Bringing Healthy Back…

The days are long and gray. I’m tired.winter, new england, snow, storm, winter storm, white, gray, maine, happy, cold, comfort food

As I struggle to find sunshine and energy during our winter snow fest here in New England, I decided that perhaps starting my day on a healthier note is essential. Sounds like common sense to most people, but being a creature of morning routine, I usually wake up, make my way to the coffee pot, hook up my IV and kick-start my day with a jolt of caffeine on an empty stomach. Food usually doesn’t debut until 10:30. Which in and of itself is totally unhealthy.

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Not my home coffee but my coffee fav, Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, ME. They make a beautiful latte!

Now I will say, I do eat well overall. At least I try to for the most part. But I have always struggled with breakfast and I’m starting to realize that my kids are noticing which is why I know I must change my ways.

So, not being a breakfast person I knew I had to start small. I also knew I had 3 big limitations to work around:

  • No gluten, sugar or dairy. We recently cut these out of our diets. Surprisingly, this limitation actually made my options easier because I had less to choose from.
  • No time. It’s the morning rush and as much as I’d like to, I know I won’t getting up earlier to cook eggs and bacon. Bad mom.
  • No desire. Keeping in mind I am content with a cup of coffee and I don’t like food first thing in the morning.

Here’s what I came up with for my new breakfast favorite:

Ta-daaaa! Homemade Coconut Yogurt With Fruit, Nuts, Shredded Coconut and Chia Seed!strawberry, banana, chia, coconut, yogurt, paleo, diet, healthy, walnuts, crate and barrel, food porn, foodie

I read a super easy recipe from on how to make coconut yogurt at home. Love it! Mine never sets up like the article says it will, but it tastes great and works perfectly. I am however looking into purchasing a yogurt maker now that I know how much I love the stuff! Trader Joe’s has Chia seeds and Organic Shredded Coconut. I used walnuts, but I bet pecans and slivered almonds would be great. Add your favorite fruit and voila! Yum! A healthy, FAST breakfast.

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 Hope you try this quick, healthy little breakfast alternative! Be sure to get the recipe for the coconut yogurt HERE from the XOJane site! If you try it, be sure to post comments or suggestions below. Happy eating!





  1. Hi Julie-
    Due to lack of sunlight, I tried to ferment the coconut milk in the oven at a very low temp for a few hours, but with minimal results (I ended up with a possibly slightly thickened coconut milk). Although it was too liquidy to be called a yogurt, I used the milk (in small quantities) to top off smoothies all week. I know the coconut milk is supposed to be healthy, but with a family history of heart disease, I am a bit skeptical of the heavy dose of saturated fat.

    I like the new blog format, by the way!
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    • Hi Dianne-
      Thanks for your note. I think I’m at the point where I would like to invest in a yogurt maker. Mine never thickened up quite like the recipe from either, but it did thicken enough. What kind of smoothies did you make? I’d love to see your recipe.

      My brother, who is dedicated to Paleo, eats quite a bit of coconut milk and is the healthiest shape of his life, but we do not have a history of heart disease. I just did some more digging and it seems the overall health pros vs. heart health concerns is a topic up for debate.

      Glad you like the new format – a work in progress!! Your last blog post was cracking me up!

      Let’s chat soon!


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