We've been talking healthy eating, but there's still a lot to cover.....why not start at the beginning....
What you eat for breakfast is not only important because it's your first fuel of the day, but it can also set the tone for how healthy (or unhealthy....) the rest of your day will go.
Chances are, if you eat a piece of chocolate cake for breakfast (been there), you won't make the best choices the rest of the day.
If you eat a bowl of sugary cereal first thing in the morning, it's guaranteed you'll be hungry again within an hour or so, and you'll be exhausted! The same goes for your kids, (who are at school and starving while they're taking their spelling test. )
We are pretty boring around here--during the week the kids eat oatmeal almost every morning. It's easy, healthy, filling, cheap, and we can add any kind of fruits and nuts to make it different.
My very favorite way to eat oatmeal though, is actually a little bit different......it's raw!
I like a little bit of texture instead of a hot bowl of mush. If you haven't tried this--please do! I love it and it's so easy to throw together. If you're in a hurry in the morning, you can get ready to go while you let the milk soak in.
rolled oats (not instant) + milk (enough to cover)--let this sit for a few minutes
drizzle of maple syrup or honey
sprinkle of ground flax
whatever fruit you have around (this time banana + strawberries)
sometimes I add a teensy bit of unsweetened cocoa powder
Some other breakfasts we like are
-peanut butter toast
-avocado on toast
-we don't eat a ton of cereal in the morning--we save it mostly for snacks or the weekend, but I do like a few of the Kashi brands and Cascadian Farms brands as well.
-we love yogurt
-I still make granola every now and then
-when we have waffles or pancakes for dinner, I double the batch so we can have extras for breakfast.
-sometimes I am so busy rushing around (I'm sure you know the feeling), and while the kids get their breakfast, I'm out the door with nothing. For times like these I love a good hearty granola bar--Odwalla bars are a long time favorite--they're tasty, filling, and aren't full of a bunch of fake stuff (bonus!)
My challenge for you this week,
is to try something new for breakfast!
Find something a little more substantial than your morning poptart. The closer we get to summer, the more fresh fruits there are available, and they pair perfectly with a healthy breakfast.
I would love to hear what YOU have for breakfast!
i'll be posting some of my favs on my facebook page