Sunday, August 21, 2011

Have a Sweet, Healthy Breakfast!

Skip breakfast?  Never!  In fact, I'd never skip any meal.  I don't know how those "one-meal-a-day" people do it.  "I was just too busy to eat."  Really??  I mean, I eat in front of my kids while I'm teaching if I'm hungry (I know it sounds mean, but a girl's gotta eat, right?).  I remember going on vacation with an old boyfriend's family and ...gasp... most days they didn't eat lunch.  I would ask when or what we were going to eat and they would look at me as if to say "You can't just wait until dinner?"  NO!  I am a three-meal-a day (or more) girl and if I don't get all three of those meals, I'm likely to show up at a doorstep looking for a handout.
In all seriousness, I am hypoglycemic and if I don't eat often, I feel miserable.  So, I never skip a meal.  I am a picky breakfast-eater though.  I would really just like to eat donuts, cookies, and pastries everyday but then I wouldn't be able to call this blog "Little Mommy."  When you think of healthy breakfast choices, many people think of oatmeal and yogurt as being a sound choice.  While they have their health benefits, they are often loaded with sugar, or sugar substitutes.  So, I'd like to share two simple, and healthy breakfast choices that help to fix my sweet tooth most mornings.  (When my sweet tooth is too large - O'DoodleDoo's Donuts are soooo yummy  ...just once in awhile)  ;)

Little Mommy's Quick and Easy Yogurt Parfait
1 1/2 c. of plain fat free (regular) yogurt 
1/2 c. granola (I like BareNaked Peak Protein)
1/4 c. frozen organic blueberries (I leave them frozen as it makes for an interesting change in texture.)
1-2 tbsp. (more or less) of Agave

I mix this together in an empty coffee mug, or small glass container and eat it as I'm headed to work.  Who says there isn't time for a healthy and satisfying breakfast?

Little Mommy's Oatmeal
1/2 c. of Quaker oats
1 c. water, or skim milk
Microwave for 1 min. 30 sec.
Add in 1/2 - 1/4 c. walnuts
1 tbsp. or more of organic brown sugar
2 tbsp. Craisins

For a little twist - use brown sugar, a tbsp or more of canned pumpkin, and apple pie or pumpkin pie spice.  Yumm!

Enjoy these two breakfast "treats" without the guilt of the prepackaged sweeteners and artificial colors.  Best dishes and yummy dreams!


Kate said...

Another favorite of mine? Breakfast "MilkShake"... In a blender, combine 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt (I like "Light & Fit", 2 cups of your favorite frozen fruit (just make sure it's not the kind packed in syrup, I use mango, peaches, strawberries, or a combo), and a splash of skim milk. Blend away until nice and smooth! Read more about it here:

Little Mommy, Big Appetite said...

Yummy - have to try it!

MissieLee said...

I've never been much of a yogurt person, but I am absolutely IN LOVE with Stoneyfield OIKOS fat-free Greek yogurt -- I'll eat it with strawberries and it's like strawberries and cream, and I've also used it in lieu of sour cream or salad dressing on potatoes, dips, etc. It is D-I-V-I-N-E!

Little Mommy, Big Appetite said...

I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing :D

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

I was only thinking of having yoghurt and granola for breakfast today and you've just reminded me. It looks delicious. I'd love for you to link up to my new "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party here in Australia every week. My blog features recipes, crafts, decorating, organising and decluttering advice and tips. I know everyone in Australia would love to read this blog post.

Thanking you,
Anne @ Domesblissity xx

Christine's Pantry said...

This looks delicious. Will have to try.

Miz Helen said...

That is one of my favorite breakfast. Yogurt, a grain and a great fruit, yum! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen