Food and health are always a major concern for new mommies. And if you’re the working kind, even if you work from home, you barely get the time to care for your health. Though there are foods that are easy to make, easy to eat and super healthy, and cereals and granola are among them.
Here are some recipes that you could try immediately for a change in your diet or maybe a start to a healthy diet.
1. Apple Granola
Ingredients1 and 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter - melted
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup chopped apple
Combine oats, sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix this thoroughly and then add the butter and maple syrup.
Combine the water and vanilla in a separate bowl. Pour this liquid into the oats mixture and give it a mix.
Put in the chopped apples and give it a final mix. Spread the granola out evenly on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees F, stirring every 20 minutes. About 70 minutes of total cooking time should do. Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool. Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
2. Almond Raisin Granola
- 3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
- 6 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons HOT water
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Vegetable or canola cooking spray
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Spray oil on a baking sheet or brush on the oil.
Toss oats with the almonds, coconut and sesame seeds in a large bowl.
In another bowl, mix the syrup, brown sugar, oil, cinnamon and salt with water.
Pour this mixture over the oats mixture and combine.
Spread this mixture evenly over the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes (until evenly browned). Stir occasionally.
Remove from oven and allow it to cool. Mix in the raisins.
3. Cooked Rice Cereal
- 1 and 1/2 cups white rice - uncooked
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Prepare the rice according to the directions on the package.
Combine the warm cooked rice, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir and serve. That's all there is to it.
For different flavours, try adding a small handful of raisins or other favourite dried fruits. This easy cereal is almost like cheer and is sure to be your favourite!
4. Chocolate Granola
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the oats, flour and salt in a bowl.
In a small pan, melt the butter and add brown sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well. Turn off the heat and add the honey.
Pour this warm mixture over the oats and mix it all well until the mixture is moist. Spread the mixture on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes and stir every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow it to cool.
5. Fruit And Rice Cereal
- 1 cup quick-cooking brown rice
- 2/4 cup low-fat milk (soy milk works)
- 1/3 cup mixed dried fruit bits (raisins work okay)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- A dash of ground nutmeg
Boil about 1 and 1/2 cups of water and salt in a saucepan. Add the rice and dried fruits to this.
Cover and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until the rice is tender. Stir in milk and nutmeg.
Serve with brown sugar.