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For many, big family breakfasts go hand-in-hand with the holidays. Maintaining healthy eating habits during this season can seem impossible, but fortunately there are a multitude of recipes that offer dishes that are not only healthy, but festive and tasty, too.
Lynne Schatzlein, RD, a dietitian affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, recommends baking these delicious breakfast cookies, courtesy of the American Heart Association, for a sweet alternative to the most important meal of the day. Low-fat and full of fiber, Schatzlein suggests giving the cookies an extra boost by adding raisins, dried cranberries or walnuts. Curb cravings by finishing your morning meal with a cup of green tea or skim milk and half a cup of fresh fruit.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, stir together flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, egg substitute and oil. Stir until well combined. Stir in flour mixture, oats, and wheat germ. Drop dough by tablespoons about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Flatten slightly to a 2-inch diameter with your hand or the bottom of a glass. Bake 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool on wire racks. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for one week or in the freezer for several weeks.
Yields 30 cookies.
Recipe provided courtesy of the American Heart Association.
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