Breakfast, Snack, & Dessert In One Small Package (Recipe Included!)

by tinareale on January 22, 2013

Man, oh, man. Sometimes coming home to get back in a regular routine challenges the pants off me. Other times, it feels incredibly good. This week would be the latter, fortunately. Being home with my family is certainly the main reason, but I also think I missed my workouts!

I did manage some short sessions while traveling, but nothing quite compares to the normal routine. Am I right? I challenged myself with a quick 20 minutes on the stepmill followed up with some hot yoga action yesterday. Both those workouts slay me.

At the end I needed a pick me up and fast. As I’ve been doing fairly often the past couple of weeks, I pulled out a package of BelVita snacks.

You may have already heard other bloggers raving about these “breakfast biscuits,” and with good reason,  but allow me to fill you in just in case.

BelVita comes in 5 different flavors, all of which provide a very palatable and satisfying experience.

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  • Golden Oat
  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar (my favorite of the bunch!)
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Blueberry (my second favorite!)
  • Chocolate

These breakfast biscuits include a special selection of ingredients and a carefully controlled baking process that helps preserve the whole grains for more sustained, long-lasting energy and satiety. In other words, science stuff to help these babies keep you satisfied for longer.

Each package is portioned specifically so it can act as part of a balanced breakfast. Some highlights of each serving of belVita:

  • contains 18-20 grams of whole grain carbohydrates (which your body needs for energy and especially in the morning)
  • 3 grams of dietary fiber (good for that fullness factor)
  • 3-4 grams of protein
  • a good source of B vitamins and iron
  • NO high-fructose corn syrup
  • NO partially hydrogenated oils
  • NO artificial flavors
  • NO artificial sweeteners

And all of that is in a serving of FOUR little cookie/cracker/biscuit/whatever-you-call-them-they’re-delicious snacks. SWEET!

Here’s a closer look at the nutrition label.

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Based on the nutritional stats and ingredients, I would call these a “healthier cookie” and would not generally recommend them as an everyday breakfast straight out of the box alone (based mainly on the sugar content and for my regular meals I prefer more whole foods). However, with that being said, I have certainly found many ways to make them a balanced part of my breakfasts, snacks, and even dessert.

When needing a quick breakfast, they work wonderfully by pairing them with some fruit for additional fiber and a protein source, like Greek yogurt. This makes a more balanced meal, in my opinion, and a good breakfast option in that way.

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As a pre-workout snack spread with a little bit of peanut butter.

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Then, post-workout paired with a protein green smoothie.

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As cookies when a sweet tooth hits and I don’t want to go on a pantry raid.

Or, as part of a lightened up dessert recipe. Like this…

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I promise you it’s good…and a decently healthy dessert with fruit and bit of protein!

Lightened Up Protein Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1
Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, previously frozen in chunks
  • 1/2 scoop favorite protein powder (any flavor – I used Vega Chocolate)
  • 1/2 package BelVita Chocolate breakfast biscuits (2 cookies)

Place  chunks of frozen banana in a food processor. Blend until almost smooth. Add protein powder and continue blending until smooth consistency. Add BelVita cookies and blend until crumbled evenly throughout the banana and protein powder mix. It should reach a consistency of soft serve ice cream. Grab a spoon and eat up this wonderful guilt-free treat for under 300 calories!

If you had any qualms about buying these, just go do it now solely for the purpose of blending this little mix up. To find belVita breakfast biscuits in your area, you can search the store locator for a provider near you! Then let me know how you like them.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

{ 33 comments }

1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

A post workout cookie? I’ll take it! ;)

2 Claire @ Flake and Cake January 22, 2013 at 6:05 am

Yum, I love belvite cookies! I did used to have them for breakfast but as you say, the sugar content is a little high. They taste great with greek yog though!

3 Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings January 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

I’ve never tried these cookies! But you are definitely winning me over with your review :) And definitely with that little recipe :)

4 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness January 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

This looks amazing! I’ve never tried this cookies but mixed in that protein ice cream they look amazing!

5 [email protected] Palate January 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

Love the dessert idea! I’m not a fan of packaged snacks myself but sometimes you have no option and these are great if your stuck with nothing homemade on hand!

6 Linz @ Itz Linz January 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

your recipe looks AWESOME!! totally trying that out!!

7 tinareale January 23, 2013 at 6:59 am

You should! They’re great!

8 Lee January 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’ve seen those in the grocery store, but always just thought they were cookies!

9 tinareale January 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

They’re with the cookies so that makes sense. I would say they are more cookie than “health food bar” or something, but still decent ingredients and better than a traditional cookie. Pretty filling too when paired with some protein. I like them post workout most.

10 Amanda @RunToTheFinish January 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

I’ve seen these around the store and wondered exactly what they were, thanks for a great review!

11 Alison @ racingtales January 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

Mmm belVita are delish! A little too yummy, even. I like your variations! I also did a belVita review over on my blog and had trouble keeping myself from eating several packages a day! Like you, I felt they just had a little too much sugar!

12 Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) January 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

Yum! I appreciate the honesty in your review. I bet these babies would go great crumbled on yogurt or dunked in almond milk.

13 Nick Goodall January 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

By the title of the post I knew what was coming, and that’s not a good sign when you’re hungry… I still had to take a peek though ;)

After a workout that does ‘slay’ me, I’ve never settled on one specific pick me up so I just search around for anything that looks nutritious. That might have to change now, or maybe it’s just the chocolate cookie crumble that’s got me enticed…

Lastly, is it me or does each biscuit contain a heck of a lot of protein? For a biscuit anyway, just a thought, another reason to stock up on them, looks like it’s US only though :S

I hope you had an awesome workout, stay fit, stay diligent!

14 jobo January 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

Yum! These do look good, but I agree with you – more as a healthier cookie or an in a pinch breakfast with some more protein! LOVE that dessert recipe, totally pinned!

15 Lauren January 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

Ummm, WOW! I was simply just crushing mine on top of yogurt for dessert, but now I am fully inspired to go big. :)

16 tinareale January 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

Haha! I promise you will like it. :)

17 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

OK, I literally just saw these at the store this morning and I remember hearing some bloggers talk about them. But seriously? This recipe definitely is reason alone to go pick some up!

18 Kerry January 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

These look good, i’m not sure the ones we have in the UK are that good for you?!

19 GiGi Eats Celebrities January 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

Woo Woo! No Trans fat! Just wish they had a bit more fiber for the calorie load! Glad you like em though! :)

20 tinareale January 23, 2013 at 7:02 am

Agreed. Which is why I generally would try to couple them with some additional fiber or have them post workout when you want faster acting carbohydrates. Definitely not as good as whole foods, but still good in a pinch. :)

21 sara @ fitcupcaker January 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

yum., i cant wait to try this ice cream :) I love all the belvita bisuits :) They are so tasty!

22 Sheila January 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I love the Belvita cookies…and now have to try that little banana chocolate mix .. YUM

23 Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's January 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

That recipe sounds delicious! I crumbled a cookie into my breakfast this morning, it was delicious.

24 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Cookies after a workout? Don’t mind if I do!

25 [email protected] January 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I really need to remember to buy some bananas just for freezing next time I go to the store. I keep seeing these kind of ice cream desserts made with frozen bananas and they look great. I’m trying to really watch my sugar intake these days so these would be a once-in-a-while thing, but they do look good!

26 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

that looks delicious!! I have never tried Belvita but now I will have to pick some up!

27 [email protected] January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Mmmm these do look tasty!! I love cracker type foods :)

28 Coco January 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I like to have 1 or 2 as a snack with yogurt at work. They are one of my desk-drawer-staples!

29 Elena January 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Yum for that cookie crumble! And I could not agree more- I love them for breakfast- but they are perfect for after a workout or as part of a mid day snack/

30 Bek @ Crave January 23, 2013 at 5:30 am

That dessert looks so good! I wouldn’t even think of crumbling them as a dessert thing- great idea :)

31 Maggie January 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

It’s the catch-all cookie!

32 Rebecca January 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Oh I gotta try these!

33 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) January 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I love BelVita, so so good. Makes a great quick treat. Was especially good for travel and lately I have not been feeling well and makes a great snack when I’m not really feeling like eating anything else.

Didn’t think to spread a little peanut butter on them, yum!

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