We all know that breakfast is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for both kids and adults. Multiple studies show that kids who eat breakfast:
- display better behavior
- score higher grades in school
- have overall better nutrient intake
- experience better weight control
Back-to-school time often puts an increased pinch on morning time. Most families need quick, make-ahead ideas to have on hand to grab and go for a quick, nourishing weekday breakfast. This is a super-easy idea that takes just a little prep time over the weekend and you can have breakfast ready for the whole week.
The basic recipe starts with combining the following in an 8 ounce mason jar or other container with lid:
• ¼ cup old fashioned oats
• 1/3 cup milk
• ¼ cup Greek yogurt
• 1 tsp. chia seeds
Add 1-2 tsp. sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, fruit spread) and shake well to combine. Add ¼ = 1/3 cup fruit and stir. Refrigerate overnight or even a couple of days.
3 of my favorites (recipes credit www.theyummylife.com):
1. Raspberry Vanilla
• 1 Tbsp. raspberry jam (all-fruit spread)
• ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup fresh raspberries
2. Cocoa Banana
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1 Tbsp. cocoa
• ¼ cup sliced banana
3. Blueberry Maple
• 2 tsp. maple syrup
• ¼ cup fresh blueberries
Enjoy! And Happy Back to School!!
Last night, Anthony’s parents gave us a few slices of homemade banana bread…one of my favorite. things. ever. As we were driving home, I was already imagining creating a yummy breakfast this morning.
Another one of my favorite things is being inspired by food bloggers with new meal ideas….yesterday morning, Kath had a delicious-looking breakfast of oats topped with a Massive Monster Muffin, so when Anthony’s parents gave us this banana bread, I started imagining a warm and creamy bowl of banana oats topped with crumbled banana bread….yum.
Homemade banana bread…it was full of walnuts and even had a few raisins…
Crumbled on top of banana oats with a bit of crunchy almond butter….
This was a very good combo- it needed maybe a little more crunch, so next time, I might add some walnuts on top and extra raisins…but, overall a delicious and filling warm breakfast on a gray and cloudy day.
We’re off to church- I have the pleasure of working in the Toddlers class again. 😉 Should be a fun morning.
Have a great Sunday!
Good morning! I started my day by fueling up with my new favorite breakfast sandwich. I saw my friend Tammye yesterday and she told me she had made it, which reminded me that I needed to have it again!
- double fiber bread, toasted
- creamy almond butter (with sea salt – my new favorite kind)
- Nutella (I’m almost out, so just a tiny bit)
- sliced banana
- sliced strawberry
Now, I’m off to talk about Bariatric Surgery Nutrition to the new year of dietetic interns…I’m looking forward to it!
Have a great Tuesday!
Good Monday Morning!! Ihave a busy day ahead….nutrition consults, teach gastric banding nutrition class, customer service training videos, and then boot camp!
Breakfast was a yummy sandwich made of:
- toasted whole wheat bread
- creamy almond butter
- sliced banana
- sliced strawberries
I hope you have a great day ahead! See you later!
Banana oats with dark chocolate, strawberries, and almond butter…delicious!
I hope you have a good day ahead. I have another day of Customer Service Excellence training, along with some patient nutrition consults, plus prepping for a TV segment that I’m doing tomorrow. I used to do a weekly segment on a local TV station about healthy eating/nutrition, but since that show ended about a year ago, I’m out of practice. I’m really looking forward to the segment though – talking about healthy breakfast – a topic that I LOVE!
Have a great Tuesday!
After church, we went to Taj, one of our favorite Indian places for lunch. Their buffet is fabulous, and I love trying little tastes of everything. At a buffet though, I always try to be conscious to only eat the amount I normally would…there’s no need to go overboard and feel miserable just because it’s “all you can eat”! My plate contained house salad, yummy naan, veggie pakora, matar paneer, and chicken curry. Everything was so good.
And, a bit of rice pudding, watermelon, and Gulab Jamun (a yummy, gooey dessert soaked in syrup)…
After lunch, we decided to postpone the movie and come home to relax for a bit. Our relaxing turned into a nap which was fabulous. When I woke up, I wasn’t really ready for dinner, but I wanted a snack before our movie. I had a little more of my glowing bowl grawnola with blackberries + blueberries.
And, since I wasn’t really hungry, but we had plans for a 7:30 movie, I packed a movie dinner – almond butter and banana sandwich + barbeque pop-chips.
We’re a little behind on our movies…and Anthony had Harry Potter on the list for awhile, so that’s what we went to see tonight. I’m dying to see Julie and Julia, but that can wait (hopefully sometime this week). This is Anthony’s “birthday week”, so he got to choose. Harry Potter was really good, though. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I can’t believe the weekend is quickly coming to an end. Time to get ready for a busy week.
Ever since I tried the Deluxe Almond Butter Sandwich recipe last week, I’ve been dying to try one with Nutella! Well, I’m out of strawberries, so what I threw together:
- Arnold multi-grain sandwich thins
- creamy almond butter (with sea salt – just tried this version and it is so good!)
- sliced banana
+ Hazelnut coffee and blackberries….Deliciously decadent combo. Something about having a little chocolate with my breakfast makes me feel much less likely to overindulge throughout the day…I think it’s just the flexibility of knowing that a little chocolate is not a bad thing!
I’m off to get started on a busy day…Some work at the office this morning, an afternoon break for a haircut (yay!), and I’m working late tonight- we have a chef coming to our gastric band support group to do a mini-cooking class and tasting demo….should be fun!
Also, it’s a big day for two of my favorite little people…Owen’s first day of school (pre-school) is today – Love you Owen! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
And, today is McKenna’s 5th birthday…I can’t believe it. Happy Birthday McKenna- Love you!
Have a great Thursday!