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Last Updated on February 5, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? When you are a busy mom, it's also the hardest to squeeze in. Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast can get you off to a great start in the morning! My mornings are frequently filled with things like lost homework, missing sneakers, spilled milk and the occasional vomiting dog. Great way to wake up in the morning, huh? I'm sure your reality is about the same as mine While I would love to eat healthier at breakfast, it isn't always easy. While I always make sure the kids get a healthy meal before heading off to school, mommy is usually still hungry by 10 AM and about to pass out from hunger. So, how do we eat healthier at breakfast without giving up that extra 10 minutes of sleep or skipping our morning shower? I am trying hard to make a few changes in my morning routine and thought I would share them with you.
Tips To Help You Eat Healthier At Breakfast
Is it possible to eat healthier at breakfast and still get everyone out the door on time? I'm working on it! By eating healthier at breakfast, I am hoping to feel more energized during the day. Because, we all know the chaos doesn't stop when the kids walk out the door! Invest in a good cookbook or two full of healthy breakfast food ideas and start your day healthier this year.
Plan ahead with your slow cooker:
Many hot cereals can be put together the night before in a programmable slow cooker. Oatmeal, cream of wheat, and even cornmeal and quinoa can all be used to make very hearty and filling hot cereals. Add a touch of milk and some dried fruit right before serving. You can even make overnight oats without a slow cooker. Just put them in a mason jar in the fridge.
Make a smoothie:
Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast is as simple as buying yourself a smoothie blender! I love making smoothies because you can put an incredibly amount of stuff in there that is really good for you. Almond milk, Greek yogurt, frozen berries, flax seed oil, chia seeds...you name it, I throw it in the blender. Smoothies are also great for eating healthier at breakfast because they are portable! Just dump it right into a travel mug and out the door you go. You can drink your breakfast while you run your errands. Some days, multitasking is a must! Here are a few of my favorite healthy smoothie recipes:
- Healthy Cinnamon Apple Smoothie Recipe
- Tropical Sunrise High Protein Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe
Shop smarter at the grocery store:
Just making a few small changes in the types of foods you keep in the house can help you eat healthier at breakfast, too. Buying whole wheat bread instead of white bread for your toast is one simple change that can boost your fiber and nutrient intake easily. Granola bars can also be very healthy if you are buying the right ones. Don't grab those chewy kid bars that are filled with high fructose corn syrup. Look for healthier options that use natural sweeteners and whole grains. Skipping the artificial colors and flavors won't save you time in the morning but it is still a great boost to your health.
Reconsider your spreads:
While cream cheese and butter might be tasty, they are not the healthiest things to be smearing all over your bagel. Jam or nut butters are much better choices. I really like the nut butters because they help fill me up and keep me full longer than jam does. It doesn't help to eat healthier at breakfast if you pig out on junk from the vending machine at 10 AM! Try making avocado toast or spread hummus on some pita.
When you have to eat out, make smarter choices!
Some days, no matter how much you plan ahead and organize yourself, you inevitably end up running out the door clutching your purse and keys and skipping breakfast entirely. It happens to all of us and rather go hungry, I have been known to hit the drive through. Thankfully, many fast food places are starting to realize that consumers want to eat smarter and are offering a number of great options when it comes to eating healthier. Try to find places with a healthy breakfast menu rather than resorting to fried foods and stuff covered in cheese. Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast won't help your waste-line if you are eating junk at the drive thru several times a week.
Do you have any more tips on how to eat a healthy breakfast?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.