Don’t skip breakfast! I know, time is short in the morning, but breakfast is GOOD FOR YOU! Let’s change it up a bit, make it fast and easy, and you will find that you are looking forward to having great meal to start the day!
Create a fruit bar in your fridge. Fill small lidded containers with prewashed fruit: strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apple slices (covered with water). Add an assortment of dried fruits like cranberries, apricots, raisins. And canned fruits packed in juice, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks.
Top your cereal or yogurt with fruit, or toss into your smoothie! Create fruit picks with yogurt dip for a fun breakfast or mid-day snack. Make a quick fruit salad to take to work for lunch. Take along a small container of low-fat dressing, or a yogurt dip/dressing. You might add a bit of protein with some cooked cubed chicken, cooked shrimp, nuts or bit of your favorite cheese.
- 1 container (8 ounces) strawberry, raspberry, vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 banana, cut into chunks
Place all ingredients into blender and blender until smooth. Serve in two tall glasses with straws.
- 3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup small-dice dried fruit
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped raw or toasted nuts or seeds
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated. Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more.
Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.)
Add the dried fruit and nuts or seeds to the baking sheet and toss to combine. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Makes: About 3 cups.
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