Ideas for A Hearty and Healthy Breakfast

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Kathy has been sharing her ideas and tips with us every Wednesday, today she is sharing some recipes for a healthy breakfast. Do you have any healthy go to recipes? Send them and we’ll be sure to share your tips and ideas.

It is often hard to think of new ideas for tasty, healthy meals.   I like to try new foods but I tend to get lazy when it comes to thinking up new ideas.  Here are just a few that I love to have.  One that I enjoy for any meal is my yogurt parfait.   My family jokes with me  about it because I often say how much it tastes like dessert to me.  It is very simple.  I take about 3/4 of a cup of low fat vanilla yogurt, a cup of strawberries, (I like the unsweetened frozen ones – they are always available and they are already sliced) and a little grape nuts.  I usually take this to work for breakfast or lunch.  If you are making it to eat right away, thaw out some strawberries first.  If you are using the fresh ones, hopefully you have them already sliced and ready to use.  Take a bowl and sprinkle grape nuts or even break up some graham crackers in the bottom.  Put your yogurt on top of that and add your strawberries on top of the yogurt.  It’s very simple!  It really does taste like a cream pie to me!  It may be a stretch but it is very good.  You get your protein with your yogurt, grain with your grape nuts, and fruit with your strawberries.  Of course, you could use granola instead of grape nuts but check your labels, sometimes sugar is added to the granola, look for the healthiest granola. Any kind of fruit will work, whatever you prefer.  If you are making your parfait ahead, I usually put the yogurt and the fruit in a “to go” container and put the grape nuts in a baggie then sprinkle it on top when I am about to eat it.

Oatmeal is another one of those things that you can change the taste with just some simple things.  I actually use a rice cooker to make mine.  I put 1/2 cup of oatmeal in the rice cooker and add the proper amount of water according to the cooker instructions.  I like to sprinkle some cinnamon on top before I cook it.  Again, this is where you want to add another one of your food groups.  I normally don’t eat oatmeal now without some sort of fruit on it.  Whether you like, strawberries, peaches, blueberries or even an unsweetened applesauce, just add it to your cooked oatmeal.  Raisins and craisins are also good in it.  I also add just a little bit of fat free milk.  Once again, you are getting your grain, protein and fruit.

Another favorite is what I call the skinny scramble.  I use about 1/2 cup of egg substitute and cook it like I am making an omelet.  You can add any type of vegetables to the eggs, for example peppers, onions, tomatoes, or mushrooms.   I also make a couple of slices of canadian bacon.  I toast either wheat bread or wheat flat rounds and put the eggs with the vegetables, canadian bacon and a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese on it.  It is a healthy sandwich that included your food groups once again.

All three of these favorites are so easy to make and can be a little change from your normal meal.  The best thing that I like about all of them is that they are all filling and leave you satisfied after eating them but not too full.  Next week I will talk about feeling comfortable with the amount of food that you eat and not to be stuffed.

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