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Something Different to Start the Day

Eggs and toast boring you? Try these kickstarters for some sustainable energy to help you surf that afternoon slump.

I’ve had a few people ask me for some breakfast ideas because the ole eggs and toast bit isn’t cutting it anymore. So I thought I’d share some things that might spice it up and break the monotony. Here are some ideas and recipes that you can make for yourself/your family that are suitable for a busy busy life!

Mini Breakfast Quiches!

These are easy baked quiches in a muffin tin. Single-serving, high nutrient breakfast you can take with you!

(Makes 12 muffins)

What You Need:

12 cage-free eggs

2 Cups chopped veggies of your choice

1/4 tsp each of pepper, salt

1/2 cup cheese of choice

1/2 lb meat optional (use only 1 Cup veggies)

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a bowl, beat eggs, then vegetables, salt, pepper

Stir in meat and cheese

Spoon 1/3 cupfuls into greased muffin cups

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean

Pre-Bake Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars

A cross between a cake, cookie and a bowl of oatmeal, this make-ahead treat is handy to heat up and have for a quick healthy breakfast or snack. It’s a great pre-workout/pre-sport snack for you or your active kid too!

(Makes 9 bars/squares)

What You Need:

2 cups rolled oats (not instant)

1½ cups fat-free milk or soy milk

½ cup egg substitute or egg whites

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon melted margarine

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1½ cups chopped apples

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl mix the milk, brown sugar, egg substitute/whites, margarine and cinnamon together.

In a larger bowl combine the oats and the baking powder.

Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the oats; add the apples and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into a 8 x 8 inch pan coated with cooking spray and bake for 30-40 minutes, until top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean in the center.

*You can add a touch more brown sugar if you like it sweeter and a splash of milk for more creaminess.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 bar/square

Calories: 160; Total fat: 3g; Saturated fat: < 1g; Sodium: 80mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 18g; Protein 4g; Vitamin A: 248 IU; Vitamin C: 1.5 mg; Calcium: 56mg.

Breakfast Tacos

Scramble and cook one egg (or two egg whites). Serve eggs, salsa and low-fat cheese in corn tortillas.Add a little sautéed onion or avocado if you wish. YUM!

Cream Cheese and Strawberries on Toast

Sprinkle a little flax seed or wheat germ and a drizzle of honey and you’ve got a tasty, healthy breakfast.

For The Kids: Make a Breakfast Bar

Maybe a busy weekend tradition to start?

Let them build their own breakfast. This empowers and gets them thinking about how to fuel their day! No matter what nutritious combinations they come up with, they'll love the sense of control a breakfast bar offers. 

Mix and match some healthy choices for a winning combo and a happy kid. Will peanut butter glue the berries to a waffle? Or will yogurt smother nuts and fruit? Here are some ideas:

    Waffles

    Peanut butter

    Low-fat or fat-free yogurt

    Cottage cheese

    Variety of dry cereals

    Variety of berries and sliced fruit

    Cooked apples or fruit compote

    Chopped nuts

    Raisins and dried cranberries

    Low-fat or fat-free milk

I hope this gives you some good ideas and keeps you interested in the first meal of the day. Bon Appetit! 

 

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