Healthy Breakfast and Snacks

Chef Vahista Ussery from Blue Zones Project stops by Good Day to share some recipes for healthier breakfast and snacks. The recipes are based on the diets of the world's longest living people.


Baked Oatmeal Cups- Banana Almond Chocolate Chip

2 large ripe bananas (1 cup mashed)
1.5 cups almond milk (or other milk/milk alternative)
½ tsp almond extract
3 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add almond milk and almond extract to bananas, and stir to combine. Add oats, almonds, and dark chocolate chips to banana mixture. Stir until combined. Using a ¼ cup measure, place a heaping scoop into each cup. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly brown. Allow oatmeal cups to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.


Hummus Pinwheels or Wrap

1 whole wheat tortilla, 8-10 inches
2 Tbsp hummus
1 Tbsp feta cheese
1 Tbsp red bell pepper, diced
1 Tbsp cucumber, diced
1 Tbsp avocado, diced

Spread hummus to cover one side of the whole wheat tortilla, but not entirely to the edge. Sprinkle remaining ingredients on top. Roll up! Cut into pinwheels if desired. The wraps will be easier to cut into pinwheels if chilled for at least 30 minutes.


Apple "Cupcakes"

1 medium apple (any variety)
2 Tbsp nut butter
1 Tbsp granola

Core apple and cut in half horizontally (not through stem). Spread nut butter on cut ends to frost apple halves like cupcakes. Sprinkle with granola.


Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn

¼ cup popcorn kernels
¼ tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp rosemary, fresh, chopped

Add popcorn kernels to a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over twice to close shut. Place in the microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes or until there are about 2-3 seconds between pops. In a large bowl, whisk extra virgin olive oil with salt and rosemary. Add popped popcorn, and stir with your hands until evenly coated. 

LINKS:
www.livelongfortworth.com
www.bluezonesproject.com

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