Try This Breakfast Solution: Faster and Healthier Than Cereal

December 29, 2010   20 Comments

Are you running out of time every morning and grabbing a cereal bar? Try this instead.

Faster and Healthier than Cereal for Breakfast

Start with a container your favorite PLAIN yogurt. Many brands sell 6 ounce containers of plain yogurt such as Chobani and Fage. I have seen both non-fat and 2% fat yogurt.

I prefer eating the yogurt with the fat included because it tastes better and this is BREAKFAST. This is the meal that sets up the entire day of energy and mood. Do I want to be hungry and grumpy at 10 AM? Nooooo.

Then I add some plain nuts. In this case I added raw walnuts, but roasted almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, etc. would be a great addition. Choose the one you like the best (without the salt).

Toss them into the container or cup and mix in a healthy sweetener such as Honey or Maple Syrup and enjoy. The idea here is to make it really delicious and satisfying even if you only have 3 minutes for breakfast.

The calorie count here is going to range depending on what you put in. I don't think it is a good idea to obsess about breakfast calories when you are making a healthy choice.

If you are downing a cinnamon bun and a large mocha latte, perhaps you should review the calories of your breakfast :)

Here are the raw numbers for my breakfast as pictured above:

  • Chobani Lowfat Yogurt - 6 ounces - 130 calories
  • Walnuts - 1/4 cup - 210 calories
  • Maple Syrup - 1 tablespoon - 52 calories

So you are looking at about 400 calories total in this breakfast - compared to the cinnamon bun and the latte - you did pretty well!

Do you have a variation on this breakfast?

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My variation is granola instead of the nuts and, well, (blush) I have a 'thing' for canned peaches!!

But I a glad you mentioned Chobani and Fage yogurts. A thick yogurt like that is kinda essential for this breakfast. I don't love thin, runny yogurts and you do need the firmness to compete with the crunchy nuts or granola and sticky honey, or syrup, etc.

My fave which I pack in a container the night before. Great combo of protein and fiber and keeps me full until lunch.

- 6 oz. plain fat free yogurt

- 1/2 to 1 cup frozen mixed berries of your choice (I loooove Trader Joe's frozen fruit and it's priced right)

- Fiber One (at work, I keep a zip top bag of Fiber One and I add 1/4 to 1/2 cup prior to eating).

I use 1/4 c. nonfat greek yogurt with 1/4 c. each Kashi Go Lean & Original Fiber One cereals, some frozen or fresh blueberries, a small squirt of raw agave nectar and 1/4 t. cinnamon.

I have this breakfast quite often (as does my toddler - nearly daily for him), however, I make my own yogurt. A yogurt maker has easy to follow instructions, but a "maker" isn't necessary - I've made it in my slow cooker before. I simply strain my yogurt if I want a thicker, Greek-style. And like the post above, I also add fruit or a handful of a granola type cereal to it.

Be careful of the sugar content in those yogurts. Try Greek Gods, it has less sugar! :)

Why can't I get past the bitter/sour taste of nonfat yogurt? Even with honey it makes my mouth pucker! And the greek version is even worse. I love this idea though, guess I'll have to go with the low fat instead of nonfat version :)

Wow, my school serves cinamon roll/bun on Tuesdays for breakfast, and sometimes for lunch if there are extras. School lunch is getting healthier nowadays, isn't it? :D my area, it is not...

There is nothing but sweet goodness to the Stonyfield Organic Fat Free French Vanilla Yogurt! You should definitely give this a try Andrea.

Our favorite is to have 3/4 cup yogurt (which we use the Pampered Chef Prep bowls... awesome). Then top with small handful of Kashi GoLean Crunch (the one with the berries). My kids prefer frozen blueberries/strawberries.. but I really like the crunch. :)

Mmm, sounds good! Have you tried berries too?

I make every morning...

1/8 dry "Coaches Oatmeal" cooked with 1/4 water in the microwave for 2 min. 22 sec. :)

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen) I add these first because they thaw in the hot oatmeal

1/2 cup Greek non fat yogurt
2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds

I try to keep homemade yogurt in the fridge at all times! I add frozen blueberries, walnuts and oats....sooo good! (and a packet of NuNaturals Stevia usually. I have quite the sweet tooth!)

I always have a smoothie to 'start' the day, however your recipe looks cool and yummy. I adore natural Greek Yogurt, so I will try your suggestion for a week or so..who knows, I may even ditch the smoothies!

John you can still have your smoothies. Just use a scoop of Chobani in it. Being a huge fan of smoothies myself I love trying mixing new things together. Lately I've been using carrot juice, soy milk, Chobani vanilla, frozen peaches and raspberries and a handful of baby spinach. For added nutrients I sometimes add bee pollen, ground flax seeds and local honey. Mmmm now I'm hungry!

I would love to hear your thoughts on protein shakes for breakfast.

I add some sort of high fiber cereal to my yogurt. Usually Trader Joe's Fruit and Nut Multigrain Medley or Cherios. I also like to add crisp diced apples (Jazz Apples work well)

omg you saved my life snack girl!

The best plain yogurt I've ever tasted is Cabot Greek.

I am still in high school and find myself struggling with time for breakfast between showering and packing my bag so this recipe will definitely help me. Thanks!!

I take Fage 2% and put frozen fruit and Agave on it in a container. By mid morning the fruit has thawed and when mixed up it looks like a high calorie bowl of Ice Cream but its just healthy and yummy yogurt. This makes me eat much less through out the day because I feel like I cheated when I didn't.

I love plain Yoplait light & fit greek yogurt which is only 80 calories per serving and I mix in lemon curd and top with chunky granola. Delicious but tends to be more desserty.

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