie
3/4 of a ripe avocado, pitted
2 cups wild, frozen blueberries
1/2 cup organic baby spinach
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp collagen
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
Tuesday: Miso avocado toast
Coconut oil or olive oil cooking spray, for the skillet
2 slices of your favorite bread
4 tsp organic (red or white) organic miso paste
1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, thinly sliced
Pinch of tōgarashi
Pinch of gomashio