Break free from boring breakfasts

Lindsay Lillig

Everyone has heard the expression, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Although this has been more or less proven by numerous dieticians, nutritionists and health organizations , statistics only persuade so many. Some people do not recognize the beauty that is breakfast. Therefore, open the pantry, the fridge and all the cabinets. Let a new future of breakfast-making begin.

35-calorie Oatmeal Cookies
All you need is 15 minutes, 3/4 cup of plain instant oats, two ripe bananas, mashed, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, mix oats and bananas. Add cinnamon.
3. Using a spoon, scoop small amounts of oatmeal mixture onto cookie sheet to form bite size cookies.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Serve immediately or save for later.

3-Ingredient Biscuits
Simple, quick, healthy homemade biscuits.
• 3 cups self-rising flour
• 2 1/2 cups fat-free Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup skim milk
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan.
2. Mix ingredients in large bowl until combined. Do not over-mix.
3. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out 1/2 inch thick.
4. Use a cookie cutter or mason jar lid to cut out biscuits.
5. Place biscuits on pan and bake for 12-14 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let cool.

Avocado and Egg on Toast
Avocados and eggs are super foods. This breakfast is an excellent combination of fats, proteins and carbs for long-lasting energy.
• 1 avocado
• 2 eggs, sunny-side up
• 2 slices of whole-grain bread
Instructions:
1. Toast bread.
2. Cut avocado in half. Twist to separate and remove the pit. Scoop avocado into small bowl.
3. Cook eggs.
4. Spread avocado onto toast. Place an egg on each slice. Salt and pepper to taste.

Apple Mug Muffin
Make a delicious muffin in less than ten minutes.
• 1 tbsp. coconut oil
• 2 tbsp. applesauce
• 1 egg
• 3 tbsp. almond flour
• 1/4 tsp. vanilla
• 1 tsp. maple syrup
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/8 tsp. baking powder
Instructions:
1. Whisk applesauce, egg, vanilla and syrup until combined.
2. Add flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir for 30 seconds.
3. Microwave for 1 minute.

Peanut butter Strawberry Banana-dillas
Who says all quesadillas have to be made with cheese?
• 2 tbsp. peanut butter
• 2 whole-grain tortillas
• 1 banana, sliced
• 4-5 strawberries, sliced
Instructions:
1. Grease a skillet, and heat over medium-high heat.
2. Spread 1 tbsp. of peanut butter over each tortilla.
3. Arrange strawberries and bananas on tortilla. Top with second tortilla.
4. Flip quesadilla in skillet until golden.
5. Slice and enjoy.

Beans and Cheese on Toast
Mexican food for breakfast. We all crave sometimes.
• 2 slices of whole-grain bread
• 1/4 cup shredded cheese (preferred)
• 1/2 can refried beans
• 2-4 lettuce leaves
• 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes (optional)
Instructions:
1. Heat beans in pan over medium high heat. Add cheese, chili flakes and mix until heated thoroughly.
2. Toast bread. Place 1-2 lettuce leaves on each slice. Top with bean and cheese mixture.

Banana Bread Protein Shake
The title of this breakfast can’t steer you wrong.
• 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
• 3/4 cup water
• 1/2 banana
• 5-10 ice cubes
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp. oats (optional)
Instructions:
1. Put everything into a blender. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
2. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy.