3 Healthy Family Breakfast Ideas
Today we have a guest post by Tamy Pelletier. She’s an ex Coast Guard Officer and current kick ass mom to 3 kids. Read more about here and other Almightydad contributors here.
You’ve heard if before; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Repeat after me: If you want to start your day off right get enough sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast! ”Yeah, yeah” you say, “I KNOW!” Yesterday, my oldest son and I had a conversation about bad habits. We all have them, but before found out I was pregnant with Ben I had a bad habit that literally sapped my energy every single day. I didn’t eat breakfast, and every other meal I ate was too low in all the good stuff and too high in refined sugar and salt. Getting through my very busy day at work was almost impossible and I’m certain that I didn’t do the job I was capable of. The really terrible part is that I knew better. I could tell you all the things I needed to do to be healthier, happier and more energetic; but for some reason, I could not do them for myself. When I found out I was pregnant I was so motivated to give my baby the best advantage life that all my old excuses instantly disappeared. I thank my oldest son for motivating me to change my ways, and yesterday I told him that.
When Ben was born I was even more motivated to further develop my new healthy habits, knowing that sooner or later those little eyes would understand what they were seeing. As Ben got older and he settled into solid food and then adult food and his brother and then sister were born we developed a healthy eating routine as a family. Through it all, I’ve found a special place in my heart for breakfast. It is truly amazing how much better I feel these days. Part of it is that I love being a mom, but a LOT of it has to do with what I’m eating, and that starts with breakfast. I want my kids to grow up feeling healthy and energized and to never know what it’s like to feel so drained by 9 o’clock in the morning that it’s hard to think. Thus, I’d like to share with you some of our go-to breakfast recipes. They’re all loaded with nutrients and have no added sugar apart from fruit. All of them are designed with 3 kids and 1-2 adults in mind and except for the wet and dry ingredients in the pancakes, all are approximate. Please change to your liking!
I like my oatmeal to taste more like cookies! It’s hard to believe that there’s no added sugar except the fruit in this oatmeal…
2 cups old fashioned oats
¼ cup ground flaxseed
4 cups skim milk
½ cup chopped walnuts
⅓ cup chopped raisins
⅓ cup chopped craisins
1 smashed banana
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Put everything in a saucepan on your stove over medium-low heat, stir well, and cover. Heat until oatmeal is fully cooked. In our house, it usually takes about 20 minutes. I like to prepare it and put it on low and go take my morning shower. By the time I’m finished the kids are getting up and breakfast is ready.
I have to thank a great friend for introducing us to this one. When she told me she put spinach in her smoothies I was aghast! Then I tried it! I changed her original recipe only by adding coconut milk, which I can hardly resist in most smoothiesI can make this right in front of my kids and they are not the least grossed out. From each of them I hear “SMOOTHIES!” each time I get the blender out.
2 c. baby spinach
½ c. orange juice
½ c. lite coconut milk
1 frozen banana (I slice them and freeze them on a tray and store in a ziplock bag.)
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen cherries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Put spinach and orange juice in a blender or food processor and blend until liquid. Add all the other ingredients, except the water, and blend. If it needs more liquid, add water a little at a time until you reach the consistency you’re looking for.
I was lucky enough to spend 3 years living right down the road from Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. This started out life as a great down home recipe straight out of the Wayside Inn cookbook. I just kept adding and changing things each time I had a whim and … ok, it’s just about unrecognizable now, I know, but I still have to honor the original.
2 cups skim milk
1 pureed banana
2 ¼ cups whole wheat or whole wheat white flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
Chop strawberries. If frozen, thaw blueberries and strawberries in a strainer. Mix milk, banana and eggs in a small bowl. Mix flour, salt baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently stir in strawberries, blueberries and walnuts until just combined. Cook as you usually do.