5 Healthy & Kid-Friendly Breakfasts We Eat All the Time
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Okay, I have a confession. Breakfast is NOT my favorite meal of the day. Of course I love bacon just as much as anyone else, but I’m not a morning person and I’m not usually all that hungry when I wake up and I’m still all bleary-eyed and groggy. I eat breakfast daily because I’m an active person and I need the fuel to get my day going, but usually that doesn’t happen until some time between 9 and 9:30 after I’ve downed about 20 ounces of coffee and finally dragged myself to the kitchen so I can get the kiddos fed.
Once or twice a week I go all out and make a big batch of pancakes or waffles or make a good old-fashioned fry-up because my son and husband really love big breakfasts. My toddler on the other hand, is much like myself. She’s a late sleeper and typically eats very little at breakfast. Most days, our morning meal is a good balance between filling and nutritious and quick and easy. We rarely eat cold cereal because it just doesn’t hold any of us over for very long.
Instead we have several go-to healthy breakfasts in our regular rotation, and we keep things interesting by switching up the seasonings and flavorings. Keeping staples like whole-grain bread, avocados, eggs and oats on hand is a must, and we usually buy them in bulk at Costco. And when I make those double batches of pancakes or waffles, we always freeze the leftovers to use on early mornings like on Sundays before church or days we leave the house early for an outing.
Everyone in our family absolutely loves oatmeal in pretty much any form. Lately we’ve been eating a lot of cold overnight oats typically made with coconut milk or almond milk and yogurt and topped with fruit, nuts, seeds and peanut butter. We also eat homemade hot oatmeal prepared from rolled oats with either almond milk or dairy milk, even in the summer. Some of our favorite flavor combos are cinnamon and vanilla, cinnamon raisin, blueberry vanilla and strawberries and cream, but we also love adding pumpkin puree and apples in the fall and winter.
We eat a lot of eggs as well, and usually buy either the two dozen or five dozen packs at Costco. We probably eat eggs two or three times a week and mix it up with scrambled, fried and hard- or soft-cooked made in the pressure cooker. Typically we have them with toast, veggies, fruit and sometimes with bacon, sausage or ham. Sometimes we’ll wrap ’em in a tortilla and call it a breakfast taco.
Speaking of toast, one of our favorite quick and easy breakfast options is either avocado toast or peanut butter toast. Sometimes we top avo toast with an egg and a bit of salt and pepper, sometimes it’s a drizzle of olive oil and either crushed red pepper flakes and salt or Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning and other days it’s feta or cotija cheese with a squeeze of lime juice and crushed red pepper flakes. Peanut butter toast we top with bananas and cinnamon or a drizzle of honey and some thinly sliced apples.
We also do a lot of smoothies and smoothie bowls for breakfast, especially during the summer months. This is one of our quickest breakfast options now that I finally have a Vitamix. Today, we had chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothies made with almond milk and frozen cauliflower rice alongside some soft-cooked eggs. Other days we might have vanilla peanut butter protein smoothies or fruit-based smoothie bowls topped with more fresh fruit, nuts, unsweetened coconut, seeds, etc.
Do you have any favorite go-to breakfasts? Let me know in the comments.