Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Back to school time means, healthy breakfasts are a must but there isn’t much time to make that happen. We’ve heard it over and over, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This may be the case but I don’t believe every child or person is the “breakfast type”. Personally, I just want some coffee and maybe a piece of toast. I’m just not hungry or in the mood to eat in the morning. My husband loves breakfast food, my son nibbles and my daughter devourers her food and wants breakfast the minutes she wakes up.  Every person is different but that doesn’t change the fact that we all should eat something healthy to start our day.  With very little time in the morning how can parents have a healthy and nutritious meal and not rely on the frozen waffles and sugary cereal?

Here are my back to school, start the day off healthy tips:

1.  Make a breakfast casserole the night before and pop it in the oven.  I make quiches and call them breakfast pies, my son thinks he’s eating something special.   It is packed with protein and I’m controlling the ingredients (organic eggs, whole grain breads, organic milk, fresh broccoli, organic chicken or hormone free sausage).

2.  Smoothies! Smoothies! Smoothies! Here’s my favorite reciepe:

1 cup Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Yogurt

1 cup frozen strawberries or another berry of choice

1/2 cup orange juice

1 whole banana

2 tbs soy protein

Dribble of honey

Blend together with my magic bullet and serve with whole wheat toast. The kids love this!

3.  Breakfast pizza. It’s easy to make and doesn’t take too much time. Check out this great recipe I found from a home school website and remember, you control the ingredients so make it as healthy and natural as possible!

4.  Fruit Salad and cottage cheese. For my daughter this is a hit. Some pineapple or peaches along with cottage cheese and she is a happy camper.

5.  Oatmeal is a great breakfast if you add some fruit to the meal. This is probably one of my favorites warm and chunky. I love to have this on a cold morning. There are lots of options at health food stores and in the grocery aisle but don’t be fooled by the sugary ones. Remember, you are trying to get away from the sugar and carbs so the swirl of dinosaur eggs hidden in the instant oatmeal probably isn’t the healthiest choice.

6.  Breakfast wrap with whole wheat tortilla, shredded cheese, tofu and tomatoes. The children will love this wrap and it can be dipped in salsa for some extra flavor or scrambled eggs can be added instead of tofu.

7.  Organic vanilla yogurt with granola and fruit. My son is starting to like this but only if he sprinkles the granola on!

8.  If you make pancakes or french toast make them yourself. I add fresh fruit to my pancakes and use a whole wheat batter and add instant soy protein to the mix.  When I make french toast I use whole wheat organic bread and organic eggs and milk. I make several slices and freeze them to use other mornings. I pop in the toaster and my kids have french toast!

9.  Make nutritious muffins with an instant soy protein you can bake with and add veggies or fresh fruit. I like to use shredded zucchini, blueberries, apples chunks, and shredded carrots.  Check out a few of these great recipes: Ventures with Veggies:  Granola Muffins , Deceptively Delicious Muffins,

10.  For the mornings where everyone is running late and the alarm never went off, have some healthy breakfast bars on hand for the car. Be sure to include an organic milk box and a banana to round out the meal.

For some more great recipes, ideas and inspirations check out Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Kids.  The fruit pizza sounds divine!  Personally, using a great books like,  Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook has helped guide me in using organic ingredients and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my children’s diet. It’s for baby and toddlers but I still have a baby and so this helps me and it’s never to early to start!  The best thing to do is to plan ahead and have healthy foods on hand. If cereal is a child’s favorite look for some sugary alternatives and try to add fresh fruit to their bowl.  Make breakfast fun! Be goofy with your food and make faces like the picture! Sometimes we have to be clever to get our children to eat foods that are good for them. Set a good example and eat breakfast yourself, a healthy breakfast! Children are more likely to do as they see and if you’re eating your breakfast pizza, they might do the same!

Hi I’m Sommer! I’ve been blogging for over 7 years and I’m passionate about helping others. I favor the green niche and love to motivate and inspire others to be just a little bit greenER each day. I’m a social media and marketing consultant, children’s book author and antique and flea market junkie. I have a knack for vetting bloggers, creating blogger campaigns and connecting bloggers and brands. I actually like public speaking and have spoken locally, regionally and nationally on blogging, social media and education. I’ve worked with top name brands and have been mentioned and featured in the New York Times Online, ABC News Online, the Wall Street Journal Online and several other media sources. Let’s connect.
  • http://moobeefarm.blogspot.com moobeema

    Clicked over from the Healthy Living Diva’s. Great ideas for breakfast!

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  • http://greenbabyguide.com Rebecca (Green Baby Guide)

    Great ideas! It’s hard to believe your son isn’t a breakfast person with all of those delicious-sounding options. My mom used to make something called a cheesy brunch pizza. It was a bit different than the one you linked to. Instead of pizza dough, you use biscuit dough for the crust. Then you put eggs, cheese, and any other toppings you want on it. It is a cross between pizza and a quiche.

    I also like to make pancakes and waffles and freeze them. I will have to try that soy protein powder. . . .

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  • http://healthygreenmoms.com Monica

    Love your choices here Sommer!
    We are big oatmeal lovers here. We whip up a batch nearly everyday topped with big juicy blueberries. Thankfully, it’s Liv’s fave of all the breakfasts I offer.

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  • http://www.bestwellnessconsultant.com mother earth aka karen hanrahan

    I think that this list is not only a great for young ones but for everyone!! Variety and ease!!

  • http://www.greenandcleanmom.org greenandcleanmom

    Thanks Karen for stopping by to say hello and comment. How is your new home? I love the Shaklee Soy Protein, don’t you?

  • http://www.greenphonebooth.com Green Bean

    Great post. I’m always so focused on packing the lunch. Love the breakfast casserole idea.

  • http://www.inwomenwetrust.com Mary Hunt

    I LOVE smoothies – I like chopping up fresh pineapple into bite sized chunks, mixing with Kiefer and any other fruit. The pineapple becomes the thickener.

  • http://retrohousewife05.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I’m hungry now! Thanks for all the tips!

  • http://www.mindfulmomma.com mindful momma

    Thanks for all the great recipe links! I’ve never tried soy protein – I’ll have to pick some up.

  • http://notquitecrunchyparent.blogspot.com mcmilker

    Thanks for the recipe ideas Sommer! we’re at an impasse at my house as my son seems to want the same thing everyday now – frozen organic waffles with fruit spread – I needed some new protein ideas and tofu is a good one!

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  • Patricia H

    Here’s a granola idea for everyone. If you don’t want to make your own bars, but the ones in the stores aren’t nutrious enough, check out these “design your own” granola bars, called Element bars. You get to pick all your ingredients..it seems really cool. If you want to check it out, here’s where I found it:
    http://www.askmelissa.com/index.php/features/back_to_school_08-31-09

  • Andre

    I think giving your kids soy is really bad idea. Americans over use soy more than any other country without understanding the implications. Most of source of SOY here is really bad also. But to each their own.

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