I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. In efforts to save some time, especially for the sake of the early morning rush during the work week, I prepackage frozen fruit into individual servings. I can quickly grab whichever fruit I’m in the mood for and blend with protein powder and nut milk. Trader Joes and Target has a great selection of frozen fruit. I love Target’s organic line, Simply Balanced.
Lately, I’ve been using Sunwarrior Warrior Blend vanilla protein powder and PlantFusion chocolate. Both of these protein powders are plant-based, organic and GMO-free. I typically look for a protein powder that is 100 calories per serving with 17-20 grams of protein.
Another quick and easy breakfast go-to is homemade cereal. While it does take time to make your own cereal, there are so many benefits of making your own anything. And if you cook in bulk, you will have foods ready for on the go! Also, I feel good knowing that I am not ingesting harsh chemicals, dyes and whatever other garbage sneaks into store bought items these days. You can also add in whatever mix-ins you like! Some of my favorites include goji berries, craisins, freeze dried fruits, golden raisins, cacao nibs, chia seeds, flax seeds, etc..
To make your own cereal you need to start with a base. At whole foods (a.k.a. Whole Paycheck) I found puffed, plain grains such as puffed kamut, rice or millet. Each package costs about $2 which is super reasonable as a lot of speciality stores are typically pricier. After you pick a base, choose your favorite liquid sweetener ( ex: maple syrup, coconut nectar, agave syrup, honey), seasonings (ex: cinnamon, mesquite powder, cacao powder, sea salt) and a few mix-ins.
1. Place puffed grains of choice in a big bowl.
2. Preheat oven to bake on 400 degrees
3. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of light olive oil or coconut oil
4. Drizzle liquid sweetener
5. Add seasonings: Salt to taste; 3 packets of stevia; seasonings of choice
6. Pour in mix-ins
7. Spread cereal mixture onto a greased baking sheet
8. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
***Note: stay close by and keep an eye on it as you don’t want it to burn!!!
After the cereal has cooled, use a measuring cup to portion 2 cups per bag. The packaged cereal can be stored up to a few months. Eat with your milk of choice and enjoy!
What do you take time to make homemade?