Eating Ideas Series: Breakfast

Since it is March 1st, it is time for the inaugural post in the monthly Eating Ideas series. A blog post in this series will be posted the first of every month. Some coming topics will be lunches, eating with busy schedules and odd work schedules, smoothies, and salads, just to name a few. For the first post in the series, I thought it was only fitting to start with breakfast. Some people are adamant that this meal is the most important meal of the day; others could take it or leave it. I am one of those who thinks a healthy breakfast is a good way to start the day. In fact, I love breakfast! But as much as I love it, it isn't always easy to think of something to eat, especially on school mornings when I'm already busy trying to make lunches and keep the kids on task with getting ready. Luckily I have assembled a few standbys and favorites that help to make mornings easier for us. I am going to share them with you today. These are breakfast options that work well for my family. They are healthy, nutritious and delicious meals to start the day off right.

Breakfast Ideas

  1. Oatmeal
  • sweeten with brown sugar and cinnamon with fruit on the side
  • stir in raisins, chopped walnuts, coconut, cinnamon and a little honey
  • top with fresh blueberries, slivered blanched almonds and a sprinkle of granulated sugar
  • add fresh blueberries, chopped peaches and walnuts
  • top with a fried egg and season with a little salt and pepper
  • make a batch of granola over the weekend to eat during the week
  • granola with sliced banana stirred in
  • plain Greek yogurt with a little honey stirred in and topped with granola and fresh berries

2.    Flaxseed waffles

  • bake a double batch of waffles over the weekend and store in the refrigerator or freezer then reheat in the toaster for quick and easy weekday morning breakfasts
  • top with pure maple syrup and serve with a fruit smoothie
  • spread with natural peanut butter and jam

3.    Smoothies

  • start with a base of a banana, protein powder (we like to use hemp), and unsweetened almond milk, then mix it up by using a varying combination of fruits, like berries, peaches, and cherries, peanut butter and chocolate almond milk
  • have a large smoothie as a standalone breakfast or have a smaller cup and pair it with cereal or scrambled eggs

4.   Other less frequent options

  • egg sandwich 
  • egg burrito with sautéed onions and peppers, topped with salsa and cheese
  • blueberry pancakes leftover from a double batch made over the weekend
  • pancakes with chocolate chips smiles for special days or when someone needs an extra morale boost

 

What about you? How do you feel about breakfast? Do you have a wide variety of breakfasts or do you stick to a bowl of cereal?

 

Next month: Lunches (coming April 1, 2015)