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Homemade Breakfast Ideas that do not Include Cereal

Updated on June 1, 2010
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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.

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      mal malhi 

      8 years ago

      interesting hub.. ty

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      Jennifer M 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Cooking your breakfast at dinner time is a good idea. I need to start doing things like that. Thanks for the info.

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is great to highlight the breakfast as it is the most vital for the body energy right at the beginning of the day’s work.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the great ideas Jennifer. I'm not big on cereal.

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      holdon100 

      8 years ago

      good and healthy Breakfast Ideas thanks great hub

    • JenDobson27 profile image

      JenDobson27 

      8 years ago

      I'll have to add some dried fruits and cinnamon to my oatmeal because the plain stuff just doesn't do it for me! Great hub.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 

      8 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Excellent hub. We have eaten steel cut oats (kind of like oatmeal) everyday for breakfast for over 10 years. We haven't eaten cold cereal for about 15 years on a regular basis; it's encouraging to know we're not alone!

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      Jeff Berndt 

      8 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      Hi, Jennifer,

      Super hub, as usual.

      The key, as you say, is thinking things through and planning ahead.

      One thing I want to talk about, though, is this:

      "I realize that sausage and bacon aren't the healthiest food choices..."

      If you're talking about prepackaged corporate sausage and bacon, you're right. Any corporate-produced meat product is going to be not so very healthy for you. But there are alternative sources for healthy sausage, bacon, ham, &c. Visit your local farmers' market. I bet someone there has local, pastured, humanely slaughtered, chemical-free meat for sale. It'll be more expensive than the supermarket stuff, but it will be better for you.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You certainly have it well organized and good recipees.

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      Juliette Morgan 

      8 years ago

      Hi it's 9am here and I'm just thinking about breakfast - you've talked me into scrambled eggs today and homemade bread my husband made yesterday - you're right it is important and poor you - your breakfast window is longer than most hotels! Thanks for idea re: freezing pancakes, Juliette.

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      Mark 

      8 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Wow nice Ideas and a great hub, I like hubs that are simple and to the point and you did exactly that here.

      Good job

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      janej77 

      8 years ago

      i am a newby but stopped by to say hi and im so excited to meet you

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