A lot of people plan dinners and understand the importance of doing so, but lunches and breakfasts are often spur of the moment or just something simple like toast or cereal (both of which have downfalls in the traditional foods realm, unless you’ve made your own homemade versions).
Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to plan your breakfasts for (at least) a week.
A nourishing breakfast starts the day off right with good nutrition, fuel for your bodies, and energy for the thinking and working you’ll do during the day.
It’s a time that we moms have our kids hostage before sending them off to school where they might trade their homemade crackers for cheesy puffs, and we’ll never know it.
Breakfast can be a hectic time of day, too, so I totally understand wanting to keep things quick and easy. Planning ahead can help out a LOT.
You may be able to plan just one day ahead for most breakfast meals, since many won’t need any prior preparation other than perhaps setting some pancakes to soak. However, I also think it’s incredibly helpful to plan a whole week. That way you ensure variety, make certain you don’t forget to choose what to eat the night before, and can do all the prep before you’re tired and it’s bedtime if you want.
Breakfasts should be:
- nutrient-dense and nourishing
- not too jammed with carbs (toast with jelly and a glass of orange juice, for example, is not the best kick-off to the day)
- something your family will enjoy
The benefits of planning breakfasts include:
- getting away from processed food
- increasing the protein in your first meal of the day
- preparing to soak grains if necessary
- cutting the budget by making more homemade
A simple comparison between a box of processed cereal, even on sale, and an equivalent number of meals of soaked oatmeal made from bulk rolled oats, would, I am sure, net some serious dollar savings. (I get 25 pounds of bulk oats for under $12 from Country Life Natural Foods, and we go through it quickly! My husband still wonders why our basement no longer has up to 40 boxes of cereal at a time like it did in my couponing days…
Tomorrow we’re having simple “catch as catch can” options like this homemade yogurt recipe with frozen fruit or JoshEWEa’s Garden granola with raw milk. I also have some grain-free apple flax muffins available as a choice (recipe can be found in the newly expanded Healthy Snacks to Go eBook along with over 45 real food snack recipes – click HERE to learn more.)
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Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Eggs, scrambled or fried
You could try my best scrambled eggs recipe, chop fresh onions and peppers for an omelet (along with other seasonal produce you have on hand and even leftover cooked beans), and consider letting the kids help.
When my daughter was 3 she refused eggs for months on end. Then I let her help me make scrambled eggs on a Saturday morning and she ate three servings.
She’s incredibly stubborn. But I taught her to keep her hands away from the hot parts of the stove! It takes a bit more time to work with the young ones, but it’s worth it – my oldest son has been able to make eggs by himself since he was 6. It saves me a lot of time when he does this!
Soaked oatmeal with dried fruit, cinnamon, unrefined coconut oil, and raw milk. The cinnamon and coconut oil help me avoid sweeteners entirely, but sometimes I’ll add some real maple syrup as a treat.
My family enjoys this baked oatmeal recipe a lot. I like to soak the oats TWO nights before I’m going to serve this delicious dish, and then make the entire recipe (right in the 9×13 pan, so no extra dishes!) the night before and refrigerate it. Put it in a cold oven, turn it on to 350F, and set the timer for 40 minutes instead of 30. Perfect every time and zero work in the morning! I also cut the raisins in half, at least, and sometimes use applesauce instead of apples. You can store leftovers at room temperature for a few days, too. One pan usually serves our family for two breakfasts.
I usually pair green smoothies with soaked oatmeal since my family, the husband especially, doesn’t feel that smoothies alone make a meal. Sometimes we put them with eggs, but I’d rather not as the calcium in the smoothie inhibits the absorption of the iron in eggs. Late summer through fall and winter (depending on where you live) is a great time of year to grab fresh kale at the Farmer’s Market. Lightly steam it and freeze it or dehydrate it for smoothies later.
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Soaked whole grain pancakes
This is our family’s favorite recipe! It’s a carb-filled breakfast, but try to include a fried egg or some breakfast meat or yogurt alongside the pancakes.
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If you miss being able to just pour cereal and milk and have made a commitment against boxed cereals and their extruded grains, try my homemade granola, or better yet, the soaked granola version, available only in the Healthy Snacks to Go eBook, along with another grain-free granola.
Make breakfast burritos with homemade tortillas, cooked sausage, scrambled eggs and seasonal veggies. These could be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen, then warmed in the toaster oven when you need them for a quick, hands-off breakfast.
Having muffins on hand never hurts, either:
- pumpkin muffins
- soaked pumpkin muffins
- sourdough muffins (various flavors)
- grain-free apple flax muffins
- grain-free coconut muffins
Even though this list is looking long, sometimes I feel like I just don’t have any ideas for breakfast that haven’t been done recently (especially when I’m “planning ahead” at midnight the night before *sheepish grin*). How about you?
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- The Healthy Breakfast Book with over 50 recipes!
- Tastes Like Pizza Breakfast Hash
- Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes – can be made grain-free, gluten-free, sourdough or whole wheat!
- Grain-free Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Porridge
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (pumpkin pie version)
- Instant Pot Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats
- Best Homemade Soaked Granola
- Best Pancakes: Whole Wheat or Gluten-free or Sourdough or Paleo Apple Almond
- Veggie Potato Latkes
- Grain-free Pizza Quiche
- Best High Protein Scrambled Eggs Ever
- Candy Cane Smoothie Bowl
- 10 Healthy Brunch Dishes for Potlucks
- Creative Ways to Add Veggies to Breakfast
- Allergen Free Breakfast Hummus
- Lots of Breakfast Ideas for Meal Planning
- Hard Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot
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