Sautéed Banana topped French Toast, Eggs & Sausage

French toast is one of my favorite breakfast dishes, but it’s also a breakfast dish I don’t have very often. Typically I make it when I’m craving it … and one night I decided to make French toast for dinner for my boyfriend and I. I of course, make my French toast using lighter ingredients (light bread and egg substitute).  It comes out perfectly, is delicious and is filling.
I placed a little more than 1/3 cup of egg substitute in a bowl, added in 2 tablespoons of skim milk, a dash of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Beat it together, then dipped three slices of light bread and cooked it up in a nonstick skillet.  Since I had a banana that was well past ripe, I decided to make myself a quick sautéed banana cooked in a non-stick skillet with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Once done I layered that over my French toast.
The remaining egg mixture (I used ½ cup total) I decided to make myself a little scrambled eggs and served the dish alongside 3 turkey sausage links.
It was a delicious meal which was only 7 points plus. Quite a bang for my buck!

Banana Oatmeal

This is undoubtedly my favorite breakfast at the moment: Banana Oatmeal which is cooked in 2 ½ minutes in the microwave. It’s delicious, it’s plentiful and it truly keeps me satisfied all morning. I enjoy oatmeal, but before this, I truthfully never ate it very often. I include oatmeal in baked goods and I love it in overnight oats, but when it comes to eating oatmeal for breakfast, I would typically reach for a pack of instant oatmeal. Instant oatmeal is quick and easy, but I’ve found it’s usually not filling enough for me and it is a points plus “hog”.

A friend of mine and a fellow Instagrammer posted her favorite way to have oatmeal. I noticed the post, was intrigued and decided to give it a try one day. One morning when it started to snow, I decided the breakfast I planned for the day before wasn’t going to cut it. I wanted something warm and homey … so I gave the oatmeal a shot and have been obsessed/hooked since. It is filling, it’s thick, it’s reminiscent of banana bread, and it’s without doubt one of the easiest things to throw together. I truly crave this oatmeal … and that fact alone is astounding.
The greatest part? Its super low in points plus values! If mixing it with skim milk, it’s 3 points plus, if you mix it with unsweetened almond milk it’s only 2 points plus values. It’s low in point yet highly satisfying and delicious.
  • 1/3 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (I use vanilla)
  • Banana, sliced
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Artificial sweetener packet (optional)
Slice a banana into a bowl, top it with oatmeal, cinnamon and almond milk. Microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds. Stir, and then place back into the microwave and heat for an additional 1 minute 15 seconds.
Top with your favorite fruit and enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Chex

Chex have been on the market for the longest time, but I never truly purchased the cereal to eat until I noticed and purchased the Chex Vanilla. That cereal has since become a favorite but after finishing the box I decided to branch out and perhaps try a few different flavors. The flavor I opted to give a go was the Apple Cinnamon Chex.
According to the box, the cereal is sprinkled with real apple and cinnamon and for those who have a gluten intolerance the cereal is gluten free. You can definitely taste the apple cinnamon flavoring … which really reminds me of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal. Weird comparison, but it’s truly what it reminded me of after the first bite.  If you generally enjoy an apple cinnamon flavor, you’d more than likely enjoy this. It’s not a bad cereal, it’s flavored well, but it’s not one of my favorites. That is perhaps due to my comparison to the deliciousness that is Vanilla Chex.
A serving is ¾ cup which is 130 calories or 3 points plus values.

Trader Joe’s Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal

When I was on my autumn filled pumpkin kick, I picked up a box of the Trader Joe’s Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal solely because 1) it was pumpkin and 2) it was a unique blend and one I had never seen before.  I’m pretty sure this is still available at Trader Joe’s locations until they’re sold out for the season.
I was in an oatmeal mood so I decided on giving this a go. I followed the package instructions – which include using 2/3 cups water along with the oatmeal, then into the microwave it goes.   After I let it cool for a couple minutes, I found the oatmeal thickened up a bit more than it was straight out of the microwave. Flavor wise it definitely smells more pumpkiny than it tastes. It tastes like classic mildly sweetened oatmeal that has a smooth, not overwhelming brown sugar flavor to it. There are pecan bits and chunks throughout the oatmeal, which give the oatmeal a classic nutty flavor.  The pecan bits definitely bump the oatmeal up a few notches. I found the oatmeal was definitely satisfying, far more than an instant Quaker Oat.
A serving, 1 packet, is 180 calories or 5 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the pecan pumpkin oatmeal from Trader Joe’s?

Scrambled Egg w/ Peppers and Onions, Hash Brown & Bacon Breakfast Wrap

Back in the day, I used to occasionally order a McDonald’s Sausage Burrito before heading into work.  It was 300 calories worth of egg, sausage, peppers and cheese on a white tortilla. Now that’s the calories for 1 sandwich (which is awfully small might I add). So because of its size I would typically order 2, plus a side of hash browns. The sandwiches were “filling” in the moment, but 2 or so hours later I felt hungry again.
These days I create healthier alternatives to breakfast items at home (which I have also been known to eat as a lunch). The sandwiches can be eaten when prepared and/or even brought out with me on the go.  The greatest part is they’re filling, healthier and I know exactly what’s in it.
These wraps are made on Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas. The filling is made with ½ cup fat free egg substitute (Egg Beaters) tossed with diced onion and green pepper, 2/3 cup Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes, and 1 ½ slices of bacon.  Topped off with sriracha for an added bit of spice/flavor.
The entire meal (both tortillas) are only 7 points plus. Not bad for a filling and delicious meal!

Yoplait Greek 100 Calories Blended Strawberry Cheesecake Bliss Yogurt

While popping into Target the other day I noticed they carried a few “Target exclusive” flavors from Yoplait.  I was all excited when I saw the Yoplait Greek 100 Calories Blended Strawberry Cheesecake Bliss Yogurt so I snatched up two containers.  I do want to note this isn’t exactly an “only at Target” flavor because I spotted and repurchased these at Wal-Mart a few days later!
The yogurt itself is your classic Yoplait Greek yogurt. It’s moderately thick, sweetened and a pretty tasty snack/meal.  Taste wise … it tastes just like a strawberry cheesecake, minus the crust. It’s creamy, it’s sweet and it’s just perfect. I’ve enjoyed it on its own, while I’ve also paired it with some fresh cut up strawberries.
Each yogurt is 100 calories or 2 points plus values!
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the new Yoplait Greek launches?

Johnsonville Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese

I like to jazz up my breakfast with some sort of protein – and I admit the usual turkey sausage or bacon can get redundant after a while. So while shopping, I decided to pick up a package of Johnsonville Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese to try out … and I am glad I did!
The sausages are fully cooked and only require being heated through before eating. Taste wise they truly remind me of turkey kielbasa that has cheddar cheese infused in it.  I enjoy them most with some scrambled eggbeaters and toast. The sausage brings fourth enough flavoring that it really revamps my breakfast plate — slightly smoky, cheesy and just delicious.   These would be great on the grill … so I’m looking forward to the spring/summer months when I can take out the grill and put one of these on a bun and call it a day. One great thing about Johnsonville products is they are typically easily accessible. My local Wal-Mart and Target both carry the line.
A serving, 1 link, is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of Johnsonville’s products?

Sandwich Bros. Turkey Sausage & Cheese

A number of month’s back I noticed these little frozen sandwiches that popped up on my local grocery stores freezer shelves. There are occasions where I enjoy convenience foods either as a meal or for a quick snack.  After trying the Angus Burgers and Gyro’s I was in the breakfast mood during my last trip through the store and opted to pick up the Sandwich Bros. Turkey Sausage & Cheese.
As with all the Sandwich Bros. line the sandwiches come in small moderately thick pita bread. The sandwiches are cut in half, with the top of the pita bread having space to add condiments (if you wish) to your sandwich. Taste wise I find these to be perfect – the cheese is your average yellow American cheese, while the turkey sausage is reminiscent of a pork sausage patty. The sandwiches themselves come individually wrapped and after a 40-45 second trip in the microwave (wrapped in a napkin) your sandwich is piping hot and ready to eat. They’re a perfect size for a snack, but they’re also a great addition to a meal alongside some fresh fruit or even a Greek yogurt.
A serving, 1 sandwich, is 140 calories or 4 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Sandwich Bros. products?

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Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry English Muffins

After trying out the Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry Bagels I decided to give the Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry English Muffins a try.  I admit bagels are more of my “thing” over English muffins, but I do enjoy a good English muffin now and again.
Thomas’ comes out with limited edition products based on the season. As we know with winter/Christmas … cranberry is all the rage. The one major difference I noticed is the cranberry bagels have a slight sweetness in taste and smell to them (they smell along the line of a blueberry bagel).  Whereas the cranberry English are along the tarter side of the equation and have a rather distinct cranberry scent to them. Texture wise they are your classic English muffin, which has a flakey soft inside, which thanks to the cranberries is slightly moist.  They toast up perfectly and are tasty with a bit of spray butter or even cinnamon butter on them.
A serving, 1 muffin, is 150 calories or 4 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Thomas’ Limited Edition products?

Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Bowl Southwest Style

While doing some grocery shopping at Target, I spotted a new item – the Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Bowl Southwest Style.  I’ve tried some Jimmy Dean Delights in the past and have found them to be a decent breakfast item to grab while on the go, or do heat up when in a pinch.  Since I’ve been on an egg kick as of late, I decided to give this a try because it looked good.
I can say, I am glad I did because this is delicious!  It’s packed with flavors, protein and veggies and just a great breakfast experience. It has egg whites, chicken chorizo sausage, onions, peppers, cheese, black beans and potatoes in it.  The black beans are definitely a fabulous addition to this dish and it helps give it a different texture in the mix. It’s not spicy, it’s flavorful and really just a great mix of all ingredients. I found it to be perfect with a side of toast or even a tortilla.
A bowl is 250 calories or 6 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Bowls?