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I kind of have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. To be honest, I dread it most days and it’s probably because I spend so much time fixing breakfast for my three kiddos that when it’s finally my turn to get breakfast I’m just too tired to think about what I should eat. When I don’t have a plan I go to my usual not-the-best-choice cereal. It doesn’t fill me up at all and often it makes me crave carbohydrates for the rest of the day. Lately, I’ve been trying to have a few quick breakfast ideas in my back pocket and as the holiday season begins to pick up I figured you’d want some ideas too!
What to look for in a healthy breakfast
To have a filling and healthy breakfast you want to look for meals that are high in fiber and protein. Foods that are high in fiber are whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Not only does a diet high in fiber help keep things regular but it also makes you feel full for a longer period of time than foods that are low in dietary fiber. Protein packed foods are great because not only do they give your body the fuel needed to build muscle but they also help stimulate your brain. The reason why many nutritionists suggest foods higher to help promote weight loss is because protein helps slow down the absorption of carbohydrates which means you aren’t experiencing sugar highs and lows.
High fiber foods and foods that are higher in protein does not mean you’re eating whole wheat toast and eggs every single morning. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. These meals do not have to take hours for you to create and many can be prepped ahead of time which saves you time when the baby all of a sudden decides that 8:30am is the best time to have a major diaper blowout.
Quick Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Mom
I have to say that these are my go to breakfasts when I’m in a hurry and you’ll see why; they’re tasty and easy to assemble when you have no time because you forgot to pack your kid’s lunch. Oh wait, I never pack his lunch the night before, who am I kidding?!
Simple Yogurt Parfait: Number one: It just looks pretty; especially when it’s in a Mason Jar. I feel all Pinterest-y when I do anything with a Mason Jar so eating my breakfast from there feels so DIY and trendy. This is what my parfait looks like; obviously I blend it all together before I eat it. It was pretty while it lasted. In my parfait I have Stonyfield Greek Yogurt (FYI Greek yogurt is where it’s at when it comes to a protein packed food, plus it has the good kind of bacteria you want to be living in your gut), Nature’s Best Isopure Dutch Chocolate Protein Powder, Honeyville Organic Peanut Butter Powder, 1 Banana, 2 tablespoons of Nature’s Path Qiá
Smoothies: A great way to get a fast, nutrient packed breakfast into your belly is the smoothie. My kids used to hate the sound of our Ninja Blender, however, I’ve introduced them to the wonder that is the smoothie and they get excited when it’s smoothie time. I’m a big fan of getting in some hidden greens like kale and spinach so I tend to favor rich flavor smoothies over fruity ones. That doesn’t mean I don’t like my share of fruit loving smoothies though. It’s really easy to play around with the ingredients as long as you have a good base. I like to use Greek Yogurt, Almond Milk and/or Coconut Water. Then I add in my Isopure to get that extra hit of protein.
Natural, Whole Grain Cereals/Granolas: A little goes a long, long, way when it comes to whole grains. Yes, read that that’s whole grains not whole wheat. Whole grains means any kind of grain. If you’re trying to avoid wheat like I am then this is the way you want to go. I’ve been adding Nature’s Path Qiá to my Simple Yogurt Parfait but I’ve also been eating it on its own with some almond milk. The chia seeds in the mix are excellent at absorbing liquid and the two tablespoons that’s recommended is more than enough to make you feel full and satisfied. This is especially true if you like having something to crunch in the morning. Simply replace your boxed cereal with this bad boy.
What about you? What are your go-to breakfasts when you’re in a hurry? Any tips you have or things you think I should try? I’m all ears…or eyes in this case since I’m reading this.
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.