I’m in love with healthy breakfast food. Eggs, avocado, home fries, prosciutto…you name it, I love it!
However, just last year, I wasn’t enjoying any of these delicious and nutritious foods for breakfast. I ate lots of cereal, small fruit smoothies, a handful of gluten-free crackers, and sometimes it was no breakfast at all. After doing a Whole30, I learned that a good breakfast is healthy and satisfying. It’s your first real meal and sets the tone for your food choices throughout the day.
This summer, I decided to incorporate some of my new-found healthy food philosophies into my children’s meals. My target: the cereal box.
With two toddlers known for being emotional wrecks most mornings, my go-to breakfast has always been Cheerios with milk. Easy and guaranteed not to cause tantrums. Cereal is EASY, so easy. But, it’s also highly processed and not filling for more than an hour. I’m not judging you if that’s what you feed your kids–I have a box of it in my pantry for those mornings when I just can’t adult. Plus, yay for feeding your children!
The first step in de-cerealizing my breakfast was to NOT announce this new change, as to avoid total anarchy. Instead, I “forgot” to buy cereal at the store and casually proposed the choices of eggs or oatmeal. As I shivered in suspense, I was happy to hear “eggs please!” Whew.
We have been cereal-free for almost a month now.
It was hard for me at first because I actually have to think about and cook for everyone, not just myself–it’s not as simple as throwing some bowls and spoons on high chairs. However, we all get to eat breakfast together, whereas before I was just whipping up my own breakfast as they started on their Cheerios.
As with most other meals, I found it to be another challenge to find a variety of recipes both toddler- and adult-approved. A quick Pinterest search gave me a ton of great new ideas, so here is a round-up of some that have worked for us:
- Banana pancakes – Combine 1 banana, one egg, a few tablespoons of nut butter, and a dash of cinnamon. Cook in butter. Easiest way to be the best mom in the world for serving pancakes on a Tuesday.
- Paleo muffins – I’ve posted this recipe all over the place because it’s so easy and so tasty.
- Oatmeal – I just discovered quick-cooking oats and they changed my life. They cook in under five minutes; it’s a daily miracle. Instead of topping with sugar, sprinkle it with applesauce and raisins–healthier and still sweet. Overnight oats are also very popular and a great idea for those early mornings. Also, these if you’re craving creative comfort food.
- Homemade granola – perfect on its own or on top of yogurt.
- Egg muffins – adorable, delicious, and no silverware required. Easily swap in bacon and even Daddy will enjoy them!