Boring Breakfast Solution #8

Don’t suffer from a boring breakfast one more morning, or worse yet, skip it all together. This week I made my own Apple Pie Yogurt and guess what…it took less than 3 minutes. It is low in sugar, full of protein and quick. Here is the recipe:

Apple Pie Yogurt

recipe by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 apple, cored and sliced into 1 inch chunks
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt

Place apple in microwave safe dish and heat for 1 minute until soft but still crunchy. If you like your apple pie filling very soft add 20 second increments to cooking until soft enough. Sprinkle with dash of cinnamon while still hot. Top with 1 cup of Greek yogurt, and serve.

Boring Breakfast Solution #7:

I am always looking for new products that support healthy, clean eating. I realize that sometimes that means options that are in the processed food isles. Here are the latest items added to my local store that, with a little tweaking, are great breakfast ideas:

I tell clients all the time that as we demand better products, the industry will respond. This cereal is an affordable way to get a balance of fruit, fiber and protein with limited sugar. To make it a powerhouse breakfast, add a handful of your favorite nuts and/or fresh berries and serve with milk or plain yogurt. Now you have boosted the protein content and it keep you fuller longer.

This is a great one for Sunday mornings with the family. These pancakes only require eggs and milk/water. They are also low in sugar and bake up fluffy and light. Add berries or sliced banana and a smear of peanut butter and you have a balanced meal.

Simple Apple Pancakes

I discuss balancing each meal with clients frequently.  Here is another example of how to do this quickly in the morning rush.  Healthy does not have to be time consuming.

 

SIMPLE APPLE PANCAKES
Pancakes are one of those recipes that seems like it takes a long time, but actually comes together quickly. Try these tasty, no-sugar-added flapjacks from Cassey Ho, creator of POP Pilates and POPFLEX. “I love this breakfast because it’s not only delicious, it’s packed with protein and complex carbs to keep me full and energized throughout the morning,” she says.

Ingredients
2 eggs
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nut butter
1/2 small apple, spiraled or chopped
1 pinch of cinnamon, optional
Directions
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder. Heat a griddle or pan over medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray. Reduce to low heat. Using a small measuring cup, scoop batter to make two pancakes. Cook for 2–3 minutes per side, or until firm and cooked through. Top one pancake with nut butter and cinnamon, if using. Place the other pancake on top and add apples and more cinnamon. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 356; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 370mg; Sodium: 226mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 20g

Eggs – Demystifying Labels

Eggs varieties seem to be taking over the dairy isle these days, have you noticed?  Let’s not even go there with the entire row of frozen pizza options!  Here is a little help with the mystery of labels on eggs these days, and the added cost. Use these to make the best choice for your family and yourself.

 

Cage-Free

This label means that the hens live in large barns.  They don’t have outdoor access, and they get about 1.5 sq. ft. of space each typically.  Not idea for moving about much, but better than the extremely confined corners of a cage.  They can move more and socialize, which makes for happier, healthy ladies!

Free-Range

The hens are often housed in barns, and have limited access to outdoor areas.  These outdoor spaces are required to be at least 2 sq. ft. per hen and have the added bonus of vegetation.  More plants to nosh on means more nutrients for the hens which translates into more nutrients in the eggs.  No guarantee that every hen eats the plants, so a slight toss up on the added benefits in each egg.

Pasture-Raised

These chickens are required to get a minimum of 108 sq. ft. of outdoor space in addition to indoor space for resting and roosting.  The more natural environment results in less stress for the hens and more room to move about and do what they do.  Some studies have even shown these eggs to contain more nutrients and Omega 3s than non-pasture-raised hens.

 

 

 

Turkey, Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Frittata

If you still have a little turkey lingering in your fridge, here is an easy refreshing way to make a last meal of the leftovers.  The great thing is it will double as a great breakfast the next morning.  “BAM” as Emeril would say!

Turkey, Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Frittata

Preparation Time: 20 minutes   Cooking Time: 30 minutes

recipe by What’s Cooking/Mymagazine, modified by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients:

6 large eggs

1 tsp. + 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, chopped

4 oz. crumbled goat cheese (I used 2 oz as a sprinkle)

Directions:

Preheat broiler, in small bowl whisk together the eggs, 1 tsp olive oil and salt and pepper.  In ovenproof skillet (i.e. a medium cast iron skillet) heat 1 Tbsp Olive Oil over medium heat on burner.  Add the bell pepper and cook until tender, 5-8 min approx.  Toss in cooked turkey and rewarm for 1 minute or so.  Turn burner down to low-medium heat; add egg mixture to skillet and cook until eggs are set on the bottom (approx. 5 minutes).  Using spatula, lift the cooked egg so that some of the liquid in the center runs to the edges of the pan.  Work one section of the pan at a time.  Cover completely and cook until frittata is not quite set, about 5 minutes.

Uncover the skillet, sprinkle on goat cheese.  Transfer to oven; broil until the frittata is golden brown and puffed on top; 3-5 minutes (internal temp 160 degrees).  Serve and enjoy.

 

Curry Ginger Turmeric Muffins

It is rare that I post a recipe before I have tried it myself, however, I am planning on whipping up a batch of these today.  Turmeric has been in the news a lot lately toted with helping reduce inflammation, easing joint pain and supporting overall health.  Step outside your thinking that muffins have to include chocolate chips or blueberries and join me in baking up a batch.

Let me know what you think.

CURRY GINGER TURMERIC MUFFINS

Yield: 1 ¼ qt

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 3/4 c coconut Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 3/4 c Flour (alternative 1 cup flour, 3/4 almond meal)
  • 1/2tsp Baking Powder
  • pinch Salt
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (warmed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger, Ground
  • 1/4 cup Candied Ginger, Minced
  • As Needed Sliced Almonds for Topping (optional)

Instructions: 

  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add eggs slowly
  • Add wet and dry in alternating additions
  • Place batter in baking cups, top with almonds if using and bake at 350 degrees
  • When a toothpick comes out clean they are done (The time will depend on the size of the muffin)
  • Bake 12-14 minutes.

Boring Breakfast Solution #6 – Microwave Banana Bread Mug Cake

Simple yet healthy is the key these months.  Gluten free or not, this one is a great one to try.

Banana Bread Mug Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1 mug cake

Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana, mashed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk (or almond milk)
1 to 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (or honey) (OPTIONAL)
2 tablespoons coconut flour (or 4 tablespoons almond flour)
1 tablespoon raw walnuts, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch sea salt

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and mix.  Place in microwave safe mug and microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Remove and let sit for 1 minute to cool slightly.  Eat and enjoy.

 

As always, let me know what you think once you try it.