Updated 03.27.13: Since the writing of this post, I have gone gluten free, so I’m adding a few more ideas that are GF as well as some grain-free options!
In our attempts to feed our family a more traditional diet, we have stopped buying boxed cereals and freezer waffles, which were pretty much the extent of our breakfast menu before. I thought I’d list some of the things I’ve been doing for breakfast, and I would love to hear more ideas in the comments!
12 Healthy Breakfast Ideas
1. Fried Eggs on Toast. My middle child doesn’t care for eggs, which is ironic because she was allergic to them her first few years of life. The rest of us love fried eggs, though. I will fry an egg or two in butter with some sea salt and pepper for flavor. I usually throw a piece of bread into the toaster at the same time (Udi’s Gluten Free for me!) They both take about 3 minutes and are ready at the same time. I like to put my egg right on my toast and eat it together.
2. The Best Scrambled Eggs Ever. I tried this recipe for the first time on Sunday. YUM. It’s also a nice nutritious, inexpensive breakfast-for-dinner idea.
3. Healthy AND Tasty Pancakes with real maple syrup. I’ll be honest. It took my kids a few days to come around to this hearty pancake recipe, but now they ask for them. I make a batch for Saturday mornings, and then I store the leftovers in the freezer in ZipLock gallon bags that we pop in the toaster oven and eat throughout the week. My daughters particularly like these.
4. French Toast with real maple syrup. This actually whips up pretty quickly. Bonus if you make it with homemade bread.
5. Oatmeal. My son has always loved oatmeal, and my girls will eat it if I make it. I use the regular Quaker Rolled Oats (not the quick cooking kind) and I make it on the stove top with whole milk. I sprinkle brown sugar (or better yet, Sucanat) on top, and they eat it right up!
6. Baked Soaked Oatmeal. My kids aren’t as fond of this as I am, but I love the stuff. Your kids may like it, though. It’s sweet and yummy.
7. Homemade Granola. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. So does my husband. My bigger kids prefer it without milk, as a snack. But my little one scarfs down a bowl of it in milk every morning. It’s also good in yogurt.
8. “Mom is Great” Breakfast Cake. I just made this, and I love it. It’s a bit heavy, but once you get used to it, it’s really enjoyable. This will be my newest take-to-church-for-coffee-hour treat.
9. Creeping Crust Fruit Pie. This one’s a hit with my 3-year-old. (And me. *GRIN*)
10. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes. These are a bit dense, but yummy. They could even be dessert!
11. Banana Blueberry Egg Mini Muffins. These are gluten free and grain-free for those eating Paleo. The recipe is super simple, and they’re great for breakfast or a snack at any time of day.
12. Crustless Chard Quiche. This delectable quiche is so rich and delicious you’ll never miss the crust!