5 Healthy Ways To Fuel Your Day No Matter What
How would you fair if you ate absolutely nothing for 8-9 hours in the day. I mean not a thing, or a sip of water would pass your lips? Well, you might feel a little faint, or weak, or even grumpy, and that is precisely the reason why you and your family need to eat breakfast each day, no matter how much of a rush you are in. Luckily, you will find five healthy and delicious breakfasts to make for your hungry brood below that will give them all the energy they need to begin their day with a bang!
Smoothies are great for families that are busy in the morning because they are super quick yet packed full of nutrients, and hydration. They can also be semi-prepared in advance, and you can add additional health-giving ingredients such as protein powder or spirulina which is a blue, green algae you can find out more about here.
The basics of a smoothie are fruits and veggies, as well as crushed ice that you whizz up all together in a blender or specialized smoothie maker. The latter being something that is worth investing in if you drink a lot of smoothies at breakfast time because it gets the consistency just right.
When deciding what to put in your smoothie, you need to balance taste, texture, and the health-giving properties. Frozen bananas make a great base to start with as they are full of slow release energy and creates a tasty, and creamy base once blitzed up. To this you may wish to add peanut butter for taste and energy, or go for a more exotic feel with some pineapple, some folks even throw in a little kale and kiwi too, to really juice up the nutrient levels!
Alternatively, with a banana base, you may wish to add a shot of real coffee for the grownups. Something that will definitely help them wake up and be alert throughout the day. Get some tip on sites like CoffeeBitz on the best types of bean and the right kind of coffee machine for your household before you invest. Then you will be able to get rid of that instant stuff permanently and enjoy pep filled smoothies every morning.
Who doesn't love breakfast pancakes? American style with maple syrup, or Texas butter, maybe with a few rashers of crisp bacon and even some scrambled eggs thrown on top? Of course, this is an excellent occasional celebration breakfast, but it's not so healthy to eat it every day! Luckily, there are some ways that you can have your pancake and eat it by making a healthier batter and serving with fruits instead.
For example, instead of a traditional white flour mix, why not swap it out for buckwheat or oatmeal instead? Which provide more fiber and so release their energy more slowly throughout the morning.
Of course, you may wish to skip the cereals aspect of the pancakes altogether and go for ones made from Greek yogurt or even a mashed banana mixture. Wherever recipe you go for, be sure to serve with slices of soft fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and peaches, and a little low-fat creme fresh to replace the butter and syrup.
French toast is another top breakfast favorite that can help to start your day healthily, as long as you prepare it right. To start, ditch the white bread, and even worst brioche toast and go for a single thick slice of whole grain or seeded bread instead.
Then whip up your eggs as usual but don't add anything to the mix. Soak your bread in the mix and dry fry in a non-stick pan. Just like the pancakes, serve with sliced fruits and a little stevia instead of syrup and powdered sugar. Alternatively, you can cook up some delicious spinach and tomatoes, and add a little lean ham and even a sprinkle of cheese to the mix for a filling, and satisfying, healthy savory option.
We all know that oatmeal is one of the healthiest ways to have breakfast and get our day going with a bang, but have you tried it baked? Baked oatmeal is a bit like a soft granola bar, and the best thing is that you can make one big pan and it will last you and the family all week long.
Of course, some recipes out there are a lot more healthy than others, so beware of ones that use a lot of sugar, butter, or chocolate chips. You can experiment with flavors too including cinnamon roll, carrot cake, fresh berries, and anything else that is on the healthy side of thing that your family loves.
Sweet Potato Hash
Lastly, if you are looking for a more savory, but super healthy option then why not go for a delicious sweet potato hash? It is super easy to make as well, and healthy to boot. All you need are a few sweet potatoes red or purple work equally well. Cut them into cubes and boil them up, so they are just beginning to cook. Then take them out and drain, so they are dry before putting into pain with just a smidgeon of oil. You can even do the pre-boiling beforehand to save time in the morning if you like.
Then fry the potatoes up, so they go brown and crisp on one side and add vegetable and herbs to taste. Spinach works well here, and in Brazil then tend to use torn cilantro for an added kick. Add a poached egg, something you can whip up in a minute or so in the microwave, and then sprinkle them with crumbled feta cheese for a salty, and savory edge.
Eggs are a great breakfast food as they are packed with protein. Poaching them is healthy too because no oil is used.
Utterly delicious at breakfast time, and it makes a great light lunch and supper too. You can even add more veg for flavor, fiber, and nutrients if you like, just use frozen onions, and peppers, and as a special treat why not cut up an avocado and add this to the mix as well? You just don't get any healthier breakfast options than that!