Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. It’s the time to jump start our bodies for an active day, yet, like most of us, we don’t have the time to put too much thought and effort into this important meal. So, I’ve done a little research on some easy, yet healthy breakfast ideas! Put the cereal box down and try out one of these meals.
Traditional: eggs, french toast, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, brown rice cereal (farina), yogurt, fruit smoothies, muffins, banana or zucchini bread, omelettes, sausage, bacon.
Non-Traditional: banana dog (peanut butter, a banana and raisins on a whole grain bun, breakfast taco (shredded cheese, scrambled eggs on a tortilla microwaved), country cottage cheese (cottage cheese with apple sauce and cinnamon), cream cheese sandwich (add fresh fruit), muffin cups (eggs, tater tots, bacon and cheese in muffin cups) yogurt and granola parfait, hard boiled eggs, banana wrapped in a tortilla with peanut butter.
- Raisins, honey, cranberries or maple syrup for sweetness.
- Cinnamon for fiber, iron and calcium
- fruit and vegetable purees go great in pancakes, waffles and muffins (when lazy, buy canned baby purees)
- Nuts for fat and protein
wheat germ for vitamin e, folic acid, and fiber
coconut oil for increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism
granola for antioxidants and fiber (watch out for added sugars)
avocado and tomato (because I think these taste great with eggs!)
natural, unsweetened jelly or jam
ground flax seeds for Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats and fiber
chia seeds for fiber, omega-3s, vitamin, minerals and antioxidants
- spinach and carrots to your smoothies—no one will ever know!
Probiotics for digestive health
Most of the above items had SO MANY healthy benefits, I only listed a few. Remember, I am not a registered dietitian and found this information from years of reading health magazines and from the Internet. Always consult with your doctor when adding vitamins, minerals or any other supplements you are unsure of to your meals.
Now, if you have time on the weekends or during the week to make a more elaborate meal, check out these fun ideas! If you want the link to where I found the images, go to my Pintrest Board.
P.S. Coffee is not considered breakfast (Oh, how I wish it was!)