The Healthiest and Easiest Breakfast (Bye-Bye Breakfast Cereal)
February 8, 2012 37 Comments
Cereal is the most amazingly simple breakfast to serve. All you do is pour from a box.
The problem is that so many packaged cereals are high in sugar - even ones that claim they are healthy are packing a sugary punch. WHAM! Why is this a problem?
Well, you get on a sugar high after eating it (and there is sugar in your milk too) and then about 10 AM, you crash. Your energy level dives and you begin to look for something else to eat to wake you up.
This sugar high then crash scenario can be avoided by eating complex carbohydrates (whole grains) that slowly release sugars into your bloodstream. Oatmeal is a great example of a WHOLE grain that we eat for breakfast that won't lead to the sugar crash.
Many packaged cereals are made with oats - like Cheerios, granolas, etc. Why eat those cereals when you can just eat oats? Rolled oats (not instant) are cheap, easy to find, and delicious. A pound of ORGANIC rolled oats at my supermarket is $1.29 - take that Sugar Pops!
BUT, you have to cook them, right? Who has time for that? My oatmeal breakfast cookie solves the "cooking" problem. I stir this in a bowl the night before, leave it the fridge, and in the morning I squish it on a plate.
My daughter likes hers plain without any extras such as sliced apple, raisins or chocolate chips. I heat hers up in the microwave for 30 seconds so she has a hot breakfast. My son will only eat his with chocolate chips (oh well).
You don't have to use almond milk, but it does cut the calories and the nutty flavor is quite good. My kids like it with cow's milk - and I prefer the almond milk.
This breakfast is really healthy and contains whole grains and protein to start your day with a level of sugar that YOU control. In addition, it makes your morning easier because you have already made it. All you do is serve it on a plate!
Stop eating crappy cereal and start eating breakfast cookie. I will guarantee that you will make it through your morning with energy and not need a snack before lunch. And your kids will stop demanding Cocoa Puffs and you will never have to do laundry again :)
(and I forgot to mention that it is vegan and gluten free if you use gluten free certified oats)
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe
(makes 2 servings)
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or to taste)
raisins, dried cherries or apricots, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, etc. (optional)
Mix oats, milk, peanut butter, and syrup in a small bowl. Taste to ensure it is sweet enough for your palate. Cover bowl with lid or plastic wrap and let sit overnight. When ready to serve, mix in desired extras and mash on plate. Enjoy!
238 calories, 7.5 g fat, 36.5 g carbohydrates, 7.6 g protein, 4.9 g fiber, 85 mg sodium, 6 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes
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