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5 Days of Simple Breakfasts…

31 Aug

Just a little post to show you what I’ve been eating for breakfast lately. It’s easy to get in a breakfast rut, and I’m here to offer you five small simple breakfast ideas that will help get your day started.

I like to exercise in the late morning, and these are all great pre-(or post) workout options for breakfast or a snack. I try to think: carb + a little protein. And it never hurts to keep in mind color and appearance. Even if it’s just a mini-meal, your belly will feel more satisfied if your eyes are entertained as well.

Toast with avocado and low-fat cottage cheese. Lots of fresh ground pepper. I never liked cottage cheese as a kid because I didn’t like the texture. Once I discovered that I could spread it on a crunchy piece of toast or crackers, there was no turning back. I can’t get enough of the stuff now! AND you get 15 grams of protein per serving of cottage cheese.

Almond butter schmeared on toast. With a squeeze of honey (or banana). I recently tried sunflower seed butter, which is another great alternative to add to the peanut/almond butter rotation.

Oatmeal. I like making rolled oats on the stove top. This time around my toppers included: cinnamon, coconut chips, a combo of walnuts/macadamias, frozen berries, plain yogurt, and honey. (you can just barely see the steam coming from my coffee…!!!)

Baby berry smoothie: 1 cup frozen berries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Whir it up in the blender. Add a frozen banana if you want to bulk this up a bit (I had some whole wheat crackers with nut butter shortly after this to complement the smallness of the smoothie). Pour into an old jam jar and enjoy.

A layered yogurt parfait. Plain yogurt, granola, more yogurt, melon (or whatever fruit you want), finished with more granola. You could even take something like this on the go in a small tupperware container (or a clean container from a previous yogurt).

Note that most of the ingredients for these breakfasts you can always have on hand. Frozen fruit, rolled oats, nut butters, bread (you can even put bread in the freezer and toast off as needed). Even yogurt stays fresh for a long time in the fridge. So much easier to whip up a quick healthy breakfast when your pantry and refrigerator/freezer are stocked with these simple breakfast staples.

Lime Yogurt Cake

9 Jun

Last week I made a 3 bean summer salad. It was filled with fresh corn and onions, avocado and tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice. I had a few extra limes hanging around my kitchen, and decided to make tequila and gin cocktails  bake this lime yogurt cake.

I have always been a fan of yogurt cakes, and incorporating citrus helps to enhance the yogurt’s tang and balance the cake’s sweetness (see my Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake and Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake).

Deb from Smitten Kitchen explains the Classic French Yogurt Cake method: Most people don’t measure them — the math is based on the volume of your yogurt cups (they use two), to which you add an equal amount of sugar, a double amount of flour, a little less than one of oil, two eggs and some leavener and flavors.

The result? A shining balance between dense and fluffy, not-too-sweet with a soft perk of lime, eat-me-any-time-of-day cake.

The cake is perfect with a simple dusting of powdered sugar and a cup of hot coffee. I am also enjoying it for breakfast and dessert alongside European-style plain yogurt (from Trader Joe’s), a tiny drizzle of honey, and dried blueberries (although fresh would be ideal).

P.S. Did you know that Greek yogurt  (try to choose low or non-fat) contains about 18-20g of protein per serving? Take that, bacon and eggs!

Lime Yogurt Cake

from SmittenKitchen

1 cup 2% plain Greek unsweetened yogurt (I used Fage brand)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (olive oil works as well, for a slightly different flavor profile)
1 cup sugar
zest of one lime
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
2 eggs
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (258g)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan or springform pan with oil (I used butter plus a dusting of flour) and line the bottom with parchment paper if the pan is not springform.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, sugar, lime zest and juice. Add the eggs one by one, whisking well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together, right over your yogurt batter. Stir with a spoon until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the pan to loosen. If you’re using the springform pan, unclasp the sides. Otherwise, flip the cake onto a plate and flip it back on the rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

NOTE: You can make this cake ahead and keep it well-wrapped in the freezer. I froze mine for a week and took it out a few hours before serving and it was perfect.