Why is it that we are so choosy about what we feed our children, but we don’t hold ourselves to the same dietary standards? When it comes to our kids we say no soda, limit their sweets and work hard to make sure they get fruits and vegetables at every meal. But we always have an excuse for ourselves. We make our kids a healthy breakfast and we grab Starbucks coffee and pastry on the way to their school. We slice up an apple for their afternoon snack and grab ourselves pretzels and a diet coke. What’s our excuse? We’re tired, we’re in a hurry, we don’t have time to sit down and eat. But if we have time to feed our kids healthy then we have time to eat healthy too. Why not set the same standards for ourselves as we do for our children? After all, they do what we do, not what we say. Below is a quick breakfast idea and a recipe for homemade granola, which makes a great snack on the go. Try these out when you’re pressed for time.
- This takes 3 minutes to put together and about the same amount of time to eat. (It’s adapted from a recipe in Dr. Jana’s cookbook. See the link to her website on my blogroll.) I think we can all find 6 minutes to start our day with a healthy breakfast. You can also make it the night before and just grab it out of the fridge in the morning.
Layer the following ingredients:
Organic whole milk yogurt (plain or vanilla) – you can also use goat’s yogurt if you don’t eat dairy
Sunbutter or peanut butter
Optional: cinnamon, honey, agave to taste. You can also add granola from the homemade recipe below
5 cups rolled oats
2-3 cups of raw almonds or pecan halves or other nuts. (I left the nuts out since my kids are too young for nuts.)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds)
¾ cup sesame seeds
½ cup ground flax seed.
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
½ cup dried fruit (add after cooked) – I used a mixture of dried blueberries, cranberries and raisins.
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup agave nectar (I used pure maple syrup and it was really good)
2 Tbsp butter (you can also use coconut oil)
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients together, and then stir into dry ingredients. Stir well to mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture into two baking dishes. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes to ensure even browning. Stir again when removed from oven to keep it from cooling into a solid mass. The granola will crisp as it cools. If you use fruit, stir once it is cooled. Store in the refrigerator in a large zip lock bag or other airtight container. Makes about 10 cups.
Granola uses – add milk directly to the granola and eat as cereal in the morning. Try mixing it in your yogurt parfait. Or shape teaspoons of sunbutter into bite size balls and roll in the granola mixture. Store in the fridge to keep the sunbutter solid and the granola fresh. I give these to my kids as “cookies” and grab them on the go when I’m in a hurry, but need something to hold me over for awhile.
Send us your fast, healthy snack ideas. We’ll try them out and post our favorites.