Quick and Easy Breakfast IdeasMonday, July 19, 2010
Question: I am a Mom of 2 children ages 5 and 7. Mornings are busy in our house, as I am getting my children off to school or camp. Can you please provide me with some healthy and easy to prepare (or grab) breakfast choices for myself? I do not have the time to cook everyday.
Answer: Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (yes, even for mom). There are quick and easy options available and with a little advanced planning, it’s all possible.
Here are five ideas to get you started:
Cook up a batch of oatmeal the night before and store in the refrigerator. The next morning, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Don’t forget to top with fresh fruit or a handful of nuts.
Hard boil a dozen or so eggs and store in the fridge. The next morning grab two along with a fresh fruit or a slice of 100% whole wheat bread with a teaspoon of jam.
Whole grain cereal with low fat (1%) or skim milk is always my top choice when I’m in a rush. Don’t forget to top with fresh fruit or two tablespoons of raisins. Healthier whole grain cereal choices include:
- Kashi’s Heart to Heart
- Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls or Puffins
- Cheerios (original or multigrain)
- Fiber One (original)
#4: Breakfast Bar
In a real time crunch, grab a breakfast bar and pair it with a fresh fruit or yogurt. Healthier breakfast bars include:
- Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Bar (140 calories)
- Trader Joe’s Cereal Bars (120 calories)
- Kashi TLC Baked Apple Spice Cereal Bar (100 calories)
- Nature’s Choice Cereal Bar: Triple Berry (150 calories)
#5: Greek Yogurt
For a little extra protein kick, choose nonfat Greek yogurt (it has more protein per ounce than traditional yogurt) and top with 2 tablespoons of granola, nuts or fresh fruit.
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