Quick & Healthy Family Breakfast Ideas

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
6/24/2012 10:00 AM   :  21 comments   :  20,918 Views

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 937 times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—for you, and for your kids. You just spent eight hours with no food or water. You’re dehydrated, your blood sugar is low and you have little energy. And now it’s time to hurry the kids off to school before the eight-hour workday. More so than any other point in the day, you all need nourishment. Breakfast eaters typically cruise until lunch, while beaming with energy.

Scratch those unhealthy breakfasts. Here are some healthy and quick ideas for the whole family:
  • Prepare a casserole the night before. Pop it in the microwave when you wake up and it will be ready to go when you are.
     
  • Incorporate complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat toast and bagels. Spread peanut butter and raisins on top of either for added flavor.
     
  • Bake bran muffins early in the week, and then grab one or two on your way out the door.
     
  • Make waffles Sunday morning and freeze the leftovers. You can pop ‘em in the toaster for a homemade breakfast. Also, grocery stores sell frozen whole grain selections.
     
  • Give your kids a fun breakfast tortilla. They can wrap up cold turkey and cheese, grab an apple and be on their way.
     
  • Don’t forget cold cereal. Brands such as Wheaties and Cheerios are always good choices, and low in sugar. Top it with low-fat milk.
     
  • Do you love eggs, but worry about their saturated fat content? Eliminate the yolk to slash the ''bad'' stuff while still getting a dose of protein.
Make a shake or a smoothie. Blend fruit and yogurt and then drink it in the car, if necessary. Bring along an easy baggie of side options, like a mixture of granola and grapes.



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Comments

  • 21
    I can't believe that I use to go without breakfast these days. When you do skip...You put yourself into starvation mode. - 6/27/2014   5:40:54 PM
  • 20
    Nicole, I generally like and agree with what you write and most of this blog is on target. But if you look at the number of comments, the percentage of them having to do with eggs should make you think... The number of people who need to avoid egg yolks in their diets is miniscule. They do exist, but most can benefit from the healthiest part of the egg! Thankfully, it seems more and more Spark members are getting it... - 6/30/2012   8:43:32 AM
  • 19
    A lot of good ideas in both the blog and in the comments. - 6/29/2012   11:46:52 AM
  • 18
    A lot of good ideas in both the blog and in the comments. - 6/29/2012   11:46:42 AM
  • 17
    Yes to the yolk! I agree it is the most nutritious part of the egg and should not be thrown out for just the white. Stop being scared of the whole egg people! It's the perfect food. :) - 6/26/2012   6:23:19 PM
  • 16
    When are people going to get it out of their heads that they should eat only the egg white??? The whole egg is very nutritious.
    I know a farmer who ate eggs for breakfast every day of his life and at age 70 the doctor said he had very low cholesterol and he had only ever seen one person with cholesterol lower than his. - 6/25/2012   10:14:03 PM
  • 15
    how about steel cut oats. You can prepare the night before and just heat up in the morning. - 6/25/2012   11:25:17 AM
  • 14
    But... the yolk is the best part for you. That's where all the nutrients are! - 6/25/2012   10:14:26 AM
  • 13
    Some good choices... - 6/25/2012   9:03:22 AM
  • 12
    I love Cheerios. - 6/25/2012   7:16:28 AM
  • 11
    Good choices. - 6/25/2012   7:12:28 AM
  • 10
    My kids' new favorite: "bumble bites" - mix together peanut (or other nut or seed) butter, honey, sesame seeds, coconut, sunflower seeds; either press into a dish and cut squares or use a 1 oz scoop to make about 1 doz pieces. This plus a serving of fruit will last a long time - all those good fats and a decent amount of protein. - 6/25/2012   6:53:52 AM
  • 9
    Tortillas are always fun ;D - 6/25/2012   4:22:21 AM
  • 8
    Concur with PRUSSIANETTE regarding egg yolks. Scrambled organic eggs with some uncured bacon/ ham, is one of my favorite breakfasts. On weekends when there is more time, we make marvelous frittatas - and enjoy the leftovers.
    For folks who do dairy, Stonyfield Oikos Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and almond pieces is a marvelous morning treat. We flavor a quart of plain with 1 tsp. each vanilla extract, almond extract, and stevia liquid for a decadent rich flavor. - Maryjean - 6/24/2012   11:24:45 PM
  • 7
    my daughter asked about making breakfast for dinner and some of these would be great for her request!! MMM Waffles, might end up making an extra batch for later this week!! - 6/24/2012   10:33:43 PM
  • 6
    it just astonishes me that no one mentioned just making toast and coffee I CAN do this in less than 5 minutes if I am with it and organized- far quicker and better for you than waiting in the "barf-thru" at Rotten Ronnies.
    - 6/24/2012   6:09:01 PM
  • 5
    there is a hungry girl recipe called el ginormo ha beans, eggs, corn, and cheese. I make it on a sunday and reheat the next couple of days for breakfast. It is low calorie and delicious - 6/24/2012   2:22:31 PM
  • 4
    Another fan of leftover soup reheated for breakfast--homemade only, of course. When in a hurry I chug down a smoothie made with yogurt, almond milk, cinnamon, and whatever fruit is laying around. - 6/24/2012   2:03:47 PM
  • PRUSSIANETTE
    3
    As far as I am concerned the yolk is the healthiest part of the egg. Certainly has more nutrients than the white. - 6/24/2012   12:22:21 PM
  • 2
    Soup for breakfast on a cold, rainy day is one of my favorite childhood memories.... - 6/24/2012   10:33:54 AM
  • 1
    Don't forget beans for breakfast. They are high in fiber and protein and will hold you over. This is one of my favorite beans-for-breakfast meals:

    The night before make black beans (simmer a can of beans with a crushed clove of garlic, some chopped onions and bell pepper) and a grain (rice or better yet, quinoa). The next morning, microwave the beans and grain, scramble an egg and put it all in a whole wheat tortilla along with a little bit of cheese. I'll also add spinach - either fresh or steamed/sauteed from the night before. - 6/24/2012   10:17:41 AM

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