Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Recently on my Facebook page, Natural New Age Mum, we had a discussion about breakfast cereals and how bad most of them are. Pretty much all of the packaged stuff you buy is devoid of any real nutrition, as it has been so heavily processed. Have a read of this article from Cyndi O’Meara, nutritionist at Changing Habits for some more information.
This prompted me to ask – What healthy breakfasts are you feeding your family?
The response was overwhelming! There were so many great ideas, so I thought I would share them all together on this blog post for you. It’s a great resource to print out and stick up on the fridge for inspiration.
Okay, so let’s eat breakfast!
“Cereal” type Breakfast
*make your own home-made muesli
*organic puffed brown rice & fruit
*organic muesli, natural yoghurt & frozen berries
*home made granola sweetened with apple juice topped with fruit compote and natural yoghurt
*porridge made with steel cut oats
*rolled oats, pour on enough boiling water to just cover, add chia seeds, homemade natural yoghurt and berries
*power porridge from Teresa Cutter
*pre-soaked oats with rice milk and a smidge of local honey
*oats & dates (or sultanas) soaked overnight in your choice of milk -add chia & sunflower seeds the next morning
*oats, which have been soaked overnight in warm water & yoghurt, then cooked adding raw milk, grated apple and sultanas – and sometimes a dollop of raw cream!
*porridge made with quinoa, chia seeds, farm fresh goat milk, stewed pear and LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond)
*Pura Veda cereal mix
1/3 cup quinoa flakes, 1/3 cup coconut yogurt, blended fresh young coconut meat, 1/3 cup milk or alternative, 1/4 tsp maqui powder, 1/2 tbls chia seed, 1tbls red quinoa sprouted, 1tbls nut meal, 1/2 banana, 1 heaped tbls of nut butter. Put in a jar the night before, give it a shake then pop in the fridge quick stir in the morning maybe add some chopped fresh fruit and there’s breaky.
*spelt sourdough & avocado
*banana on toast, spread with home-made nut butter
*mushrooms, sliced, sautéed in oil or butter, on toast with a little salt and pepper
*paleo pumpkin bread from Teresa Cutter with avocado or nut butter
*bruschetta with freshly rubbed garlic, flax oil, with fresh tomato and basil from the garden, salt and pepper
*avocado on toast with Herbamare and lemon
*Essene bread with cashew butter and avocado
*2 Ryvita spread with avocado
*banana bread, made with no sugar
Chia Porridge/Pudding Breakfast
All the rage at the moment! A basic chia porridge is so simple to make – just add liquid (I prefer coconut milk) to chia seeds until they are covered and a bit over and leave to thicken (40 mins at least or overnight if you like). Add lots of yummy things. To the one in this photo, I have added organic coconut milk and Nutraorganics Acai-Berry superfood powder and topped with bananas and blueberries. When I am not allowed sugar or fruit, I add nuts, other seeds and a good slurp of coconut oil. Here are some more ideas:
*Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, chopped dehydrated apples, pour your favourite milk over and let sit for 5-10mins to thicken.
*1 can coconut cream, 1/3 cup chia seeds, 2 TBL spoons honey (or maple syrup), 1/2 tspn vanilla essence, 2 limes – juiced and rind grated. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and spoon into cups. Let sit for 30mins and then place in the fridge. Should be ready to eat in another 30minutes. So easy and so yummy! From Wholefood Mama.
*chia pudding with raw cacao and blueberries
*chopped fruit, seeds and nuts sprinkled on top
*apple slices, spread with nut butter
*fresh fruit salad & yoghurt
*yoghurt and fresh berries with Superfoods for Kids Berry Choc Chunk or C Berry Blast
*ice cream ie frozen fruit whipped in blender or thermomix (bananas and berries are best)
*fruit salad with chia seed & avocado on top
*CADA (a gorgeous recipe, originally from Fleur Whelligan at Like Chocolate for Women). I like CADA with coconut, apple, dates, almonds, chia and cinnamon. Make it nut-free by using sunflower kernels or pumpkin seeds.
*Fruit Omlette. 1 banana and 2 eggs whisked to make omelette. Serve topped with kefir yoghurt and raspberries
*2 eggs scrambled with goat milk and chia seeds. Add nitrate-free bacon & chopped spinach to the mix as a variation.
*Scrambled eggs with tomato or grated carrot
*2 pieces of nitrate free bacon, 2 eggs scrambled, poached or fried with grass fed butter and a 1/2 tomato cooked and 1/2 avocado.
*french toast (egg soaked spelt bread), fried in butter or coconut oil.
*eggs (poached, scrambled, boiled) with any of the following: salmon, nitrate-free bacon, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, steak, avocado.
*hash veggies (grated veg with a bit of almond meal and an egg to make patties) served with nitrate-free bacon, asparagus and eggs.
*a couple of ethical preservative free sausages with an egg and spinach.
*poached eggs on toast with spinach.
*multi-grain toast, slice of organic ham, poached egg and home made guacamole ( I make mine with mashed avocado, salt, pepper, lemon juice, Moroccan seasoning, diced tomato and a little bit of spring onions)
*fried salmon and mushrooms with poached eggs
*poached eggs, grilled tomato, mushrooms, cooked spinach and even broccoli
*poached egg on rye sourdough
*soft boiled egg (using mainly the yolk) smeared onto buttered sourdough toast
*scrambled eggs with fresh herbs on multigrain or sourdough bread
*toast with avocado or hommus with a poached egg
*omlette with vegetables – mushrooms, tomato, herbs
* my Egg Thingys
*ricotta oat pancakes from Teresa Cutter
*GF pancakes (rice flour, buckwheat ground in thermomix, then add arrowroot and xantham gum) with soy milk, cinnamon, apple and an egg.
*banana pancakes – mash 2 bananas, add 2 eggs, whisk and then add your choice of flour (I use wholemeal spelt or SR and Spelt combo) add water or milk or greek yoghurt until the right consistency and then cook in whatever size you like.
*buckwheat pancakes that I add 2 eggs and natural yoghurt or ricotta cheese to the batter for extra protein plus cinnamon for sweetness.
*Aimee’s Paleo Banana pancakes
Mix together: 5 organic egg yolks, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarb soda, pinch salt, 1 tbsp coconut milk, 2 ripe mashed bananas, cinnamon and vanilla. Leave to stand while you use a hand mixer to whip the egg whites separately. Once white mix is firm, gently fold into banana mix. Cook on fry pan on low heat with coconut oil. Pancakes will darken due to sugar in bananas, but thats fine. Once cooked, stack and drizzle with coconut milk and pure maple syrup.
*Smoothie Bowl – try this delicious recipe from Mamacino
*Fresh fruit juices (packaged, particularly long-life juices, have had all the nutrients stripped from them)
*Brekkie smoothie – frozen berries, coconut milk, yoghurt, ice, psyllium, sunflower seeds and a little bit of stevia. Another yummy one is pear, almond milk, ice, yoghurt and sunflower seeds.
*Mixed berry smoothie made with flaxseed and almond milk.
*Banana, mixed berries, natural plain yoghurt and almond milk smoothie. Optional – add tofu.
*Mega smoothie of raw egg, yoghurt, coconut oil, chia seeds, vital greens and banana.
*Smoothie with vegan protein powder, berries and mixed seeds or muesli.
*Green spirulina smoothie
*Frozen mixed berries, banana, egg, yoghurt, lsa (linseed, sunflower and almond meal) and milk smoothie
*super smoothie – organic almond milk, organic honey, banana, chia seeds, cacao & maca shake
*fruit smoothie – 1/2 a mango, a handful of raspberries & blueberries, 4 strawberries, 1/2 a fresh banana, 2 tsps of oats & 2 cups of almond milk
*half an avocado, grilled with a tiny bit of organic ham and cheese
*slice tomato & onion, put in a saucepan & cook until tender, season with salt & pepper serve on sourdough toast
*leftovers from dinner
*My Blueberry Breakfast Slice (photo below)
What a list!! I had trouble typing and not drooling on the keyboard! Thank you so, so much to all of you that took the time to tell me about your healthy breakfasts. Hopefully we have inspired you to try out something new.
What do you have for a healthy breakfast? Please post any ideas in the comments!
Check out my friend Brenda Janschek’s 14 Winter Warmer Breakfasts!