ARE YOU FOR CEREAL?

I think we all have some sort of idea what the “ideal healthy breakfast” is, stretching from eggs to oatmeal, from hashbrowns to fruit, or non-fat yogurt to that weird smelling 800 different grains of wheat bread with just a sneaky little splat of butter. Most of us wouldn’t say cereal, but let’s be real… It’s what most of us have. It’s quick, no long preparation time, just need some type of milk, bowl with spoon, and cereal and that’s it. We could all probably eat two bowls of our favorite cereal before we can even finish making scrambled eggs. Cereal overall gets a bad wrap for being unhealthy and not filling. But there are many cereals that slip through that stereotype! Check out some reasons below as to why cereal isn’t a bad option, as well as what to look for in a cereal so that you know you are getting the most beneficial cereal for keeping your health in mind.

Whole grains make the cereal worth a million dollars ~ Whole grains such as wheat flour, contain nutrients and fiber. Essentially, no modifications done to the genetic makeup of the grain whatsoever, meaning the three parts of the grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) are all still there. Eating whole grains can have additional benefits such as multiple vitamins, help distribute fat, lower BMI, and improved cholesterol levels. Look for whole grains as an ingredient at the top of the list, most cereals advertise their high whole grains levels with high priority. Continue reading

Ensure Your Breakfast Everyday

Breakfast imageWe often hear breakfast is the most important meal of the day; where is the reasoning? According to John Ivy, PhD, in his article, Why Breakfast is the most important meal of the Day, “breakfast is a critical meal because it influences practically every dimension of our being during the course of the day.” He goes on to list its influences; it increases blood glucose levels back to normal after sleeping overnight, it impacts the pattern of food consumptions for the duration of the day, it can increase physical and mental performances, as well as other benefits…  Ok, so we can agree it is pretty vital to our day. But what happens on the days that you wake up late, or you don’t have time to cook? In the past you might have skipped breakfast or grabbed something processed; not anymore, because you are taken care of.

To ensure you start your day off right, you need a strategy. Whether you need to prepare ahead of time, or need something extra quick, your breakfast planning can start here.

 

Overnight Breakfasts

Crockpot Bake from Familyfreshmeals.com

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 lbs of hash browns
  • 1 lb of cut up bacon or your choice of meat
  • ½ cup of diced onions
  • 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Beat together the eggs
  2. Add milk, garlic powder, mustard, salt and pepper to the egg mixture. Set mixture aside.
  3. Layer hash browns adding pepper and onions on each layer.
  4. Add bacon overtop hash brown layer.
  5. Top the layers with 1 cup of cheese.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have 2-3 layers.
  7. Pour egg mixture over the layers.
  8. If your hash browns were frozen cook on low for 7-8 hours, otherwise cook on low for 6-7 hours.

 

Quick Morning Breakfasts

 Avocado Toast from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • One 8oz. ripe avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 sliced of whole grained bread
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • Optional: crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Mash avocado with fork in small bowl and season with salt and pepper. (Less salt the better)
  2. Toast bread and rub garlic on toast for additional flavor.
  3. Lightly brush toast with oil.
  4. Add the avocado mixture, and top with red pepper flakes if desired.

 

Week Preparation Breakfasts

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Muffins from allrecipes.com

                ***Kari’s Favorite

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. of your choice of meat
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Cook meat in large skillet until evenly browned. Drain, and set aside.
  3. Beat together eggs, then add in onion, green pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Mix in the meat and cheddar cheese.
  5. Spoon mixture into muffin cups until about 1/3 full.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until fully cooked.

*** You can then store muffins in freezer and heat them up for breakfast each morning.

 

More Recipes!

***For Over-night Oat recipes go to Quakeroats.com

*** For smoothie recipes go to Readersdigest.com

***For additions breakfast muffin recipes go to Myrecipes.com

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Thank you for reading and remember to eat!

…Until next time… Carry on.

Kari Rebman