Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Trail Mix and Breakfast Parfaits

When it comes to eating during the work week, I am a woman of habit. I generally cycle between 2-3 different breakfast options, 2-3 different snacks, and either a salad, soup or leftovers for lunch. I make almost every meal that I eat from scratch, so sticking to a few staples makes it easier on my routine, and a little bit less time consuming. But admittedly, eating mostly the same things all the time does get pretty boring, and I often find myself wishing for something new and different.

A month or so ago, I was offered the opportunity to try a slew of breakfast-themed items from Target, as a part of their Target Breakfast Twist campaign. I gladly signed on, and agreed to come up with a few new and simple breakfast recipe ideas. I took inspiration from the kinds of things that I like to eat, and came up with two fun, simple and delicious ideas.

Target Breakfast Twist

The first isn’t just for breakfast — it doubles as a grab-and-go snack for any time of day. This nutty trail mix started off with Honey Nut Cheerios® Medley Crunch™ cereal, to which I added lots of nuts, dried fruit, and just a touch of chocolate (because of course everything is better with chocolate). I enjoyed this often as an afternoon snack, but it’d also be great atop a bowl of plain Greek yogurt, or as an on-the-go breakfast option with your favorite protein (hard-boiled egg, individual yogurt, etc.) Here’s the ratio I used, but feel free to get creative!

Nutty Trail Mix

Nutty Medley Crunch Trail Mix
1 1/2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios® Medley Crunch™ cereal
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Simply mix all of the ingredients together, and eat! Can be stored in an airtight container, or portioned into baggies to make it an easy grab before you head out the door.

The next recipe I came up with was really no such thing – it’s more of a formula, meant to be adapted to meet your own tastes and preferences. I love having Greek yogurt for breakfast in the morning, because it’s protein tends to hold me over until lunchtime. I start with plain nonfat Green yogurt, and add in lots of fruit, nuts, chia seeds, granola – plenty of (mostly) good for you additions to make it a filling and healthful breakfast to start the day off right. For this particular yogurt creation, I made a layered parfait, with some General Mills products, and some common ingredients I had in my pantry.

Breakfast Parfait

Breakfast Protein Parfait
Nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or your favorite plain yogurt)
Chia seeds
Fresh blueberries (or other berry of choice)
Grandma Hoerner’s® Big Slice™ apples snack
Nature Valley® Protein Granola
Chopped walnuts

Starting and ending with yogurt, layer ingredients in the order listed. Use as much or as little of each as you’d like. I constructed my parfait in a small mason jar, which was the perfect size for a filling breakfast.

It’s worth a note – I’m not a huge consumer of packaged food products, I generally tend to prefer things that are grown in the ground or farmed from a field. That said, if a product can prove it’s worth to me, then I’m all for it. Generally that means I should be able to read and understand all of the ingredients on the label. The Grandma Hoerner’s® Big Slice™ apples snack sample that I tried in this parfait was something that made me pretty skeptical – having a naturally occuring fruit packaged up seemed suspect, but I loved them. They were delicious and fresh tasting, and with few added ingredients, all of which I felt comfortable consuming. Grandma Hoerner’s for the win!

Overall I had a blast coming up with these, and enjoyed my quick and easy creations. If you’re looking for a way to put a twist on your traditional breakfast, give one of these “recipes” a spin!

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

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