New Year, Healthier Eating
Moving out of the holiday season and into a new year, we know that many of you are making healthier eating and lifestyle goals this month. One of the most difficult meals to plan for me to plan for is always breakfast—either I skip it altogether (never a good idea) or I go for something quick and easy, like a pastry or carbohydrate, that doesn't last long enough until lunch time.
For January, one of my healthy eating goals is to eat a light breakfast every morning that ditches the sugar and adds a bit of protein to get me through the first part of my day. And while some research says that breakfast really isn't as important as we once though, most doctors still recommend, for both weight control and health reasons, having a small but healthy breakfast every morning.
Great breakfast options include unsweetened oatmeal with maple syrup, unflavored/unsweetened Greek yogurt with honey & fruit, a veggie & egg scramble, nut-based trail mix with dried fruit, or almond- or coconut-milk smoothies made with fruit & spinach.
FoodandWine.com has a great list of healthy breakfast options, many of which are actually pretty quick and easy to make.
Or we've posted our favorite recipe (a delicious yogurt & berry parfait option) here:
Blueberry Breakfast Parfait
6 ounces (about 1 cup) fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 cups yogurt
1 cup granola
Combine the blueberries, brown sugar, water and lime juice into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and then continue cooking for about 6 minutes, or until the blueberries begin to pop and the liquid has thickened. Set aside.
Layer the yogurt and granola into serving cups. Spoon the blueberry compote over the granola and yogurt and serve.
Here's to a wonderful (and healthier!) new year!