Valentine’s Day Breakfast Idea – Eggs in a Heart-Shaped Basket

I love adding sweet touches that say “I love you” throughout the day on Valentine’s Day. I usually start by making a special breakfast with a love-inspired menu. One of our favorites? Eggs in a Heart-Shaped Basket. This is basically eggs in toast, but just kicked up a notch for this special day.

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Eggs in a Heart-Shaped Basket

What You’ll Need:

  • Eggs
  • Bread, toasted
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter (heat resistant; silicone or metal)
  • Cooking Spray

Directions: Using cookie cutter, cut out heart from center of toast.

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Heat griddle or pan on medium heat. Lightly spray pan and cookie cutter (both inside and outside). Place cookie cutter on griddle or pan. Gently crack open egg into cookie cutter.

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Cover with a lid (this allows egg to cook via steam). Once egg is cooked (to your liking), remove cookie cutter and egg from pan using a spatula. Place the cookie cutter and egg into the toast, and gently remove the egg from the cookie cutter (you may need to use a small knife or spoon to help the egg separate from the sides of the cookie cutter).

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After School Snack Ideas: Homemade Baked Doughnuts Recipe

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Fridays are pretty special around the Jolly household. Friday mornings typically start with Lucas jumping out of bed super-excited that it’s Friday. There are usually a few high fives and TGIF’s thrown around! Lucas loves Fridays because he gets to do a lot of art and the school day is much more relaxed. He also knows that mom and dad always bring him a special after school snack on Fridays. Sometimes that might be a Blizzard from Dairy Queen or sometimes it’s a homemade treat. No matter what though – he gets a special treat to celebrate the end of the school week. Friday nights are also family night – whether it’s playing video games or board games or going out to dinner or cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie – Friday nights are all about us.

This past week, we surprised Lucas with a new Friday treat – homemade Baked Doughnuts. This is a wonderful recipe that is easy to follow and results in an airy, light glazed doughnut. Just perfect. We topped a few with lightly crushed Kellogg’s Froot Loops, which was a big hit!

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Glazed Baked Doughnuts

recipe adapted from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk, scalded
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup All-Bran® Original
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115°F)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Directions

1. In large mixing bowl, pour hot milk over shortening. Stir in sugar, salt, spices and KELLOGG’S ALL-BRAN cereal. Cool to lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add to cereal mixture together with eggs. Mix well. Add flour and thoroughly combine. Cover and let stand in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

3. Turn dough out on well-floured board. Shape into a ball. (Dough will be very soft to handle.) Roll out lightly to about 1/2 inch of thickness. Be careful not to stretch dough. Cut with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Brush with melted butter and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 20 minutes.

4. Bake at 425° F about 10 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • (OPTIONAL) 1 cup Kellogg’s Froot Loops, lightly crushed

Directions
1. Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, salt, and hot water until smooth.

2. Dip tops of warm doughnuts into glaze.

3. Sprinkle with crushed Froot Loops or serve as-is. NOTE: If using Froot Loops, make sure to do this right before serving or else the cereal becomes soggy when stored for a long time.

Yield: 3 dozen (36) doughnuts

For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

After School Snack Ideas: Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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There are usually 1-2 days during the week which Lucas doesn’t come straight home after school – sometimes it’s because either Mike or I (depends on who picks him up) has to run a few errands or we have an appointment. On those days, I like to send a portable snack that he can munch on in the car. One of our favorite on-the-go snacks are Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars. OMG, you guys. YUM!!! These are better than any granola bar you can buy at the grocery store. They are loaded with lots of good for you ingredients – oats, almonds, peanut butter, honey, banana chips, dried berries, and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. If your child has a nut allergy, you can omit the nuts and add more dried fruit and replace the peanut butter with sunbutter.

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Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars

recipe adapted from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried berries
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1. In large bowl stir together oats, almonds, KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal and dried berries and banana chips.

2. In small saucepan combine peanut butter, honey and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir to combine. Press into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool completely. Cut into thirty-two 2 x 1 1/2-inch rectangles.

Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars

For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

After School Snack Ideas: Almond Cocoa Muffins Recipe

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I always like to have a nice snack ready for Lucas when he gets home from school. He usually comes home famished – partly because he spends most of his lunch time socializing rather than eating and partly because he is a growing boy. He needs to have something nutritious in his body to get him through homework, reading, baseball practice, etc. But also? I want him to feel that home = love, comfort, and warmth. Having a yummy snack that he enjoys is part of that. It’s home. So every day this week I will be sharing after school snack ideas that Lucas loves.

First up are Almond Cocoa Muffins – they are packed with protein from the almonds, whole grains and fiber from the white-wheat flour and Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal, and a little indulgence from the cocoa and chocolate chips. Paired with a glass of milk and fruit, it is the perfect treat for a child to enjoy while he does his homework after a long Monday at school. I like to whip up a batch, freeze, and then thaw on the counter an hour before Lucas will be home or just pop into the microwave for a few seconds.

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Almond Cocoa Muffins

recipe adapted from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups white wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Bran® Original
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. Stir together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine Kellogg’s® All-Bran® cereal and milk. Let stand 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg whites, oil and almonds. Beat well.

3. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion evenly into twelve muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray.

4. Bake at 350°F about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

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For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

End of Summer Yogurt, Fruit & Cereal Popsicle Recipes

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The summer is coming to an end and we are trying to savor every last drop of sun, every weekend afternoon lounging at the pool or evening spent on the back porch enjoying a frozen treat after dinner. One of our favorite homemade frozen treats are yogurt popsicles made with fresh fruit and Kellogg’s cereal for a little crunch. They are so easy to make and they make yummy and healthy treats for everyone in the family. Kids also love them as an after school snack and it could even be served as a fun twist on breakfast.

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Froot Loops, Blueberry & Yogurt Popsicles

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Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal
  • Blueberries
  • OPTIONAL: Sugar or honey or sweetener of choice; sweeten yogurt to taste
  • Popsicle molds

Directions: Starting with the yogurt, add the ingredients to the popsicle molds in layers. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, unmold and enjoy!

All-Bran, Berries & Yogurt Popsicles

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Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran Cereal
  • Strawberries/Raspberries, pureed and a few very thinly sliced
  • OPTIONAL: Sugar or honey or sweetener of choice; sweeten yogurt to taste
  • Popsicle molds

Directions: Starting with the yogurt, add the ingredients to the popsicle molds in layers. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, unmold and enjoy!

Energize Your Morning: Power Breakfast Ideas In a Jar

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I swear I thought things were going to slow down for summer, but no. We have been so incredibly busy since Lucas has been out of school on break. He was selected to be on the All-Star T-Ball Team, which is awesome of course! However, it’s also very time consuming. Not to mention that work has been pure chaos lately. Basically, we have been gogogo for weeks now. You know…the story of every mom’s life, right?! Amidst all of that chaos, we still have to hold it together. That means dinners on the table in the evening and breakfast in the morning, but I have to be honest it’s really difficult! That’s why I have to rely on simple, quick, and wholesome meals. For breakfast that means cereal + milk + fruit. It’s actually a great way to get in the benefits of whole grains (from the cereal), protein (from the milk), and all sorts of goodies from the fruit! One of our favorite things to do is to serve cereal in a jar.

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Cereal is already very portable, but when you put it in a jar? It’s the ultimate to-go breakfast! Here’s what we do…

Breakfast in a Jar Prep

Put cereal plus all toppings except milk in a mason jar and secure lid.  We like to add yummy good-for-you things like slivered almonds or nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, chia seeds, wheat germ, etc. In the morning, add milk, grab spoon and go!

Did you know? A satisfying breakfast, complete with energizing grains to refuel and protein to rebuild is a winning combination.

I actually went ahead and calculated the nutritional information for two of our favorite combos (see below). As you can see, cereal and milk plus a few quick toppings like fruit and nuts can pack quite a powerful nutritional punch in the morning! Low calorie, low fat, high fiber and high protein = WINNING BREAKFAST!

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies (1 cup), Skim Milk (1/2 cup), Craisins (2Tbsp) & Slivered Almonds (2Tbsp) in a Jar

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Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats (1cup), Skim Milk (1/2 cup), Raspberries (1/2 cup), & Chia Seeds in a Jar (1Tbsp)

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Do you remember the “Cereal and Milk” jingle? Watch and enjoy a Kellogg’s moment while you reminisce!

 

Easy Ways to Incorporate Milk at Breakfast Time #ProteinaDeLaLeche

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As you all know, last week was National Breakfast Week. I shared a series of healthy and quick nutritious breakfasts for the entire family. I don’t know if you noticed, but many of the recipes either included milk in the recipe or was served with a glass of milk. That’s because we love milk in our household! It is pretty much always a part of our breakfast.

Milk in my coffee…

Coffee with Milk

Homemade strawberry milk for Lucas (and Mike)…

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Milk in our cereal…

Cereal with Milk

Smoothies made with milk, yogurt and fresh fruit…

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Chocolate milk…

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Plain milk…

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Why do we love milk so much?

We love milk because it is delicious.

We love milk because it is good for you. It’s good for your body. Good for your bones. (And, while obviously not for breakfast…a cold glass of milk paired with warm chocolate chip cookies is also good for the soul.)

We love milk because it packs a pretty good protein punch and protein helps you feel satisfied and fuller longer. That way I am not starving before lunch!

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8 grams of high quality protein in every 8 oz glass.

Milk is an excellent source of nutrients and truly simplifies the breakfast process. Check out a few easy and quick breakfast ideas that feature milk:

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  • Bowl of whole grain cereal with milk and fruit
  • Smoothies made with milk, yogurt, and fresh fruit
  • Muffin with fruit and a glass of milk
  • Oatmeal made with milk instead of water

Watch the video below for a glimpse into our morning routine!

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Baked Pancake with Fruit Topping Recipe #KChamps

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National Breakfast Week

For the past week, I’ve been sharing some of our favorite easy-to-make breakfast ideas. Today, I want to share a quicker way to enjoy pancakes with a Baked Apple Pancake.

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Instead of flipping each individual pancake, this is one large pancake that is baked in a pie plate.

Baked Pancake

To save time in the morning, I put all of the wet ingredients into the blender and all of the dry ingredients into a zip top bag the night before. This way everything is pre-measured and all I have to do in the morning is add the dry ingredients to the blender. Give it a whirl for about 30 seconds and pour into the pie plate. It bakes for about 20 minutes while I get the kids ready for school and by the time we’re ready so is the pancake! Top with fresh berries, maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar OR you if you have time over the weekend – make the apple topping in the recipe below. Delicious!!

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Baked Pancake with Fruit Topping

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Apple Topping (optional)

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup water

Fresh Fruit Topping (optional)

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • Maple syrup

Directions
1. Place KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal, flour, the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, eggs, milk and oil into electric blender container. Process 15 seconds or until mixture is smooth.

2. Place glass 10-inch pie plate in 425° oven for 5 minutes. Carefully remove hot plate from oven. Quickly coat with cooking spray and pour cereal batter into hot plate. Return to oven and bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed around edges. Remove from oven and sift with powdered sugar. Cut and serve immediately with either Apple Topping or fresh berries and maple syrup.

3. OPTIONAL APPLE TOPPING: While pancake bakes, make Apple Topping by melting butter in 12-inch skillet. Add the 1/3 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, apples and water. Simmer about 10 minutes or until apples are just tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Serve hot over hot pancake.

Branana & Raisin Muffins Recipe #KChamps

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National Breakfast Week

One of our favorite breakfasts on busy weekday mornings are muffins. They are such an easy thing to whip up once a week and you have several breakfasts and/or snacks for the entire week (or even longer depending on how big your family is). They are easy grab and go breakfast if you are in a rush. Kids and adults love them! But…you can pack all sorts of good for you things in a muffin…like these yummy Branana and Raisin Muffins!

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These muffins are packed with flavor that comes from the ripe bananas and spices. They are really, really good! Plus, the addition of All-Bran gives them a punch of fiber.

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Branana & Raisin Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup mashed fully ripe bananas
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions
1. In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, KELLOGG’S COMPLETE Wheat Bran cereal, milk and bananas. Let stand 1-2 minutes or until cereal is softened.

3. In small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add egg whites and margarine to cereal mixture. Beat well.

4. Add flour mixtur and stir in raisins; stirring only until combined.
Portion batter evenly into twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray.

5. Bake at 400° F for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Rice Krispies Fruit & Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars #KChamps

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National Breakfast Week

Everyone loves the iconic and tasty Rice Krispies treats – myself included! However, they are treats and obviously not intended for breakfast. However, I have a discovered a healthy version of the Rice Krispies treat that you and your kids may actually like better and you’ll feel good about eating them for breakfast.

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These Rice Krispies Fruit & Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars replace the marshmallow and butter with peanut butter, honey, and dried fruit. Paired with a cold glass of milk, it’s a perfectly delicious morning breakfast that can be eaten in the car or on-the-go!

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You can even make these to pack for school lunches, healthy treats to take to school (replace the peanut butter with sun butter for peanut-free school zones), or just a yummy afternoon snack. WARNING! These are so good that you have to practice a lot of self-control when you’re in the same room with these lol. Mike and I may or may not have eaten several in one day.

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Rice Krispies Fruit & Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (I used cranberries)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies

Directions:
1. In 4-quart saucepan, combine honey and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking and stirring 1 minute longer. Remove from heat.

2. Stir peanut butter, raisins and mixed fruit into hot mixture. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal and mix until cereal is coated. Press evenly into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2 1/4 x 1 1/2-inch bars. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.