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On-The-Go Cherry Oats

 

We’ve partnered with Dannon Oikos on this post to share this healthy breakfast that can double as a snack. We’re being compensated and given free products, but all opinions are our own.

 

This morning I (Lyssie), like most mornings, found myself racing out the door to meet my friend, Sean, a personal trainer at my gym for a jog on the treadmill.  As we jogged, I was telling him that my mornings always seem to be hectic and thank goodness for my energy-boosting, satisfying, quickie breakfast and if weren’t for it, I don’t know if I’d ever have time to eat.  I told him that Tammy and I have two favorite breakfasts that work wonders for our clients because they’re quick, easy, satisfying, energy-boosting, delicious and make us and our clients feel our best until lunchtime. He perked up and said-“I want to know what they are!”

Then it dawned on me…while we always share tips on how to help you to look and feel your best, we may not have told you the most popular breakfasts when it comes to all of these things! So brace yourselves because we’re about to spill the breakfast beans—aka, the morning meals that our clients live for! 😉 Yep-it’s our Simple Eggs & Grains which seems to be one of the most satisfying weight loss breakfasts, our Mini Fritatta Muffins and our Veggie Frittata Bites! 

But as much as a girl –or a guy—loves a food (or a few like the ones above!) that’s their go-to, they likely don’t want to have it every single morning for breakfast without adding something new to the mix. We get it! That’s why we’ve created this dreamsicle—another perfect go-to for those busy mornings (and afternoons)!

This too, is one our all-time faves and our clients tell us they love it too. So say hello to our Grab-and-Go Creamy Cherry Oats–and best of all, although it may be thought of for breakfast, healthy foods are good for you no matter what time of day you eat them. So go ahead and have it for a light, yet satisfying lunch or for a scrumptious snack. Or you can do what Lyssie does when she’s in a hurry; she serves her boyfriend this for breakfast, lunch or brinner).

Calling all chewy- texture loving breakfast eaters: The original muesli calls for just mixing the ingredients together and letting them sit in the fridge overnight—voila! You just grab and go in the morn! But, we have to tell you, we mix this right before we eat it, we use quick rolled oats and there is something about that creamy and chewy texture that is so satisfying, if you’re like us, you’ll go for making it this way, and never look back!

Aside from it feeling like a real treat, we love both of these  On-the-Go Cherry Oats and this Orange and Banana Energy-Revving Quick Oat Muesli  for their wholesome ingredients and how each contributes to your energy level (you can mix up the fruits,-and even add nuts, just know the calories will be higher– there are no rules!):

 

Whole oats: Oats are the whole grain so they’re packed with fiber and contain healthy, energy- boosting carbohydrates needed to fuel your brain and your muscles. Plus, oats are a great source of magnesium to help to turn your food into energy. Goodbye, energy slump!

Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt: Not only a great source of calcium and vitamin D, but packed with protein too, Oikos yogurt is rich and creamy and extends the energy boost of the oats, cherries and whatever healthy carbs you add, while also keeping you satisfied. This is such an easy way to get protein.

 

Cherries: Sweet cherries are packed with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer. Potassium helps to counteract sodium, helping to restore normal fluids balance—and flush any of the water retention and bloat from last night’s dinner. Potassium helps to offset the blood-pressure-raising effects of sodium. Quercetin, an antioxidant found in cherries may help keep blood vessels relaxed and supple. Plus, it seems anthocyanins cyaniding in cherries may help to prevent cancer!

Other add-ins:

 

  • Almonds– These are optional in the recipe below, and if you add a teaspoon of slivered nuts, they go a lot further! A good-for-your-heart fat, almonds add delicious crunch and their fat and protein add satiety and make the energy boost last longer. Just remember that this will add calories to your meal.

 

  • Cinnamon– A sweet and delicious antioxidant-rich spice which helps to fight damage in your body and keep you healthy so you can feel good and have energy to do the things you enjoy. Feel free to pile it on like we do—the more you use, the better, as cinnamon has been even shown to keep blood sugar levels in check when you use enough. One to one –and- a-half teaspoons daily seems to be helpful.

On-the-Go Cherry Oats Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats, raw (For a heartier meal, double the oats to 4 tablespoons, we use rolled oats for the version we make in minutes and eat on the spot)
    • 1/2 cup cherries, sliced
    • 6 ounces Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt
    • Dash Cinnamon, ginger—or more if you like!

 

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

Nutrition per Serving: 315 Calories, 55 g Carbohydrate, 3g fat, 18 grams protein, 1g saturated fat, 6 g fiber

On-The-Go Cherry Oats
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole grain oats, raw (For a heartier meal, double the oats to 4 tablespoons, we use rolled oats for the version we make in minutes and eat on the spot)
  • • ½ cup cherries, sliced
  • • 6 ounces Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt
  • • Dash Cinnamon, ginger—or more if you like!
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 315 Calories Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 55 g Fiber: 6 g Protein: 18 g

Speedy Skinny Cranberry Almond Cookies

These yumsters were created as part of a winter-holiday inspired recipe challenge.  Our sweet tooth wanted “in” but our jammed-packed schedules and our hopes of keeping our waistline in tact wanted “out”.  And guess which won?  Both of them!!  Yahoo!!

By now you likely know that as identical, veggie-loving, registered dietitians, personal trainer twin sisters with a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep from getting too unruly 😉 , we do all that we can to let our sweet tooth live a little while also preventing it from getting the best of our health and our waistline.  We believe that we all deserve to have a little bit of fun without deprivation and without sacrificing our favorite pants–skinny jeans and all!  Amen to that!  So we’re constantly creating little treats that are so delish that we can turn down some wildly decadent desserts that we’d pay for later because we’d RATHER eat our delicious, waistline-sparing goodies! 🙂

If you like our Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies,  our 5 Minute Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Wild Blueberry Cookies –you know just what we’re talking about!  And thanks for telling us that you love how quick and easy they are to make, perfect for when you want to indulge and need a quick alternative to heading face first into a tub of ice cream.

You’ll never believe that these new sweet treats have no sugar added, boast only 82 calories per delicious cookie (plus, they’ve got fiber and nutrients!)—and they take just 5 minutes to mix and 5 minutes to cook in the microwave!  We gotta admit, we’re pretty smitten with these lil’ numbers.

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One of the things we love about these cookies is how truly easy they are to whip up!

 

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Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie

Ingredients:

1 very ripe banana, mashed

3 Tbsp. rolled oats

1 Tbsp. almond butter

1/8 -1/4 tsp almond extract (use the higher amount if you like it more almond-flavored)

1 Tbsp slivered almonds

2 Tbsp dried cranberries

 

Directions:

  1. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, smash banana. Add almond butter, almond extract and oats, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  3. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
  4. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.
  5. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes. Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.

If making one big cookie, you may want to place plate in fridge or freezer to help “congeal” for a minute after cooking.

*If using oven: Place 2-1/2 Tbsp of mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked completely through.

Makes 4 Cookies.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 Cookie): 82 Calories, 12 g carbohydrate,3 g fat, 2 g protein, 25 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

One large cookie: 327 Calories, 49 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 8 g protein, 2 mg sodium, 8 g fiber

Speedy Cranberry Almond Cookies
 
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Serves: 4 cookies
Ingredients
  • Speedy Cranberry Almond Cookies
  • Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness. They serve up protein, nutrients and fiber.
  • Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • ⅛ -1/4 tsp almond extract (use the higher amount if you like it more almond-flavored)
  • 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, smash banana. Add almond butter, almond extract and oats, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  4. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
  5. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.
  6. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes. Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie (when making 4) Calories: 82 Fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g

 

 

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Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins

Pinch us, these twin sisters who are registered dietitians and personal trainers with a sweet tooth must be dreaming! Pumpkin pie for breakfast?!without guilt or regrets?!  You bet!  These healthy breakfast muffins prevent all excuses to skip breakfast.  Most people tell us that when they skip breakfast it’s either because they don’t have time to eat it, or they’re not in the mood, or they’re just not hungry.

Well with these pups, time becomes a non-issue because you can simply make them in advance and grab ‘em and go—then eat ‘em on the run! And if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, that just may change if you add delicious pumpkin pie into the breakfast mix because guilt-free pie that just happens to boost your energy is hard to resist!

Not hungry for breakfast? No worries, toss these in a bag and eat them mid-morning when you do get hungry!  A healthy, energy boosting breakfast is just as good mid-morning!

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Pssst… looking for more healthy recipes?  Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try…

Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Greek Quinoa Salad

Smoked Paprika Chips

Chocolate Drizzled Granola Balls

Breakfast Quinoa Nibbles

Coconut Fruit Pops

 

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What makes Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins so awesome (other than the fact that they’re guilt-free, energy boosting, pie-on-the-go)?

Oats: Starting the morning with whole grains helps get your day started on the right foot. Think quality carbs for energy.  Whole grains help you feel full longer and help maintain blood sugar levels until your next meal.

Pumpkin: The bright orange pumpkin color does more than just lift spirits, it’s packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins!  It’s got vitamin C, a great immune system booster, and it’s got vitamin A, great for eye health and for preventing the damage that occurs naturally with aging. Beta-carotene has many benefits including keeping your body younger/ helping to prevent degenerative diseases and it helps in the prevention of cancer.  Pumpkins also boast a healthy serving of fiber, to help you stay fuller longer.

Pepitas (aka, pumpkin seeds): These little seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan an important part of the production of serotonin… aka a mood booster!

 

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Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins

Celebrate all things pumpkin in this on-the-go baked oats treat; it’s filled with a nutritious blend of your fall favorites.  Pair these with a serving of vanilla or plain nonfat Greek yogurt—the perfect way to add protein (up to 18 grams).  Think of the combo as kind of a pumpkin pie with whip cream, minus the guilt.

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups old fashion oats or rolled oats (not instant)

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup almond milk (we used unsweetened vanilla)

3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin

1 egg (we used Egglands Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup dried cranberries (if you’d like these a little sweeter we suggest adding an additional 1/4 cup).

3 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp seed & grain blend (we used Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain blend,  you can use whatever type of seed or grain you have on hand!)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup, cupcake pan with muffin papers or coat with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix completely until thoroughly combined in a bowl.
  4. Divide batter into 12 cups so that it’s evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 18-22 . When done, the tops will be firm and not gooey or moist. Poke with a toothpick—and when it comes out clean, the muffins are ready! Be careful not to over bake.

 

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 105 Calories, 2 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 16 mg Cholesterol, 75 mg Sodium, 20 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 8 g Sugar, 3 g Protein  

 

The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best to help people get more nutrients from their food.

Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashion oats or rolled oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk (we used unsweetened vanilla)
  • ¾ cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 egg (we used Egglands Best (www.egglandsbest.com) because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (if you’d like these a little sweeter we suggest adding an additional ¼ cup).
  • 3 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp seed & grain blend (we used Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain blend, you can use whatever type of seed or grain you have on hand!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup, cupcake pan with muffin papers or coat with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix completely until thoroughly combined in a bowl.
  4. Divide batter into 12 cups so that it’s evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes. When done, the tops will be firm and not gooey or moist. Poke with a toothpick—and when it comes out clean, the muffins are ready! Be careful not to overbake.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 105 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 75 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 3 g Cholesterol: 16 mg

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Lightened Up Blueberry Blender Muffins

 We confess. When we were in college we had a HUGE super sweet, sugary blueberry muffin for dinner every Monday night (yep, these veggie-loving registered dietitians who still have a crazy sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, had that same sweet tooth back then, only back then we weren’t ready to admit that even if it was only once a week, a muffin wasn’t the best dinner choice! ;)). And yes, admittedly, at the time we were studying nutrition and dietetics! But Muffin Monday at the Yogurt Jungle was irresistible, and massive muffins, which we used to compare to the size of our heads, were only $1! Such a score for two hungry, sweet-loving girls on a college budget! Ahh, those were the days! Tammy’s daughters still don’t believe her when she tells them she did this as now we really strive for balanced, nourishing meals! But we still love our blueberry muffins, but now whip up healthier versions, with protein and fiber—and that are fairly low in sugar! This recipe reminds us of our good ‘old Yogurt Jungle days (here’s lookin’ at you UMD College Park! ;)), so we had to share it with you!

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Pssst… looking for more lightened up dessert recipes? Please feel free to search our site! And here are a few to try:

The skinny on these muffins:

They’re one of our favorite weekend breakfast treats—and they make a great snack too! They make the kitchen smell amazing, they are fairly easy to whip up, and they are a sweet accompaniment to many other delicious breakfast dishes!

The cool thing about making these muffins as opposed to boxed mixes is that you don’t have to worry about processed ingredients or chemicals you can’t pronounce, or the high amounts of sugar included in the deal.

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The batter couldn’t be more simple—oats, ripened banana, maple syrup, eggs, Greek yogurt, a touch of cinnamon—and the result is healthy, moist, fluffy, and tender muffins that are perfectly suited for serving alongside a couple of eggs prepared in your favorite way, or Greek yogurt, or as an afternoon snack.

The star ingredients in these muffins are:

  • oats | digest more slowly than refined grains and help you stay fuller for longer. Plus, they’re a good source of soluble fiber to lower your “bad”, LDL cholesterol.
  • Greek yogurt (non-dairy works here too!) We used this in place of oil to help keep the muffins moist and tender, while also bumping up calcium and protein!
  • maple syrup + bananas
  • blueberries

Oh! And we almost forgot to mention the fact that the only tools that get messy in this kitchen experiment are your blender and your muffin tins (and maybe a spatula!).

 

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Healthy Blueberry Blender Muffins

Make 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can use an unsweetened non-dairy yogurt if you need dairy free)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Put all ingredients (oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt) minus the blueberries into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture is thoroughly combined and it is creamy. You may need to turn off the blender to scrape the sides a couple of times with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Stir the blueberries in by hand.
  4. Pour the muffin batter into the muffin tins. Each cup should be about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are set and the tops are golden brown.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving (if you can wait that long!). Store in a plastic storage container with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture in the fridge for up to one week.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories 115, Total Fat 2 g, Cholesterol: 34 mg, Sodium 24 mg, Potassium 99 mg, Carbohydrates 20 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugar 8 g, Protein 5 g

 

 

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Lightened Up Blueberry Blender Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Muffins, Gluten Free, Lightened Up, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can use an unsweetened non-dairy yogurt if you need dairy free)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Put all ingredients (oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt) minus the blueberries into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture is thoroughly combined and it is creamy. You may need to turn off the blender to scrape the sides a couple of times with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Stir the blueberries in by hand.
  4. Pour the muffin batter into the muffin tins. Each cup should be about ¾ of the way full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are set and the tops are golden brown.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving (if you can wait that long!). Store in a plastic storage container with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture in the fridge for up to one week.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 115 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 24 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 34 mg

 

 

The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best to help people get more nutrients from their food.

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Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

As registered dietitians, personal trainers and girls who love experimenting with healthy and delish recipes, we get super excited when new, healthy products come out, especially when they are items that help people to eat the delicious foods that they crave.   And since we get loads of requests from friends and clients for gluten-free recipes, we were so excited when Quaker sent us a sample of their new gluten free oats–and we got to town experimenting!  If you read our post the other day you know, first we tried this new recipe we found, Gluten-free Homemade Energy Breakfast Bars, and loved it! YUM–and it set us off to test more and more! 🙂

One of the reasons we were so excited about these new Quaker gluten-free oats is that gluten-free oats have been a bit challenging to find, especially for our long-distance clients who don’t live in a major city. Oats don’t contain gluten but are often contaminated by gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye or barley) in processing plants. When brands can guarantee a lack of contamination with gluten, oats can be considered gluten-free.

After making the awesome Gluten-free Homemade Energy Breakfast Bars, we found yet another awesome recipe on QuakerOats.com and we felt compelled to share it!  Many of you frequently request gluten free recipes and smoothies with veggies, and this recipe marries them both– woot, woot!

 

And if you’re hesitant about trying gluten-free oats, don’t worry–the gluten-free Quaker oats have the same great flavor and nutrients as traditional oats and they’re packed with heart healthy 100% whole grain oats, fiber and vitamins and minerals.

 

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Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:
½ cup Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
10-12 ice cubes
1 ¼ cup frozen pineapple
1 ¼ cup frozen mango
2 cups packed fresh spinach
25 fresh mint leaves
3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tbsps coarsely chopped fresh ginger

Directions:
Layer all of the ingredients in order in a high-powered blender. Purée until completely smooth, adding more orange juice it needed. Divide between two large glasses and serve immediately (or keep it overnight in the fridge to thicken up even more).

The Nutrition Twins work with Quaker to help people who have to avoid gluten find more gluten-free options.

 

Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • :
  • ½ cup Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
  • 10-12 ice cubes
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen mango
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 25 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsps coarsely chopped fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. :
  2. Layer all of the ingredients in order in a high-powered blender. Purée until completely smooth, adding more orange juice it needed. Divide between two large glasses and serve immediately (or keep it overnight in the fridge to thicken up even more).

Cherry Banana Bites

You may think that since we’re registered dietitians, personal trainers and veggie lovers, that we only like healthy food and aren’t tempted by indulgences like sweets! Ha! …if only! In fact, we joke that we were born leading with our sugar tooth and have since learned how to tame it– and we actually thank it because it’s helped us to become successful weight loss experts as well.  Thanks to our sugar tooth, we have combined the science from our years of nutrition education with what actually works for us and for our clients to help you to achieve success with health and fat loss goals! That’s why we also created these waistline-friendly sugar craving busters –like our Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies and our  White Chocolate Drizzled wild Blueberry Granola Balls  and our Microwave Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, just to name a few!

 

As kids, we’d leave our healthy household and excitedly head to our friend’s houses so we could indulge in all of the sweets their pantries had to offer.  It wasn’t until after years of being sugar bandits at our friends’ houses and then coming home, laying on our beds feeling sick from overdoing it, did we finally decide we wanted to stop the vicious cycle.

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If you lead with your sugar tooth (Lyssie was teased for having a large looking shark tooth (her left canine) as a kid and we believe it was likely responsible for her love for sweets 😉 ), like we have, then you’ll love some of the secrets we share with our clients that work for them–and for us.  While not everything works for everyone all of the time, typically at least some of our secrets work some of the time and they work frequently enough to help our clients to achieve their fat loss goals.  Woohoo!

 

One of these secrets is learning how to reset your taste buds, which we’ll share more about in another post soon and you can learn some about here.  Another is having a sweet treat that is actually satisfying (for the taste buds, blood sugar levels and stomach)–and another is freezing the sweets in small portions–so they can’t be mindlessly munched on an impulse directly from a large bag or container–and when the sweet serving is done, it’s done.  This is especially a good tactic for you if you do this when you watch TV or are on the computer (our own personal late night, danger time– oy!).

 

For example, these Cherry Banana Bites don’t actually use sugar (other than the chocolate chunks-which you can leave out if you choose).  These bites are small enough that allow you to have 2-3 over the course of the day for your daily indulgence and to be able to eat one if a craving hit.  These can prevent you from going off the deep end for a large sweet indulgence.  You can keep them in the freezer in small portions.  The freezing of the treats prevents you from making an impulsive decision to eat it, since it must thaw for a bit before eating.  This time is often all that is needed to talk yourself out of needing to have a sweet at all.

Cherry Banana Bites

These cherry banana bites are a feel good treat, free of gluten for those sensitive to it.  They are made with wholesome ingredients and no added sugar other than what’s in the chocolate clusters, so it’ll fill you up without the sugar bloat! They’re easy to make, filled with ingredients that are likely lying around your house, and are great to enjoy as an on-the-go snack or an after dinner treat!

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Makes 24 cookies

 

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

3 tbsp plain greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats*, divided

1 tbsp chia seeds

¾ cup dried cherries

1/4 cup dark chocolate clusters
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the bananas, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and 1 cup of oats into a food processor (or blender) and blend for 30 seconds, or until all the ingredients are evenly combined.

Transfer the batter into a mixing bowl, add the dried cherries and the remaining oats to the mixture and stir.

Spray a baking sheet with oil from a spray jar.  Use a tablespoon amount of batter to roll into a ball and place on the pan and press to flatten slightly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bites are firm to the touch and hold their own shape.

Melt the dark chocolate clusters and then drizzle on top of the bites for an added treat!

*If you have celiac disease, be sure to choose oats that specifically say “gluten free” on the packaging, as not all oats are 100% gluten free

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 65

Carbohydrates: 12 g

Fat: 1.6 g

Saturated Fat: 1 g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0 g

Protein: 1 g

Sodium: 3 mg

Sugar: 3 g

Fiber: 1.5 g

Cherry Banana Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats*, divided
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate clusters
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the bananas, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and 1 cup of oats into a food processor (or blender) and blend for 30 seconds, or until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  3. Transfer the batter into a mixing bowl, add the dried cherries and the remaining oats to the mixture and stir.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with oil from a spray jar. Use a tablespoon amount of batter to roll into a ball and place on the pan and press to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bites are firm to the touch and hold their own shape.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate clusters and then drizzle on top of the bites for an added treat!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 65 Fat: 1.6 g Saturated fat: 1 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 3 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 g