My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Items

Let’s talk breakfast.

If you are a regular F&F reader, you know that my go-to weekday breakfast is low-fat cottage cheese topped with blueberries, unsalted slivered almonds, and a dash of cinnamon.  I mention it all the time.  I mean, have been eating this breakfast for years, and somehow I’m not sick of it.  But I do like to spice it up now and then!

My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Items:

— Multi-grain toast or sandwich thin with natural peanut or almond butter, topped with sliced bananas

sandwich thin

— Bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal.  The fix-ins always differ, but some of my go to items include berries, bananas, raisins, chia seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, unsalted nuts, nut or pumpkin butter, shredded coconut, or plain Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.  Sometimes everything, but the calories in a loaded bowl of oatmeal can definitely creep up so I try to be mindful.

Oatmeal

— Plain Greek yogurt with berries or banana slices, and a sprinkle of wheat germ.

yogurt parfait

— Scrambled eggs.  My favorite is mixing them with salsa for a punch of flavor!  This is usually a weekend or telecommuting choice because I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home on weekdays.

Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Salsa

— Protein pancakes.  This is another weekend choice.  There’s a bazillion ways to make protein pancakes, but some that I’ve posted on F&F before include apple cinnamon protein pancakes, banana cinnamon protein pancakes, strawberry banana protein pancakes, and whole wheat chia seed pancakes.

Whole Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes

Recently as part of my Sunday night food prep, I’ve taken to cooking a breakfast item that stays for the week.  Something that can also be enjoyed as a healthy grab and go snack for busy schedules.  Last week I made my co-worker Dawn’s banana bread muffins, the week before I tried out The Lean Green Bean‘s sweet potato banana bites, and the week before I threw together an oatmeal casserole.  I’m definitely loving having a bigger breakfast/snack item on hand, and it does switch things up from my usual cottage cheese!

When I posted the banana pecan coconut oatmeal casserole picture on my F&F Facebook page and on Instagram couple of weeks ago, I got tons of requests for the recipe.  Honestly I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but I switched things around a bit anyways.  Enjoy!

Banana Pecan Coconut Oatmeal Casserole

Banana Pecan Coconut Oatmeal Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stir together oats, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the almond milk, egg, applesauce, and yogurt.  Then add to the oat mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Stir in banana, pecans and coconut.
  5. Spread into an 8×8 casserole dish and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, stir the mixture, and bake uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.  The dish will be done once lightly browned.

Banana Pecan Coconut Oatmeal Casserole

I love this dish because there are no added sugars!  A lot of the baked oatmeal recipes out there use a lot of added sugars or oils.  This recipe is definitely more nutritious and still tastes great.  It’s even boyfriend approved and takes barely any time to throw together.

Banana Pecan Coconut Oatmeal Casserole

Enjoy with more yogurt, fruit, chia seeds, etc.

Banana Pecan Oatmeal Casserole

I want to hear what your go-to healthy breakfast choices are.  Tell me in the comments, this way we can all share ideas!

Things I’m Loving Lately: October 2011 Edition

Happy Friday all!

I’ve decided to turn my “Things I’m Loving Lately” into a monthly edition.  I did this back in September and got some good feedback from all of you, so here goes my October round!

My New Fall Car Jar

Seems like such a little thing to get excited about, but anything that enhances my love for fall is a favorite of mine.  This week I retired my Yankee Candle Pineapple Cilantro Car Jar for a much more appropriate seasonal choice.  Have you guys smelled Autumn Wreath yet?  Amazing!

Substituting Greek Yogurt

Instead of using mayo, try substituting Greek yogurt instead!  Last night I made a quick and easy chicken salad for dinner.  Tim said he couldn’t even taste the difference between the yogurt versus mayo.  That’s really good news – mayo is FULL of calories and fat, but yogurt offers a much healthier and more protein packed option.

In the mix:  Chicken (I marinated the chicken in light balsamic vinaigrette dressing and then cooked in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees), chopped celery, halved red grapes, chopped walnuts, plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I used Trader Joe’s brand), and a teeny bit of Dijon mustard.  Don’t skip the mustard in this recipe – I found that it added a ton of flavor!  Downside to this:  I meant to add sliced apples as well, but I forgot!  Next time?  Maybe for lunch today.

This can be eaten as a salad or a sandwich/wrap/pita.  I chose to eat over spinach leaves.  I didn’t even need to add any dressing!

Let me know what you guys think of using yogurt instead of mayo if you end up trying this out!

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Tim and I went out for a few beers last night, and I (shockingly) ordered Shipyard.  It’s just one of my favorite beers.  From the website:  “Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and a subtle spiced flavor.”  I couldn’t have said it better!  This one is my go to pumpkin beer, and I like it because it is pretty light and not too hoppy!  I do prefer Shipyard without the cinnamon and sugar on the rim – I find I only like that for one beer.  But last night we learned a new trick – put a shot of Captain Morgan into the beer and mix it all together?!  I am not a huge Captain Morgan fan (still scarred from my 21st birthday!), but Tim enjoyed the free shot & beer recommendation last night at The Corrib Pub.

Mid-Air Jumping Pictures

I don’t think this one needs much explanation.

Just that I’m a huge loser?!  (My friends too).

My New Sneakers

Yes, I know I already posted about them, but can’t my love for my new kicks extend beyond just one blog post?  Still obsessed. 

Question of the Day:  What are YOU loving lately?!  Recommend something to me!

Happy almost weekend!