My mother always said that breakfast was her favorite meal. I have to admit, I love it, too. Breakfast offers all the “fun” foods – muffins, pancakes, waffles, eggs, bagels, French toast, cereals….
Now that the holidays are upon us, we find ourselves probably a little bit over-worked, under-rested, and perhaps not-s0-well-nourished. Well, breakfast can help us stay on an even keel, so to speak. Sometimes, we might even eat a breakfast meal at dinner time. When the kids were little, they thought this was grand!
Fruit is something that should probably be eaten with any breakfast entrée. It complements so many other foods, is nutritious, and tastes good. Juice is very high in sugar content, even if it is “unsweetened.” We are all better off eating the whole fruit whenever possible. This time of year for fruit, pickings are slim, but we are still going through our frozen blueberry stash, making blueberry pancakes or muffins whenever possible. Smoothies are great for getting fruit in, as well. Bananas, when frozen, preclude the need for any additional ice. Just add some yogurt, vanilla, maybe a scoop of organic nutrition powder(read labels first!), berries, you name it! One of my kids likes to add peanut butter and/or cocoa powder. Yum!
For great, economical breakfast recipes from scratch, I recommend “The $30 A Week Grocery Budget” by Donna McKenna.
They are as quick and easy to prepare as any mix. I promise.
One of my favorites, especially this time of year, is cooked, hot cereal. Add fruit to that plus a cup of coffee, and it is most likely going to be a decent day. Oatmeal is a good, reliable staple, and even the old-fashioned kind only takes about 3 minutes to microwave. I tried rice cereal this morning, though, and it was great. Homemade applesauce(yes, with the apples from our trees) on the side, sprinkled with cinnamon, a little maple syrup, absolutely delicious!
Have a well-nourished day!
Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Ours was wonderful! Much to be thankful for!
p.s. – Happy Birthday and Anniversary! (Y’all know who you are!)