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Better Than Fruit for Breakfast: Delicious Food to Fuel Your Day

fruit for breakfast Don’t worry I’m not going to start this article talking about how important it is to eat breakfast in the morning. You already know that!

However, if you are like me you often end up eating the same thing every morning because of its convenience. And while fruit is a fantastic and healthy option, sometimes you just need a treat.

Here are five delicious treats that are better than fruit for breakfast.

1. Oats

Did you know oats have been proven to reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and cancer? These super foods are incredibly rich in healthy compounds and great at eliminating the not-so-healthy ones.

Not all oats are created equal though.

If you want to maximize the good ingredient, avoid eating packaged and processed oats. Oftentimes these are filled with too much sugar and preservatives.

2. Eggs

The second food to keep your eye on for breakfast is eggs.

Not only are they packed with protein and essential vitamins, but they’re incredibly versatile as well. One day you could have a poached egg, and the next you could have them scrambled.

I love to make omelets. This allows me to get in some of those other essential vitamins and minerals through added vegetables.

This is a plate that you can get creative with and one that will be a healthy alternative to your classic fruit dish.

3. Waffles

Next is waffles, and yes I do mean it! Waffles and pancakes can be a delicious and healthy treat for breakfast, especially when made with whole grain.

One of the benefits of waffles is the variety of toppings you can add to it. Whether you’re craving something sweet or salty.

Another benefit is that they are so easy to make! Just pull out your bella waffle maker and whip them up with simple, everyday ingredients.

Within 5 minutes you’ll have a delicious and filling breakfast snack.

4. Crepes

Like waffles and pancakes, crepes are another delicious alternative with lots of topping options.

Entire businesses have been devoted to making great crepe recipes that are both sweet and savory. However, regardless of your taste palette, you can be sure that the crepes won’t add much sodium or cholesterol to your diet.

Bonus tip: Add peanut butter to get a little extra protein in your day.

5. Smoothies

If you are still craving fruit for breakfast, but you want to have a change in your routine, smoothies are a great alternative.

You can never go wrong with strawberry and banana blends. Add spinach or kale to get an extra dose of fiber and keep you fueled for the rest of the day.

Plus they are great for when you have to eat on the go!

Enjoy More than Just Fruit for Breakfast

Each of these options provides delicious and healthy alternatives that will keep you fueled until lunch.

As an added bonus, they’ll also leave more room for yummy desserts at the end of the day like my favorite triple-layer cracker toffee bars. Yum!

Speaking of which, I think I might have some cooking to do.

Do you have any special breakfast treats? Share them below in the comments!

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If You’re Heading to Bed Bath and Beyond…

Just wanted to give you a quick head’s up, before your next trip to Bed Bath & Beyond…

One of our Thrifty Momma business owners, founder of Lava Lunch, told me about a charity drive her company is doing where they will donate seven meals to Feeding America in your honor, for each Lava Lunch sold at Bed Bath & Beyond.

It’s a way for you to give your kids healthy home cooked meals AND support hungry children, at the same time. Check out their post for more information, and then head over to BB&B!

 

The Tastiest Coffee Flavors to Conquer Your Morning

coffee flavors Coffee drinkers love their brew and most have a typical routine. When they need coffee, they need coffee – so much so that the average coffee drinker has almost three cups per day.

Are you part of the coffee lover club? Maybe you’re shopping for a close friend who is obsessed with the brew?

Either way, perhaps it’s time to consider changing things up a little!

In this article, we’re getting down with some of the tastiest coffee flavors to help jumpstart your morning.

Ready for a deeper dive?

Great! Let’s take a closer look.

The Tastiest Coffee Flavors to Conquer Your Morning

Channel the Campfire and Drink it Too

Sweet, dessert-inspired coffee is a great option for your morning pick me up. And, the options are almost endless, ranging from basic French vanilla to coffee flavors like banana foster.

A popular trend of late is the S’mores flavored coffee. With this one, you get chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker goodness all with your daily caffeine jolt.

Positive vibes and nostalgic feelings about childhood anyone? Yes, please!

Other popular options here include caramel flavors, coconuts, and even delicious cookie dough.

Donut Inspired Coffee

Many brands offer donut inspired coffee flavors. Check these out if you want to feel like you’ve had a donut for breakfast, without the guilt!

Glazed donut flavor does exist, but if you want something a little less sweet, you can find blueberry flavored coffee too.

Chocolate Lover’s Dream

If you love coffee and chocolate (who doesn’t?), there are multiple options for you.

If you’re using a simple coffee with no flavors added, consider adding some cocoa powder to achieve a chocolatey deliciousness.

Looking for something a little more exciting?

Try experimenting with different flavors. Here, if you want to be right on trend, coffee flavors like German Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut, or Mocha Chip are all the rage.

Kick Up Your Go-To Flavor

Your morning coffee has lots of health benefits, and if you’re a creature of habit, the idea of adding coffee flavors might scare you.

Shudder the thought!

If this is the case, don’t worry! Changing up how you prepare your coffee instead, can bring some excitement to your daily mug.

Maybe you can change to iced coffee for a day?

Pro tip alert! Use yesterday’s leftover cover to freeze into ice cubes. Then brew your coffee over these cubes. That way, you’re sure your coffee won’t get watered down.

This will also be helpful on those hot summer days where you still need your caffeine. You can even include cream and sugar before freezing the cubes.

Of course, another summer favorite treat is ice cream. Try a coffee flavored sugar-free ice cream recipe to change up your routine.

Upgrade Your Appliance

Typically use a traditional coffee pot for your early morning brew?

Consider testing out new methods like a French Press. For this, take a look at the best coffee grinder for French Press to make sure you have the best experience.

Adding Extra Spark to Your Morning

So, there you have it.

These are some of our favorite, sweet coffee flavors. Not only do they get us up and running in the mornings, they add a pep to our step as well.

Did we miss out on your favorite flavor? Got any ideas for our early morning coffee brew? Be sure to let us know!

How to Eat Local and Not Break the Bank

eat localEating healthy and eating local go hand in hand. However, many people believe that to eat local, you have to spend a lot of money.

This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Eating local can save you money, especially when purchasing produce. Grocery store product items can be expensive, since most of the produce is imported from another state.

More often than not, the produce at the local farmer’s market is more affordable. Plus, produce at a farmer’s market is also fresher!

Eating local without breaking the bank is possible. Keep reading to learn how you can eat nutritious and local food while keeping money in your pocket.

How to eat local on a budget

There are several ways to make your eating local without spending a lot of money. Here are 3 ways!

1. Visit the local farmer’s market

Odds are, your city or town hosts a weekly farmer’s market. Here, you can find all sorts of produce. You’re also likely to find:

  • Free-range meat
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Dairy products

Studies have shown that farmer’s market produce is less expensive than what you’ll find at the grocery store.

2. Eat food that’s in season

Your grocery store offers all sorts of produce, all year long. While it’s nice to be able to buy a pear in February, you pay for it!

To save money and to eat the best tasting produce, always buy in season. When produce is in season, there is likely plenty of it to go around! Produce that is in season is also more likely to be available in your grocery store.

Unsure of what’s in season and when? No worries! Use this guide to figure out what’s in season when you go shopping.

3. Join a community supported agriculture (CSA)

Fresh food available for a flat price? It’s a reality! By joining a CSA, you’re able to have fresh produce all year round.

A CSA allows you to buy a share of the farm’s harvest. Prices depend on location and the produce you select.

However, the cost is often less expensive than what you’ll pay at the grocery store. Shop around and find a local CSA that meets your budget!

Benefits of eating local food

There benefits of eating local are endless. If you need some convincing, here are a few benefits you can’t pass up!

Local produce is fresh

Grocery store produce has often traveled thousands of miles. Local produce is fresh from the farm. Fresh local foods provide premium nutrition for your body. Isn’t it ideal to eat locally and healthily?

Support the local economy

Spending money at a local farmer’s market does a lot for the local economy. Local farmers use the money to keep their farms going.

The money you spend also stays within the community. It isn’t being sent to companies in other states or across the world!

Local produce lasts longer

Local produce doesn’t have to travel hundreds of miles. It isn’t handled by pickers, packers and then shelf stockers. Instead, the produce is literally picked, placed and ready to be sold.

This means your melons will be truly vine-ripened. Your peaches will fall apart as you eat them!

Eating local: do good by you and your community

Eating local healthy food is possible, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. With these tips, we hope you’re inspired to eat local and cook great meals.

Support your local farmers. Support your health. Eat local produce!

A Beginner’s Guide to Good Nutrition

cookingGood nutrition is an essential part of living a healthier life.

But eating nutritiously isn’t just a matter of eating fruits and vegetables. You’ve got to eat a balanced diet that works for your unique lifestyle. It’s also important to control your appetite and avoid overeating.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels of the following categories, “calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.”

Are you just starting to consider a nutritious diet?

Read on for our beginner’s guide to good nutrition!

Avoid Processed Foods

Walk around your local grocery store and you are bound to find hundreds of processed food options.

Foods like potato chips, certain meats and cheeses are just some of the processed foods you should avoid. Processed foods are often high in calories and provide a limited amount of nutritious value.

In order to limit your fat intake, you should cut these out of your diet. If you can’t bring yourself to give up these foods completely, eat them sparingly from time to time.

Eat Smaller Portions More Often

When you overeat, you put more food in your body than it can process. This can be what contributes to fat being stored and limiting your ability to lose weight.

Instead of eating the three ‘traditional’ meals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try decreasing portion size and eating more often.

This is a good alternative to using diet pills and supplements to help you control your weight.

Try eating six smaller portions throughout the day. In order to curb hunger, include foods like chicken, which is high in protein and low in fat. Also try to include natural yogurt for digestion, and fresh fruits and vegetables for energy.

Eating smaller portions will take some adjusting at first, but doing this will allow your body to make the most of the nutrients in each meal.

Drink Lots of Water

Your nutritious diet doesn’t end with what you eat. You should also drink lots of water.

Your body is made up of 60% water and water helps regulate your digestion, hydration, and circulation, among others. But the benefits of drinking water don’t stop there.

When you drink a glass of water before a meal, you will find that you eat less. This helps your portion control and prevents overeating.

Choosing to drink water more often helps you limit your intake of sodas and other sugary drinks. Those should be eliminated from your diet as much as possible, as they can help contribute to fat retention.

Good Nutrition Works

When you make changes to your lifestyle, it takes discipline and a willingness to adapt.

But taking the time to pay attention to what you are eating and drinking (and how much of it at a time) will be an important part of living healthier.

Being nutritious is also just one way to be healthy. You should also try to be physically active to maximize the benefits of your new way of life!

Lucky Charm Snack Mix!

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Do you like to celebrate St. Patricks Day? If so, then you will like this tasty snack! Thanks to The Salty Marshmallow they have created this super easy and delicious snack using Lucky Charms!
When you click the link it will take you to a list of ingredients and directions on how to make this for your family! My kids are excited to make this!

Let us know in the comments below what you thought about this easy Lucky Charm Snack Mix!

Spring Dipped Sugar Wafers!

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Do you love making special treats around the holidays, but you find yourself short on time or maybe patience? Well I have a super simple and easy recipe for you and your kids to make! Even my 3 year old can make these with a little bit of assistance! Below you will have the ingredients and directions to make these Dipped Wafer Cookies!

Ingredients:
*Sugar Wafers
*Melting Chocolate or Frosting as alternative
*Sprinkles

Directions:
1. If you are using melting chocolates then you will want to place them in a microwave-safe dish and follow the directions on the bag for melting. It’s usually 15-30 seconds stir until melted and smooth!
2. Open sugar wafers and dip in melted chocolate (caution, it will be hot) if little ones are helping, then you might want to use the frosting instead.
3. Add sprinkles to the chocolate or frosted ends of your sugar wafers!
4. Place on a plate, serve, and eat!!

If you liked this recipe then make sure to check out our others over here! Leave a comment below on what you thought about this tasty treat! Happy Cooking!