30 Day Breakfast Challenge & Apple Oatmeal Yogurt Muffins
18 days ago I got up before my kids, and prepared them a non-cereal breakfast. They walked into the kitchen that Monday morning pleasantly surprised to find a fresh fruit smoothie (packed with hidden protein) and a hot egg breakfast.
What started as a little experiment has turned into a huge success in our house. As a certified health coach, I know that a protein filled breakfast helps everyone stay full longer, and perform better. Because I have 2 young girls, I am very sensitive about body issues and weight loss discussions (the word DIET is a 4 letter word in our house and is never used). But we do talk a lot about being healthy and making healthy choices.
I wanted my kids to understand the benefits of eating healthy, but I didn’t want them to feel like it was being forced on them – I know if I force it they will rebel! So I simply told them we were going to try some new breakfast ideas. When this project started, I didn’t even tell them that I was calling it a “challenge” and I didn’t tell them anything about the benefits of eating a protein filled breakfast. I wanted to hear their honest opinions. The results in our house have been better than I could have hoped. Since we started they have not once (not even on Saturday mornings which used to be our 1 day that they were allowed sugar cereal) asked for cereal, and my kids have all said they are full longer into the morning than they used to be. The biggest sign that this project is working is that they are now putting in requests for healthy breakfasts for the following morning, and helping me look up new recipes to try. I can tell you, if they didn’t like it, they’d be demanding cereal again. If you think your kids won’t go along with a similar challenge, they may surprise you – mine did! Join the 30 Day Breakfast Challenge on Facebook where you can get (and share) your ideas for a healthy breakfast!
Check out one of the recipes we’ve tried in the challenge! These started as overnight oats, but I didn’t think they’d like the way they looked (though they tasted delicious), so I put them in muffin cups and baked them! SUCCESS!
|Apple Oatmeal Yogurt Muffins|| |
Recipe type: breakfast muffins
These delicious muffins started as a mix for overnight oats, and then we baked them making a delicious portable breakfast.
- Here is the recipe that I made up:
- 2 small apples
- 1½ cup dry oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1⅓ cup unsweetened cashew milk (almond milk would work too)
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (flax or chia seeds would work too)
- 1 cup of fat free plain yogurt
- honey (I didn't measure, just added to taste)
- 1 egg (could have probably used a 2nd one)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Put in muffin cups and drizzle a little honey on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes (I checked them at 15 minutes and needed to add more time).
- This recipe made 12 muffins