For a long time I really struggled delivering quick and healthy breakfasts that my kids actually enjoyed. This struggle stemmed from the fact my kids don’t like eggs, urgh! I’ve tried making them scrambled, fried, in a hole, in an omelet, hard boiled- and they just hate it all. That doesn’t mean I no longer offer them, after all, Kyle and I still love eggs. I make them at least once a week, and symbolically place some on Lily & Camila’s plates even though I know they will not eat them. I serve them with other things I know they will like- like sausage or toast.
This egg road-block forced me to think outside the bfast box. Healthy breakfast options are so limited, but not impossible. Here are some suggestions, along with variations you can use to change week to week:
- Yogurt Parfait- You can change up the yogurt flavor and types of milk (almond milk, coconut, etc). It’s also great to add different toppings, such as:
- Chia Seeds
- Nut butters
- Unsweetened Coconut
- Chopped nuts
- Crumbled graham crackers
- Chocolate chips or chocolate covered raisins
- Dried fruit
- Fresh or frozen fruit (remember to thaw it out for at least 20 minutes before serving)
- Acai Bowl– We blend Sambazon Acai mix with our milk of choice (coconut water is yummy too), frozen fruit and/or veggies, and/or any nut butter. Feel free to add any of the toppings listed above.
- Cereal- I fought this one for a long time because I try to limit processed foods in our house. But once in a while I give in and buy box of the “healthier” versions of our favorite cereals. I especially do this when my husband is travelling to make my life easier. Adding fresh fruit is required and we usually add chopped nuts as well. Make sure to read the labels, look for the least amount of ingredients and make sure you at least know what each ingredient is. Just do your best!
- Oatmeal- made from scratch with steel cut oats, not the instant kind or quick oats (trust me, my recipe below takes less than 5 mins). Add your own sweetener (we use honey). Add any of the yogurt parfait toppings I suggested above. I have been known to even add dollop of my favorite yogurt for extra creaminess- yum!
- Super easy recipe- Place equal parts oatmeal, milk & water in a sauce pan at medium heat. Add a pinch of salt, cinnamon & sweetener of your choice. Stir until it bubbles and oatmeal is still slightly soupy- the oats will continue to absorb moisture even after its been removed from heat. Serve warm and add toppings.
- Pancakes/Waffles- I wish I could say we make it from scratch, but we just don’t have the time. Making my own mix is on my to-do list but haven’t gotten to it yet. However, we use Immaculate Organic mix which is delicious and as healthy as we can be right now. We add fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, literally anything you want in the batter. I add a hefty layer of butter (for extra fat, good for brain development) and a drizzle of maple syrup. We also serve with fruit on the side for some extra fiber.
- Omelettes & Scrambles- Like I said before, my kids don’t like eggs but I haven’t given up on hope that I can change that.
- Egg in a hole- Everyone has a different name for this breakfast marriage made in heaven (Eggs in a basket, bulls eye eggs, hole in one, just to name a few). Be sure to serve with a vegetable or fruit to create a well balanced meal.
- Morning Hash- A sauteed hodgepodege of flavor. This does take longer to cook than the rest of this list, but well worth it. To save time, I do microwave potatoes or sweet potatoes to soften before sauteing, or you can also pre-cut all the vegetables the night before. I like to cut everything in similar-sized cubes so everything cooks at the same time. The beauty of this is you can add anything you have laying around in your fridge. Here are a couple of suggested combinations, feel free to make up your own (share in the comments below, I’d love to hear your suggestions):
- Sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, breakfast sausage and egg on top is always optional (obvi, have I mentioned how much my kids hate eggs).
- Potatoes, zucchini, onions and ham.
- Potatoes, chorizo, peppers, beans of your choice. Top when off the heat with tomatoes and avocados.
- Toast- All your need is a piece of bread, a spread (such as nut butter, cottage cheese, hummus, avocado, etc) and a topping which can be a fruit, a vegetable or literally anything under the sun. The possibilities are endless on this one. It can be sweet, savory or both! Click on the link below the image for some delicious combinations.
What are some of your go-to healthy breakfast options?