A Balanced Breakfast



Yes… it’s that time.

Vacation is oooooovvvveeeerrrr.  Our inboxes are filling up.  Official mail (you know, like bills) are overshadowing the friend greetings and holiday cards in our mail boxes, and the gym sure is calling… isn’t it?

Yea.  That carefree week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is long gone.  Major bummer.

Before we totally freak out and put our work helmets on, can we just… have breakfast?

Let’s have a balanced breakfast… like the kind in the cereal commercials.  We’re talking glass of juice, slice of toast, and whole grain cold cereal… that kind of breakfast.

This is our version with hot oatmeal and a super healthful smoothie.

The only thing we’re missing the the cheesey eggs, crispy bacon, and side of doughnuts.  This is not that.  We can still deal.


We’re on the fast track this week.  The fast track back to work and into a busy new year!  There’s no use fighting it.  The best thing to do is bulk up (not literally) on breakfast.  Does a body wonders.

The oatmeal is topped with dried cranberries, big toasted coconut flakes, brown sugar, flax seed meal, and just a few cocoa nibs.  Hearty, warm and delicious.  Please make your own variation according to what you have on hand:  dates, dried apricots, chia seeds, fresh apples… go bonkers!

The smoothie is a healthful combination of banana, frozen blueberries and blackberries, orange juice, flax seed meal, and green!  I really love to add vitamin packed green powders to smoothies.  Secret health, on the double!  Amazing Grass is a favorite of mine (and no one is paying me to say that).  Boom.

Cranberry Toasted Coconut Flax Seed Oatmeal

serves 2

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1 3/4 cups water

1 cup old-fashioned oats

pinch of salt

here’s where it gets fun:

a heaping teaspoon of brown sugar

a small handful of dried cranberries

a sprinkling of toasted coconut

a generous sprinkling of flax seed meal

a few cocoa nibs

Green Banana Berry Smoothie

makes 2 small portions

1 ripe banana

1 cup mixed frozen berries ( or whatever you have on hand)

1 to 1 1/4 cups orange juice

1 tablespoon flax seed meal

1-2 tablespoons green powder (I like Amazing Grass)

Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Add more juice as necessary until desired consistency is reached.  Enjoy immediately.  

90 thoughts on “A Balanced Breakfast

  1. I love oatmeal for breakfast; I’m actually about t have some now. If i weren’t on a time crunch and getting ready for school (while I’m reading blogs ;) ) I would totally make this. It looks delicious.

  2. I’m just starting to get into the smoothie craze for filling me up when I get hungry mid-morning. I’ll give this one a shot once I get my hands on some frozen berries.

    It’s definitely a good idea to keep the mornings slow and relaxing – sets the tone for the whole rest of the day. :)

  3. This looks amazing Joy, Its definately that time of year for proper breakfasts. I just made granola for the first time and loved it.

  4. The gym is DEFINITELY calling me. Coconut, cranberries and brown sugar sounds so crazy it just might work. And oatmeal is much more seasonally appropriate than cold cereal anyway!

  5. Oh man, has it been hard to go back to work for me and school for Smudge after 2 1/2 weeks off. Urgh. But off we go. This looks like it will help. When I asked her what she wanted today for bfast it wasn’t eggs, it wasn’t cold cereal nor a pancake. Nope, she wanted oatmeal. ATTA GIRL! She’s going to love this. I didn’t see any ice or frozen stuff in the smoothie, so guessing it’s more creamy than frothy? And I’m totally checking in to the Amazing Grass, thanks for the tip.

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