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Healthy Grab and Go Breakfasts for 2017

It may be a bit cliche to start off the new year with healthy recipes but its cliche for a reason!  We all over indulge during the holidays and start the new year with the best of intentions.  The best thing about these two recipes is that they are healthy and delicious but also appropriate year round.  No matter the season everyone is always looking for quick breakfast ideas what will keep them full until lunch.  Here I have for you an easy green juice and a delish smoothie.

Green juices are an awesome way to start your day – it seriously makes you feel virtuous all day long.  They look terrible but I swear once you get past the first sip and your skepticism they are actually really yummy.  Problem is you need a juicer for this – if that isn’t in your budget or you don’t think you will use it much, move on to the smoothie.  I have to admit that juicers take up a lot of real estate and can be quite pricey.  I don’t love mine but I also don’t use it a ton so didn’t want to spend a lot either.  I have this one from Hamilton Beach and it works pretty well but if you want the best of the best I suggest you check out Sweet Home, a great site that thoroughly reviews products.  They provide a range of options depending on your budget and have never steered me wrong.  For the smoothie all you need is a blender.  I use my Cusinart Smart Stick immersion blender that even comes with its own smoothie cup.  I have had it for years and its great for smoothies or pureeing soups etc.  I use a frozen banana so it almost drinks like a milkshake.  Whenever one of our bananas becomes too ripe to eat I just break one up into chunks, put them in a baggie and throw them in the freezer.  Each of these drinks only take minutes to make and really constitute a meal.  Throw them in a cute cup and you are ready to tackle the work day.  Happy New Years!

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ACC’s Green Juice (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  clean out your veggie drawer and your insides!
Special Equipment:  a juicer and a wire strainer (optional)

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled
  • 1 apple, core and all, cut into 1/4ers
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots

Juice all of the veggies and fruit into a container.  If you would like, strain through a fine wire strainer, then enjoy over ice.

ACC's Green Juice

  • Servings: 1
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Special Equipment:  a juicer and a wire strainer (optional)

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled
  • 1 apple, core and all, cut into 1/4ers
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots

Juice all of the veggies and fruit into a container.  If you would like, strain through a fine wire strainer, then enjoy over ice.

Almond Chia Banana Smoothie (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  like a milkshake but healthier
Special Equipment:  blender

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 non fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

In a blender combine all the ingredients (I like to add the ingredients to the blender or smoothie bowl and let sit for a couple of minutes to soften the banana so it incorporates better but if you are in a rush you can skip that step.)

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Almond Chia Banana Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
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Special Equipment:  blender

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 non fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

In a blender combine all the ingredients (I like to add the ingredients to the blender or smoothie bowl and let sit for a couple of minutes to soften the banana so it incorporates better but if you are in a rush you can skip that step.)

The Only Way to Celebrate National Banana Bread Day

February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day but really, shouldn’t every day be banana bread day?  Kids and adults alike love it, it’s super easy to make and is basically dessert for breakfast!  The women of my family, when they see 3 bananas sitting on the counter that are a little less than perfect, all think the exact same thing – time to make Nanny’s banana bread!!

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Brown and smushy bananas – time for bread!

Even if you don’t have occasion to eat the bread right away (though really why wouldn’t you?) bake it, wrap it in tin foil, and stick it in your freezer.  You will be so glad to pull it out when you have impromptu house guests or you are stuck inside during a snow storm.  Probably goes without saying but this banana bread goes perfectly with my Nanny’s amazing Hot Cocoa.  Normally I encourage you all to experiment away, but with this recipe I humbly suggest you make it just as written (especially make sure to include the tablespoon of cold water).  It can be hard to share beloved family recipes because so many emotions and memories are attached.  However, sharing food is an expression of love and I like the idea that the love my grandmother gave to her family can be replicated in yours.  So let’s make a deal – if you decide to throw in chocolate chips or blueberries or something just don’t tell me!

Marguerite’s Banana Bread (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:   my nana
Special Equipment:  none

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a loaf pan (I like to use the wrapper from the butter but cooking spray works too).  Mix the sugar, butter, eggs and bananas together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer.  Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate small bowl.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine, then add 1 tablespoon of cold water.  Mix until the water and all the ingredients are incorporated.  Pour batter into pan and bake for 1 hour.

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from this…

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…to this!

 

Marguerite's Banana Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
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Special Equipment:  none

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a loaf pan (I like to use the wrapper from the butter but cooking spray works too).  Mix the sugar, butter, eggs and bananas together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer.  Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate small bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine, then add 1 tablespoon of cold water.  Mix until the water and all the ingredients are incorporated.  Pour batter into pan and bake for 1 hour.

 

 

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are like me you are trying to eat a bit healthier in the new year.  Eating healthy and being a food blogger are hard to reconcile but I have learned that everything in moderation is the key.  If I just drink green juices and have kale salads after a week you will find me gorging myself in the cheese section of Whole Foods swigging from a bottle of Malbec.  So in the spirit of moderation I bring you these amazing cookies.  Banana and oatmeal make them feel like breakfast in a cookie but the really good stuff (butter, sugar and chocolate) mean a little bit of decadence.  The perfect treat for those of you that have found your way back to the gym after a brief (ok two month) hiatus.  A former colleague used to make these for the office and I always thought she was ruining perfectly good cookies with bananas.  That was until I tried them and realized they are perfection and the banana makes them even sweeter while ensuring they are nice and chewy. And remember, moderation – have 2 instead of 3!

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:  “healthy cookies”
Special Equipment:  none

  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oatmeal – not quick cooking
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 bananas, cut into ¼ to ⅓ inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.  In a small bowl stir flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.  In a  large bowl cream the butter and sugars.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix (mixture may look curdled).  On low speed add the flour mixture until just incorporated.  Mix in oatmeal and then chocolate chips.

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Use a large spoon to mix in the banana until evenly distributed and some are mashed but most are still visible, about 20 second.  Place heaping tablespoons of dough on cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned and tops look dry about 18 minutes (cook one sheet at a time).  Cool on the sheets for 10 minutes and then transfer to a rack.  Cookies can be stored in a covered container for 3 days.

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: 24 cookies
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Special Equipment:  none

  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oatmeal – not quick cooking
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 bananas, cut into ¼ to ⅓ inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.  In a small bowl stir flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.  In a  large bowl cream the butter and sugars.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix (mixture may look curdled).  On low speed add the flour mixture until just incorporated.  Mix in oatmeal and then chocolate chips.  Use a large spoon to mix in the banana until evenly distributed and some are mashed but most are still visible, about 20 second.  Place heaping tablespoons of dough on cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned and tops look dry about 18 minutes (cook one sheet at a time).  Cool on the sheets for 10 minutes and then transfer to a rack.  Cookies can be stored in a covered container for 3 days.

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