“You can have quality, speed or affordability. Choose any two.” ~ Anonymous
Something similar can generally be said of food. You can have it convenient, healthy, or frugal. Choose any two.
Since I love being in the kitchen, usually I’ll pick frugal and healthy over convenient.
A bowl of cereal may be convenient, but it’s rarely cheap or healthy. Plus, my kids are begging for a snack ten minutes after breakfast on the rare occasions we have cereal.
Here are 12 breakfast ideas that are more healthy (and thrifty) than a bowl of cereal. Some score on all three fronts. I tried to arrange them in order of convenience.
- Reheated Rice, Barley, or other Grain (2 minutes): Any time I serve rice for dinner, my children make sure we save enough for them to have leftovers for breakfast. This makes for a frugal, healthy, and convenient breakfast. Just heat leftover brown (or white) rice, barley, quinoa, or other grain. Top with maple syrup or cinnamon sugar for a fast and frugal breakfast.
- Homemade Granola with Yogurt (2 minutes, once made): A great way to get more yogurt! Once the yogurt and granola are made, this breakfast takes just a minute to serve. (See Amy’s great tip for speeding up the granola prep!)
- Sliced Banana with Milk and Toast (5 minutes) Another of my kids’ favorite breakfasts: slice bananas and serve with milk (and brown sugar/maple syrup if desired.) Whole grain toast on the side help make it filling.
- Yogurt Shakes (5 minutes): I make homemade yogurt on a regular basis. It’s easy to make and so full of beneficial bacteria. We eat it in some form multiple times a week: shakes is one of my favorite. Just blend yogurt, frozen fruit, juice/honey to sweeten, and a handful of spinach or other greens, if desired. (I added spinach recently and my 2-year-old was convinced I’d added green sprinkles.)
- Energy Bites (10 minutes to make/ 10 seconds once frozen): A yummy mix of protein, healthy fats, flax seed, and chocolate, these energy bites make an equally delicious breakfast or snack. Once frozen, they’re even faster than cereal and so much healthier (and more filling!)
- Eppli Cakka (10 minutes):This yummy breakfast is a family favorite. Layer applesauce, granola, and fresh chopped apples (if desired). Top with fresh whipped cream. Based on a Scandinavian dessert, this is a light and healthy summer breakfast. (See picture here.)
- Egg Omelet (10 minutes): A great way to use up vegetables. Fry onions, olives, peppers, etc. in a bit of olive oil before adding eggs.
- Breakfast Burritos (15 minutes to make, 2 to reheat): Healthy, filling and easy to make ahead. Just fill tortilla shells with scrambled eggs and your choice of hash browns, sausage, bacon, cheese, etc. Serve fresh or wrap tightly and flash freeze. Then store well-sealed until ready to thaw and heat. (Homemade tortillas are delicious, but don’t freeze quite as well.)
- French Toast (15 minutes): This is a great way to rescue bread before it gets stale!
- Whole Grain Muffins (20 minutes fresh/2 minutes reheated): Homemade muffins are a great way to start off the day with whole grains (yummiest and healthiest freshly ground!) These whole grain applesauce muffins and pumpkin/sweet potato muffins freeze very well. I usually serve them with homemade yogurt.
- Breakfast Casserole (Varies widely!)
- Whole Grain Pancakes or Waffles(30 minutes) They may be more work, but I’m sure to get lots of hugs and kisses on the mornings I make waffles or pancakes. Plus, it’s so easy to use a variety of fresh grains in pancakes. Yum!
What are your favorite breakfasts?
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