March is not only known for its break from the cold of winter, but also for the much-celebrated Nutrition Month amongst families and foodies alike.
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This year for Nutrition Month, Rogers Foods wants to focus on what it means to put your best foot forward with breakfast. Busy schedules and a variety of taste buds, mean this first meal is sometimes substituted for a quick, ready-to-eat breakfast bar, bowl of sugary cereal, or sometimes nothing at all. Breakfast does not have to mean standing over the stove or cutting board for 15 minutes; it can be as simple as throwing 4 ingredients in a crock-pot or microwaving a nutritious meal made ahead of time.
Here are several easy-to-follow meals to make sure you start your day on the right foot:

  • Slow cooker: Combine the night before: 1/3 cup Rogers Oat Blend and 1 cup water per person. Top with a) sliced apples, walnuts and cinnamon or b) unsweetened shredded coconut and blueberries. You will have a warm meal ready when you wake up! Top with a drizzle of honey or dash of maple syrup to satisfy the sweet tooth.
  • Steel Cut Oats: Love the full feeling these oats give you but don’t have time to wait 20 minutes for them to cook in the morning? Combine 1/3 cup Rogers steel-cut oat blend and 1 cup water the night before in a pot. This simple trick will cut the cooking time in half.
  • Morning Muffins: There are so many great muffin recipes out there, check out Rogers “Back to the Basic Bran Muffins”, and make a batch to freeze. Pull a muffin out in the morning and after a quick zap in the microwave, you will have a “basically fresh” muffin for your morning meal. You could even put some peanut butter on it to up the protein, or some jam to satisfy the sweet tooth. Or both!
  • Pre-cut your vegetables: In a hurry but crave a savory breakfast? Pre-cut your vegetables for an omelette or scramble on the weekend or the night before. All you have to do in the morning is beat the eggs and add the vegetables to the pan. Viola!
  • Smoothies: To get the full benefit from a morning smoothie, make your own! Combine in a blender: ½ banana, handful of your favorite berries, 1 cup yogurt or milk and ¼ cup pre-cooked and cooled Rogers Oat Blend (any variety). The oatmeal will be blended into the smoothie and still offer the great nutty taste of Rogers Oats and give your smoothie more “staying” power in your stomach!

As we near the end of 2014’s Nutrition Month, try to incorporate the family in this year’s “Simply Cook and Enjoy” motto! Check out Rogers Foods recipe section to get inspired and remember to let us know on Facebook or in the comments section how you plan to celebrate Nutrition Month this year.
Bon Appetit!
– Rogers Dietitians

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