If your house is anything like mine, there is always a serious collection of cereal boxes ready to be ‘selected’ from every morning. While I try to be particular about the cereals that do make it into the house I think it it’s time to jazz it up a little. I have been scouring around and trying some new healthy breakfast ideas as I sensed the kids boredom with this all important meal. And besides, why can’t breakfast be a bit varied and fun too.
On busy mornings it’s important that breakfast is quick and easy to make. Sometimes, a good way to ensure you’re ready to go in the morning is to have done a little preparation the night before for whatever is on the menu the next day.
Here are a few healthy breakfast ideas I’ve been road testing to break the ‘cardboard box bind’ – hope you find a few that are useful too.
Now before you get the wrong idea here, this is actually a mixture of oats, honey, natural yoghurt and milk that I prepare. When my youngest child was very small, he would call it ‘cake’ – because for him it was as good as having a piece of cake. To this day it is undoubtedly his favourite breakfast and his little face lights up when I tell him I’ve made it. This is one you do before going to bed. Here’s how:
Simply fill a big bowl ¾ way up with rolled oats (not instant). Barely cover with milk. Spoon over a good quantity of yoghurt and drizzle with honey. Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning the oats are all soft and the honey has miraculously blended its magic around every oat. Serve it on its own or with fruit – fresh, tinned or stewed and it’s delightful.
Get some groovy glasses the kids will like. Spoon in layers of yoghurt, chopped fruit, pureed fruit, nuts, oats, muesli and honey – whatever is on hand – and you’ll have a great appealing and tasty breakfast to serve. You could prepare these the night before or make fresh in the morning.
Eggs in Toast
Eggs are in fact a great way to start the day for kids. Apart from the same old scrambled eggs, try cooking a piece of toast, cutting out a hole (or any other shape in the middle) and place it in a lightly oiled frying pan. Break an egg into the hole and allow to cook. Now you have the egg and the toast all in one.
This is a great one for breakfast. Apart from fruit, milk and yoghurt, throw in a breakfast wheat bar or some oats as well then it truly is a liquid breakfast. You can also add LSA (a mix of linseed, sunflower seeds and almond) or wheatgerm for extra nutrition.
Instead of boring old toast mix it up a bit and make it a sandwich – these are just as good for breakfast as any other meal. Favourite fillings include – cheese, tomato & ham (or any combination of these three); banana; cheese and pineapple; baked beans; chicken; and tinned spaghetti.
You can make a big batch of this to last a while. Here’s our favourite family recipe:
2 ½ cups rolled oats
1 cup barley flakes
½ cup currants
½ cup LSA
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ teaspoon cinnamon.
Simply put it all into a container and combine well. Give it a shake each time before serving. You can mix and match this however you want adding favourite nuts and dried fruit.
Ricotta and Fruit Spread
Blend together 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese with around 1 cup of fruit. Suitable choices would be mango, banana or papaya. This can then be used as a dip with fresh fruit or spread on toast, bagels or fruit bread.
Fruit Bread Pancakes
Toast up some pieces of fruit bread. Cut out a large circle shape and stack them on top of each other. Top with some fresh fruit (strawberries and banana are good) and drizzle with whatever you normally like on pancakes – maple syrup, honey, butter.
We have been really enjoying some variety at breakfast. Hopefully you too can break away from cardboard box cereals for breakfast with some of these healthy breakfast ideas.
If you have any breakfast recipes you’d like to share, please let us know below.