Mason Jar Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

Did anyone make the New Years resolution to eat better? Well if you did, then I am sure you have heard a lot about how important it is to get a healthy breakfast. I am one of those people who love breakfast food (breakfast lovers: you know who you are) so I typically have no problem making myself a nice breakfast in the morning to fuel my day.

Despite all of my love for the first meal of the day, I had a lot of difficulty last week trying to get myself breakfast! I have had to get out the door super early (5:15am), and I was struggling to throw together something to eat that could satiate my hunger and give me energy to make it through the morning. That is, until I thought up this little yogurt parfait here.

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“Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry”…because I have this delicious yogurt parfait!

 

Part parfait, part overnight oatmeal, this breakfast-to-go has it all: whole grains, fruits, and protein. I know I am super late jumping on the mason jar train, but I am so glad I did. This is just the cutest little breakfast I have ever seen! And this mason jar packs a filling and nutritious punch. If trying to get a healthy breakfast to-go is your challenge, then look no further than this adorable and customizable start to the day.

Mason Jar Blueberry Yogurt Parfait (serves 1)

IngredientsIMG_5640

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or any yogurt flavor of your choice!)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (or any fruit of your choice!)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Mason jar

Directions

  1. The night before: layer the yogurt, berries, and oats into the mason jar in whatever order you would like. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top, if desired. Cover mason jar with lid and store in the refrigerator.
  2. The next morning: grab your mason jar out of the fridge, grab yourself a spoon, and have breakfast whenever you’d like!

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 25g
  • Calcium: 348 mg
  • Potassium: 499 mg
  • Sodium: 134 mg

 

 

 

Acai Bowl

I usually don’t have time to sit down and have a relaxing breakfast in the morning, but in the name of Spring, I decided today I would make myself an acai bowl.

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What’s an acai bowl, you ask? Think of it as a the most delicious smoothie ever covered in toppings and eaten with a spoon. The acai bowl consists of blended frozen acai berries (and fruit) covered in a variety of toppings (like granola, hemp seeds, fresh fruit). It’s tasty beyond description and the contrast of the soft-serve like fruit to the crunchy toppings in addicting. I am always disappointed when the whole bowl is gone.

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Acai is a berry that most will tell you is a “superfood”. Though technically research is still ongoing regarding the health benefits of acai, science has  shown that it does have a high level of antioxidants. It’s a berry that packs a nutritional punch!

And it turns out the brand Sambazon is selling frozen organic acai berries at the grocery store, which is great for someone like me who does not want to spend $10 on breakfast (acai bowls can be pretty pricey). Buying your own frozen acai has another benefit; besides being financially savvy, it will also allow you to add whatever you want and really get creative! I had a lot of fun opening up my cabinets and seeing what I could possibly sprinkle on top. The recipe below is simply an example of the things you can put into your acai bowl. So give yourself some extra time to make this delicious frozen treat for breakfast in the morning, it’s worth it!

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Ingredients

For the Bowl

  • 1 packet of Sambazon unsweetened pure acai berry
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla soymilk

For the Toppings

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola

Directions

  1. Per the directions on the back of the frozen acai, run the package under water for 5 seconds. Place acai in the blender along with other fruits and milk (can use water or juice if preferred, and can also add sweetener).
  2. Blend on the highest setting. The mixture will be very thick, like frozen yogurt.
  3. Pour frozen mixture into a bowl and cover with toppings of choice.
  4. Relax and enjoy!

Goat Cheese Omelette

You know those mornings where you wake up starving and need food more than anything else in the world? Well, I just had one of those mornings.

Ideally, breakfast is supposed to be eaten within an hour of waking. I know there are people who just aren’t hungry at that time of the day, or don’t have the time (I tend to fit into the latter category) and breakfast is a nonexistent meal. But, it is important to try to get something into your system. A healthy, wholesome breakfast jump-starts the body’s metabolism, gives energy, and helps (note: helps, not guarantees) one avoid over-indulging later in the day.

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Breakfast is a great meal because it can be made quickly too. Take this omelet for example: from start to finish I was making breakfast for 5 minutes. And what I got was a nutritious and filling meal containing lean protein, calcium, and some healthy fats. Served with a side of fruit, I am gonna go ahead and call it a winning way to start the day. Especially when you’re so hungry you could eat your alarm clock.

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Goat Cheese Omelette (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • red pepper flakes (optional), to taste

 

Directions

First, warm a skillet on medium heat. Add onions and olive oil to the skillet and sauté for a few minutes until slightly browned. Whisk eggs in a small bowl and pour over onions. Let the eggs cook until slightly firmed, then flip over to cook other side. Add goat cheese and fold eggs over the cheese. Remove omelet from heat and top with avocado slices, salt, pepper, and/or red pepper flakes. Serve with sliced fruit.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread

I must say I am thrilled that Spring is finally in the air! Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day in the city, so beautiful I got to go on a long, refreshing fun outside! And I had this delicious strawberry chocolate chip bread to come home to.

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Seeing sunshine at 7am is a beautiful thing!

 

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The recipe I am about to share with you is deceiving: it is rich in strawberry and chocolate flavor but light in texture. So delicious, it tastes like chocolate-covered strawberries! I made 2 mini loaves. The first was devoured at work before noon, and the second was enjoyed by Nick and I over the weekend. This recipe is perfect for trying something unique and different with quick bread, and I definitely recommend it!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread (Makes 1 full-sized loaf)

Ingredients

  • 1-1 1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Spray loaf tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together butter, milk, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add wet ingredients and stir just until combined (do not  over mix). Gently fold in berries and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into the loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the loaf cool and set.
  6. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

Raspberry, Banana, and Nutella Crepes

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I have always been a big fan of brunch. It involves breakfast food (which I crave), a relaxed meal (perfect for a weekend day), and time with friends/family (it doesn’t get better than that).  And for me, crepes are a my go-to recipe for when I make brunch.

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I must thank my good friend Kirsten for teaching me this crepe recipe. Before Kirsten, I thought crepes were a gourmet food option only bought from French restaurants and food markets. But this crepe recipe is perfection: simple ingredients, easy to make, and versatile. I decided to fill the crepes with fruit and Nutella, but the great thing about crepes is that they are an invitation to get creative! Butter, sugar, cinnamon. Fruit jam. Chicken pesto. Ham and cheese. Use your imagination! Become a culinary visionary!

Simple, Delicious Crepes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter
  • Dash Vanilla Extract

Directions

Melt butter in the microwave. Whip together eggs and butter, then add vanilla extract and milk. Mix dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients with egg mixture. Let the crepe batter sit for 5-10 minutes. Turn the stove on medium, heat a pan, and melt some butter on the pan (or I used coconut oil). Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan and lift the pan, swirling it around so that the batter coats the entire bottom. Let the crepe cook on one side for a minute, then carefully flip and cook the other side. Set crepe on a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat until all the batter is used. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy a wonderful brunch!