Berry Breakfast Ideas

September 20, 2016

What’s your morning routine? Are you a breakfast eater? Or do you typically run out the door without eating anything? My clients will tell you I’m an advocate of eating breakfast within 30 minutes to 1 hour of getting up so you jumpstart your metabolism first thing in the morning!  If you’re looking for some healthy ideas, keep reading!

Some of my favorite breakfast options are protein shakes/smoothies, overnight oats or baked oatmeal to get your morning protein, complex carbs and healthy fat. Whey protein powder, greek yogurt or cottage cheese are great sources of protein. Overnight oats made with greek yogurt are a healthy option and the oats add fiber and fill you up.  Baked oatmeal is fantastic to prepare for a weeks worth of breakfast ready to go.  Below are 3 of my favorite berry breakfasts with the recipes and links.

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (5-6 fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp chia seeds
  • Option: add ice cubes and honey if you want it colder and sweeter

Blend ingredients in bullet blender and enjoy!

Adapted from: http://minimalistbaker.com/roasted-strawberry-cheesecake-smoothie/

 

oats-2Overnight Oats
(makes two 8-ounce servings)

  • 3/4 cup plain 2% greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (I like mixed berries)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

 

overnight-oats

 

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, oats, milk and honey (if using) and blend together well. Divide half of the yogurt mixture equally between two 8-ounce mason jars. Top the yogurt mixture with 1/2 cup of the fruit, again divided evenly between the 2 jars. Repeat with the remaining yogurt mixture and fruit. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Can be stored in refrigerator for 2-3 days before eating.

Adapted from: http://www.yankeekitchenninja.com/2015/06/overnight-oats-and-yogurt-parfaits.html?m=1

Baked Berry Oatmeal:

*Makes 6-8 servings

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I use less)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 cups fresh berries

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish. Combine oats, baking powder and salt. Place half the oat mixture in the baking dish, top with half the berries and then top with remaining oat mixture. Whisk the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and melted coconut oil. Pour over the oats. Top oats with remaining berries. Gently shake the baking dish back and forth from side to side to allow wet mixture to spread evenly into the oats. Bake uncovered for 25-40 minutes until the oats are tender and mixture set. Serve immediately or refrigerate to reheat later.

Adapted from: http://celebratingsweets.com/mixed-berry-vanilla-baked-oatmeal/

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