test-Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Swanson Health Products
Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Swanson Health Products
Maggie McCalip • September 22, 2011

Ever wanted to know what vitamins, supplements and healthy foods the employees at Swanson Health Products use? Here’s your chance to peek inside an employee order and find out (and win it all)! Today we get to look inside Maggie's employee order...

One of my favorite things about working at Swanson Health Products is employee order day. Once a week, we get to buy our favorite items at a huge discount. My order is usually full of natural organic foods and affordable vitamins. The items I buy most often include the breakfast items I've listed below.

When I get to work in the morning, I have a pretty simple routine: fire up the computer, check sales from the previous day, make breakfast. When it comes to breakfast, oatmeal is a great choice. I'm pretty picky about mine, so I'm happy to share my "recipe."

First I pour a small serving (maybe 1/3 C) of Bob's Red Mill Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats
into a decent size cereal bowl. The Extra Thick Rolled Oats are my favorite. Instant oatmeal is too thin for me. It reminds me of paste. I like Steel Cut Oats as well, but I'm not patient enough for the cooking time. I top the oats off with enough hot water to cover the oats. They should be floating by not swimming. I sprinkle the water and oats combo with Swanson Ultra Himalayan Crystal Salt.

The next step is to determine what type of day it is. For regular days (Mon., Tues., Thurs.), I add a couple teaspoons of Eden Foods Organic Dried Cranberries. I microwave the oat mixture for two minutes and add some organic raw nuts. Usually I add Swanson Organic Walnuts or raw organic almonds, but in a pinch, any nuts will do. On extra special days (Employee order days, my birthday, Fridays), I substitute Swanson Organic Unsulphured Turkish Apricots for the cranberries and use Now Foods Almond Crunch Clusters for the nuts. I top off the delicious mixture with a sprinkle of Swanson Organic Cinnamon.

Organic CashewsMy morning routine continues with a quick visit from my boss. He stops by to discuss the important matters of the day. During our visit he usually has a handful of Swanson Organic Raw Whole Cashews. I keep a bag on hand in my office. These are the best cashews I've ever tasted. I was tentative about trying them because they don't have salt. Come to find out, the natural cashew taste is delicious without salt.