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5 Healthier-Than- Cereal Breakfast Options

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you know that despite cereal flooding the shelves at your grocery store, cereal isn’t as healthy as marketing makes it out to be? Unless your family is eating good quality muesli each morning with some fruit and nuts, then cereal is not going to be giving them the nutrients they need to start their day off on the right foot.  I know everyone is rushing to get out of the house in the morning but taking a few minutes to do some preparation is going to give your kids the fuel they need to focus  and stay energized throughout the day

I’ve compiled a list of easy, fast and healthy breakfast ideas that don’t include the cereal box so that your family’s next breakfast can be a nutritious one.

 

Mini Frittatas

These are basically mini omelets that are baked in a muffin tray. You can eat them hot or cold, depending on your mood. You can also add in other healthy foods like vegetables, cheese, or meats. Simply whisk some eggs, add a dash of milk or water, chopped veggies and bake for 10-15 mins. Easy right?  Here is my tried and true recipe, a real kid-friendly recipe for sure.

 

Breakfast Quesadillas

This only takes a few minutes to cook in a frying pan and is great for using leftovers. Cut up some greens, beans, roasted potatoes or anything you’ve got will work. Grab a wholegrain tortilla, add your ingredients to half, sprinkle with some cheese and fold over while cooking. Super simple and super quick!

 

Muffins

These are pretty great because you can add all sorts of things to make them even more healthy and tasty. You could use mashed banana instead of sugar or raw cacao instead of chocolate chips. Some of the things I like to add in are nuts, seeds, and fruits like blueberries.  Here is recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins.  Or for a treat, try these Double Chocolate Muffins from my friend Marla at www.lovethycarrot.com.

 

 

Muesli

Muesli is a cold breakfast cereal dish based on rolled oats and ingredients like grains, nuts, seeds and fresh or dried fruits. It can be combined with almond milk, other plant-based milks or yogurt and left to soften before it is eaten. Mix raw oats, fruit and nuts for a  very filling breakfast that’s ready to go as soon as everyone wakes up.

 

Smoothies

Smoothies can also be very healthy, but it can be tricky to make sure they fill you up until your next meal. Try adding dry oats, nut butters, hemp or chia seeds or even avocados for more protein and healthy fats to keep everyone feeling full for a few hours. You can actually make these the night before by putting the ingredients into a container and store in the fridge. When you wake, add it all to the blender, pour into a glass and everyone is all set to go! Or, for a change, make a smoothie bowl by layering all the ingredients in a bowl. For some tips on making smoothies your kids will drink, check out this blog post.

 

Now, that you have some great new ideas for eating healthy at breakfast time, there is no reason for the kids to skip the most important meal of the day. Whether you are in a rush or have plenty of time to cook up a hearty meal, these are some healthy options to choose from that will make sure your kids gets the nutrients they need to make it through the day.

For more tips and tricks on feeding your vegetarian family, grab a copy of Vegetarian Teen Basics For Busy Parents!

How to shop for veggie burgers

Do you find shopping for veggie burgers confusing? 

Are you looking to buy some veggie burgers now that barbecue season is in full swing? Though it doesn’t seem too difficult a task, shopping for veggie burgers can be a bit overwhelming for some of us.  This section of the grocery store has really expanded over the past few years and it is hard to know which burger to buy.

It’s bound to happen.

I wanted to talk about something that inevitably is going to happen to your vegetarian at some point. Here is what happened to my daughter. She was invited to a birthday party. I told the mom my daughter was vegetarian and she advised that it would not be a problem. But when the pizza came, it had pepperoni. The mom told my daughter to ‘just take off the pepperoni and eat the pizza.’

Is The Easter Bunny Vegetarian-Friendly?

Can Vegetarians Eat Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs?

As Easter approaches you can find lots of chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs on the shelves in the grocery store.  I am not going to address this from a moral standpoint just from an ingredient standpoint. If you have a vegetarian  or vegan at home you may want to take a close look at the ingredients just to make sure these treats don’t contain any animal-derived products.

Being Vegetarian On Halloween

Are Halloween treats vegetarian?

So it’s Halloween and you might be wondering how this impacts you as a vegetarian. Well, it does if you don’t want to eat any animal products whatsoever. You may find this surprising but some candies and chocolates contain animal-derived ingredients. Believe me, I found out one day and was very disappointed.

Are you comfortable preparing nutritious vegetarian meals?

For those not familiar with vegetarian diets, cooking vegetarian meals can be a bit intimidating. What to prepare for dinner is a constant challenge for everyone but especially for those families where there are family members with food restrictions.  However, it doesn’t have to be so complicated to prepare a nutritious vegetarian meal, really.

5 Ways To Up The Ante On Your Pasta Meals

To make meal planning easier, I have designated Tuesdays as pasta night. It just made life easier when when we had extra curricular activities when the kids were little. Now a few years later, it has sort of stuck and I don’t mind because pasta night is usually an easy meal that everyone likes. Some weeks though pasta tends to make an appearance a few times not just for dinner but for lunch too.

Has anyone asked you this?

When you told people your child had decided to become a vegetarian what was the first thing they asked you? 

Was it “How is she going to get her protein?” Hands down, this is the first thing people ask me. Sometimes I get frustrated and wonder how they can be so oblivious!  There are so many options out there it makes me sad to think people only see animal products as good sources of protein. In any case, though the question frustrates me to no end, I realize it comes from a place of concern and that they just need to be educated.  Right? What do you think?

Does your vegetarian daughter have her period?

Iron and the vegetarian diet 

Vegetarian diets can be healthy and your kids can thrive on a vegetarian diet as long as they are eating properly. There are however a few nutrients we need to be mindful of when meat is removed from someone’s diet. One such key nutrient is iron.

When my girls decided to give up meat they hadn’t started their period yet so there wasn’t much thought given to their iron levels. Once periods came in to the picture, things changed a bit. At our yearly checkups we asked for blood tests to verify iron levels so we would know if we should be supplementing or making any dietary modifications.