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

Print this Recipe!

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.  

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90 thoughts on “A Balanced Breakfast

  1. Nooo! I’m not ready! Truly – I want to hide in my Christmas tree lit, cozy hole for a little longer, please world? Come on! However, I do enjoy some lovely oatmeal. But not enough to come out of hibernating.


  2. Total yum. I’ve been really into steel cut oats lately and your combo of toppings sounds terrific. I’m also trying to drop the few pounds I picked up over the holidays, so I’ll be eating a lot of oatmeal over the next few weeks. I’m so not complaining!

  3. Joy! thank you for writing about something healthy! Seems like every year I tell myself “now listen, Elise, you’re NOT going to get any extra holiday padding. Lay off the cookies!” BUT every year- pow! 5 pounds from the holiday season! yikes. drives. me. nuts.
    I’d love to hear more about healthy meals and snacks! Thanks again

  4. I am pretty confident this breakfast can soak up all the vestigial alcohol that is still hanging around from New Year’s Eve. Many thanks.

    Breakfasts like this are awesome because they keep me from getting hungry during the day. I’ve gotten super into granola lately. Like obsessed. If you’re ever interested in a recipe for super quick homemade granola that is soooo yummy, here is the link. I just adore it:


    Many a good breakfast to you!

  5. I love oatmeal for breakfast! I have been making overnight apple pie oats for my breakfast this week. I only have to make it once and it last for 4 mornings! I love easy yummy food. Thank you Joy for the recipes, I will be trying out the smoothie one and cinnamon pull apart bread one this week.

  6. I’ve never tried the giant shaved coconut like that, but it looks great in there! Smoothies make me gag (texture) which is unfortunate because they seem like such an easy way to get crazy nutrients. Thanks for keeping it simple and keeping it real!

  7. My daughter loves to go for a sleepover with my parents because in the morning Grandpa makes her oatmeal. I think they’ve tried every dried/fresh/frozen fruit combination under the sun! Her favourite is oatmeal with coconut, flax meal and dried cherries cooked right in. The coconut texture is wonderful (like a Mounds bar), and the dried cherries plump up. It’s wonderful!
    Oatmeal topped with maple syrup is to die for too!

  8. I just bought some Amazing Grass and have been mixing it with just water. It isn’t great tasting but I feel good drinking it….I think I’ll have to try making a smoothie with it–I’m sure it is good.

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