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As we come to the end of the year and approach a new, we tend to look at our past year and how our choices turned out for us. The promise of a New Year inspires us to do better and make better decisions, right? So let’s make better career choices, work on better relationships, form better habits, and of course, take better care of ourselves. Quaker® has asked me to share how to improve your day with a better-for-you recipe. So let’s start living a better lifestyle and indulge in food that’s better for you. I’m not saying you should forget about all your favorite cupcakes, bacon, BBQ, chocolates and what not. I’m just saying it doesn’t hurt to eat more of better-for-you treats and limit the not so good. So below, I’m sharing a better for you, Take and Go Cereal Fruit Mix that you can prepare the night before and eat the morning after. You can even take this to work as a meal replacement, or as a snack to bring with you on the road.
Better for You Take and Go Cereal Fruit Mix Recipe
- 3/4 cup of your favorite Quaker® Cereals, I suggest mixing different varieties
- 1/4 cup mango chunks (or your favorite fruit, frozen okay)
- 1/4 cup raspberries (frozen okay)
- 1/2 banana cut into slices
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup yogurt
For this recipe, I used 2 varieties:
But you can also choose from:
- Quaker® Life Original
- Quaker® Life Cinnamon
- Quaker® Real Medleys® Peach Apple Walnut
- Quaker® Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut
- Quaker® Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon
- Quaker® Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar
- Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
- Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds
You can find these Quaker® Cereals at Walmart. It’s also where I got the rest of the ingredients I used in this recipe, including the jars I used for my snack.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of your first cereal variety in the jar. I’d like to start with the square shaped ones in the bottom because when the yogurt seeps in, they make a great base with a texture that kind of resembles a cheesecake base or pie.
- Pour about 1/8-1/2 cup of yogurt. I use the plain one because the fruits and cereals will give it enough flavor already.
- Pour your first fruit. Here, I poured my sliced bananas.
- Next, pour in another 1/4 cup of your second cereal variety.
- Follow with another fruit. I used frozen raspberries. Since I’m making this ahead of time, I don’t have to thaw it. It will thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- Top the fruit with the rest of the yogurt.
- Pour in the mango chunks or other fruits you like such as blueberries, blackberries or strawberries to name a few.
- To finish off the mix, I topped everything with the Quaker® Real Medleys® Cherry Almond Pecan. It makes it more fancy because of the color in the cherry and the texture of the almonds and pecans.
- Close your jar and refrigerate. While you can eat it right away, it’s nice to let the yogurt seep into the cereals and let the fruits and cereals give your yogurt flavor.
So, when you wake up in the morning, just take that jar with you to work – even if it’s just a few steps away from your bed! I work at home. So sometimes, I would take my laptop with me to the dining table and start checking my emails with breakfast. This is especially perfect when I pull out an all-nighter and wake up late. It becomes a complete brunch that has dairy, grains, fruits and protein from the nuts!
Hope you try out this quick and easy, Better-for-you Take and Go Cereal Fruit Mix recipe. And if you do, let me know how it goes and what other fruits and nuts you added to your mix.