Part of our Conquering Real Food Frustrations - some of you expressed some lack luster excitement about breakfast, so here it is! Here is why my family is choosing Real Food.
Real food for breakfast doesn't have to just be oatmeal, eggs or yogurt - though those are pretty good!
Why should you eat breakfast? I know I am guilty of skipping it quite often. I have never been a morning person and what comes with that is not really being a breakfast person. Drinking water helps start your metabolism and will quench your thirst better than sugary juice first thing in the morning. Complex carbohydrates help keep you going for longer and adding some protein, like a nut butter, with help with some needed energy.
For those mornings when the kiddos don't want to obey the first fifth time, this is our favorite on the go breakfast. And here is a gluten-free version, which I like a lot too! I don't feel the least bit guilty about these cookies for breakfast or a snack. We usually make a double batch and put more than half of them in the freezer for later.
Sweet Potato Frittata
Breakfast Eggs Three Ways
Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole
Savory Oven Pancake
Eggs are a great source of protein. And the chickens are great at eating some of your kitchen blunders - wink, wink. My daughter loves simple scrambled eggs with salt and pepper, I like the same on some sprouted bread. But for something more hearty a frittata (of which I just use whatever veggies that need to be finished off) or omelette might be up your alley.
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A couple years ago we discovered the lovely creaminess of cracked oats - rather than the traditional rolled - I assume they are pretty similar to steel cut. They are yummy! You can also make any whole grain into a breakfast/porridgey type dish. I discovered this by accident when I mixed millet and quinoa in the same storage dish. Just a little butter, honey, cinnamon and milk and it was delicious! Just cook the grains as you normally would and treat like oatmeal, it does take a bit longer as far as the cooking process, but you could always reserve some from the night before and heat up on the stove with some milk.
Homemade Oatmeal Packets
Soaked and Baked Oatmeal Cake
We also all love quick breads, which I make muffins from quite often so they are a little more "grab and go". My kids suck down these muffins. We do banana most often since for some reason our house makes them go black three times faster. But you can substitute in whatever you have on hand or use the base recipe and throw in some nuts - it is very forgiving.
Muffins and Mouthfuls:
Pumpkin Ginger Scones
Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts
Low Carb Oat Bran Muffins
Wheat-Free Vegan Oat Muffins
Grain-Free Blueberry Muffins
Cinnamon Power Muffins
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I usually keep our sprouted bread in the freezer - we don't eat much bread and this real bread goes bad fast. So one of my favorite things to do is make French Bread out of it. It is a hearty bread so even your husband who likes white bread will enjoy it. (Shhh, we sometimes have it for dinner as well.)
For 4-6 Slices: Combine 3 Eggs, 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract, 1 Teaspoon Rum (optional), 1/2 Cup Milk or Cream and 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup. Whisk together, soak bread for at least 5 minutes while you get the rest of the meal together or overnight in the fridge.
Pan Fry in butter or coconut oil on medium low for 2 min on each side - watch them closely! If you are not sitting at the table to eat add a little more syrup to the mix and just eat like bread. You get the benefits of sprouted grains and some eggy protein!
Pancakes, Waffles and Toast:
Grain-Free Pumpkin Pancakes
My kids favorite is strawberry, blueberry, banana and a little homemade yogurt - I have thrown in some veggies from time to time, but they know - oh how they know.
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Busy Morning Smoothies
Dairy Free Smoothie
Here are also a bunch of other allergy friendly options. If you are short on time in the mornings you may want to look at cold breakfasts. I love Kitchen Stewardship - Katie also has some really great breakfast ideas!
I do have to tell you that my husband is still a cereal buyer - or I get it for him because he requests it - which means my kids do eat cereal. For the most part I get organic and am a fanatical label reader. After we no longer have house guests I am planning on slowly weaning us off. I do have to find some alternatives for hubby OR just ask him to keep his cereal secret . . .