Switch Up A Classic!

Are you tired of the typical microwaved oatmeal for breakfast?  Sure it’s nutritious with its fiber and heart health benefits, but try switching up the everyday oatmeal with this delicious recipe called “Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal”.

What You Need:

2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 large apple (a tart apple works well) peeled and diced
1/4 cup raisins
*Optional – pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries
Directions:
1. First, peel, core and dice your apple and soak your raisins in boiling water until they are plump, drain them, and then set both the apple and raisins aside. Preheat your oven to 350 deg F, and spray your baking dish with cooking spray (8x8inch pan).
2. Next, in a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a different, smaller bowl, whisk together the milk, apple sauce, egg whites, melted butter and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir well. Add your diced apples and raisins.
3. Pour the mixture into your baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until the oatmeal turns beautifully golden brown and no longer jiggles in the center. Serve warm on its own, with some milk or fruit!
This is a perfect breakfast to start your day that is loaded with flavor and filling to keep you going!

The Most Important Meal!

You may hear this phrase often, however, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast gives your body a metabolism jumpstart to wake you up with energy and keep you from overeating later into the day.  To maximize your energy and health for each day, try to reach for nutritious choices.  Listed below are some great options for you to better your breakfast:

-Oatmeal: oatmeal is a fabulous breakfast food.  Not only is oatmeal high in fiber, but it is filling, quick to make and adjustable! Try adding slivered almonds or ground flaxseed to your oatmeal for some added protein.  You could even used dried fruit or cinnamon to customize the flavor.  Oatmeal is a great option for breakfast versatility that is beneficial to your health and convenient to jumpstart the day.

-Cereal: not so fast with the sugary kinds…try Kashi Golean Crunch, or any whole-grain, high-fiber cereal for that matter.  Kashi cereals are high in protein and fiber yet low in sugar to keep you full and satisfied.

-Parfaits: using low-fat yogurts, berries and healthy cereals/granolas provides you with incredible amounts of calcium, vitamins and fiber.  Plus, parfaits are sweet and contain a variety of taste textures to enjoy.

-Other choices:  some smaller healthy breakfast choices that you could mix and match include-egg whites, cottage cheese, whole wheat toast, peanut butter, grapefruits, almond butter and protein shakes.  No matter which of these choices you decide to eat, make sure you never skip a day of breakfast! After all, it is the most important meal of the day!

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