Freedom Foods sweetens up breakfast naturally with Maple Crunch cereal

Freedom Foods Maple Crunch Cereal
Freedom Foods Maple Crunch Cereal

Product: Freedom Foods Maple Crunch Cereal – $2.99+

Eating clean…is not always easy.  Especially on those busy, busy, busy mornings when you have a limited amount of time and breakfast has to happen.  I am a firm believer in breakfast.  Skipping breakfast is, honestly, one of the worst things you can do to your body.  It kick starts your metabolism and it gives your body your first real boost in energy.

The difficult part is making sure you make smart decisions when it comes to what you eat for breakfast.

On gym mornings, I start off with just a bowl of cereal.  After hitting the gym, I have my main breakfast (usually a breakfast banana split these days) at the office.  The key to my cereal these days, however, is less sugar, more natural ingredients.  When it comes to cereal…this can be tricky.  Even more so when you have to eat a gluten-free cereal.  So often the gluten-free products are laden with sugars and fats to compensate for being gluten-free and lacking some natural grains.

Thankfully, Freedom Foods has made its way to the shelves of my local Whole Foods store.

Why does this make me happy?  Because, as I stated  when I reviewed their TropicO’s cereal, Freedom Foods sets a high standard for themselves.  They aim to create delicious food that is free from the “stuff” that your body doesn’t need.  Why?  Because they believe your body can work better without it.  Basically, their goal is to make it easier to eat better food by making their customers more aware of what is actually in the food they are eating.  They focus a lot on nutrition, using nothing artificial in their products.  Yes…you read that right.  Nothing artificial.  The company took on the task of crating food that eliminates the bad stuff found in most pre-packaged and processed products.  They keep their products free from gluten, free from artificial stuff, free from artificial colors and flavors, using less sugar and salt…which in turns, makes for a healthier, better feeling body.  It’s science…and they do it deliciously well.

With my sports nutritionist putting a strong emphasis on moving me more toward Clean Eating…I wanted to find a cereal that would fit the bill.  Immediately I thought of Freedom Foods.  Their TropicO’s cereal impressed me and I knew my Whole Foods carried other varieties of their cereal.  This time…I went with the Maple Crunch.

Let’s start with nutrition.  This cereal, living up to their promise, is made with all-natural ingredients.  These ingredients include a gluten-free flour mix (containing rice, whole grain sorghum, and non-GMO corn flour), cane sugar, apple juice concentrate, psyllium, salt, palm oil, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavors (maple and butterscotch), as well as natural vitamins from their ingredients.  That’s…not too bad on the ingredients although the tricalcium phosphate is a bit…eh…chemical sounding.  But it is actually a natural mineral.  Believe it or not.

Aside from that, a serving of Freedom Foods is a cup of this cereal.  This serving will provide you with 170 calories and only 1 gram of fat.  Loving this already.  This cereal only contains 120 mg of sodium, which is very low.  In addition, there is only 7 grams of sugar per serving of this cereal as well.  This cup of Maple Crunch also provides a filling 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

So…how does it taste?  Really amazing.  No, honestly.  It sort of reminds me of a maple-y Alphabets Cereal.  Remember Alphabets Cereal?  I ate the hell out of that as a child.  I love that the maple crunch isn’t overly infested with salt.  Freedom Foods attests that they only ever put a pinch of salt in their Maple Crunch cereal.  The quality of the ingredients they choose really shows because the texture and flavor are spot on.  This cereal has a great crunch and that perfect level of sweetness, so that you feel like you are eating a cereal…without it feeling like a sugar-fest.  I love the focus they put on their products, because the fact that this cereal tastes amazing, sweet, and crunchy says a lot about the level of focus they put on their products.

It’s like their box says…these days it’s not enough to be health conscious, people also need to be allergen-conscious.  And for twenty years, Freedom Foods, based out of Australia, has been amking great-tasting, nutritious, and allergen-free foods.  If you say something is gluten-free…immediately people assume that it is going to taste bad.  I can say, from experience, this isn’t true.  And it is far from true when it comes to Freedom Foods Maple Crunch cereal.  In fact, this cereal isn’t just gluten-free, it is also free from soy, lactose, dairy and egg.  The psyllium adds a great source of fiber.  It’s sweet.  It’s tasty.  It’s just a really healthy and non-guilt inducing cereal to start off your day.

I’m hooked.

And, for the very near future, it looks like Freedom Foods may be my go-to company for cereal that suits my new eating style.  It’s honestly good food that makes quality a top priority.  And when you cater to the food allergic…this sort of attention really should be applauded.

I’m offering my round of applause now.  Go to Whole Foods.  Try Freedom Foods for yourself.  The Maple Crunch gives that sweet, healthy  start to your day…naturally.  After all…who wants to fill their body with chemicals and processed junk when you can get proper nutrition from amazing natural ingredients.  Thank you Freedom Foods!

Morels The Vegan Butcher dices up spicy goodness with Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Vegan Jerky

Morels The Vegan Butcher Ned's Chipotle Vegan Jerky
Morels The Vegan Butcher Ned’s Chipotle Vegan Jerky

Product: Morels The Vegan Butcher Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Vegan Jerky – $6.50+

Vegan jerky?

Yep…you read that right.  And my roommate and I were just fortunate enough to stumble across this at a little fair in Louisville that highlighted local businesses.  One of the businesses participating was Morels The Vegan Butcher.  And on their table they had these little pouches that caught my eye.  Yep…I spotted them.  I also noticed that not only were they labeled vegan, but they were also gluten-free.

Now you really had my attention.

Morels the Vegan Butcher began as a food truck in 2011 and quickly expanded across the country when they developed their line of vegan jerky in 2012.  Only using premium ingredients, this Louisville, Kentucky company handcrafts their jerky in small batches.  What this does is ensure that the texture and taste remain up to standard.  Morels focuses on providing nutritious on-the-go products for people looking to keep meat and dairy out of their diets.  This is definitely a product that spoke to me.  Trust me…I was ready to try one of the samples.

So…I did…and that was all it took.  A pouch of Morels The Vegan Butcher’s Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Jerky came home with me that day.  I purchased it at the buy local fair and never looked back.  After buying it, I commented to my roomie that it would be the perfect snack to take in the car as we travel up to Utica, New York.  I was running up there and we were driving a long way to get to that race.  Healthy snacks in the car are always a welcome thing.  Always!

So, when the stomach rumblies hit us too late for lunch but too early for dinner (we were eating out for dinner), I reached into the little red duffel of snacks and good stuff and removed the silver pouch that held Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Jerky.

I already knew I was going to like it.  No, it wasn’t based off of the fact that it was spicy.  This was the version I sampled at the fair.  So, I knew what I was doing when I bought it.

Morels vegan jerky is crated using a base that begins with marinated soy curls.  By marinating these soy curls, they achieve tender, chewy, and flavorful snacks.  All they do is season them up for the flavor of jerky they are creating.  In the case of Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Jerky, in addition to soy curls, you have water, Braggs liquid aminos, brown sugar, olive oil, lime juice, lemon juice ketchup (no high fructose corn syrup), vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic powder, chipotle powder, ancho powder, onion powder, pepper, cloves and nutmeg.  Nothing fake.  And…these snacks are gluten-free and loaded with protein…making them a fantastic choice for a gluten-free, vegetarian athlete like me.

But…how can something that is created by marinating soy curls taste?  How about really damn good!  Oh yes…this jerky is spicy and addictive.  The blend of chipotle and ancho chile powders really get a nice heat going with each bite that you take.  Nothing that overpowers, mind you, but just adds a little flavor and a little heat to each bite.  I loved the chewy, soft texture of this jerky.  And the flavor was smokey and spicy and just amazing.  Honestly.  I was diving in for more.  My roommate and I were splitting the pouch…and we were only going to have a little…but soon we were polishing it off regardless.

Morels hit a high note with this one.  The spiciness keeps each bite interesting and the taste and texture is dead-on…super good.

So, let’s talk nutrition.  A pouch of Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Jerky from Morels The Vegan Butcher serves 2.5.  In one serving (28 grams/1 ounce), you are served 50 calories and 2 grams of fat.  This vegan jerky contains no saturated fat, no trans fat, no cholesterol.  It has 370 mg of sodium per serving and only 2 grams of sugar.  Each serving provides 2 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  Loving it.

The Ned’s Spicy Chipotle Jerky variety from Morels The Vegan Butcher brings the right amount of heat to each bite without overpowering and killing off the flavor in the vegan jerky itself.  I went wild for this.  I wish I had purchased more.  But, they are a local company, so it shouldn’t be too hard to dig up another pouch of this amazing snack food.

Easy to travel with…and super delicious.  Loved every handful.

Morels The Vegan Butcher Ned's Chipotle Vegan Jerky
Morels The Vegan Butcher Ned’s Chipotle Vegan Jerky

Enjoy Life’s Boom CHOCO Boom is a decadent, allergen-free, dark chocolate treat

Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar
Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar

Product: Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar – $1.99+

You know what I love about Enjoy Life?

I love that I feel absolutely safe when I buy and consume their products.  There is a reason for that.  Enjoy Life wants the food allergic to be able to eat freely.  And for that reason, this company takes it upon themselves to exclude the 8 most common food allergens in their products.  We’re talking gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish.  Considering that I am a Celiac who is (not uncommonly) also lactose intolerant, this means these products fit right into my wheelhouse.

And…yes…they have chocolate.

More specifically, and much to my happiness…they have DARK CHOCOLATE!!  I love, love, love dark chocolate.  Like…seriously love it.  I have never been a big fan of milk chocolate.  White chocolate…definitely not a huge fan.  Dark chocolate is my vice…and it is actually one of the healthiest vices to have.  Seriously.  Even the books on clean eating I have been studying have mentioned dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and has been proven to lower blood pressure.

And thanks to Enjoy Life…all those benefits are brought together in a dark chocolate bar.  Mmmm…snack time is so bittersweet!  (See what I did there?)

With my love of dark chocolate, my roommate surprised me awhile back with the Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar from Enjoy Foods.  I tucked this away and had all but forgotten about it…until I ran out of dark chocolate covered edamame and wasn’t heading anywhere near Trader Joe’s for awhile.  Then I remembered my chocolate stash…and this bar was right on top.  Brilliant.

As I mentioned before, Enjoy Life prides itself on excluding the top 8 allergens from their products.  So, I felt very confident breaking off a square of this bar to take with me for a sweet treat when the 2:00 slump hit at the office.  And when said time rolled around, I happily retrieved the container I tucked it into, popped the lid, removed my little square of dark chocolate and took a little nibble.

At first, I felt that this chocolate bar was a bit on the chalky side.  But once the chocolate gets warmed up in your mouth and against your tongue, it takes on that dark, divine, rich flavor that is associated with dark chocolate.  It just takes a moment to get there.  This indulgent treat is a powerhouse with the antioxidant properties it contains, which destroy free radicals that are thought to lead to heard disease and other ailments.  Dark chocolate…more please!!  Actually, with dark chocolate, a little does go a long way.  And for this bar, I separated it into the 4 separate squares and took only one with me.  It was perfect.  And once that initial chalky flavor gave way to the bittersweet dark chocolate…the bar was consumed…and quickly.

And nutritionally speaking, this bar definitely provides a lot of sinful goodness without the guilt.  The serving size is actually the entire bar, but if you’re just snacking, why not make it last longer?  One square of this chocolate bar provides you with 43 calories and only 3 grams of fat.  Not too bad for 8 grams of dark chocolate goodness.  One square will also give you only 3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of fiber.  In addition, the Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar contains no sodium and no cholesterol.

As far as ingredients go, it doesn’t get much more basic than this: Natural Chocolate Liquor (Non-Alcoholic), Evaporated Cane Juice, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter.

Yes…that really is everything.

So, if you have a sweet tooth that needs a little something every now and again, give the Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar a taste.  It definitely gave this dark chocolate loving gluten-free, lactose-intolerant girl something to dish about.  Mmmm…chocolate!  Enjoy!

Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar (unwrapped)
Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bar (unwrapped)

Kind Healthy Grains lights up the taste buds with Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

Product: Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds – $4.99+

I could eat granola forever.  It travels well.  It is healthy if prepared right and made with the right ingredients.  And it is downright delicious.  I’ve made my own in the past, but sometimes…sometimes life gets crazy.  And these past weeks have brought a lot of craziness and road time.  And that means not a lot of time at home nor in the kitchen.  Bummer.

So, when I needed a granola to top off my fruit and Greek yogurt breakfast parfaits, I looked no further than some of my favorite, cleaner choices.  Low in sugar, natural ingredients.  That’s the key.

My favorite brand wasn’t available at the store where I was shopping, but my another favorite brand was thankfully on the shelf.  I love Kind products.  Kind Bars are one of my go-to granola bar choices because they are gluten-free and really on the better end of the nutrition scale.  And…a little bit closer to clean eating when you can’t make your own.  Kind products have always been ranked high for me and I’ve had one other of their granola choices…and so many flavors of their Kind Bars.  I felt confident choosing one of their bags of Healthy Grain clusters when I needed a granola.

A good friend of mine, who I run with, brought me some fresh blueberries that he picked.  I was thrilled to have them, as blueberries are one of my favorite fruits.  I’ve been putting them on top of my breakfast banana splits after hitting the gym and this morning, I threw them into my fruit and Greek yogurt breakfast parfaits.  Because…they are the best blueberries ever.  And, as luck would have it, the version of Kind Healthy Grains I chose at the grocery store was the Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds.  It was almost destiny.

A serving of Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
A serving of Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

I actually liked this a lot more than I thought I would.  First of all, because they don’t have a high sugar content, these clusters of whole grains (gluten free oats, brown rice, gluten free oat flour, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa) aren’t overly sweet and won’t dominate your palate nor the dish you are using them in.  The vanilla flavor is subtle, without being lost.  The berry flavor, according to the ingredient list, seems to be a combination of blueberry puree, apple puree, plum puree, and a bit of apple juice.  In addition to that, the sweetness comes from the use of evaporated cane juice, vanilla, and molasses (which also helps as a binder for the clusters).  And thanks to the inclusion of the flax seeds, additional nutritional value is added to a simple sweetened granola.

Like I said, I adored the subtlety of this flavor and variety from Kind Healthy Grains.  And for me, a gluten-free vegetarian, the fact that the flax seeds brings a healthy dose of Omega-3 is an added bonus.  These are crunchy, and just add great texture to whatever it is included in.  Even on its own, this granola is fantastic.  Nothing needed to dress it up or add to it.  I could eat it by the handful and be happy.

Nutritionally speaking, I love how the ingredients are all natural.  A serving size of this granola is 1/3 cup.  In that serving, you get served 120 calories and 3 grams of fat.  Not bad at all!!  In addition, to being cholesterol free, this granola is very low in sodium (only 20 mg) and contains only 5 grams of sugar.  Love that!  A serving of the Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds also provides 5 grams of filling fiber and 3 grams of protein.  It is a really fantastic choice for granola.  One that you definitely won’t feel guilty about eating or tossing over your yogurt, fruit, or whatever else you desire.

When it comes down to healthy choices, sometimes granola can be tricky.  So often it is just laden with sugars that make it an unhealthy, calorie-laden snack.  But, thanks to companies like Kind Products, a healthier choice is available.  If you are looking for a hint of vanilla sweetness and a bit of fruity goodness, I highly recommend the Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds.  Honestly…one of the best choices out on the market today.  Available in regular grocery stores too.  Trust me…you’ll want to try this one!

Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds over fresh blueberries and Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Kind Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds over fresh blueberries and Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Recipe: Curried Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Chickpeas

I admit…I’m a sucker for interesting and different cookbooks.  Really, I am.  I just can’t help myself when I see them.  Thankfully, for the most part, I don’t always purchase said cookbooks.  I just simply borrow them from my library and page through them until something catches my eye.

Of course, being a gluten-free vegetarian, this sometimes means I am only hitting up the sides or vegetable sections of said cookbooks…but at least it’s fun to look at some recipes and imagine how I could redo them without the use of meat.  I rarely actually put these re-imaginings into action…but it’s the thought that counts.

But then…sometimes I run across a cookbook that was just meant for me.  That was the case on my last visit to the local library, where on the shelf of new books to the library, I spotted one called Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy. and Other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves by Nava Atlas.  I get a lot of fresh greens in my CSA bin and a cookbook dedicated specifically to utilizing them in a variety of vegan recipes just totally made my day.  There were few pictures in this book…which makes it difficult to judge a recipe, but one of them that did have a picture was for Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard and Chickpeas.  And, wow, did it ever look fantastic?!

I just had to make it…and since I had fresh kale in my CSA bin, I changed out the chard for that…and we were golden.  I had everything else on hand except the sweet potatoes, but as my roommate had been craving baked sweet potatoes, we picked up a bunch of them while out grocery shopping earlier that week.

Recipe: Curried Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Chickpeas

Curried Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Chickpeas
Curried Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Chickpeas

Servings: 4-6
Time: Prep 15 minutes; Cook 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or 4 medium garnet yams, peeled and cut into large dice
  • One 16- to 20-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • One 16-ounce can diced tomatoes (try a flavorful variety such as fire-roasted)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or more, to taste
  • 8 to 12 ounces kale (or chard, or any other leafy green on hand)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley, or more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup raisins, optional (but highly recommended)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

 

Heat the oil in a large skillet or a stir-fry pan.  Add the garlic and sauté over low heat until golden.

Add the sweet potato dice and  cup and a half or so of water; bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, adding just enough additional water if needed, as they cook, to keep the mixture moist.

Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, scallions, curry powder, ginger, and cumin and bring the mixture to a simmer again; cook over low heat for 10 minutes or so, until the sweet potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, strip or cut the kale leaves away from the stems.  Slice the stems thinly, and cut the leaves into strips.

Add the kale to the skillet, in batches if necessary, and cover.  Cook briefly, just until the kale wilts, then stir in.  Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the kale is tender but not overdone.  Stir in the cilantro and optional raisins.  Season with salt and pepper, then serve.

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Oh…yes!!  This was really, really, really good.  The flavors just worked well together.  I loved how the sweet potatoes and the kale meshed with the variety of spices and seasonings that went into this dish.  It was fantastic.  And it made enough for a couple days between my roommate and I.  I agree with the book…add the raisins.  I did…and it just added a nice bit of texture and burst of sweetness.  I would make this again in a heartbeat.

Delicious.  Nutritious.  Packed with flavor and all things good for you.  Yep…can’t ask for a better supper than that.  YUM!

Purely Elizabeth keeps it simple but tasty with Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal

Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal
Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal

Product: Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal – $6.99+

Pure.  Simple.  Original.  Natural.  Organic.  Gluten-Free.

That is a love letter of goodness if you ask me.  Because this only proves that you don’t need to dress up something to make it taste good.  You can let the pure, simple, clean ingredients speak for themselves.  And that is exactly what Purely Elizabeth brand Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal does.  Let me tell you, I could eat this stuff by the handful, without anything to top it off or add flavor.  Honestly…it’s amazing on its own.

But I tend to use granola in my infamous breakfast parfaits, teaming it with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit of some variety (whatever may have been in the CSA bin that week).  So, if it works well on its own, chances are it will be brilliant when paired with something else of equal deliciousness.  And Greek yogurt and fresh fruit…is definitely winning!

So…let’s start with the basics of this very basic (but highly impressive) granola.  The Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal is a blend of organic certified gluten-free oats, organic coconut palm sugar (for sweetness), organic raw virgin coconut oil, organic puffed amaranth, organic quinoa flakes, organic sunflower seeds, organic chia sees, organic cinnamon, and sea salt.  I think I spy some organic, all-natural ingredients.  Not one chemical or preservative is listed.  This is the real deal and it’s packaged to be as clean and as healthy as possible.  This granola is non-GMO project certified, free of refined sugar, soy-free, loaded with good-for-you fats, sweetened with organic coconut sugar.  It is certified vegan, contains no artificial colors or flavors.  All of it is hand baked and obviously made with love.

A serving of Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal
A serving of Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal

Don’t let the fact that it isn’t paired with dried fruits or something to bring it extra flavor deter you from this variety.  This version doesn’t need it.  Honestly, it is full of amazing flavor all on its own.  The oats, puffed amaranth, quinoa flakes, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds are perfectly coated with the right amount of sweetness, pulled from the organic palm sugar.  The hint of cinnamon adds a little bit more flavor.  And all of it, the taste, the texture, the fantastic flavor…it is just rockstar.  I can’t even imagine going back to other granola after continuing to be impressed by each variety of Purely Elizabeth granola cereals that I have tried.

So…nutritionally speaking, a serving of Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grains Granola Cereal is 1/3 cup.  This serving will provide you with 140 calories and 6 grams of fat.  There are 2 grams of fiber in each serving and 4 grams of protein.  In addition, this granola is cholesterol free and low in sodium (110 mg).  So…delicious and oh, so good for you.  Loving it.

If I were to purchase only one brand of granola from here on out…Purely Elizabeth would be the brand I would choose.  It’s addictively good…and good for you.  Give it a try…you won’t be disappointed.  And don’t think Original means plain.  There is nothing plain about this version of the granola.  Simply put…it’s purely delicious.

Fresh Strawberry and Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Granola Cereal
Fresh Strawberry and Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Granola Cereal

Recipe: Breakfast Banana Splits

So…my sports nutritionist is working on getting me in the best shape for my upcoming marathon.  That being said, she is moving me towards a Clean Eating diet.  Less processed foods.  I’m going to really embrace this, although I have a pantry to work through before I can really set onto this path.  So, it will be a slow move in that direction, but I’ll get there.

That being said, today I decided to give a “Clean Eating” breakfast a try.  After hitting up the gym for some cross training (it’s cross training day) and some strength training, I came into work and prepared what is known as a Breakfast Banana Split.  The concept came from Clean Eating Magazine…but I substituted cottage cheese (BLECH!) for Greek yogurt (YUM!).  Let me tell you…it’s awesome!

Recipe: Breakfast Banana Split

Breakfast Banana Split
Breakfast Banana Split

Servings: 2
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons all-fruit strawberry jam
  • Fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Pinch of  sea salt

Directions:

Peel and cut each banana in half lengthwise.

Place 2 banana halves in a shallow dish or bowl (or a deep traveling container if you’re off to work).

Place 1/2 cup of the Greek yogurt over center of banana and top with 1 1/2 tablespoons jam, 1 tablespoon peanuts and a pinch of salt.

Repeat with remaining ingredients to assemble 1 more Breakfast Banana Split.

Serve immediately.

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Yes…it really is that simple.  Basic, real ingredients that leave you feeling satisfied and good about your breakfast.  I loved this and can’t wait to make it again!  The flavors are perfectly matched.  And the Greek yogurt gives you that hit of protein to go along with the fruits and the nuts that you are pairing with it.  It’s like having dessert for breakfast.  And it tastes…oh…so good!

Dig in.