treat yourself…to breakfast! + new year's resolution results

Registered Dietitians and moms most certainly agree on one thing: breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Lately, I’ve been climbing into my car in the morning, with half of my belongings in tow, and I am realizing something very important…I have been forgetting breakfast. Whether it be eating breakfast at home in the morning, or grabbing something on the go, breakfast has simply vanished from my routine. (And because I am notoriously running late, I don’t go back inside to grab something and rough it through the morning hours.)

As a breakfast lover and someone who wakes up with a grumbling tummy, I had to ponder how and why this was happening. Day after day after day. My co-workers and patients appreciate my soul-searching, too. Hungry me = mean me!

I came to the conclusion that my breakfast options were boring and so breakfast no longer interested me. I took a few moments to peruse my plethora of “to try” recipes and found this one. Glad I did!

Pancake Truffles slightly adapted from Healthy Tipping Point

1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1/3 cup whole wheat pancake mix (I used an omega-3 mix)
1 egg white
1/4 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup almond milk (I used skim)
4 1/2 inches of banana (cut into three 1.5 inch pieces)
1/4 cup whole pecans, crushed
3 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or tin foil. Place crushed pecans in a small bowl.

Combine first five ingredients in small bowl. Separate mix into three piles. Take one segment of banana and coat in the pancake mix. Form ball around the banana segment, and then roll in the crushed pecans. Place on the cookie sheet. Repeat with other banana segments. Bake for 15 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup and sever immediately. Serves 1.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 599 calories; 24 g. fat; 1 mg. cholesterol; 492 mg. sodium; 86 g. carbohydrate; 15 g. fiber; 17 g. sugar; 19 g. protein

Result: These were excellent! And they sound more difficult than they are — I was able to whip these together in 5-6 minutes after a morning workout and I baked them while I showered. I gobbled them down while my hair dried and it was perfect! You could also make these the evening before or even whip up a few batches for the busy work week and simply store them in the fridge until ready to bake. They are higher in carbohydrate than I usually go for, especially for the morning, but following a workout, I think they are perfectly appropriate. The high fiber (15 grams!) content also makes the glycemic load less on the body, which is all the better. If you want to reduce the calories some, reduce the amount of pecans as they account for nearly 1/3rd of the calories. While I think they add a lot of taste, texture, and nutrition to the truffles, you could get by with less. Enjoy!

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And in honor of it being the last day of 2010 (crazy!), I should take a moment to review how my 2010 resolutions turned out.

2010 New Year’s Resolution Results

  • fit in exercise AT LEAST 4 days a week, every week — Almost a check. There were TWO weeks in 2010 I only worked out 3 days. So close! I still consider this a great accomplishment and I want to continue to work towards this always and forever! I really do love exercise and for that I am VERY grateful!
  • continue trying new, healthy recipes (one recipe a week!) — Check, check, check!
  • run a half marathon — Barely, but check. I finished. It wasn’t pretty, but it got done. Very humbling.
  • obtain a weight that I feel energized at — Errr no. I am the exact same weight as the start of 2010. I guess that’s not a BAD thing, but this is my focus in 2011.
  • continue blogging about nutrition — Hi! I’m here! Check!
  • earn 500 hours towards the CDE credential — Check. This is no longer surging ahead at the speed I was going in my last job, but I am still completing diabetic education and I still love it just as much as I did in 2009! 😀

    In 2011 my new year’s resolution is simply to obtain a weight I feel energized at. I would love to lose my “PCOS weight” and get back down to my “happy weight”. Here goes nothing! 😉

    Question: What’s been your favorite breakfast lately? Is it heaviest in carbohydrate, protein, or fat? And, what are YOUR new year’s resolutions?

    Happy 2011 to all of my lovely readers! Thank you for your loyal readership, it means so much to me! It’s hard to believe I started this blog in June of 2009!!! Time flies when you’re having fun! Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway coming up here shortly!! 😉

    Have a safe and WONDERFUL New Year’s celebration!! I hope I am the only one stuck at work today! 🙁

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    21 Comments

    1. December 31, 2010 / 5:31 am

      Happy New Year!

      I’m new year’s resolutions are to find my happy weight again, and find the right diet to manage my IBS (it’s been a nightmare, all year).

      Here’s to 2011 being a good one! 🙂 x

    2. December 31, 2010 / 6:11 am

      Breakfast is by far the best meal of the day! Especially on the weekends when you really have time to work on it. I’m very impressed with your new years resolutions, these have inspired me to make some more ambitious ones for 2011. Where did you run your half marathon? I worked at the Birmingham half marathon and that made me want to give it a go. Happy new year. Joshua

    3. brannyboilsover
      December 31, 2010 / 7:28 am

      I’ve been having trouble with resolutions lately. For about 5 years straight I ate oatmeal every single morning for breakfast (I even traveled with oats) but lately the thought of it turns my stomach. Sad!

      • December 31, 2010 / 7:41 am

        Try bran flakes fresh banana and natural yogurt. That’s what I eat when I’m feeling healthy. Only takes a second to make so I can even manage when I’m in a rush.

    4. December 31, 2010 / 9:20 am

      I have been meaning to try those truffles (they look so fancy!), but I am more of a savory person than sweet, and always opp for eggs and toast over anything sweet… but maybe I’ll try ’em in 2011!

    5. innasinventions
      December 31, 2010 / 9:22 am

      What a neat idea! Great recipe!

    6. December 31, 2010 / 9:36 am

      I always always always eat breakfast–I become a crabby witch if I don’t! I make sure to have some sort of carbs (cereal/toast) and protein (eggs).

    7. December 31, 2010 / 9:40 am

      I think you did great with your 2010 resolutions! 🙂

      The breakfast truffles look and sound wonderful! I’m quite boring when it comes to breakfast: It’s usually oatmeal with Greek yogurt and walnuts.

      Wishing you a happy & healthy 2011!!!

    8. December 31, 2010 / 9:55 am

      Congrats on achieving MOST of your 2009 goals!! I came pretty close myself, and I was very happy with how far I came. I made effort, that counts for something 🙂

      My go-to breakfast if I don’t have time is always a glass of milk and a MOJO bar, but hey, these pancake truffles look pretty darn delicious! How do you get the writing on your pictures?? I love that!

    9. December 31, 2010 / 10:05 am

      I am SOOO glad I found your blog this year. I love it, and will be back regularly in 2011. Smoothies and oatmeal are my go to breakfast, but I think I may have to try the recipe above. YUM!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!!

    10. December 31, 2010 / 11:30 am

      I’ve been dying to try those pancake truffles!! They look so good!

      Happy New Year, Nicole!!

    11. December 31, 2010 / 11:55 am

      oh that truffle looks incredible!! Happy Happy New Year nicole!

    12. December 31, 2010 / 1:50 pm

      HAPPY NEW YEAR GIRL!!!!!! that breakfast looks AMAZING!!!!

    13. December 31, 2010 / 2:02 pm

      I could not imagine my life without breakfast – love it!!! It is always a combo of whole grain carbs, fruits, protein & healthy fat.
      Looks like you did great with your resolutions! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2011! XO

    14. December 31, 2010 / 3:10 pm

      Happy happy New Year to you Nicole! Hope you guys have a great weekend and look forward to your recipes in 2011! 😀

      From, your favorite diabetic, Biz! 😀

    15. January 1, 2011 / 8:38 am

      Great job on your accomplishments over 2010. I would consider the work out goal a success because I had the same one and I was sick one week and could not workout. I don’t consider that a failure, I consider that the unexpected and leave it at that. We can’t be perfect all the time, so I go for making sure I do it more often than not. Also, I gave myself wiggle room and called it physical activity, and any kind, so when I was on vacation, I considered hiking as my “gym” time and considered walking for 6-8 hours a day as a form of exercise too. I didn’t always have a gym while on vacation, so for me, the goal is just to stay active. Good job too on getting in your hours towards your CDE.

      Your breakfast truffles look great. I love the creativity with these. Good work.

      Happy New Year!

    16. January 1, 2011 / 8:55 am

      Congrats on your accomplishments with your resolutions from last year! I have complete confidence that you’ll be able to reach your goal for this year. Woot woot woot! <– that's me doing cheerleader moves … badly 🙂

      Your pancake truffles – oh, my. I go through phases with breakfast: now I'm on a toast and nut butter kick, mostly because it's portable as I run out the door!

      Happy New Year, Nicole!

    17. January 2, 2011 / 12:40 am

      Intriguing! This is one I have to try. Looks healthier than regular pancakes for sure!
      Breakfast is a hard one for me too… Im so not a morning person! Anyway happy new year and congrats on completing your goals for ’10! The number on the scale isnt as important as other things 😉

    18. January 2, 2011 / 9:47 am

      Every time I see those truffles, I drool. They look so delicious!
      I am mean when I’m hungry, too. 😉 My favorite breakfast lately, after about 2 years of the same banana oatmeal/almond butter combo, has been plain greek yogurt, some Kashi Cereal, a banana, and peanut butter. Yummmm!

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