Sep 13, 2016

Back to School: Breakfast of Champions

Back-to-School can be pretty crazy!  
Starting the day off with a nutritious breakfast is important for the whole family - including you - and it doesn't have to mean that you're in your apron before the sun comes up.

Getting back to the basics with breakfast can really make a big difference!  Foods like eggs, breakfast sausage, toast and jam with a nice glass of milk or juice is the all-american classic breakfast.

It is time consuming to prepare such a big breakfast in the morning, but pre-planning is key!  You can hard-boil eggs up to three days in advance and grab a couple when they're needed.  You can scramble a pan of eggs in three minutes.  Pre-cook ham steaks or sausage links that just need to be warmed up quickly and pop some toast in the toaster!  Viola!

Here are some quick and healthy grab-and-go breakfast ideas that do not require prepping:

-Mixed berries & toast

-Yogurt & Fruit

-Peanut Butter Toast

-Peanut Butter Apple Slices

-Fruit Salad

- Instant Oatmeal 

-Mixed Nuts

Here are some heartier breakfast options that do require some prep: 

-Scrambled eggs with cheese

-Fried eggs

-Hard Boiled Eggs and Toast

-French Toast

-Breakfast Trail Mix with dried fruits and nuts

-Breakfast Smoothie

And finally, here are some options that are sure to please the whole family and don't have to be as hard as they look!

In my house, I have a baking day once per week, and it's usually on Sundays.  I prepare pancakes, blueberry muffins, zucchini muffins and waffles.  I portion them out in freezer bags and freeze them for the week.  I sometimes also cook ham steaks, sausage patties and bake a loaf of fresh bread.  Then, I put them all in the freezer and take a bag out the night before the morning I plan to serve them.  I spend about 3 hours baking, and I save a ton of time and money through the week from baking every morning and buying pre-packaged food that's more expensive and not nearly as nutritious.  

-Homemade Pancakes

-Homemade Waffles

-Muffins: Banana/Chocolate Chip, Zucchini, Blueberry, Ect

-Meat & Eggs

-Breakfast Cookies

***Be sure to use real maple syrup on your baked goods instead of imitation syrup products that have no nutritional value and are loaded with sugar!  Raw honey is also a great option to replace syrup.

I am not a big fan of breakfast cereal, but my kids sometimes have it for breakfast.

Why not? Mass amounts of sugar in the morning isn't good for anyone.  Research has proven time and time again that sugar causes blood-sugar spikes which can in turn cause behavioral struggles and hunger that comes on sooner and stronger than a hearty meal would prompt.

With that being said, there are some low-sugar higher grain cereals that are better options than some of the childhood sugar-loaded favorites.  Cereal companies like General Mills are all trying to reduce the amounts of sugar found in their products.  GM has a handful of cereals that have 10 grams of sugar or less per serving.  Let's think about that for a minute, even though this is considered 'good' in the cereal world.  A serving is considered 1/2 cup of dry cereal.  10 grams of sugar is 2.5 teaspoons of sugar.  So 2.5 teaspoons of sugar per 1/2 cup of cereal.  THAT'S A LOT!

One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.

Sugar isn't a good way to start off the day!  We encourage everyone to try to incorporate real foods, packed with lots of nutritional benefits to start off the day right.  It curbs your appetite for longer and gives you lots of energy to have a successful day!

Cheers to your near future of healthy breakfasts!

oxox, Robin 
Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger 

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