I am a breakfast nut! I’m pretty thoughtful about the nutrition balance I create for my family. Since I am in charge of our meals each day, my goal is for each of us to have a balance of grain + protein + fruit + dairy at breakfast.
A girlfriend of mine asked me last week what I feed our little ones for breakfast, which reminded me that I need a go-to list to choose from so I don't have to reinvent the wheel each week.
Here are some simple things that work for our family, including my (sometimes particularly choosy yet precious-with-sleepy-morning-eyed) babies, 5 and 2.
Smoothie – blueberries/yogurt (our daughter called it "yogie" as a toddler, so it stuck!), juice, flax (this recipe is a favorite - simple and delicious.)
Biscuits or English muffin +turkey or veggie sausage sandwich, fruit (berries are quick and easy) + milk
Fruity yogie + toast
Toast/butter/jelly + turkey bacon/turkey sausage/egg
Granola bars + yogie + fruit
Instant oatmeal (I add flaxseed, wheat germ, milk and applesauce – no one knows this.)
Turkey bacon cooked in the microwave
Edamame (shelled/salted)Frozen soy breakfast patties – Morningstar Farms
Pancakes/waffles (Sometimes I'll make a large batch on the weekend). My new favorite pancake is the Banana Brownie Waffle batter from the Meal Makeover Moms. Indulgent and healthy!
Muffins, fruit + milk
Whole-grain cinnamon bread with cream cheese + fruit
Frozen waffles + berries + milk
Egg/cheese/salsa breakfast tacos
Breakfast casserole (made on a weekend)
Quick scrambled eggs in a coffee mug in the microwave: my new favorite thing for quick weekday eggs! (I often use these to make fast breakfast tacos.)
1. Grease a large coffee mug (I use canola oil).
2. In a small bowl, scramble 2-3 eggs, a splash of milk, a big pinch of cheese.
3. Place into the mug and heat on high for 2-3 minutes (try one minute per egg).
Mmm...makes me wish it was breakfast again! I suppose it will be here soon enough.
What are your favorites easy breakfast staples?