breakfast is the most important meal of the day (to enjoy)…

I’m shocked I’m able to type today. Or walk (note to self: as cute as those ruby red Mary Jane 5″ heels are, they don’t like your pinky toes!)

Full body strength sessions makes me feel like I have body tingles, and not in a good way. My entire body feels like a Jello giggler and yet, that’s the very reason I’m lifting weights…to avoid jiggle. Oh, the irony (and torture)! But I am sticking with the program. Lily and I also played keep-a-way in the backyard when I got home from work last night. That is, until, she started cheating by cutting through the bushes and then I stood no chance of catching her 😉 The Garmin clocked the activities in at 0.85 miles.

My co-workers loved the Pumpkin Pie Bars and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella and Cream Cheese Frosting (which were featured on FoodGawker, woo!). Mmmm mmm mmmm!

But on to something a bit healthier, shall we?

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Last week I enjoyed pumpkin cream cheese on bagel thins, but I was ready to go back to my carb-o-licious comfort breakfast food. And what better way to do that than in the form of oats, cranberries, and apples? Amen.

Baked Oatmeal with Apple and Cranberries from Proceed with Caution

3 cups quick cooking old-fashioned oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 cups skim milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 apples, peeled, cored and rough chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Mix oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, and agave. Combine wet and dry and fold in apples, cranberries, and nuts.

Pour oatmeal mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. Note: Dish can be ahead ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator overnight before baking in the morning. Yield: 8 generous helpings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 295 calories; 6.9 g. fat; 29 mg. cholesterol; 396 mg. sodium; 51.6 g. carbohydrate; 6.1 g. fiber; 9.6 g. protein

Result: This was WONDERFUL! I love the fresh fruit and subtle sweetness. The consistency is a bit closer to oatmeal than a baked good, which I really liked for a change. I have been enjoying this for breakfast as something I can nuke in the microwave and eat at my desk in the mornings. I love the balance between fat and protein, and while it is higher in carbohydrate, it is also very high in fiber making it an appropriate way to “spend” carbohydrates 😉 Enjoy!

Mr. Prevention has agreed to a post, but he says I have to take 5-Hour Energy in order to agree or disagree with his post. I am really sensitive to caffeine, so I may be up for an eternity…I’m not looking forward to it. The things we do for blogging…

Question: What do you do when you need an extra boost to get through the day, or know you’re in for a long night? Have you ever used an “energy” product like 5-Hour Energy? Should I be nervous?

I’m a venti latte + 2 extra shots kinda girl…

J-E-L-L-O,

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22 responses to “breakfast is the most important meal of the day (to enjoy)…

  1. Tes

    Wow this baked oatmeal is like jewelries in a bowl. I would start something like this to get me through the long day for sure. It sounds nutritious and delicious.
    Being a girl who grew up in a farmer family, I will eat meat in the morning if I need extra energy in the hectic days…. so the bowl of rice soup with generous portion of lean meat will be my no. 1 choice. I do use energy bars sometimes when I work late at night too. These energy bars are good… 🙂

  2. I love baked oatmeal!!! I can’t wait to try this with cranberries!

  3. Cute shoes!! They always say, “beauty is pain”!! And
    I knew your co-workers would love the treats..and if
    they ever turn em down, you know where to send em! 😉

  4. That breakfast looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g!! Good luck w/ the 5hr thing. I’ve never taken anything of that sort and am not much on caffine either. I use to drink a full can of Mt. Dew while reading in bed at night, then roll over and go to sleep. If I’m super tired, I usually take a cat nap – 20 mins can do wonders. When it’s a deadline or something though, my adrenaline alone keeps me going and I crash later.

  5. Hold the phone- those shoes are ADORABLE! I heart red heels… they make me feel sassy. 🙂

    The energy stuff kinda scares me. I don’t even do well with Red Bull (which is unfortunate, because it seems to be the favorite round of shots to be bought by my friends as of late). I usually stick to the coffee and cross my fingers…

  6. I love those shoes (so cute!), though I can imagine they’d kill!

  7. I’ve never tried 5 hour energy before. I usually don’t need a caffeine pick-me-up in the AM. I find cold water wakes me up quite well.

    Sometimes I drink coffee just for the social aspect of it or because I just feel like it (and I have an awesome espresso machine at home)

  8. I might have to make this for brunch this weekend! Sounds so delicious, I’ve never made baked oatmeal 🙂

  9. Usually if I need an extra energy boost I will get up and do some type of jumping jacks or go for a walk. Gets my blood pumping again!

  10. thehealthyjunky

    That oatmeal looks great. I am so making this. I am not a big caffeine person, so in the morning, I will have the juice out of an orange which really gets me going. As far as 5 hour energy, never tried it, but I know alot people do like it. Can’t wait for Mr. Preventions post.

  11. Gorgeous shoes!!!

    I’ve never tried 5 Hour Energy, but I used to have a gross dependence to red bull and I don’t even think it really helps….

  12. Mmmm…I know what I’m making for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning! For me…water, water, and more water…with a bit of caffine thrown in (in the form of coffee or iced tea). The only energy drink-thing I ever enjoyed was the Tab energy drink…but it is no more…

  13. Apples+Cranberries=Amazing!

    Putting this on my list of things to make after my first two weeks of South Beach!

    I told you my step-son loves those 5 hour energy shots – I had a sip of one once and it reminded me of cough syrup! Good luck with that Nicole!

  14. lovely breakfast idea, looks yum

  15. That baked oatmeal looks so good! I love the color from the cranberries

  16. Way to keep up with strength training girl!

    I still have some left over cranberries from the pork dish and tons of apples. I’ll be making this tonight 🙂

  17. I have never taken a 5 hour energy but i do know some people who swear by it. I stick with my cup of coffee in the morning for my caffeine boost.
    That breakfast looks delish! I need to change up my breakfasts so I will have to remember this recipe!

  18. That breakfast looks absolutely amazing!!! I will definitely be making that soon!

  19. YUMMY breakfast!! Nope, never tried any of those energy drinks…don’t think I ever want to. I do enjoy one cup of coffee in the afternoon…but exercise in the morning and a good night’s sleep is usually all I need to help ward of the sleepies!

  20. I’m not an energy drink person, but I do like a good cup of coffee! At work, the coffee is awful though, so I climb the stairs to the top floor (the 8th) and back down to my office on the 1st floor when I need a pick me up.

    Does the trick!

    Georgie Fear RD
    http://www.Askgeorgie.com

  21. What a pretty version of baked oatmeal! Breakfast really is the most important meal – I find my brain just doesn’t work well without it.

  22. Pingback: 6 Awesome Healthy Recipes that I Can’t Wait to Try Out | The Budget Dietitian

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