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5 Healthy and Easy Breakfast Ideas

5 Healthy and Easy

 

Some people can eat the same thing every. single. morning for breakfast and never get tired of it.  I am not that person. I need variety to keep things interesting. This makes eating healthy a lot more appealing for the long run, keeping flavors exciting and  not so restrictive.

So, for those of you who can’t do scrambled eggs with kale and spinach every. single. morning., this post is for you! All of the recipes I will be sharing with you in this post are packed with good nutrition to get your day started off right and one’s that we personally rotate through regularly in our house. Most of these you can prep either the night before or at the beginning of the week to have available for an easy no fuss breakfast. As a mom to two kids (a 2 year old and a 6 month old), this is a must to make mornings much less stressful. Not to mention, my two year old likes variety too, so having a good rotation of healthy recipes keeps her interested in eating healthy just as much as it does me. She will gobble up her scrambled eggs for maybe two or three days but then around that third or fourth day she’s over it. So, if you’re having trouble keeping littles eating healthy, it may just mean you need to switch things up!

Outside of just keeping flavors interesting, there is also other health benefits to switching things up. By eating the same foods over and over without much variety, we may limit our bodies from a broad spectrum of micronutrients and other beneficial nutrients that other whole, properly prepared foods provide. On top of that, did you know that eating too much of the same food over and over is one of the major contributors to food intolerances developing? That’s another topic for another day.

For now, here are my top 5 favorite nutrient dense breakfast recipes!

Chia Pudding

Packed with tons of good quality fat from the coconut milk and loaded with plant based protein, omega 3’s, antioxidants and calcium from the chia seeds. Here are two recipes I go back and forth between.

I love to top mine with a variety of fresh fruit, just whatever I’m in the mood for.

So easy. Takes less than 5 minutes to put together. Just make sure to do it the night before or at the beginning of the week so you have it ready to go in the mornings. Would make a great afternoon snack too for kiddos coming home from school or for anyone for that matter!

Breakfast Sausage with Veggies and Fruit

I don’t recommend buying breakfast sausage from your local grocery store unless it is from a healthy grass fed or pastured animal. So, you have two options here. You can purchase some breakfast sausage from a local farmer like Slanker’s Grass Fed Meats (which is delicious by the way!), or you can just make your own using plain grass-fed ground meat and the homemade breakfast sausage seasoning recipe below.

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Just mix this seasoning into 1 lb. of grass fed ground meat, form into small patties and cook evenly on both sides on a skillet. 1 lb. meat will make about 14-16 small patties.

Once these are made, just store in the fridge to easily pull out and reheat the next morning.

For your veggies:

Chop up a good amount of whatever veggies you like at the beginning of the week and store in the fridge to easily throw in the skillet and saute in some good quality fat like coconut oil. I personally love bell peppers, onions and some chopped kale or spinach. If your sausage is already made, this is the only thing you have to cook. Should take less than 5 minutes if your veggies are also already chopped.

Pair both of these with some fresh berries of choice! Easy peasy!

Sheet Pan Breakfast

Inspired by Renee Kohley of Raising Generation Nourished Blog for those busy mornings! This is basically the same type of breakfast as above, just a hands free version.

The options are endless here. The goal is to just chop up a bunch of your favorite veggies and maybe some potatoes (optional) and throw them on a pan and let them cook while you  go get ready or take care of things around the house before the day gets going.

Step 1: Chop your veggies and potatoes or winter squash and store in the fridge at the beginning of the week. Good options include chopped cabbage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, butternut squash  etc.

Step 2: Heat your oven to 400 when you wake up. Throw your veggies on a large sheet pan. Evenly toss with good quality fat like coconut oil or olive oil. Sprinkle with some sea salt and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Go take a shower, throw some laundry in, get dressed, change diapers, etc. and let it cook all by itself!

Step 3: Serve with your choice of prepped protein. Good options might be some breakfast sausage or hard boiled eggs, or some bacon! Bacon is healthy for you?? What??? Depends on your source. I recommend bacon from healthy animals that have been pasture raised, like from these guys. The link takes you to the pork bacon, but they also sell beef and buffalo bacon too. Just know that the beef and buffalo bacon will taste a little more game-y if you decide to try it. You won’t find a good quality source of bacon at any of our local chain grocery stores. Just watch the timer and throw a few pieces of bacon in a skillet the last 5-10 minutes so its ready when your veggies come out hot!

Easy Breakfast Casserole

I love casseroles because you only have to cook once and then have breakfast made for at least half the week, depending on how many people you are feeding. If you don’t like eating the same thing multiple mornings in a row, just cook the casserole, let it cool, cut into individual serving squares, wrap them and store in freezer bags. This way you can pull out individual servings sizes to reheat on the mornings that you want it and not feel obligated to eat the whole casserole before it goes bad sitting in your fridge! My favorite healthy breakfast casserole we make regularly is linked below.

Easy Breakfast Casserole by PaleOMG

I made two of these casseroles and stored them in individual servings sizes in my freezer before baby number two came along and it was a life saver that first month after we brought baby home.

Soaked Oatmeal

Not everyone can tolerate grains, but if you can, this is a wonderful option to keep variety in your diet. Eggs and other good quality sources of meat are great in the mornings, but some mornings I just crave something warm and comforting like a bowl of oatmeal. This isn’t just any bowl of oatmeal though. Soaked oats are a traditional way of preparing this classic breakfast that increase not only its nutritional value but make it much more easy to digest. For the recipe and benefits of soaked oats as well as what I recommend topping your oatmeal with for added nutritional value, read my full post on that through the link below.

How and Why You Should Soak Your Oats

What Do I Drink In The Mornings?

Most mornings I pair my breakfast with a warm cup of herbal tea and a scoop of collagen for some added gut support. When I’m feeling extra fancy, I like to whip up this green tea matcha collagen latte.

For all the wonderful health benefits of collagen and why I choose to add it into my diet daily, you can read my full post on that here.

Hope this post gives you some new ideas to keep your healthy eating adventures interesting and not so boring, at least in the mornings!

 

 

 

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