I almost forgot that September is Breakfast Month. It conveniently coincides with kids going back to school and is a great way to remind us that breakfast is truly important and not a meal that should be covered in sugar. Send your kids off to school with a breakfast that will keep their blood sugar stable and not a sugared cereal. Leave those for an occasional weekend treat, and server healthy and delicious food as the norm. Breakfasts that mix complex carbohydrates, protein, and just a little heart-healthy fat is the perfect mix.
Use the best ingredients you can obtain. Don’t automatically assume organic is more expensive. On many items in my local grocery store, the difference between organic and non-organic is less than a dollar. Also, don’t shy away from brown eggs. The color of eggs is determined by the breed of chicken laying it and nothing else.
I buy organic, vegetarian-fed, and cage-free eggs. They’re as close to the eggs grandma used to use in her kitchen. No antibiotics because chickens aren’y stacked 6-stories high with feces raining down on them. If you’ve ever seen the show, “Dirty Jobs”, watch for the chicken “farmer” episode. You’ll never eat commercial eggs again. I know I haven’t since I saw it!
Do you need to make an elaborate breakfast every morning? No! You can use some of these simple breakfast ideas or do bulk cooking and freeze enough breakfast for the week/month in one cooking session. Whichever you choose, you and your family will be rewarded with “more strength and endurance, and better concentration and problem-solving abilities”.*
Here are some super-fast breakfast options:
- Whole grain cereal (choose one with lots of fiber and very little sugar), add sliced bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or other seasonal fruit and milk.
- Yogurt with fruit – choose one low in sugar and without a sugar substitute. Avoid ones marketed for kids, they’re generally very high in sugar and artificial flavors.
- Natural peanut butter and a small amount of jam on whole grain bread.
- Hot oatmeal. Add chopped nuts and fresh or dried fruit and/or cinnamon and cloves. Prepare the oatmeal overnight in your crockpot and it’ll be ready by morning. Make extra, refrigerate it, and reheat in the microwave the next day.
Bulk Cooking Breakfast Options (OAMC)
- Breakfast Burritos
- Egg and Cheese Muffin or Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches
- Bagel French Toast
*Source: Jennifer K. Nelson, director of clinical dietetics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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