breakfast

Protein Cherry Yogurt Scones

2 grains, 1 fruit, 1 fat, 1 protein
Cherry Orange Scones

As promised, I am sharing the scone recipe I tried today! I found the recipe on the Fage yogurt website, and it was a total hit!

“THIS IS THE BEST SCONE I’VE EVER HAD….PERFECT!” – Sergei (There you have it folks, this recipe is better than the boxed and store bought scones we’ve tried!)

Instead of using cranberries I used dried cherries and golden raisins. On the next batch I added a cup of oats and made oatmeal raisin scones. The combinations are endless so feel free to make your own and share what you tried!

Cherry Orange Yogurt Scones

Recipe adapted from: fage.com

2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup FAGE Total Classic
1 egg
¼ cup butter, melted*
2 tsp orange zest
½ cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 400F. Combine first four ingredients in one bowl (dry), and the sugar, yogurt, egg, butter, and zest in a separate bowl (wet). Add the wet mixture to the dry and fold in the dried cherries. Make a circular shape with the dough and cut into 8 pieces. Bake scones with at least an inch of space between them for ~15 minutes.

*Can be substituted with Earth Balance

What kind of scones would you like?

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Coconut Quinoa with Ginger Pears

[2 fat, 1 fruit, 1 grain, 2 protein]
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I’ve had a pear sitting in the freezer for over a month now. It just stares at me and I’m getting annoyed looking at it. This morning I ended the torture!20140330-162608.jpg

Pears are high in fiber and antioxidants. Just one pear has about half of your daily need of flavonols. Flavonols are plant pigments that protect the cells from oxygen damage, prevent excess inflammation, and help protect blood vessels from leakage or breakage. You can read more about the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties of pears here.
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1/2 cup cooked quinoa [1 grain, 1 protein]

3/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

3 tbsp egg whites, or 1 egg [1 protein]

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tsp sugar

1/2 pear [1 fruit]

2 tbsp coconut shreds [1 fat]

4 walnut halves, chopped [1 fat]

>>Bring the milk to a boil. Add the cooked quinoa and lower heat to a simmer. Add the ginger, vanilla, and sugar. Let everything cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until most of the milk has been absorbed. Add the pears, walnuts, and egg whites. Let it thicken, and then top with coconut shreds.

The Best Nut Butter Banana Toast

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One thing I love to do is make “grown up” alternatives to the typical kids menu. (Check out this chocolate milk turned into an “adult cocoa blend“- haha!). Today I decided to revamp another classic: PB&Banana Sandwiches. Here’s what your average PB&B looks like:

Throw out the simple carbohydrates (white bread) and the unnatural ‘peanut butter’ (filled with hydrogenated oils aka trans fats and added sugar). Swap them out with these sophisticated alternatives:
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1 piece of bread (I used Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread) [1 grain, 1 protein]

1/2 large banana [1 fruit]

1 tbsp almond butter [1 protein, 1 fat]

3 almonds, chopped [1/2 fat]

>>Toast the bread and top with 1 tbsp almond butter. Take 1/4 of a banana and mash it onto your toast. Top toast with another 1/4 banana, sliced. Chop 3 almonds and sprinkle on top. Add cinnamon, agave or honey.

What’s your favorite “kid’s” sandwich?

 

 

Blueberry Muesli Cookies

1 grain

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My dad is obsessed with finding the muesli he used to eat back when they lived in Germany. You’d think he would give up after over 20 years of searching, but no. He is still can’t find that perfect muesli. Last month he tested Trader Joe’s Blueberry Muesli. It’s “not the same”…..surprise surprise.
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Needless to say a month later it sits there untouched. He asked me to do something with it so obviously I turned to making cookies. I still have some leftover so I may try making overnight oats or energy bars with it. Anyone have suggestions/ideas?20140321-121731.jpg

2 cups Trader Joe’s blueberry muesli

1 cup flour

1/3 cup coconut oil, liquid

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup dates

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

>>Preheat oven to 375F. In a blender mix dates milk and oil. Stir all other ingredients in a separate bowl. Add in the wet ingredients and mix. The dough will be crumby, but form balls and press down onto cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Makes ~30 cookies.

Try to move quickly when working with melted coconut oil. As it cools down to room temperature, it will harden and won’t spread through the ingredients as easily.

Peanut Butter French Toast

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Yesterday I finished reading the book Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs. The reader watches as AJ takes on the quest to be the “healthiest man”. His first diet? Chocolate and alcohol. Hey, there are studies showing those are good for you! 20140321-103818.jpg Although it felt a bit tedious at some points, I really enjoyed following AJ’s journey through various studies and science claims. Each chapter is dedicated to a certain body part or system that he trys to get “healthier”. Definitely read this book if you have an interest in defining what it means to be healthy. You’re probably a lot healthier than you think! 20140321-103823.jpg

Here’s my twist on the breakfast classic french toast. I made this as a side in my breakfast, so the recipe below is made for 1 slice. Feel free to increase proportions as needed.

1/4 cup egg whites  [1 protein]

1 slice bread (I used Ezekiel Sprouted Bread) [1 grain, 1/2 protein]

1 tbsp. PB2

>>Combine PB2 and egg whites in a dish. Soak bread in mixture (~30 sec each side). Heat a skillet with nonstick spray/oil/butter. Cook toast on each side.

Top with powdered sugar, agave, cinnamon, cocoa, etc.

Serve with fruit, nuts, nut butter, etc.

Quinoa Granola and a Puppy Pal

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Kobi made a new friend! At first, he was a bit scared. Cubby’s tail kept whacking him but I’m glad there were no hard feelings. The two spent some quality time playing outside and enjoying the first day of spring!20140320-200627.jpg

Kobi learned some good social skills from Cubby, but thankfully he didn’t start eating sticks (see Cubby above). I don’t think his little body would have handled it very well.

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Later in the day, I made granola for tomorrow morning! It is protein packed, and perfectly portioned to give you just the right amounts of healthy fats, proteins, and fiber! I didn’t add any dried  fruits, but feel free to add some after you finish baking or else they will burn.

1/2 cup oats (We only had quick oats, but I would use rolled/steel cut if possible)

1/3 cup quinoa, uncooked

1.5 tbsp whole flax seed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 scoop protein powder

1/ tsp vanilla

2 tbsp almonds, chopped

2 tbsp pecans, chopped

1/2 tbsp agave

>>Preheat oven to 350F. Rinse the oats and quinoa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and push down/spread the mixture onto a pan. Bake for about 30 mins, stirring halfway through.   [Makes 5 servings]

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

1 fruit, 2 grains, 1/2 vegetable

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I bought a 5 lb bag of carrots.

If you’re wondering why, I have absolutely no answer to give you. I just felt like it. I’m still in shock myself since no one else in the family eats it.
20140311-163852.jpgAs you might expect, I’ve been eating a lot of carrots and creating a lot of carrot recipes. I like to think of it as practice for whenever Easter rolls around….in a month right?

Hopefully I’m not sick of it by then. In the mean time I get to try out really fun and delicious new recipes like this one!

P.S. Please share your carrot dishes. I’m not completely desperate but I’ll be there soon…

1/2 cup uncooked oats [2 grains]

1 cup water or milk

2 tbsp raisins [1 fruit]

1/4 cup shredded carrots [1/2 vegetable]

~1/2 tbsp sugar / 1 packet stevia

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

>>Bring water to a boil. Add all ingredients and reduce to simmer. Cook until most liquid evaporates.

Garnish with toasted walnuts or coconut