Ahh, breakfast. I have delicious childhood memories of homemade pancakes, cinnamon rolls and homemade ‘egg McMuffin’ sandwiches.
I also remember eating cereal and pop tarts. Good cereal. Like Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch. And s’mores Pop Tarts. Of course this isn’t all I ate, but those stick out in my memory. Must’ve been good!
However, things have changed. Ingredients in convenience foods have gotten progressively worse.
The other day my daughter asked me about ‘that cereal, you know, the one with those candies in it? Can we get that?’ Nope. Not happening.
If my kids eat it somewhere else, so be it, but I just know too much to load their little bodies up with sugar and artificial colors and flavors. Not to say that my kids never eat cold cereal. They do. I’m just uber-picky about what comes into the house.
But that doesn’t mean our breakfasts are boring! There are lots of yummy options that don’t involve rainbow-colored marshmallows.
Here are 7 of my and my family’s favorites:
1. The smoothie. Yummy deliciousness. And portable; portable is key. Look around my blog for lots of ideas.
2. Eggs. I don’t eat many eggs, but my kids love hard-boiled and fried eggs. You can make an egg bake on Sunday and eat it for 3 days! If you have time, make a quick omelet. Eggs are such an easy way to get protein in the morning. Just make sure they are organic.
My kids like to pair eggs with Ezekiel sprouted English muffins. Cinnamon-raisin are their favorite.
3. Oatmeal or Quinoa. You can make oatmeal in minutes (And I don’t mean the microwave packets!). Quinoa made with almond milk, blueberries and a little raw honey is also delicious.
4. Chia Seed Pudding. If you haven’t tried this, you really need to. Chia seeds are packed with energy and goodness. Add them to almond milk, some sweetener, and fruit or toppings of your choice, and you have a delicious pudding served warm or cold.
5. Homemade waffles and pancakes. Waffles and pancakes don’t have to be white flour and sugar-laden. I make healthy versions! Both whole wheat and gluten-free. There are a few recipes on my blog like Whole Wheat Waffles, Peanut Butter Pancakes, and Banana Cream Pancakes. I make large batches and freeze them so they are easily re-heated or toasted on busy school-day mornings.
6. Homemade Granola. Don’t be intimidated by making your own granola. It’s really easy and doesn’t take all that long. Once it’s done, it will last 3 months in airtight containers! (Not that it ever lasts more than a week at my house.) You might think of granola as a fat and sugar trap, which it can be. But if you make it at home, you control the ingredients, making it a super-healthy alternative to store-bought cereals.
7. Leftovers. Yup, sometimes veggies and proteins just hit the spot. We have developed ‘breakfast foods’ in our culture, but there really is no reason you can’t have a little of last night’s dinner if that is what sounds appealing to you!
These are my top 7 that make the most appearances at our breakfast table (or, to be honest, the breakfast bar), but yogurt is another option. It’s not something we eat a lot of, but if you can tolerate dairy, buy unsweetened and serve it with fruit and a touch of raw honey!
What are your go-to breakfast foods?