Breakfast has always been the most difficult meal of the day for me – I struggle with what to have that will be filling and nutritious but not take a lot of time make. When I read about the Engine 2 food plan and Rip’s Big Bowl for breakfast I knew it was going to be a winner! Hubby Tom happens to love cereal so he was super excited about this new breakfast. You make this with an assortment of your favorite healthy cereals and what ever seasonal fruits you have on hand. You can even thaw out some frozen berries and toss those in as well.
These are three of my favorite cereals – I also like plain oats but forgot to photograph them. I weigh out half a serving of Eziekel and Uncle Sam and a full serving of Kashi Puffs and sometimes I add 1/4 – 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal.
Ezekiel is 190 calories for 1/2 cup – it’s super crunchy like Grape-nuts cereal, Kashi Puffs is only 70 calories for a full cup and Uncle Sam is 3/4 cup for 190 calories – it does contain flax seed but they are whole not ground so they really don’t do you much good because they need to be ground up before you eat them – but the cereal tastes really good!
These are hubby Tom’s choices. The Engine 2 cereal is available at Whole Foods and it is already a mixture of several cereals with dried fruit and walnuts. There are different flavors to choose from. It would be a good choice to take with you when traveling since it contains everything in one box. Note to self – remember this for vacation!
Mix your cereals together and add a small sliced banana, a little fresh mango and a few fresh berries. Hubby Tom also adds walnuts to his and if you want you can add ground flax seeds, hemp seeds,chia seeds or pumpkin seeds for additional healthy fats.
A splash of Silk Almond milk – unsweetened and breakfast is ready! This Big Bowl weighs in at 330 Calories, 6g fat, o Sat fat, 0 Trans fat, o Cholesterol, 11g Protein, 69 Carbs, 12g Fiber. It fills me up, has some crunch to it and sweetness from the bananas and berries. It’s a bowl of sunshine! If I add dry oatmeal to the mixture its comes in around 400 calories but it’s super filling!
I have won hubby Tom over to unsweetened almond milk. We use it in our smoothies, soups, salad dressings, oatmeal, breakfast bars and cold cereal bowls!
To make this quick and easy breakfast even faster to toss together we are going to measure out our cereal portions into individual containers for the coming week so all we have to add is the fruit and almond milk.
It’s a sad week for our nation with so many tragedies that have resulted in loss of lives. My heart hurts as I pray for all the victims and their families. This morning we had to shut off the TV and take a break from the news. We went for a walk outside and took in all the lovely things that nature has to offer.
We live next to a little pond and one of our Spring time pleasures is seeing the first baby ducks of the season. This photo was taken this morning from our backyard. The babies move so quickly it’s difficult to get a shot of them that isn’t blurry. Watching them dart around the pond makes me happy.
Have you heard of tulip trees? Before moving to California I had no idea such a thing existed. We have this huge tulip tree in our backyard and right now it is full of these lovely tulip shaped flowers. I can see this from my kitchen window while I wash dishes.
Another sign that Spring is finally here.
How amazing is this? The beauty of nature makes me happy.
This pheasant photo is one we got a week or so ago as we walked along the nature trail near our home. He isn’t afraid of us – in fact he stopped and stared us down before he slowly walked away. He is usually in the same place each morning and sometimes we see his mate but this week the grass is really tall and we can’t see him. After we pass the area he is in, he crows to let us know he is there! He makes me happy!
Okay this next photo isn’t nature but it’s something that takes me where nature is! I got a new street bike! For my first ride hubby Tom took me on a 13 mile ride around town. I am learning how to shift gears – it’s a lot different than the mountain bike I had. It’s so light weight and easy to pedal – making it a joy to ride. It’s easy and kind to my post surgery foot too. Now we have an alternative activity when we don’t have an entire day for hiking we can bike ride! We hope to go on the American River bike trail this weekend for a longer bike ride. I got my first pair of padded bike shorts – I think I am going to need them too! My new bike makes me happy!
Wishing you much happiness and a safe weekend.
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What makes you happy?