Archive for Blueberries

A great start

I cannot help but find cereal one of the most boring ways to start the day. It just seems too cold and impersonal. I never feel energized or ready to conquer the day after eating a bowl – usually just still hungry and unmoved (the only exception being Wegman’s Maple Pecan cereal – that stuff is great). A whole grain bagel with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and a baked apple? Yes, please!

Delicious!

The bagel is a Thomas’ hearty grain 100% whole wheat bagel (because white bread is gross). They are extremely delicious, have 10 grams of protein, and are mildly sweet. There’s also no high fructose corn syrup in them, which I love. I have been making a conscious effort to try and avoid foods which contain it. The baked apple however, is the star of breakfast. The Lexington Coop having AMAZING Crispin apples made it the perfect time to make this.

Baked Apple Breakfast:

  • 1 medium – large Crispin apple
  • 1 1/2 tbsp frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/16 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 4-5 dried banana chips
  • brown sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Then, remove the apple core and hollow the inside of the apple out, leaving around 1/2 inch from the bottom (I ate some of the tasty insides…).  I did it by hand, without a corer, and it can be done! Mix the frozen blueberries with the rolled oats, and then add the banana chips. Coat this mixture with cinnamon, and place inside the hollow apple.  Once the apple is on/in the baking pan, pour your maple syrup over it. If you wish, add a very shallow layer of water to the pan, and this way when juices escape from the apple, you can pour the tasty water over it once it is done cooking in the oven, which should take around 30-40 minutes. Of course, if you are so inclined and do not have hatred for microwaves, these can be placed in a covered bowl and zapped for about 3 to 5 minutes.

The baked apple was so delicious! The rolled oats were somewhat nontraditional, but added a nice chew to the apple. The lack of butter and sugar make it a better breakfast choice than sugar-laden cereals or prepackaged oatmeal. The banana chips softened a lot from both the maple syrup and the moisture from the frozen blueberries, adding yet another level of flavor to the apple. I think the blueberries, banana and apple went together extremely well. The bottom of the apple was so soft and coated in the fruit juice and maple syrup, how could you not love it?

The first of many pancake entries

good morning!

I woke up one Wednesday morning and didn’t have work until noon, giving me the perfect amount of time to throw together a batch of pancakes, especially since I know they will keep my full (usually) all the way through my shift. I was looking to make relatively healthy ones as well, rather than just a pile of carbohydrate, white flour, no-nutrition pancakes. I admit, when I am looking for something super quick and easy, I will pull out a box of Bisquick, mix in some soy milk, cornstarch, cinnamon and lemon juice, and cook myself up some pancakes. Knowing I had a large bag of whole wheat flour on hand, as well as a handful of frozen blueberries, I knew I could make something tasty.

I found this recipe, tailored it slightly, and made my own:

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1  cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • handful of frozen blueberries

I didn’t want to discolor the pancakes, so i didn’t add the blueberries until the pancake mix was already on the griddle. They turned out to be delicious! They were very hearty and filling, more so than non-whole wheat pancakes in my opinion. They were only slightly more chewy and a little more dense, but I thought that made them into really good pancakes. I even ate half of them without maple syrup – the cinnamon, lemon juice and blueberries made it flavorful enough without it.

The leftover pancakes I did what I normally do – saved them for when I got out of work and then made peanut butter and jelly pancake-wiches with them. Never underestimate how awesome that is!