healthy breakfast

Sweet Green Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie recipe is close to my heart as a crunchy mama, because it's the first smoothie recipe I could get my uber-picky 9-year-old daughter (now 13!) to eat and actually enjoy.  She swears by it to all her friends now, and loves the fact that she is getting a serving of veggie in every glass (but can’t taste it!)

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 cups baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 5-6 ice cubes

  • 3 ounces low-sugar Vanilla Greek yogurt (1/2 small container)

  • 1/2 green apple, peeled and cored

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1/4 cup water (or to taste)

  • Drizzle of honey (if needed for sweetness)

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend them on high until smooth (usually about 1-2 full minutes in a regular blender). Serve with a dallop of canned whipped cream on top for a fun extra to this healthy and nutritious smoothie!

Easy to make, no added sugar, and protein-rich for a quick, healthy breakfast option.  You just can’t go wrong with this family-friendly smoothie recipe!  

Weight loss tip: Drink down 8-12 ounces of this smoothie at mealtime for a fabulous weight loss meal replacement that keeps you feeling satisfied.

Got picky eaters in your house like me? Try this healthy green smoothie with them, then let us know...did they like it? You can post here in the comments or over in our free FRESH Start Online Community on Facebook.

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Easy (and Healthy!) Homemade Granola Recipe

Make this easy (and healthy!) homemade granola recipe to have breakfast cereal on hand and ready to eat for busy mornings! As a kid, I spent half my childhood on a farm in the mid-west, so good wholesome food was always available! We drank fresh goat's milk, plucked our own fresh eggs from the coop every morning, and ate fresh, home-grown vegetables from our quarter-acre garden. For years, my mom would make our own homemade cereal, too. A delightful sweet and crunchy concoction from our backyard walnut tree's harvest, old-fashioned oats, and other delicious grains.

So developing this recipe was a real treat, taking me back a few years. The warm cinnamon smell as it roasts brings the comfort of homemade goodness back, and my kids now get to experience a peek of the farm life right here in our suburbia kitchen!

You can make this recipe too, it's easy, low-sugar and keeps well if you freeze in a ziploc, or place it in an airtight container. (Glass jars are best!)

Loaded with magnesium and potassium, this easy granola is a high-fiber quick choice for breakfast! Choose this granola over commercial cereals, which are mostly sugar-laden and sometimes lacking real nutritional load per serving.

Homemade Granola Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped or sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil (OR 5-6 Tbsp alternate plant oil)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
     
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
     
  3. Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the last six ingredients in a medium bowl until completely blended. Pour the liquid over the dry mixture, and toss together until coated. Spread the mixture into the baking pans.
     
  4. Bake on the lowest rack, stirring every 15 minutes or so, for about 30-45 minutes or until evenly browned and crispy. Let the mix cool completely in the pan before serving or storing in airtight container.

Ta-da!  That's it! 

A few minutes to stir, a few more to bake, then let it cool - and you have several quick breakfasts ready to pull out for those busy school mornings. 

How to enjoy this granola:

  • Add a sliced banana or some fresh berries to the top, and pour cold unsweetened almond, coconut or soy milk over it!  
  • Heap spoonfuls of it over a few ounces of low-sugar Greek Yogurt , and add fresh fruit or berries to make a "parfait."
  • Place a half cup or so in a small bag or container to enjoy plain, as a "snack" for energy between meals.

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out more breakfast ideas here. Then let us know in the comments how you eat your granola!