Lately I've been on the search for variety in meals for my family. Let's start with Breakfast! I try to make a balanced breakfast with protein, whole grain carb, some healthy fat, and fruit. It fills my family up until lunch time on school days.
Here my top Five Healthy Breakfast Menus
- Whole wheat pita filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, add diced veggies in the eggs if the kids will eat it, and strawberries on the side.
- Breakfast Burritos - Whole grain tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, leftover sausage from the day before, salsa, avocado, low-fat cheese, you name it, stick it in there. Find out what they your family loves. Be creative, use shrimp, leftover diced potatoes, etc., plus watermelon on the side.
- Hard boiled eggs (I have an egg cooker I got from Wal-greens, just pop the eggs in and it buzzes when they are done, super easy, cook extra for after school snacks), lean turkey sausage, Ezekiel bread toasted (this stuff is SO healthy and my kids love it, because they are use to it!) with 100% all fruit jelly, and sliced banana on the side.
- Waffles or pancakes - Make from scratch, takes 5 min to stir together, and 7-8 minutes to cook, actually very easy, fresh, and healthy- Recipe: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, pinch of stevia, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 4 TBSP soft butter, 2 1/2 cups milk or almond milk, 2 eggs, beaten. Mix dry first, then add the rest together, stir until well blended, adjust the milk as necessary, add a little extra for thinner pancakes or less for thicker pancakes. Can use recipe in a waffle maker or for pancakes.
- Cook for a few minutes on each side, Variations; add mashed banana, pumpkin, blueberries, cinnamon, vanilla, diced apples, etc. Top with maple syrup, or honey. Try to stay away from regular pancake syrup, the stuff is no good- really. Or top with strawberries! Yum! (You can make a double batch and stick the extras in the freezer, then on another day just pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast!)
- Greek yogurt is amazing because it is full of protein, it is great for breakfast with fruit, and half and of a whole wheat English muffin.
Plus two bonus Breakfast menus
- Oatmeal is great, get the old fashioned oats, takes just five minutes to cook on the stove or microwave, stir in peanut butter, or a scoop of whey protein powder, top with a few nuts, sweeten with stevia or honey, serve with sliced apples or berries.
- Smoothies, you can do all kinds of things with smoothies. Now these don't seem to keep my kids full as long, so you will have to see how it works for your family. Start with ice, a scoop of whey protein powder, yogurt, fruit like bananas, strawberries, pineapple, etc (yah, just throw what you have in there!), sweeten with a tad bit of stevia, and blend!
As you can tell I like to use Stevia to sweeten instead of sugar or artificial sugar. You can find Stevia anywhere now! Trader Joes, health food stores, grocery stores. Stevia is all natural, has no calories, and doesn't affect your blood sugar level. It's good stuff.
Money saving tips for my Five Healthy Breakfast menus
- Shop at a store such as Sam's Club or Costco for most items.
- Watch store circular ads for their rock bottom sale prices, buy those items in large quantities while they are at the lowest price.
- Shop health stores (such as Sprouts) that have big bins of grocery stapes that you scoop yourself, items like whole wheat flour, oats, sea salt, beans, brown rice, etc. The prices are much lower in bulk bins. (Stay away from the bulk candy bins smile)
- To save money on produce hit up Farmer's Markets or Fruit Stands, prices are about a third of what you would pay in a normal store.
- Make your own home-made muffins or scones using whole grains and natural sweeteners instead of white flour and sugar, store in freezer. Pull out for breakfast or after school snacks!
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I hope you enjoyed the Five Healthy Breakfast Menus and it inspires you to try some new menus for your family. Have fun! If you plan ahead a bit you will be prepared to whip out breakfast in the morning in 15 minutes or less. You can do it! You are busy, but you can have a nice family breakfast in the morning. It's great to pull the family together in the morning for a nice breakfast, it doesn't need to be elaborate or fancy, but nutritious and fun! Send your kids off to school, or off to play after a warm loving breakfast (well, minus the sibling fighting, and the part about "hurry up so you won't be late for school". ha!).
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