‘Oatmeal and cereals are NOT healthy breakfast foods?’ gasped Magda, her eyes nearly popping out of her head. ‘Then should the audience stick with toast and margarine? Or fruit smoothies? Or granola bars?’ the radio host asked.
If you’ve read my previous article about which breakfast foods to avoid, you know the answers to these questions.
‘But… But… What’s left to eat then?’ Magda asked (secretly hating my guts).
If, like Magda, you’re wondering the same thing, you’ll be surprised at how many healthy breakfast foods you can try. And no, these don’t require you to become (or hire) a chef. Nor will you need to spend hours in the kitchen to get a meal that will disappear as soon as it’s ready. Bonus: There’s something for everyone.
A. EASY HOME-MADE CEREALS
1. Cold Cereal
Crunchy, healthy cereals in a bowl of cold milk – that’s my sister’s dream come true. If you’re a huge cereal lover like her and adopted a real food diet, cereals are probably high on the list of breakfast foods you miss. But thanks to this easy peasy recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy cereals again.
- Instead of chopped dates, you can use raisins.
- Use home-made coconut milk instead of store-bought almond milk.
Are you a honey lover? How about crunchy cereals that taste like honey? In a bowl of cold, creamy coconut milk? Sounds like a treat, right? The best part is that all these honey bunches are absolutely free from unhealthy additives.
- Not a fan of sunflower seeds? Just use pine nuts, pumpkin seeds or any other nuts such as almonds and cashew nuts.
- For a chocolate version, add about 1/3 cup of raw, organic cocoa powder when mixing your ingredients.
Feel like a trip down memory lane? Then add these puffs to your list – the recipe calls for sunflower seed butter but, as indicated, you can also use any nut butter you fancy. My only beef with this recipe is that it lists baking powder in the ingredient list.
The issue with baking powder is that it contains corn starch which, even in tiny amounts, can cause issues for people with autoimmune conditions. Plus, many brands contain aluminum which can worsen autoimmune flares.
- Instead of baking powder, use baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar instead. As a rule of thumb, for every teaspoon of baking powder, use 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1 ½ teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. So, since this recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, use 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda plus 3/4 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
Nope, that’s not some weird egg mix or coconut flour mixed in coconut milk. This porridge will actually count towards your daily vegetable portion! Just check it out to see what I mean. And make sure to watch the video below – proper baking will ensure that you don’t end up with a mush.
- If I were to make this porridge, I’d add ground beef or chicken instead of the peptides. I have nothing against peptides – I just need my food to have some texture.
Paleo cocoa puffs. Yep, you heard that right! And they’re gluten-free! You can now enjoy chocolaty cereal without fearing that your blood sugar levels will go haywire. This is a must try breakfast recipe for all chocolate lovers.
- Can’t tolerate almonds? Use coconut flakes instead.
- If you have some dried berries on hand, chop them finely and add to the ground almonds when making the dough.
B. GRANOLA THAT IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU
Eggs are probably the easiest healthy breakfast foods ever. But they can get monotonous fast. Plus, there are days when you just don’t want to cook anything, right? Instead of starving yourself until lunch (or, worse, buying a donut on your way to work), why not make granola bars in advance and store them in an airtight container? They’re the perfect, healthy grab and go food.
If you decide to use canned pumpkin puree, make sure that it is free from chemical additives.
- Got some extra time? Why not make your own pumpkin puree? To do so, simply chop and peel a piece of pumpkin and steam it. Allow the pumpkin to cool down before blending it. Simple, right?
Apricots are one of my favorite fruits. Unfortunately, many dried versions contain lots of chemical food preservatives that can cause nasty symptoms like itching or swelling. If you can’t find any chemical-free apricot, you can add dates.
- Why not try a plain granola bar and accompany it with a piece of fresh fruit?
No flaxseed meal on hand? Use almond meal or coconut flour instead.
C. WHEAT FREE PANCAKES AND WAFFLES
Have you ever felt a craving for healthy pancakes or waffles but just couldn’t mix up something that met your expectations? For a long time, pancakes were off the menu for me. That is until I came across the following recipes. Try them out and let me know which one is your favorite. I also made sure to include some savory pancakes since there are people (like me) who aren’t fans of sweet healthy breakfast foods.
We all need at least one staple pancake recipe that’s easy to whip in a jiffy. And will keep you energized the whole morning. Well, this is my go-to recipe when I don’t feel like having savory eggs for breakfast.
Whether you have guests over or just want to have dessert for breakfast, these carrot cake inspired pancakes might just do the trick. Plus, they’re an easy way to get some veggies in first thing in the morning. And there’s no need to add ‘lots of maple syrup’ – doing so might zap your energy levels.
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