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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

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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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars!

If you’re like most people, you are always on the hunt for a delicious and healthy snack that staves off hunger, keeps you satisfied and gives you an energy boost and at the same time that won’t pack on the pounds. Well we’ve got a some ideal solutions for you! We’re going to start hooking you up with some healthy, wholesome and easy snacks to make all on your own – all summer long! First up is Homemade Granola Bars – easy to make and so scrumptious to eat.

Homemade Granola Bars

Pssst… you may enjoy these lip-smackers

Chocolate Drizzled Granola Balls,

Microwave Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies,

Skinny Oreo Balls

White Chocolate Drizzled Wild Blueberry Granola Balls!

Homemade Granola Bars

Grab this on the way out the door with a nonfat Greek yogurt for added protein! (And if you’re going away for hours and can’t have the yogurt or anything perishable, check out the recipe below).

Serves: 16

Ingredients

2 large egg whites
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of your choice), finely diced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 crisscrossed rectangles of parchment paper. You’ll want to leave at least a 2 inch overhang at 2 opposite ends of the pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix oats,, raisins and almonds.

3. Add oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a saucepan and heat over low heat. Whisk the ingredients together, for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.

4. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes. Then whisk in the egg whites.

5. Pour the mixture over the oats, almonds and raisins and mix to moisten them evenly.

6. Pour the mixture into the baking pan; smooth the top.

7. Bake approximately 30 minutes, until top is firm. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Using the paper to lift, pull the bars out of the pans. After cooling completely, cut into bars with serrated knife. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts: 117 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 29 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 3 g protein

Heading out and can’t bring anything perishable?  Try this Granola bar recipe to bump up the protein for staying power!

Homemade Protein-Granola Bars

Serves 16

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups powdered non-fat milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of your choice), finely diced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Follow the same directions as above. Add the applesauce and powdered milk at the same time with the steps that involve the oats mixture.

Nutrition Facts: 172 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 29 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 9 g protein

Enjoy!

 For MORE RECIPES like this and a 10-Day Weight Loss Jumpstart and Detox Plan and a Get Healthy Program please check out The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars!
 
Grab this on the way out the door with a nonfat Greek yogurt for added protein! (And if you're going away for hours and can't have the yogurt or anything perishable, check out the recipe below).
Author:
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of your choice), finely diced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 crisscrossed rectangles of parchment paper. You’ll want to leave at least a 2 inch overhang at 2 opposite ends of the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats,, raisins and almonds.
  3. Add oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a saucepan and heat over low heat. Whisk the ingredients together, for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes. Then whisk in the egg whites.
  5. Pour the mixture over the oats, almonds and raisins and mix to moisten them evenly.
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking pan; smooth the top.
  7. Bake approximately 30 minutes, until top is firm. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Using the paper to lift, pull the bars out of the pans. After cooling completely, cut into bars with serrated knife. Enjoy!!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 117 Fat: 7g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 12g Sugar: 8g Sodium: 29mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 3g