Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sample Recipes for Healthy Breakfasts


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Warning: One giant post full of delicious, mouth-watering recipes ahead!

One thing I am always fretting over is how to keep my kids' breakfast exciting while still maintaining the nutrition factor. As much as my kids love one particular item, having it over and over again is the fastest way to make it lose its novelty. 

The other problem is that for those of you with children who leave the house for school, the morning rush can really limit the amount of time you have to get a breakfast put together. But healthy can still be quick if you follow these simple tips:

- Hard boil eggs once/twice a week at night, and store them in the fridge for a quick grab-and-go.

- Make extra pancakes, waffles, and crepes and freeze them for future use.

- Mix together dry ingredients for smoothies, pancakes, and other recipes the night before and store in a plastic bag or container until it's time to use them.

- Unless you really love cooking (I don't!), don't try and make a big breakfast from scratch every morning. Instead, rely on your staple dishes, and then make one really great recipe once or twice a week. Or you can have a cooking extravaganza every Sunday, make extras, and freeze them if the recipe permits so you can heat them up later in the week. 

- Once you've narrowed down a group of about six items (i.e., yogurt, fruits, smoothies, waffles, toast, eggs, oatmeal, cereal, pancakes) don't be afraid to mix and match them throughout the week (Day 1: yogurt/waffles/milk, Day 2: oatmeal/fruits/orange juice, Day 3: waffle/hard boiled egg/orange juice, Day 4: smoothie/a slice of toast)

Consider these fast and easy breakfast meals combos:

• Whole wheat waffles with a drizzle of all-natural maple syrup, a hard-boiled egg, (vanilla) yogurt, and a cup of milk

• Oatmeal with chopped nuts, fruit, and orange juice

• Pancakes with a drizzle of syrup, yogurt, and milk

• Slice of toast, one scrambled egg, fresh fruit, and milk

• Breakfast smoothie with a blueberry muffin

• Breakfast quiche, a slice of toast, a yogurt, and milk

• Bagel with cream cheese, hard-boiled egg, a few slices of fruit and orange juice

Now for the best part! Here are some incredibly delicious recipes from mis amigas in the foodie blogosphere. They are so talented! If you visit their website to and love their recipe, please consider leaving them a comment telling them I sent you. :)

Smoothies ~ Parfaits:

Healthy Bananas Blueberries Smoothie on New Latina

Breakfast To Go ~ Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie on New Latina

Lavender, Vanilla, Blueberry Smoothie on Nibbles & Feasts

Sunrise Parfaits on Parents.com


Oats ~ Oatmeal ~ Cereals

Steel Cut Overnight Oats on Sweet Life

Creamy Bananas Foster Oatmeal on Nibbles & Feasts

Homemade Cereals on New Latina


Toast ~ Waffles ~ Pancakes ~ Biscuits
(Let's take it easy on the syrup, hmmm?)


Banana French Toast on Two Good Eggs

Creamy Orange Marmalade French Toast with Coconut Syrup on Two Good Eggs

Blueberry Pancakes on Two Good Eggs

Butternut Squash Pancakes on Two Good Eggs (Perfect for fall, no?)

Sweet Potato Biscuits on La Cocina de Leslie


Casseroles ~ Quiches ~ Frittatas

Blueberry French Toast Casserole on Two Good Eggs

Chorizo and Potato Mini-Quiches with Veggies on Nibbles & Feasts

Spicy Mexican Chorizo Zucchini Frittata on Muy Bueno Cookbook (You can leave out the peppers for a non-spicy version!)


Cultural Dishes

Bean, Cheese and Chorizo Mexican Molletes on Two Good Eggs

Melon con Crema de Mango on Sweet Life (Go easy on the crema. Healthy? Probably not so much. But the melon is!)

Breakfast Tostada on Sweet Life


Other Great Posts with Ideas for Healthy Breakfasts

10 Easy & Healthy Alternatives to Packaged Breakfast Cereal for Kids on Childhood 101

Desayuno para Niños #1 on Mama Contemporanea

10 Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids on Baby Center

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