Real California Breakfast Bowl

In only 5 minutes you can build a breakfast bowl packed with protein, anitioxidants, and a whole grain!

Build a better breakfast bowl in 5 minutes with Real California Dairy. In only 5 minutes you can build a delicious breakfast bowl packed with protein, whole grains and antioxidants!Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a Recipe Redux contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Have you noticed, people are changing the way they eat? We’re eating simplier. We’re eating less processed foods. We’re cutting back on sugar and adding in more fruits and vegetables. We’re experimenting with  a myriad of whole grains, from quinoa to  sorghum. But  one thing hasn’t changed: the foodie in all of us is not willing to compromise taste! Make no mistake, allowing taste to rule  is a good thing!  Satisfaction can be, and should be,  a goal for healthy eating. (We tend to eat less when we’re satisified.)

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Today, Real California Cottage Cheese is at the heart of my  wholesome breakfast bowl. In only 5 minutes you can build a delicious breakfast bowl packed with protein, whole grains and antioxidants!Prepping it, is as simple as combining these  five ingredients (and fresh mint to make it pop) ..Ingredients for Real California breakfast Bowl: make it in 5 minutes. ..into  cereal bowls side by side.    Then spoon  into the  layers and savor the texture and terrific taste and of eating real food, real simple. One single bowl has  only 320 calories and is filled to the brim with  benefits including:  a source of healthy fats and  whole grains, protein rich (18 grams per serving), high in  fiber (6 grams) and a source of both calcium and iron. It’s as delicious, as it is eye appealing. Join me in enjoying the taste of eating right,  build yourself a Real California Breakfast Bowl!CottageCheese B-fast Bowl; In only 5 minutes you can build a delicious breakfast bowl packed with protein, whole grains and antioxidants!

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Real California Breakfast Bowl

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 cup 1 % milkfat lowfat Real California Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pecan pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • fresh mint, optional garnish


for the oatmeal

Combine water, oats and salt in a 2 cup microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Mix well. Set aside.

to assemble breakfast bowl

1. Place frozen wild blueberries in a microwave safe bowl. Use defrost setting for 1 minute or until thawed.

2. Arrange prepared oatmeal, cottage cheese, blueberries and pecans side by side in two cereal bowls. Drizzle each bowl with maple syrup. Garnish with fresh mint.

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The Smart Way to Eat Granola + Mango Curry Granola

Mango Curry GranolaI love granola. But after all these years,  (granola was orginally introduced in the late 1800’s), many of us have been doing it all wrong. We’ve been eating this delicious, high fiber combination, the way it was marketed to us: filling cereal bowls to the brim  or snacking on it right out of the box or jar. Sound familiar?

What’s wrong with filling your cereal bowl with granola? It’s so nutrient dense (yes, I do mean high in calories!) and if you follow the recommended portion of  1/4 cup,  your bowl of cereal is teeny tiny. Here’s the solution: mix it with other, less nutrient dense cereals or use it as a topping for oatmeal (love it this way).

What’s wrong with snacking on granola out of the box or jar? It’s documented that we eat more food when eating out of large containers, than we do when eating out of smaller ones.  If you love to snack on granola, make sure to portion it  into smaller containers for eating (2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup portions are reasonable for most individuals).

Here’s the third, smart way to eat granola: Get creative with granola and us it as an ingredient in other foods. This easily and consitently  keeps the granola portion size in check.  I love   sweet and savory granola as a topping for vegetables;  raisin and sunflower seed granola as a coating for frozen bananas;  and fennel seed and pine nut granola paired with goat cheese. Once you try granola as an ingredient, you’ll find more uses for granola beyond breakfast and understand why this concept is so popular.

Today’s I made a granola that’s different then any of the ones I have made before  including my dark chocolate granola with za’tar and spooky apple pie granola.  This granola has some heat and is a flavor bomb, making it  the ideal granola for a cooking ingredient.  Stay tuned, you don’t want to miss my recipes using this salty and sour granola as a  substitue for panko on fish, a topping for a  springtime salad, and in a  recovery snack.

Mango Curry GranolaMango Curry GranolaHow do you use granola as an ingredient in other foods?

Mango Curry Granola

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (GF: look for gluten free label)
  • 2 tablespoons quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground curry
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried mango


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. Place ingredients oats through red pepper flakes in a small bowl and stir to combine.

3. Pour onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minute or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.

4. Allow to cool. Add lime zest and dried mango. Store in an air tight container.

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