- Food and Cooking
Homemade Breakfast Ideas that do not Include Cereal
I am sure you have heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and it's true! You need to break the overnight fast to give your body energy, get your metabolism going for the day and keep your blood sugar levels even. I realize that breakfast can also be the hardest meal of the day. I have a family of six and five of those six leave the house at four separate times starting at 6:40 and ending at 9:00. Needless to say we don't have a sit down breakfast together during the week. But we rarely resort to cereal and we always eat well.
My favorite way to handle breakfast is to make it the night before. I am already in the kitchen cooking dinner and it is easy to whip up a batch of muffins or a loaf of quick bread while I already have the oven on. Breakfast is ready in the morning and can quickly be reheated. Combined with fruit or yogurt this is an excellent, healthy and filling start to the day.
There are also plenty of quick breakfast ideas that are not made ahead of time. It takes less than five minutes to scramble a couple of eggs or toast some bread and add jam or peanut butter. Again combine these things with fruit or yogurt and you have a complete breakfast. I realize that sausage and bacon aren't the healthiest food choices, but my kids love them and it is a protein that will stick with them through the morning. I keep sausage that is already cooked and only needs to be reheated for mornings when I feel they need a little extra or I am out of fruit.
My kids love grits and being from the south myself, I couldn't agree more. Grits cook up very quickly. My husband likes to make oatmeal sometimes too. Not the instant packets, but the good Old Fashioned oats. Did you know it only takes five minutes on the stove? He adds dried fruits, a chopped apple, a sprinkling of cinnamon or sugar and maybe even some maple syrup for a complete meal.
Cooking in bulk is another way I help with breakfast. I have a freezer stocked with delicious choices that take just a couple of minutes in the microwave to heat up. When I make pancakes or waffles I always triple my recipe and freeze the leftovers in meal size portions. I also make breakfast sandwiches and sausage biscuits in bulk and have them ready to grab from the freezer. This way, though I might not have made anything the night before, there are still plenty of breakfast options besides cereal. I should mention that I am not against cereal in any way and we eat plenty of it for snacks, but it just doesn't seem to fill anyone up and we are always hungry a couple of hours later.
I keep boiled eggs in the fridge ready to add to any breakfast as well. Between that, fruit and yogurt I can fill my whole family up quickly in the mornings. If you take some time to think things through ahead of time you can make sure that your family has plenty of healthy breakfast options. Almost all of these options I have listed are healthier, more filling and cheaper than cereal. You really can't beat it.