Dragging the kids out of bed in the morning can be a huge feat, so try luring them with these delicious breakfasts from Women's Health! They won't even realize that they're eating healthy. Make an extra for yourself, too!
1. Carmelized Pineapple Yogurt Bowls: Each 200-calorie bowl contains a whopping seven grams of protein and two-thirds of your daily vitamin C recommendation. If you're trying to go dairy-free, just substitute your favorite nondairy yogurt.
1 tablespoon coconut oil (you can substitute butter if you prefer) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 cups fresh pineapple, sliced into 1- to 2-inch chunks ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups nonfat plain Greek Yogurt 2 tablespoon honey, divided (optional) 4 tablespoon coconut flakes, divided
- Heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Once melted, add the brown sugar, and cook for 5 minutes, until thick and caramel-like.
- Add the pineapple chunks and cinnamon, and cook until soft, about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly.
- Divide the yogurt into 4 dishes (½ cup each). Divide the pineapple mixture among the bowls. Drizzle each bowl with honey and 1 tablespoon coconut flakes.
Serves 4. Per serving: 194 cals, 5.2 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 33.2 g carbs, 28 g sugar, 93 g sodium, 3.3 g fiber, 7 g protein
Prop tip: Need help slicing and dicing that pineapple? Here's how:
2. PB&J Overnight Oats: Is there anything more satisfying than peanut butter and jelly? Enjoy your childhood favorite with this make-ahead oatmeal. The grape jelly is made by combining 100 percent Concord grape juice with chia seeds and then leaving them overnight to soak and gel. In the morning, you're rewarded with a sweet jam filling, no added sugar required.
1 very ripe banana 1 cup almond milk 4 tablespoons peanut butter Pinch salt (if peanut butter is unsalted) 1¼ cup rolled oats ⅛ cup chia seeds ½ cup 100 percent Concord grape juice
- Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a hand mixer, whip the banana, almond milk, peanut butter, and pinch of salt until smooth and creamy. Add in the oats, and whip until combined. Move into a container, and place in the fridge overnight.
- Whisk the chia seeds into the Concord grape juice, and let set in the fridge.
- In the morning, divide the peanut butter mixture into jars (will make two large servings or 4 smaller ones; will also keep for at least 2-3 days in the fridge, so you can have multiple servings from one recipe). Top with grape chia mixture.
Serves 4. Per serving: 267 cals, 12.2 g fat (2 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 10.3 g sugar, 123 mg sodium, 6.1 g fiber, 8.8 g protein
3. Cherry Pie Oatmeal: This may sound like dessert, but it's actually an easy way to add more fruit to your morning. It contains flax seeds and dried cherries, two soluble fibers that aid in satiety, which means this oatmeal will keep you full 'til lunch. For a creamier treat, serve with extra milk or yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup on top.
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup water 1½ cups oats ¼ cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ⅓ cup pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup cherries, chopped ¼ cup pecans, chopped ¼ cup dried cherries Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any kind/flavor, optional, for serving)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Mix together the ground flax seeds and water. Let gel for about 5 minutes.
- Add the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix together.
- Add the maple syrup, butter, cherries, pecans and dried cherries. Mix together, and spoon into a lightly greased 8" x 8" casserole pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and hot. Enjoy as is or with a little unsweetened almond milk or yogurt.
Serves 6. Per serving: 225 cals, 7.6g fat (2.9 g saturated), 36.7 g carbs, 15.5 g sugar, 133 mg sodium, 3.2 g fiber, 3.5 g protein
>> Read more: 50 Fast and Easy Healthy Breakfasts