Yummy food for your brood
Sep 21, 2012
Better Breakfasts for Better Family Mornings
A good breakfast is the foundation of a great day – especially for kids. Try these filling, flavorful recipes to find the delicious virtues of a morning meal!
How many times have you overheard someone say they "forgot to eat breakfast"? The most important meal of the day is so often skipped and neglected. And when it is eaten, it's often done so begrudgingly, nibbling on a bland muffin or sugary cereal. But a good breakfast is essential. Adults and kids who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, will have more energy and concentrate better during work and school. September is Better Breakfast Month, so we're showcasing eight memorable recipes, guaranteeing you'll never again forget to eat breakfast.
Making omelets is a great way to start down the road towards healthier mornings. They're easy to create and allow you to incorporate a variety of healthy vegetables into your daily diet. In this recipe from the NY Times Health and Wellness blog, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and herbs combine to make an exceptionally flavorful breakfast.
With milk, mixed with yogurt or by its own, a bowl of granola is a top contender for healthiest breakfast of all time. Packed with fiber your digestive system will love and heart-healthy whole grains, this recipe from Cooking Light adds dried fruit to make a sweet and hearty version of this breakfast staple.
Smoothies are great morning meals to add to your breakfast rotation. However, many can also leave you feeling hungry just hours later – and are not always necessarily healthy. Try this recipe from Divya Dil Se that incorporates oats and flaxseed and is sure to keep you full throughout the morning.
The classic lunchtime combo is now a breakfast table favorite. In this recipe from How Sweet It Is, whole-wheat pancakes are slathered with warm, protein-rich peanut butter and an all-natural jelly/syrup topping. After one bite, you'll ask yourself why you never thought of it before.
You don't have to be vegan to enjoy this zesty and super-healthy breakfast wrap. The Lunch Box Bunch brings us this wrap where protein-rich tofu acts as the "egg," flavored with peppers, mushrooms and herbs. A vegan pepper jack "cheese" provides a spicy and low-fat kick.
Banana nut breads and muffins are popular favorites, but common recipes are loaded with sugar and fat. This mini-muffin version from Fit Sugar reduces the sugar content by adding more fruit to the recipe. These little muffins could be perfect with breakfast or as a mid-morning snack.
Add some color to your morning by trying this Heuvos Rancheros recipe from Flavour Fiesta. Eggs and avocados provide good fats, and the veggies are an obvious plus in the healthy department. Tip: Cut back fat by warming the tortilla in the oven or on the stove without oil.
It's time to bust out the old waffle maker. These wheat-y waffles from Back to the Cutting Board are testament that waffles don't have to be guilty pleasures. They're made with flaxseed (the miracle plant food full of fiber and essential fats) and whole-wheat flour. The recipe calls for blackberries, but could be made using any fruit you desire.