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Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Days

By Mary Olivar, September 11, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mary Olivar

Winter Vegetable SoupIn my house, back to school means saying goodbye to summer lounging and hello to a steady routine and schedule. These busy days also mean that the lazing and grazing of summer is behind us, and nourishing meals are a must to keep us all going. That’s why it is so important for every one of these bustling, hustling days to begin with breakfast. Now is the perfect time of year to rethink your morning meal and incorporate some new foods and variety into your day. Here are some of my children’s favorite ways to happily fuel up before zooming off to school.

The Not-So-Traditional Hot Cereal

A warm bowl of grains is a perennial fixture on many breakfast tables, but don’t get stuck in an oatmeal rut! There are many ways to mix it up and get a rotating variety of flavors and nutrients in your bowl:

  • Apple Breakfast OatmealBuckwheat is a great one to start with as in Apple-Scented Breakfast Oatmeal and Buckwheat.  Interestingly, buckwheat is not related to wheat at all. I also like adding the ancient grain amaranth and chopped apples to this recipe; it’s especially perfect in fall.
  • Millet is another ancient grain that works well in the morning hot pot as in Millet Breakfast Cereal with Mandarin Oranges and Dates.  Since millet takes a little longer to cook, I’ll make a large batch and then reheat some as needed over the next couple of days. Each of my kids will then top it off with their preferred additions.
  • This same make-ahead plan can also be done with brown rice. For a sweet and warm morning cereal try Almond Brown Rice Pudding.
  • Chia PuddingIf you’re looking for a grain-free option, experiment with one of my staple breakfast foods, chia seeds. These little seeds transform when you soak them, and my kids love them. Chia Pudding is a fun recipe to try, and adapts easily to whatever spin or spice you’d like to add. Cinnamon and fresh fruits and berries work wonderfully in this “pudding” as well.

Breakaway from Breakfast

Soup! It’s not just for dinner any more. Having breakfast for dinner is a popular, fun thing to do, but what about the opposite? You don’t have to eat only “breakfast foods” in the morning. Soup is one of my favorite ways to start — yes, start! — my family’s day. Soup’s tasty, easy on the belly and lets you get some veggies in before lunch. Make it the day before and then gently heat the following morning. You can even save some work in the evening and have your morning soup make a reappearance at dinner, with some additional fresh vegetables, greens and herbs to further liven it up.

My Good Ole Go To

Double Green SmoothieLast, but not least, are the easiest and most vibrant breakfasts of all — and my personal standby — smoothies. Usually my smoothies consist of a little fruit, some nuts or seeds, lots of greens and some water mixed together in the blender. It’s quick, nutrient rich and easy to consume while on the go. Plus, you can easily tailor any smoothie recipe to meet your tastes and what you have on hand. (Just don’t forget the vegetables!)

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast?

 

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food lover says ...
These ideas are great for a quick breakfast. Sometimes I'm out the door so fast in the morning that I forget to eat. I know it's important to eat in the morning because it fuels you for your day. It really helps to have some ideas about what you can grab to eat for 5 minutes or even on the go. I never thought of having soup for breakfast. I guess I could just quickly heat up last night's dinner the next time I need some easy food for breakfast. Thanks for sharing these tips!
09/11/2011 10:53:49 PM CDT
Joseph says ...
Great i ever thought like this very healthy recipe for us.. i will start soon for the same. Very informative tips.
09/12/2011 1:32:19 AM CDT
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09/13/2011 9:24:39 AM CDT
Daria says ...
I normally have Kashi (Go lean 10g fiber) cereal with non-fat kefir and a spoon of housemade blueberry jelly. When it's cold outside, I really like not instant whole grains oatmeal with the cottage cheese and soy sauce (which sounds weird at first, but you need to try it!). Absolutely delicious
09/14/2011 1:02:02 PM CDT
Joey Dee says ...
Buck wheat pancakes, waffles with fruit toppings agave almond milk
09/14/2011 8:47:43 PM CDT
Aracely says ...
I enjoy plain yogurt with apples, strawberries, walnuts,a sprinkle of raw oats with honey drizzled on top. Delicious! Also for a quick breakfast on the go, I have whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana.
09/14/2011 8:58:02 PM CDT
kristine says ...
Yogurt with honey! WF whole grain flakes with banana and lowfat milk makes a pretty awesome breakfast too.
09/14/2011 11:49:11 PM CDT
Esther Bergling says ...
I've recently decided to eat gluten free so I appreciate these other breakfast ideas. I do know I can buy gf oatmeal so I'll def be looking for it when I hit Whole Foods tomorrow.
09/15/2011 4:54:58 PM CDT
Jillian says ...
All these ideas mentioned are super smart and healthy ways to start your day off right. However, i believe it is important to include protein in your breakfast choice. This is because protein keeps you feeling fuller longer and also is a vital part of every meal. While i really enjoy all these ideas I think that you should mention certain food items that are easily accessible and affordable for college students.
09/22/2011 12:34:25 AM CDT
veritaspress.wikispaces.com says ...
My breakfasts right now aren't the best..Thanks Guys!
02/22/2012 8:12:41 PM CST