Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mom-Me Celebration - Day 10: Eat Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To kick-start your day (and your metabolism), to fuel you for the morning rush and sustain you until lunch, to set a good example for the kids. For all those reasons and more that you can google, we know we're supposed to begin our day with more than a cup of coffee. But how many moms really do it? And I admit, I'm often guilty of skipping breakfast, too.

Mom-Me Celebration - Day 10: Eat breakfast!

I've found that I - and the kids - do better about eating a balanced breakfast with a little bit of pre-planning, starting at the grocery store all the way to the kitchen. On a good morning, I lay out a few choices on the counter from which we can all choose, along with the milk and juice.  This not only saves time (every body doesn't have to rummage through the pantry or refrigerator) but also encourages me to eat, too.  After breakfast, it's all easy clean-up, too - the food is either gone or easily wrapped up and put back in the fridge. Some ideas of what to put out on the "breakfast buffet":

  • boiled eggs - they last in the fridge for days, so boil enough to take you through a few days, even a week. And they're portable, so you can take it with you if you don't have time to sit at the table.
  • slices of cheese, cheesesticks
  • sliced ham, turkey
  • bagels and cream cheese
  • cold cereal
  • fruit
  • yogurt
  • granola, nuts
  • oatmeal - there's some crock-pot recipes out there that you can start before you go to bed; I'm not a big oatmeal person, but I'm intending on trying some

You obviously don't have to put out everything every day. Switch it up and keep it interesting. Add to that, any vitamins or supplements you take.

This morning, I made biscuits - because who doesn't love warm bread for breakfast? Usually, I don't have time for anything more than the canned, pre-made biscuits on a Sunday morning, but I found a quick drop biscuit recipe in the May issue of Cooking Light that took me no more than 10 minutes to mix together, and then another 10-15 minutes in the oven.  They were ready by the time my coffee was done.  The drop biscuits were a "make-over recipe" and were lower in calories, fat, and sodium than a regular biscuit. Of course, I've never met a recipe I didn't tweak, so here's a few changes I made out of necessity and they turned out fine.

  • No whole wheat flour - I used regular flour instead
  • No buttermilk - added a tablespoon of lemon juice to the measuring cup, then measured to the 1 1/4 cup line for the milk
  • No canola oil - used another tablespoon of melted butter
  • If I make these again, and I think I will, I would add maybe another teaspoon of sugar. I also think they would be good with cheddar cheese mixed into them, like those yummy cheese biscuits served at some restaurants.

Don't forget your morning coffee or tea.

Enjoy your breakfast!

Follow along here on my blog or on Facebook - JustPiddlin with Frances for our 30-Day Mom-Me Celebration all the way until Mother's Day.

1 comment:

Mocha Dad said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I will try it this weekend to see how my kids like it.