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Making breakfast at home is essential, especially if you have a busy family with a couple of mouths to feed. Many families will get to a point where everyone kind of just makes their own breakfast. However, breakfast is an important time at the start of the day where your family can meet, talk, discuss things and ultimately create a stronger bond. Keep your family at the breakfast table can be difficult, but we firmly believe that you can make it easier if you’re willing to invest a bit of time and effort into the way you prepare breakfast.
So in this post, we’re going to look at a couple of healthy breakfast ideas that are great for busy families, but also explain why they’re good and how to make things a little more interesting.
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Do you find yourself skipping breakfast?
If you find yourself skipping breakfast then you may want to learn some of the advantages of having breakfast.
- Eating breakfast is linked to having a lower BMI
- You’ll easily reach your daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables
- It helps with fibre and calcium intake
- It improves your performance, memory and attention
- It gets your metabolism off to a good start
- You’re less likely to snack throughout the day
- You can guarantee you get a healthy start
As you can see, there are quite a few good reasons why you shouldn’t skip breakfast. In addition to these health-related benefits, it can also be a fun way for you to bond with your family members in the morning. So without further ado, let’s take a look at a few healthy breakfast ideas that are perfect for busy mornings.
Cereal is arguably one of the simplest and most common breakfasts to have, but it’s also one that can be deceptively unhealthy.
For example, there are many popular kinds of cereal that are simply loaded with sugars that are unhealthy. It’s important to look at a variety of different types and types of oats to help you pick something that is actually healthy and provides plenty of good nutrients. The best way to do this is to simply avoid anything that has sugar.
But for some people, this might seem a little boring. Thankfully, you can spice up your cereal (especially if it’s plain) with some chopped fruits or nuts. Fruits like bananas can easily be chopped up into small pieces and mixed in with cereal and milk. Nuts can also be a healthy boost of protein and fats at the beginning of the day. You could even just sprinkle a bit of trail mix into your cereal if you’re feeling quite lazy.
Lastly, make sure you get the portions right. It’s easy to eat a lot of cereal, especially if you add some delicious toppings to it. Control the portions to make sure nobody is overeating in the morning.
An alternative to cereal is to have overnight oats. This basically involves putting oats and a bunch of different toppings into a jar or container and letting them soak overnight with something like milk. This helps to soften the oats and the toppings add some unique flavours and textures. Overnight oats are extremely easy to make and you can even get your kids involved in making them the night before. It’s also convenient which means you can speed up your morning routine.
Also known as breakfast biscuits, these bars are usually made from oats, fruits, nuts and other healthy toppings. You can easily make them yourself, or you can purchase them in bulk from a store at a slightly higher price. We suggest making your own because you can control everything that goes into them. These are perfect for families that don’t spend much time at home for breakfast, or for situations such as campaign where it’s difficult to make a full breakfast. Just serve it with a drink and you’re good to go!
Lastly, another great breakfast option that takes almost no time to prepare is breakfast smoothies. These are packed with healthy nutrients that you can pick yourself. They can be a little hard to drink if you add strange ingredients, but they pack a nutritious punch that you won’t get with anything else. It’s also incredibly easy to make a smoothie. You just throw everything into a blender or smoothie maker and hit a button!
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We’ve talked a lot about carb-heavy breakfasts such as cereal, but what if you’re on a low-carb diet or want to avoid eating too many carbs? In that case, we have a few protein-focused breakfasts for you. These can take a little more preparation, but it’s generally something that you can do ahead of time. This allows you to just focus on your morning routine instead of spending too much time cooking.
A breakfast burrito is quick to make, very filling and can be made ahead of time. In fact, you can even have a keto breakfast burrito if you’re looking to cut down carbs even more. A breakfast burrito is a fantastic way to use up leftovers from yesterday’s dinner as well. It usually involves cooking breakfast items such as eggs and sausages, then chopping them up a little and wrapping it in a tortilla with some sauce. However, you can also use eggs instead of a wrap if you want to avoid carbs.
Breakfast egg cups
Another simple protein-focused breakfast is breakfast egg cups. These are essentially egg and vegetable mixtures that are cooked in a muffin tin. Simply beat a few eggs and add in some chopped vegetables or leftovers from last night’s dinner. Season the eggs, then pour them into a muffin tin with a bit of cooking spray. Bake for around 20 minutes until the eggs are fully cooked and you have a simple low-carb breakfast that is great on its own. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even serve this alongside some other protein-rich foods or even with some toast if you’re trying to reduce your carb intake. There are lots of ways to play around with this recipe and you can add all kinds of meats and vegetables to make it interesting.
Yoghurt and fruit and nuts
A simple high-protein breakfast is simply some yoghurt with some fruit and nuts chopped into it. This adds a little bit of texture with the crunchy nuts and chewy fruits, and it also imparts some flavour into the yoghurt. We suggest doing this with a plain yoghurt since fruit can have quite a lot of sugar in it. This is a simple breakfast that you can prepare the previous night so that your morning routine goes a bit faster.
Lastly, we can’t forget about the trusty omelette. Infinitely versatile, extremely healthy and full of flavour, an omelette is a go-to breakfast for many people. There are countless different omelette recipes for you to follow and try, and you simply can’t ignore the nutritious value of some eggs with vegetables and protein. There are so many different things that you can put into an omelette that you can always keep it interesting. You can serve it with some toast, or you can have it on its own or even with a little salad.
We hope that these quick and healthy breakfast ideas will help to transform the way you approach your mornings. Cooking can be a chore, especially in the morning, but there are plenty of ways to make it a little easier.