Quick, simple, healthy breakfast ideas

I used to always purchase commercial brand cereals for breakfast. It was simple, quick and convenient. However, the more I cook, the more conscious I am about the ingredients in my food. Now, I never buy boxed cereal and try to diversify my morning plate with some delicious and healthy breakfast alternatives. It’s great to know the ingredients that go into my morning breakfast are generally all natural and good for me. The below breakfast alternatives are rich in protein and fiber, packed with vitamins and very fresh. These ideas take anywhere from 3 – 15 minutes.

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What are some of your favorite breakfast options?

Rustic Oatmeal Cookies

Around the holidays there are three things I love to do at home: blast cheesy holiday songs, light candles and the bake cookies. The smell of oven-baked cookies, just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. To me, the holidays are not about opening up a ton of gifts or running around like a maniac doing last-minute shopping (even if that’s what I’ll end up doing). I love the calmness, coziness and togetherness it brings about.

Last week, we had a fondue dinner at friends, who live in a cozy chalet-style apartment, nestled in the Alps. Nothing screams holiday and cozy quite like being 1,300 meters above the sea, overlooking the snow-covered mountains. It was also the perfect excuse –not that one needs one, to bake cookies. Oatmeal raisin cookies are one of my holiday favorites. I adapted this recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. These cookies have a rich nutty texture and slightly sweet taste. They are a nutritious and wholesome cookie alternative. The addition of sunflower seeds are optional, but they do add a nice crunch and subtle, salty taste.

What you need:

  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar (or in my case about 1/4 tsp of molasses mixed with white sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c of whole wheat
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • little less than 1/4 c of milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c raisins
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds

How you make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer, add egg and blend well
  3. combine flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder
  4. Add milk and dry ingredients to the batter and blend together
  5. Stir in vanilla extract
  6. Bake cookies on an ungreased baking sheet forĀ  10 – 13 minutes or until golden brown and transfer to a cooling rack
  7. Put it in a cute holiday container and spread the holiday cheer!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends and amazing food.