One of the goals I set for 2014 was to get the family to eat a little cleaner. I am really working hard to cut down on the processed foods and incorporate more whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats in to my family’s meals. As a mom, wife and full-time employee, I am really busy, so I try really hard to keep things simple. Our mornings can be pretty hectic, but I am a firm believer that breakfast is a very important meal, so I recently made a rule in my house that no one leaves without eating breakfast. Obviously, we always make sure our child gets a good breakfast, but my husband and I too often neglected ourselves. To make this easy and to fit in with clean eating, I needed a few go-to’s that could either be made ahead, or things that wouldn’t take a lot of time to make in the morning. Today I am sharing a few things that help my family get off to a great start.
Juicing can sound like a total pain, but it’s really not. I can make enough juice for my family of three in 10 minutes, to last us two days (each of us having about 8 ounces per day.) It’s such a healthy way to start your day. It gives you a natural energy boost and it is so much better than drinking sugary prepackaged juices. It’s also a great way for me to get more nutrients in to my picky toddler. She exclusively asks for mommy’s juice now.
One of my go-to recipes uses oranges, apples, carrots, spinach, kale and ginger, and here is a great website for more juice recipes.
If you don’t own a juicer, I have a great recommendation. Here is the juicer I own, that works great and can be bought from Amazon for under $50.00.
Note: I don’t like wasting any food, so I found a great way to use some of the pulp from the juicer. Muffins! Just add one cup of pulp to your favorite muffin recipe. This adds some extra fiber and more nutrients.
2. The Nutritionally Perfect Pancake (these freeze really well)
My 21-month-old loves these and will eat about three of them. I love that, because it means she is eating at least one egg, 1/3-cup of yogurt and 1/3-cup of oatmeal for breakfast. I top her pancakes with fruit and she gets a nutritionally complete breakfast.
- 4 whole eggs (or 6 egg whites)
- 1 cup Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
Place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth. Pour batter on to skillet over medium heat and cook about 2 minutes per side. Top with your favorite fruit and some natural syrup and serve.
Yields about nine 4-inch pancakes
*The batter will look thin at first, but the eggs help the pancakes fluff up when cooking. .
3. Chilled Fruit and Oatmeal
This is something that needs to be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. I make a few of these at the beginning of the week and it’s the perfect quick grab for my family.
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup milk
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup of fruit
- 1 tbsp honey
Mix all ingredients in a mason jar or Tupperware. Refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.