Written by Daniel Puma

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day is also the hardest meal of the day for us all to find the time to eat, much less eat something healthy. Many people value sleep over breakfast, so we tend to leave ourselves just enough time to get ready and out the door for work, sacrificing a healthy, hearty meal to start the day.

A portable breakfast made from real ingredients can go a long way to setting up the day for success. Here are a few recipes designed to get you out of the door with a delicious breakfast, and not ruin your work clothes. Many of these recipes are designed to be made ahead of time and used as a heat-and-go option throughout the week.


Mini Quiches

Skip the crumbly carb-laden crust and opt for this option. The quiche mixture is baked in muffin tins to create a no-mess advantage for eating breakfast on the run. Additionally, these mini quiches are easy to customize with your own favorite flavors and ingredients.


Corned Beef Hash Egg Cups

A personal breakfast favorite, corned beef hash has been a diner and brunch mainstay for years. The classic breakfast gets a makeover in design with this recipe. The hash is pressed into the cups of a muffin tin, creating a vessel to contain the egg. The end result is familiar flavors in a portable package.


Avocado Toast w/ Eggs

A healthy breakfast is the foundation for many productive days. This breakfast has it all; whole grain bread to fill you up, eggs for protein and nutrient-dense avocado. The eggs can be made in advance to make morning assembly a breeze.


Breakfast Burritos

These make-ahead burritos are perfect for freezing and heating whenever needed. The combination of hearty ingredients wrapped up in an easy to eat tortilla makes this burrito recipe is an ideal option for on-the-go eating.


Breakfast Empanada

Many countries have their version of a hand pie. In many Spanish and Latin American countries, the empanada reigns supreme. This pocket pastry can be filled with just about anything you desire, so why not breakfast.

In todays world it’s important to teach children the importance of living a healthy life style. It may sound like a tough task, but it can be made easier by getting them involved in the kitchen at a young age. Check out these 6 fun and healthy ideas to get your children interested in the kitchen!


1. bugs on a log

Who’s afraid of a little bug? This is a delicious (and easy) treat the kids will love. Simply wash and thoroughly dry a celery stick. Spread or pipe peanut butter or a peanut butter alternative into the natural curve of the stalk. Top with raisins, coconut, nuts, cereal or dried cherries.



2. fruit kabobs

Kids love to help out in the kitchen. Buy some wooden skewers or craft sticks and some of their favorite fruit. After cutting up the fruit, sit the kids down and let them make their own kabob creations. A side of flavored yogurt will add some special zing!



3. fruit freeze

Instead of the usual popsicles, try a homemade and healthier version. All you need are some small paper cups and wooden craft sticks. Choose your favorite yogurt or natural juice, fill the cups and freeze for a refreshing treat.



4. smoothies + veggie juice

Fruit smoothies are all the rage for children and adults Try making one with your favorite fruit and either milk or yogurt. Don’t turn your nose up at vegetable juiceÉ add apples to carrot juice and you’ll never look back. Yum!



5. food as art

Let your children discover their taste buds along with their artistic talent. A great culinary masterpiece can begin with bagels and low-fat cream cheese. Set out some healthy toppings, like dried or fresh-cut fruit and veggies, and encourage their creativity.



6. mama mia

Every kid loves pizza. Try making a nutritious version at home using whole wheat pizza dough and low-fat cheese. Allow the kids to select the fruits and veggies to use as toppings. Let the kids help you put it together for all to enjoy. There’s no limit to the combinations!



Looking for that extra something to put your fall dish over the top this year? Cooking with fresh pumpkin will incorporate a natural source of nutrients and can even be used as a replacement for butter or oils in your cooking to help offset all the Halloween candy. Here are a few quick tips on getting fresh pumpkin into your kitchen.

Make sure to buy sugar pumpkins, not field pumpkins. They are too large and stringy to cook with.


A rule of thumb, a 4 pound pumpkin will yield about 1 ½ cups of mashed pumpkin, which is about 1 can.


Bake it! Cut the pumpkin in half, discard the stringy middle,  place on a foiled baking sheet into a 375° F oven for about 1 ½ hours or until tender. Now you can scoop out the pumpkin and puree or mash it.


Boil it! Peel the pumpkin, cut it into chunks to cook faster and place in boiling water until they are soft enough to mash.


You can even microwave it! Place half of the pumpkin in the microwave, making sure to rotate it evenly. Microwave it for about 7 minutes per pound of pumpkin.


Pumpkin puree will last about three days in the refrigerator or up to 6 months frozen so you can enjoy the flavor all season long! And as a bonus tip to all of this pumpkin greatness, save the seeds! Most people throw them away when carving, but those tiny seeds pack a protein punch and are great for a snack.

Toss them with oil and your favorite seasonings for a quick snack or a healthy treat that is certainly no trick!




Written By: Tom Platten

Are you the kind of person who loves a tasty meal, but dreads the cooking part? Me too! Luckily for us there are other people who have come up with a solution to this problem. MUG MEALS! Yes, mugs are typically used for coffee and tea, but they can also be used to create amazing 1 serving meals. Check out these 7 delicious mug meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Eating alone never tasted so good!


1. Omelette in a Mug

This recipe is amazing! Mix your favorite veggies and egg in a mug and in two minutes you have a nutritious tasty breakfast meal. Great for when you’re running late for work and need to eat!



2. Mac N Cheese in a Mug

Tired of making an entire box of macaroni only to have half of it go bad in the refrigerator? Make it in a mug! In less than five minutes, you’ll have a cheesy cup of macaroni and no leftovers to worry about.



3. Lasagna in a Mug

This recipe is one of my favorite mug recipes. Throw all the ingredients in a mug and place in the microwave. Just thinking about the mix of veggies, sauces and cheeses has me salivating.



4. Pizza in a Mug

This single serving pizza in a mug recipe can be whipped up in just under 5 minutes. It’s perfect for lunch in the office, a mid-day snack, kids birthday parties or as a dorm room meal. Try pizza this way just once and you’ll be hooked!



5. Nachos in a Mug

This nacho in a mug recipe is a must have this football season. It’s small enough so you don’t have to worry about the clean up, and big enough to tackle even the biggest of cravings!



6. French Toast in a Mug

Breakfast in the morning can sometimes be tricky. Between packing lunches for the kids and making sure you have everything you need to start your day, remembering to eat breakfast can be hard. With this recipe you’ll have a delicious breakfast in just six short minutes!



7. Cheese and Broccoli Egg Whites Mug

Looking for a quick breakfast that packs a little more protein? Try this cheese and broccoli egg whites mug. This cup packs enough punch to get you through the longest of mornings!


Written By: Tom Platten

Fall is right around the corner and with it comes many events and activities. Whether you’re going to a fall festival or out trick or treating there is one thing that always seems to be around. Pumpkins! Pumpkins are typically used as fall decorations or spooky jack-o’-lanterns, but this vegetable is way more than that! Did you know that pumpkins are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins? It’s true! These fall favorites can be used in a wide variety tasty treats. Check out our 8 favorite recipes that use pumpkins!


1. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie


Yes, pumpkin pie is a fall classic and that’s why I couldn’t leave it off this list. Recipe


2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


If you love chocolate chip cookies you HAVE to try these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Soft, chewy and just the right amount of chocolate! Recipe


3. Pumpkin Soup


This creamy pumpkin soup makes a great first course for any fall get together. Recipe


4. Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

This fall classic melts in your mouth and leaves you longing for another bite! Recipe


5. Black Walnut Pumpkin Bread


The great thing about pumpkin bread is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the day. After dinner? Sure. Mid day snack? No problem. In the morning with a cup of coffee? You better believe it! Recipe


6. Pumpkin Parfaits


You don’t have to be a great baker to make this delicious dessert! Recipe


7. Pumpkin Rolls


This is one of my all-time favorites! The vanilla cream cheese center will have you mesmerized and coming back for seconds! Recipe


8. Pumpkin Ice Cream


You’re probably thinking “pumpkin ice cream? I don’t know about that”. But trust me, this recipe will have you whipping up a second batch in no time! Recipe


With its juice, sweetness and tang, fruit is a great source of essential vitamins. But what do you do when you’re sick of plain fruit and still in need of a healthy snack? Here are five fun ways to mix up your fruit and keep the boredom at bay!


1. Add chili powder and lime juice. Sounds a little strange, right?

This Mexican method of spicing up fruit brings out tons of flavor and works best with fruits like mango and pineapple.



2. Sprinkle with salt

This tip is also a little alarming at first, since fruit is sweet – but salt can actually bring out the flavor of fruit and create a nice accent. Try this with sweet fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe.



3. Freeze

To really beat the heat, slice fruit into bite-sized pieces and spread on a tray. Pop the tray in the freezer overnight and enjoy nature’s popsicles the next day!



4. Dip in sauce

For a quick-dipping sauce that’s also high in protein, mix plain Greek yogurt with a dash of honey or agave.



5. Mix with quinoa

Head over to the pasta aisle of Schnucks to find quinoa, a grain that’s also high in protein. Cook quinoa on the stove with 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa, then fluff with a fork and mix with chopped fruit. Drizzle your fruit mix with honey for extra sweetness!