Eating healthy as a family doesn’t have to be difficult. Meals, especially breakfast, can be delicious, healthy and quick! With today’s busy schedules, families don’t always have time to eat breakfast together (or even at all). But, this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. Below are some great breakfast ideas that are easy, nutritious and taste great, too.
1. Apples and Cheddar Cheese
Apples have been commonly chosen for a breakfast food, and for good reason. The high fiber content of apples is essential to help keep you full, and will prevent feelings of hunger. In addition to this, apples are a rich source of Vitamin C, along with other vitamins and minerals which are essential for optimal health and growth.
Be sure to include the peel on your apple to get the most bang for your buck. Try adding one ounce of cheddar cheese with an apple to round out your breakfast. Cheese is a great source of protein, which maintains and promotes muscle growth. In addition, like fiber, protein helps prevent hunger pains and promotes a feeling of saiety. Choose cheese that is made from low or nonfat milk in order to minimize fat and calorie intake.
2. Whole Grain Waffles and Peanut Butter
This mighty meal is more designed for a weekend breakfast, when you have a little extra time to whip up something special. Instead of making traditional waffles, try out some whole grain waffles. They will still provide you with the energy you need to get through your morning, but will help keep hunger at bay due to the slow-digesting whole grain.
Instead of dousing your waffles with syrup and butter, try adding some peanut butter. Like cheese, peanut butter is a great source of protein. While peanut butter does contain high fat levels, the fat is monounsaturated fat, which is actually good for you. This fat is promotes heart health, and can also prevent strokes and some types of cancer. Try to find peanut butter that has as few additives and preservatives as possible in order to get the best results.
3. Strawberry Shake
For days that are especially hectic, try grabbing a homemade strawberry breakfast shake. Combine a packet of vanilla or strawberry instant breakfast powder with a cup of milk and half a cup of chopped strawberries. Milk contains calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth, and is also a great source of protein. Choose milk that is low or nonfat in order to limit the fat and calories in this breakfast drink. The added strawberries will provide the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, and also contains high levels of fiber, guaranteed to help you make it through the morning.
Remember that you don’t need to choose fresh strawberries in order to get the best results–research has found that frozen fruits and vegetables contain the same amounts of vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts. If you do choose frozen strawberries, make sure that there is no added sugar or preservatives.