Breakfast is straight up my favorite meal of the day. I put the most thought into breakfast and would eat breakfast for every meal…if only that was socially acceptable. Maybe this stems from my love of the morning.
I was so impressed by my pancakes yesterday I decided to try another healthy dessert breakfast from Chocolate Covered Katie. (And again, her pics are WAY better than mine!)
Cinnamon Banana Baked Oatmeal
Courtesy of Chocolate-Covered Katie
- 1/2 cup oats (I used old-fashioned)
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar (if you don’t want it sweetened, leave this out)
- 1/4 cup mashed banana
- 1/4 milk or water (I used skim milk for some good ol’ calcium)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Bake this in a 380 degree oven for 20 minutes. Immediately drown it in peanut butter so it can melt. Let cool for 5 minutes and dig in while still warm!
I have to admit that I wasn’t too too excited about this because if I have oats in the morning, I like them COLD. Thankfully, being unprepared comes in handy, because I got to try this lovely creation this morning! Definitely a winner. I topped it off with some Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB (when will this jar ever run out??) and extra cinnamon. Served with a HUGE bowl of berries and leftover banananana. Thanks Summer for the perfect berries!
This is the part of breakfast where I get really sad that it’s almost over and I only have 2 bites left…and then I have to wait a whole 24 hours to do it all over again.
People ask me alot what I do for a “healthy snack.” I work in a coffee shop where our shifts are 8 hours long, and I don’t always get a chance to sit down and have a nice meal. While my first response is MAKE YOUR OWN granola bars or granola balls or something of the sort, I also know that convenience is something we base our lives off of. Making some fresh granola bars don’t always fit well into our schedules. Here’s some protein/meal bars that I run to when I need a pick me up and don’t have the time to make a yogurt & granola bowl or sit down and eat a piece of juicy, messy fruit.
These are def my faves. I hate looking at the ingredients of a packaged food and seeing 200 things listed, and I’ve only heard of 2 of the ingredients. These are the most natural bars that I’ve been able to find pre-packaged; the ingredients are all natural and there’s nothing artificial, processed, or fake about them. And they come in awesome flavors-peanut butter cookie being my favorite.
These are SO filling, which is something I really do base my food opinions off of. I wouldn’t use them as a so called ‘meal replacement’ like they’re advertised for, simply because I believe in eating healthy, balanced meals, but they are good when you’re trying to make it through long, dull hours before you can eat a real meal.
Packed with protein and taste like raw cookie dough…need I say more?
Kashi doesn’t have the most protein-packed bars, but they have the best flavors (besides Larabars). Pumpkin pie, year-round. Hello. Most protein bar brands have mostly chocolatey flavors, which I hate because I can only eat those on Fridays. Kashi is light, non-chocolate, and has nuts in it to keep you full. Gotta love 7 whole grains on a mission!