Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oatmeal, yummy, oatmeal!

I am not talking about the pre-packaged, pre-seasoned, just add water variety. While convenient, you may find that the main ingredient is high fructose corn syrup and other preservatives. I am recommending taking a few (maybe five at most) extra minutes and making REAL oatmeal. First, make sure you start with "old-fashioned" rolled oats, not the "quick-cooking" kind. They are nearly as fast and provide more fiber and longer-lasting energy.

I promise that it is fast and easy. You may have already purchased "old-fashioned" oats for another recipe so go ahead and give it a try for breakfast. You can also check out for more suggestions on yummy additions to your oatmeal. The options are really endless.

Like with anything new, start slow. You may only try one sneaky ingredient or flavor at a time and then build up your courage and your kids'/husband's taste buds.

I would love to hear if you have favorite combinations for your oatmeal, too!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

I modified this recipe right off of the container of old-fashioned oats to make it a little healthier without compromising the taste. Enjoy!

These freeze really well, too! I just thawed some for breakfast this morning!

Apple Crisp

Yummy dessert with half the fat and sugar substituted with good fat and fiber, grains and walnuts!

The topping is good enough to save the leftovers for breakfast and top with yogurt.

You can also substitute 2 cups of frozen blueberries or mixed berries (no sugar or syrup added) for the apples.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ice Cream for Breakfast? Oh, YES!!!

Seth wakes up almost every morning and says "I have a popsicle mommy." As a responsible parent, I say "Yes." One of mommy's special popsicles made from yogurt, frozen fruit and a little confectioner's sugar. I also keep a little extra on hand as "ice cream" as well. It's easy, convenient and healthy. Plus, Seth can have as much or many of these little babies as he wants in the mornings and I know he is still getting a great start to the day!

I make the popsicles in small dixie cups with a popsicle stick. Just peel the cup away and you have got a healthy and fun snack.