Healthy Breakfast Ideas

May 22, 2010 in Featured, General Nutrition by Webmaster



Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what types of things should you be eating?

The following are some healthy breakfast ideas:

Whole Grain Cold Cereal (Make sure it really is whole grain!)

Topping ideas:

  • Fresh, canned or frozen fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Nuts or seeds (sliced or chopped)

Whole Grain Hot Cereal

Things like oatmeal, cracked wheat, rolled wheat, muesli, brown rice.

(Hint: Some whole grains take a long time to cook; cook ahead and just warm in the microwave.)

Cooked in ingredients:

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
  • Chopped dried dates, prunes, figs, raisins, cranberries, cherries, and so on.
  • Chopped fresh apples

Toppings:

  • Chopped fresh fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts or seed

Whole Grain Waffles

100% Whole Grain Pancake and Waffle Recipe

Topping ideas:

  • Whipped cream (special day topping)
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Ricotta cheese, sweetened with a little Delight (LINK)
  • Fruit: berries, bananas, mangos, papaya, pineapple, applesauce
  • Consider passing up butter (saturated fat) and syrup (empty calories)

Whole Grain Pancakes

Quick and easy to make with Dr. Grandma’s Pancake and Waffle Mix.

Add ins:

Blueberries, raisins or other dried fruit, spices, applesauce

Toppings:

  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit, berries, bananas, mangos, papaya, pineapple
  • Applesauce
  • Nut butters, Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • Consider passing up butter (saturated fat) and syrup (empty calories)

Whole Wheat Pita Pocket

Stuffing ideas:

  • Eggs (scrambled or sliced hard cooked)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Scrambled tofu
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green onions
  • Herbs, basil, parsley, cilantro

Whole Grain Bagel

A nice whole grain bagel topped with:

  • Neufchatel cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Lox

English Muffin

Toppers:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Mushrooms, peppers or other vegetables,
  • Top with a bit of Parmesan cheese

Omelets

Omelets could be made with whole eggs, egg whites, or egg substitute products.

Add ins:

  • Cooked wheat berries
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Vegetables
  • A little feta or Parmesan cheese

Breakfast Burritos with Whole Grain Tortillas

Filled with:

  • Salsa
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Grilled Vegetables; onions, peppers, mushrooms
  • A ‘dot’ of sour cream, or yogurt
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Onions, fresh or grilled


French Toast (Make with Whole Grain bread)

Toppings:

  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Applesauce

Consider passing up butter (saturated fat) and syrup (empty calories)

Whole Wheat Toast

Toppings:

  • Applesauce
  • Peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread), or other nut butters
  • Bananas
  • Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Toppings:

  • Fresh or canned fruit
  • Muesli or granola (try making your own – see recipe later in this newsletter.
  • Many of the store brands are loaded with sugar and fat.)

Whole Wheat Muffins

Whole wheat muffins are easy to make with Dr. Grandma’s Muffins Your Way It's a 100% whole organic hard red spring wheat based muffin mix. It includes
22 muffin recipes for making different types of muffins.

Breakfast Cake

Breakfast Cake is easy to whip up using Dr. Grandma’s Muffins Your Way mix.
Instead of making individual muffins, one package will make a delicious Breakfast Cake.

Baked Donuts

Made with Dr. Grandma’s Muffins Your Way. See the June issue of the Dr. Grandma’s Newsletter for three baked donut recipes.

Breakfast Parfait

Layers:

  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Fresh fruit topping (Berries, grapes, kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, banana, melon bits, or your favorite)

Traveling Breakfast (Easy to Pack)

Hard cooked egg or a container of low fat yogurt; cold pancakes, whole graincrackers, or a slice of whole wheat bread; and fresh fruit (apple, orange, banana and so on).

Vegetable Frittata

Takes a little extra time, but it's a favorite of ours.

Serve with whole wheat bread, or add a little cooked wheat or brown rice.

Some Thoughts about Breakfast

What to Avoid: Avoid breakfasts with hard cheese; biscuits and croissants (loaded with saturated fat), processed meats (ham, sausage, bacon, other processed meats). Have you tried the soy sausages? - Not bad for a change. Watch the levels of sodium.

Quick Prep. Tips: Make extra pancakes ahead, then re-heat pancakes, muffins and French Toast – about 10 seconds in the microwave. I arrange 3 or 4 pancakes on a plate and microwave for 45 to 60 seconds, muffins take a few more seconds.