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A Month of Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms

Start the Day 

So, let’s talk about breakfast.  I’m sure you’ve heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I’m not going to dig into all the health benefits and lecture you on why you need a solid breakfast.  I want to focus this time on giving you ideas for your meal planning. 

However, in case you need just a few reasons to jog your memory as to why breakfast is so important, I’ve got some for you:

  1. It starts + boosts our metabolism.
  2. It creates an eating pattern for the rest of our day.
  3. It helps stabilize blood sugar.
  4. It’s linked to weight loss, controlling cravings, and increasing vitamins and minerals in your diet.
  5. It helps improve productivity and concentration.

a month of breakfast ideas

Creating Simple + Healthy Options

When we began working on becoming a healthier family, I wanted to say good-bye to a lot of “pre-made” foods from the store.  I found so many of them were packed full of preservatives.  Yet, I was a little overwhelmed with the thought of having to cook breakfast every morning.

So what could I do?  How was I going to get healthy options for our family every morning without going insane?  How was I going to go beyond instant oatmeal, granola bars, and cold cereal to get nutrition in front of my family?

Begin with the Basics

I went back to the basics of meal planning.  I revisited our calendar during my weekly planning session and determined when I could (or wanted) to actually cook and what we could (or wanted) to eat.

I asked myself the following questions:

1.| What does my family like to eat?  I used the ideas I had written down from The Meal Planning Kit so I could see exactly which options my family would eat.  For example, everyone in my family eats broccoli and eggs.  That means, one morning I could actually cook a frittata and everyone starts with a solid protein and veggie.  Total Mom Win.

2.| How can I get a solid protein + a fruit or vegetable in at breakfast?  When trying to create healthier options, this really is a simple switch that many of us forget about!

Side Note: Years ago while doing mission work in Honduras I was amazed as beans came out on my breakfast plate.  Then, while stationed in Germany, I learned our American “start the day off sweet” is not a concept that everyone around the world embraces.

So, how could I incorporate this knowledge into helping our family overcome cold cereal or pop-tarts!?  I was totally up for this breakfast challenge.

3.| How can I convince my family to ditch the donuts?  I don’t.  Well, I don’t entirely, that is.  By knowing their favorite foods, I can bring those to the breakfast table during the week and use our weekends as a more “lax” time to still allow some of their less nutritious options to sometimes grace our table.

4.| When and what at can I actually meal prep ahead of time?  I talk a little about this in meal planning 101.  If I can actually spend a few minutes ahead of time meal planning and prepping, breakfast can be simple, quick, and healthy.  {#momvictory}

5.| What does our food budget look like? You may have already read “How to Live in Abundance while Being Flat Broke”.  Sister, let me tell you, we have a budget.  I’ve had so many women tell me that they cannot afford better food.

I hear you.  I see you.  I am you.  

I know this struggle when shopping.  I think this is where having a menu is imperative to staying within budget and creating the time to plan and prepare.  Healthier options are there and will work within your budget.

In the beginning, this may seem overwhelming so I challenge you to start by listing your family’s favorite healthy options and begin to incorporate those into your meal planning.  If you’re not sure where to start, The Meal Planning Kit for All Mommas can help you with this.

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A  Month of Breakfast Ideas

I want to give you a simple list of breakfast ideas.  I don’t cook every day, but we still have healthy options.   I usually spend one day on the weekend prepping for the week by cooking a larger batch of something that we use as leftovers for breakfast during the week.

Create a Simple Breakfast Rotation

In a nutshell, I try to create a simple breakfast rotation to help me with the planning.  By starting with the basics, then I can vary the options for that day and it does not feel like we’re eating the same meal every week.

Monday- Eggstravaganza

Tuesday- Oh My Oatmeal

Wednesday- Go for the Greek Yogurt

Thursday- Fast & Furious

Friday- Leftovers it is!

Weekends- We Made It!

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Break It Up

So, I want to share how I would vary each of these ideas for you.  Of course, you do not have to follow the same rotation that we do. Do what works for you and yours, sister!

Note: This post is not a “how to make” on these options that I’m sharing with you.  I have to be honest, I don’t follow too many recipes.  I keep our meals simple.  I have a Cooking board  and a 21 Day Portion Fix Board on Pinterest if you’re looking for healthy recipes.

Monday- Eggstravaganza

On days we serve eggs, we try to pair them with either a fruit or vegetable and carbohydrate of some kind (toast, English muffins, homemade biscuits, etc.).  One of my children is a vegetarian so eggs are a staple in our home.  And as often as we can, we do farm fresh eggs as they are actually healthier for us.

  • Breakfast Frittata
  • Mediterranean Breakfast Scramble
  • Egg Muffins
  • Over the Top Omelettes
  • Boiled Eggs + Toast and Fruit
  • Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

Tuesday- Oh My Oatmeal

On days that we have oatmeal that we always pair with a solid protein.  This could be bacon, sausage, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, or nuts.  Pairing proteins with fiber has a LOT of health benefits.

We buy old fashioned oats.  I don’t have time for steel-cut unless I’m making them in the crockpot overnight.  Old fashioned oats take just a few minutes to cook on the stove or microwave and have more nutrition than instant oatmeal.

  • Savory Oatmeal with Nuts + Cheese
  • Oatmeal with Honey + Fruit
  • Oatmeal Energy Bites
  • Oatmeal Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal with Peanut Butter

Wednesday- Go for the Greek Yogurt

We treat Greek yogurt as a protein, so we add to this a fruit and a carbohydrate.  Greek yogurt is different than regular yogurt.  Both are good for you, but the protein count in Greek yogurt is way higher.  We actually buy plain Greek yogurt and add in toppings because it has way less sugar than buying a pre-mix with fruit on the bottom.

  • Power Parfaits (add in honey, fruit, and quinoa or oatmeal)
  • Protein Shake (add yogurt to fruit, spinach, almond milk)
  • Greek yogurt Granola.
  • Greek yogurt with bananas, honey, and nuts
  • Greek yogurt with chia seeds and lemon curd, honey, or maple syrup

Thursday- Fast & Furious

There is always one day of the week that seems to be a “Grab and Go” kind of day.   So, for those days in which we’re running out the door that we need a fast, pre-made option.  Instead of feeling frantic, I plan for this and have these options on hand!

  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Smoothies
  • Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter Spoons or Trail Mix
  • Muffins | Breads- Blueberry, Zucchini, Pumpkin, or Banana
  • Ham, Egg, and Cheese Cups

Friday- Leftovers It Is!

Don’t underestimate the power of leftovers when it comes to breakfast.  What do you have in the fridge or freezer that needs to be used?  If you’ve cooked or prepped and have leftovers from the week, you can add those into the breakfast menu!

  • Waffle Fries and Cheesy Eggs
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Leftover veggies + Egg Scramble
  • Steak and Eggs
  • Fruit that NEEDS to be eaten with oatmeal, granola, or yogurt

Weekends- We Made It!

Don’t you want to “celebrate” when the weekend arrives?!  We do options like these in which it feels like a treat, but is not completely over the top.  Again, we go back to the rule of a solid protein, fruit or veggie, and a carbohydrate (even with these).

  • Banana (or Pumpkin) french toast
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Made to Order Omelettes
  • Homemade Biscuits back to school breakfast ideas

MORE TOOLS FOR YOU

If you’re looking for more than just one month of breakfast ideas to get it together, sister, then I’ve got you covered.  

After a LOT of prayer, I put together a few Spirit-led strategies to help you simplify your menu planning + home life with these simple guides

THE MOM BASICS BUNDLE

3 Resources bundled together to get you the basics of Simplifying Your Home Routines with a Spirit-led approach.

IT INCLUDES:

Each workbook contains Scriptures + prayers over your home and step-by-step processes to help YOU create an abundant home full of blessings.

This bundle brings together all things planning for your family by helping you create a simple + basic structure for the “flow” of your home.

By handling the “mundane” with simple Spirit-led routines, we create time to truly live as His handiwork in other areas of our lives.

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SIMPLIFY YOUR SPACE

I created an action-packed download to help you create momentum to simplify your space and get you results.  I’m sharing what I’ve learned through years of moving (thanks, Army) reading, trial and error, and listening to the “experts” to craft a single document so that you can put your energy + effort where it needs to go:  YOUR SPACE.

I share my story here in The Beautiful Truth Behind Simplifying My Space because this part of the journey can be super challenging!

READ MORE HERE

 

THE MEAL PLANNING KIT FOR ALL MOMMAS

When I first began my health journey I needed simple tools to plan a menu that would work for our entire family.

There were so many tools out there that I was overwhelmed with where to start. I designed this meal planning kit to work for any momma anywhere, no matter your income, your family dynamic, or your work schedule.

The premise: Give each family member a voice in the planning process to help them take ownership of the food that graces our table.

Set parameters around food choices to gently guide your family in making better and healthier choices for their favorite foods.

We save time and money (and mom brain power) when we take a few minutes each week to plan healthy and affordable choices for our families.

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IS SIMPLIFYING THE ANSWER FOR YOU?

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with life right now, know that you are NOT ALONE.  I know when I first began listening to this calling the Lord place on me, I was a little overwhelmed as to where to start.  As I’ve worked through this process, I’ve created tools to help women simplify their lives with a Spirit-led approach.

I WANT TO SHARE THE STEPS I TOOK TO GET STARTED:

In each of these blog posts, I share the parts of my journey in which I followed the lead of the Creator as He guided me to simplify my life.

1.|Sitting at the feet of Jesus to claim my identity as a Daughter of the King.

2.|Setting fierce boundaries around Christ-centered priorities.

3.|Reclaiming my mornings + creating a morning power hour to fill my cup.

4.| Getting my home together with rhythms + routines.

5.|Simplifying my Space to throw off all that’s hindering me to live as His handiwork.

Find more tools to encourage and help you here!start here

I know when I first began this part of my simplifying journey, I felt alone.  So, friend, I want to encourage you to share this on your favorite social media platform to encourage other women in their journey to seek simplicity in their homes and their lives, and in turn, know the peace and joy the Creator provides.
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With💛 from my toolbox to yours,
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Stephanie

Daughter of the King.
Veteran's Wife. Mother of Three Blessings.
Lover of Lemons, Salad, Coffee & the Simple Life
Learning to use the Mess to make His Message.

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