10 Healthy Tips to Jazz Up Your Breakfast Routine

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Breakfast, it comes around every morning. You need to eat, the other in your house need to eat but really the same old, same old gets mighty boring. It’s easy to be tempted to skip it or just hand the kids a box of cereal and call it good.

Despite what the naysayers out there may say, eating breakfast is so important! Virginia Woolf puts it perfectly,

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

– Virginia Woolf 

As someone that deals with hypoglycemia skipping breakfast, specifically a high protein breakfast, is not an option. Breakfast is the fuel that sets your day. It provides the energy you need to take on the tasks ahead, and truly enjoy the day.

The hard part is what to eat. You probably know that sugary cereal isn’t the answer, but eggs and toast get old, mighty fast. What you need is the inspiration to get you out of your rut and jazz up your breakfast routine- foods that will fuel and nourish your body, while still being tasty and easy to make.

10 Healthy Tips to Jazz Up Your Breakfast

1. Think Outside The Box

Really you might ask? You might feel like your favorite, easy breakfast food is being ripped from hands. Almost all cereal, even the “good ones” are full of refined sugars, grains, and flours that have not been prepared properly and are seriously lacking in protein. Within an hour or two you are hungry and needing to eat again.

2. Use Oatmeal

I’m not talking thick, clumpy stuff, or packets of sugar laden packs of instant oats. I’m referring to a bowl of homemade soaked oatmeal topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and a dash of raw cream. If that’s not your style perhaps a slice of pumpkin oatmeal bake or maybe oat flour muffins.

3. Cook With Eggs

Despite what you may have been told eggs are good for you; truly, amazing wonderfully good for you. They are a fairly inexpensive and healthy protein that keeps your body going throughout the morning.

4. Eat More Fat {The Good Kinds}

What, fat is good?! Oh ya, if you’ve been around this site for a while now you know that I use LOTS of healthy fats in my cooking. Fat is not something to be scared of, it should be embraced. My paternal grandmother used to save a can of drippings in the small cupboard by her stove. I remember being grossed out by it, now I realize that Grandma had it right. Fats like butter, lard, tallow, bacon grease and coconut oil are wonderful for your body. Your body needs fat to function and digest food properly. If you eat

Fats like butter, lard, tallow, bacon grease and coconut oil are wonderful for your body. Your body needs fat to function and digest food properly. If you eat a bit, or a lot healthy fats with your breakfast you will stay full longer.

5. Learn From Other Cultures

I often don’t eat your “typical” American breakfast foods. We’ve allowed our American culture to seriously alter out view of what we should eat. Mexico is one of those countries that has it right. A regular breakfast consists of beans cooked with fat and tortillas. They also eat eggs with bits of meat. Many Asian countries have their own versions of congee, a savory rice pudding that can frequently be found paired with eggs. In Israel, it is common to have raw vegetables, eggs, bread, and olive oil.

6. Eat Leftovers

If you are in a rush and don’t have time or energy to cook in the morning eat leftovers from the day before. Often these foods contain more protein than convenience breakfast foods. They only take a few minutes to reheat on the stove or in the toaster oven.

7. Make Freezer Meals

You’ve heard about freezer meals before. They are great for rushed days and last minute dinners.

Have you ever thought of making freezer breakfasts? When you have extra time, maybe on the weekend make big batches of waffles, muffins and breakfast sausages. You could also assemble breakfast burritos or English muffin sandwiches. All of these can be heated up in the toaster oven in just a few minutes.

8. Eat Protein

Protein is a must to get you started on your day. It is the fuel that helps prevent a mid morning slump and headaches. You will find that you have extra energy than you did when eating just a bowl of cereal.

9. Ditch The Sugar

Sugar no matter what form it is in needs to be eaten in moderation. That includes fruit in my opinion. When I have too much natural sugar in the morning I am off for the rest of the day. Now not everyone is like me but that still doesn’t mean that you should eat three plus pieces of fruit first thing in the morning.

That being said I love me a bit of maple syrup and raw cream in my first cup of morning coffee, okay in the second one too or the one at 10 at night… (We’ll save talks about caffeine for another day).

10. Use Your Crock-Pot or Instant Pot

If you don’t have a crock-pot or Instant Pot, BUY ONE, right now, well preferably after you finish reading this post. They are great for cooking oatmeal, beans, potatoes and sausage, you name it and it can probably be cooked in the crock-pot. You can use the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot as well. I love waking up to breakfast being ready. Or you can throw everyting in the Instant Pot in the morning and have breakfast ready in no time!

Bonus Tip: Buy The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

The real winner of the whole bundle for me is the ebook, The Breakfast Revolution by Beth Ricci of Red and Honey. I first fell in love with this book when she asked me to contribute a baked oatmeal recipe to it. It has been a staple in my house ever since.

There are over 40 nutritious and delicious recipes in her gem of a book, an added bonus is that they are all gluten-free! That way anyone who is gluten intolerant or celiac can enjoy the whole book and not just pick and choose what they can make.

The Breakfast Revolution on its own is $8.95, for just over $20 more you can have access to a mini library of ebooks and courses that will continue to inspire not only what you make for breakfast, but also what you make for the rest of the day!

Need help stream lying things in the kitchen so all your meals get on the table? The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has that covered as well!

You will also find inspiration for organizing your home, taking cute photos of you kids, detoxing your body, and so much more!

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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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