Pear and Blueberry Cereal

I had so much fun experimenting with these healthy cereals throughout the spring and summer months. It’s hard to express just how refreshing these are after a long winter of heavy meals. And they are so tasty with the various flavors of the different ingredients. I love how I can switch things up according to what I have on hand at any given time.

Blueberries are one of my favorite foods, and I’ve come to appreciate pears over the last few years as an alternative to apples on occasion. The trail mix can be just about any type you can think up.

Ingredients

1/2 of a pear, chunked

1/2 of a banana, sliced

a handful of blueberries

2 tablespoons of trail mix

vanilla almond milk

  1. Place the pear chunks and banana slices in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle a handful of blueberries over the top.
  3. Add the trail mix.
  4. Pour the vanilla almond milk over the top.

Tips

  • Switch things up a bit by using a different variety of pear each time you make this cereal.
  • Buy fruits when in season.
  • Try different types of trail mix.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a slice of Paleo bread spread with homemade apple or pumpkin butter.

Enjoy your breakfast!

Shannon

Banana ‘Cereal’ with Chocolate Almond Milk

I’m still trying new ‘cereal’ variations, and loving each of them. I’m consuming healthier, lighter foods this time if year, eating more salads, trying new smoothies, and enjoying simple ‘cereals’ and smoothie bowls. And I’m feeling a lot better, in both body and mind. The ‘cereals’ I eat are simple, and pack a good nutritional punch in the morning.

I do like to treat myself once-in-a-while, so today I decided to use chocolate almond milk with my ‘cereal’.

Ingredients

1 small banana, peeled and sliced

2 – 3 tablespoons of fruit and chocolate trail mix

1/2 cup chocolate almond, milk

  1. Place the fruit in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the trail mix over the fruit.
  3. Pour milk over the fruit and almonds.

Tips

  • Use different types of fruit, such as apples and pears with a few blueberries.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with homemade vegetable juice and eggs.

Shannon

Banana Blueberry ‘Cereal’

I’m getting tired of winter and winter foods, wanting spring to be here in full force. I’ve been eating more salads, Trying new smoothies, and enjoying simple ‘cereals’ and smoothie bowls. And I’m feeling a lot better, both physically and mentally.

The ‘cereals’ I eat are easy to make, and pack a good nutritional punch in the morning. I don’t, however, eat them every morning, preferring heartier breakfasts with eggs or meat and plenty of vegetables a few times a week. Too much fruit isn’t what I’m going for, as one of my goals is to lose weight.

Ingredients

1 small banana, peeled and sliced

1 handful of blueberries, rinsed

2-3 tablespoons of fruit and chocolate trail mix

1/2 cup almond, milk

  1. Place the fruit in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the trail mix over the fruit.
  3. Pour milk over the fruit and trail mix.

Tips

  • Use different types of fruit, such as apples and pears with a few raspberries.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with homemade vegetable juice and eggs.

Shannon

Decorated Jars

I did a little fun-shopping the other day. That does not happen very often. One of the places I went was Wal-Mart, to get a few craft supplies. I thought it would be fun to dress up the canning jars I use for storing food.

I bought

1/8 yard each of blue and red gingham, because I just love that look ($1.72 for both)

32.8 feet of jute cord ($0.94)

24-pack of Kraft assorted labels ($2.97)

4-pack of 8 ounce canning jars ($4.22)

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Total spent for supplies = $9.85/4 = $2.46 per jar

And there are 20 labels, plenty of jute cord, and plenty of fabric left over for other projects.

The materials I used to complete this project will be used over and over, meaning I wont have to re-buy things any time soon.

I’ve decided I love this size canning jar, and will likely buy more. They’ll come in handy for snacks, and can easily be packed into a lunch bag for work. These jars will also hold small bits of food, taking up less space in the pantry than a full size jar with just a little food in it.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Materials

4 (8 ounce) canning jars

fabric

4 labels

jute cord

permanent marker

bowl, about 7 inches in diameter

scissors

tape

trail mix, or other foods you want to store

  1. Wash the canning jars, lids, and rings. Dry thoroughly.
  2. Place a bowl that is about 7 inches in diameter over the fabric.
  3. Use the permanent marker or chalk to trace around the bowl on the fabric.
  4. Wash the bowl so the marker comes off easily.
  5. Cut 4 circles out of the fabric, where you traced. I folded each of my fabric pieces in half and stacked the two types of fabric, so I would only have to cut once. The fabric was thin enough to do this.
  6. Divide the trail mix or other foods among the jars.
  7. Place the lids on the canning jars.
  8. Center a fabric circle on each lid.
  9. Place a ring on each jar, screwing into place.
  10. Cut four 24-inch lengths of jute cord.
  11. Tie one 24-inch length of jute cord around each ring.
  12. Using the permanent marker, write ‘Trail Mix’, or whatever will go into the jar, on each 4 labels..
  13. Tape the tag to the top of the jar.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

NOTES:

  1. If you’ll be putting different types if things in each jar, you might want to use a hole punch to put a hole in each label, and tie them into place at the ring. This way, you’ll be able to see the label at a glance and know what exactly is in each jar.
  2. If I could have found the right color scrapbook paper and the tag punch I wanted at the store, I would have made my own labels.

Happy crafting!

Shannon

 

Fruit and Chocolate Trail Mix

I don’t eat snacks often but, when I do, I’m trying to make healthy choices. These mixes can be placed in small jars and stored in the pantry, so you can quickly grab one when putting together a meal for work or when you want a snack.

Trail mixes are easy to make, and allow me to use up leftovers from other cooking ventures. The chocolate chips are not Paleo, but they are organic – as are the other ingredients.

Ingredients

( 4 (8 ounce) servings)

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup chocolate chips

2/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

2/3 cup dried cranberry and blueberry mix

2/3 cup slice almond and dried cranberry mix

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands.
  2. Divide between four 8 ounce canning jars.
  3. Cover and place in the pantry.

Notes

  • Use different types of seeds, nuts, and dried fruit, for variation.

Serving suggestions

Shannon

 

 

 

 

Banana Chip Trail Mix

Snacks for work need to be easy to grab. I don’t want to waste time in the morning, making something and packing it up. Trail mixes are good options for me.

I’m always coming up with different trail mix ideas for this purpose. Dried fruits and seeds make up the bulk of my trail mixes, and go with my Paleo way of eating. (Remember me posting recipes for the whole30. Paleo is the next step for me. A new way of eating that is making me healthier and aiding in my weight loss efforts.) A variety of nuts can also be added but, if you are living Paleo, remember that peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes and are best avoided.

I store my trail mixes in glass jars that I purchased jellies and fruits in, or in small canning jars. This way, I’m not wasting plastic baggies. The jars last for years, so they are not going into a landfill right after I use up the product I purchased. I  wash them out, and place on a shelf until needed.

This is a simple recipe that will only take a minute to mix up.

Banana Chip Trail Mix

1 cup dried banana chips

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  1. Measure out each ingredient into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Mix it all up.
  3. Scoop into jars, cover, and place on a shelf in the pantry.

Tips

  • Save money by combining coupons and sales.
  • Drying your own fruit will save you even more money.

Serving Suggestions

  • This recipes serves as a great stand-alone snack.
  • Pair with a grilled chicken salad at lunch and vegetables sticks.

 

Enjoy!

Shannon

Fruity Trail Mix

I love trail mixes. They are easy to make, store, and to carry with you for a quick snack anytime. This is the latest combination of ingredients I’ve been enjoying.

Ingredients

sunflower seeds

yogurt covered raisins

dried pineapple

dried berries

banana chips

dried apple slices

  1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Store in serving size containers or quart size canning jars.

Tips

  • To save money, use store brand products whenever possible.
  • Drying your own fruit will enable you to save even more money.

Serve Suggestions

  • Serve at lunch with fresh vegetable sticks and a hard-boiled egg or two.

Shannon

Note: I know the yogurt covered raisins aren’t the healthiest, but I don’t think it is necessarily bad to treat yourself once-in-a-while. You just don’t want to make a habit of it.

Candy Corn Trail Mix

Children can make these easily. They make great lunch-box add-ins, good trick-or-treat gift to hand out to the children you know, or even great place markers for guests at a Thanksgiving table.

Candy Corn Trail Mix

1/2 cup candy corn

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup nuts, any kind

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

  1. 1 mix everything together in a large bowl.

Shannon

Note: I know the candy corn is not healthy, but I don’t think it is necessarily bad to treat yourself once-in-a-while. You just don’t want to make a habit of it.

Apricot Trail Mix

Trail mixes are very easy to make. You’re pretty much just throwing a bunch of snack items together to make a single snack.

  • These snacks are easily stored in snack sized plastic baggies, or even canning jars.
  • They make great school and work lunch additions.
  • They’re generally pretty healthy.
  • They make great after school snacks.

Apricot Trail Mix:

dried apricots

pumpkin seeds

mini chocolate chips

dried cranberries

  1. Simply mix everything together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Divvy them up into servings and place in containers.
  3. Cover and store until ready to use.

Trail mixes are also a great way to use up leftover items from other recipes. They are also easy for children to make.

Shannon

Holiday Trail Mix

This one is cheap when buy store brands and on sale with coupons, and is great for the holidays. Easy for children to make, you can put together a big bowl and then divide it into pint-size canning jars to give as gifts. This can also be sent to school in a lunchbox, or taken to work for a snack.

Ingredients

white chocolate covered pretzels (homemade may be cheaper)

cheap Christmas candies

dried cranberries (maybe even yogurt covered)

dried mixed berries

slivered almonds

  • Just mix everything together and place around in bowls at your next celebration.

Warmest Wishes!

Shannon

Note: I know some of these ingredients the healthiest, but I don’t think it is necessarily bad to treat yourself once-in-a-while. You just don’t want to make a habit of it. Many people on my Christmas list might not welcome my new ‘health food’ recipes, but they like things like this.