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Hy-Vee Recipes: Breakfast Ideas

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Resolving to lose weight is among the most common New Year's resolutions. Hy-Vee registered dietitian, Stephanie Beenken, highlights delicious breakfast ideas as a useful tool for weight-loss.

Fabulous Fiber

Fiber can help fill you up without filling you out. Making sure to incorporate a good helping of fiber in the morning will help you succeed in making healthier choices throughout the day. Including items such as chia seed, oatmeal, whole grain bread, fruit and other higher fiber foods, will help to make sure you stay full and focused through the morning until lunch.

The Power of Protein

Enjoying a protein-rich breakfast promotes satiety throughout the morning. Studies also indicate breakfast-eaters consume fewer calories later in the day. Use the power of a protein-rich, balanced breakfast to succeed in your health and weight-management goals.

Plan to Succeed

Quick and easy is an integral part in a successful morning routine. Save time in the morning by assembling breakfast the night before with the following recipe. Breakfast-in-a-Jar combines the weight-loss power of protein into a satisfying grab & go morning meal.

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Cranberry-Almond Granola

Serves 19 (1/2 cup each)

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 2 hours (with cooling)

All you need:

2/3 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed

1/2 cup Grand Selections maple syrup

1/3 cup almond oil or Hy-Vee canola oil

1/4 cup packed Hy-Vee dark brown sugar

1 tbsp Hy-Vee ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

5 cups Hy-Vee rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

1 cup toasted wheat germ

1 cup Hy-Vee whole almonds, coarsely chopped (4-1/2 ounces)

1/2 cup Hy-Vee sunflower seeds (2 ounces)

1 cup Hy-Vee dried cranberries, divided

All you do:

1. Position racks in top and bottom of oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Coat 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

2. Whisk apple juice concentrate, syrup, oil and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and salt. Mix oats, wheat germ, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the juice mixture; toss to coat. Spread on the prepared baking sheets.

3. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reverse sheets top to bottom and back to front. Bake, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to wire racks; stir in dried cranberries. Let cool completely.

To make ahead: Store airtight for up to 2 months.

Nutrition facts per serving: 263 calories; 11g fat (1g sat, 6g mono); 0mg cholesterol; 37g carbohydrate; 12g added sugars; 6g protein; 5g fiber; 66mg sodium; 223mg potassium.

Nutrition bonus: Magnesium (21% daily value).

Source: adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

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Vanilla Pear Oat Muffins

Serves 16 (1 muffin each)

Source: www.hy-vee.com <http://www.hy-vee.com>

All you need:

1 cup uncooked Hy-Vee old-fashioned oats

1 (8 ounce) container vanilla pear low-fat yogurt

1/3 cup Hy-Vee margarine (or butter), melted

4 Hy-Vee eggs

1 teaspoon Hy-Vee vanilla

1 cup Hy-Vee brown sugar

1 cup Hy-Vee flour

1 teaspoon Hy-Vee baking powder

½ teaspoon Hy-Vee baking soda

1 teaspoon Hy-Vee cinnamon

All you do:

1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats and yogurt. Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar. Mix well.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the oat mixture and stir until combined.

4. Divide batter amount 16 nonstick or lightly greased muffin cups.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 22 minutes, until golden and center tests done.

6. Remove from pan immediately.

Nutrition information per serving: 170 calories, 6g fat, 60mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium.

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Agave Energy Bars

Serves 24

Source: www.hy-vee.com <http://www.hy-vee.com>

All you need:

3 cups favorite granola cereal

1 cup wheat germ

1 ½ cups Blue DiamondTM chunky almond butter

1 teaspoon Hy-Vee vanilla extract

½ cup Hy-Vee whole wheat flour

¾ cup light agave nectar

1 (4 ounce) package Hy-Vee dried blueberries

All you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving excess paper on edges; set aside.

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and spread into pan. Press firmly.

3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into 24 bars while still warm; cool completely before serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 210 calories, 10g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, 0mg cholesterol, 28g carboh7ydrate, 16g sugar, 4g dietary fiber, 65mg sodium, 6g protein.

**Stephanie Beenken represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert working throughout the community to promote healthy eating and nutrition. Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.**

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