4 Moms talk food: my top 10 breakfast list

4 Moms 35 Kids Today we’re going to talk about breakfast.  Ugh.  I am not a morning person.  Twenty years ago?  Morning person.  Now?  Not.

Just so we’re clear.

Moving on…

Breakfast in our house needs to be high protein, because while we do enjoy breakfast, we don’t want to celebrate it twice in the same hour.  It also needs to be fast and easy so we don’t look up halfway through the meal and realize we were actually eating lunch.

Below are ten of our favorites.  Some are higher in protein than others but most have at least a moderate amount.  Those that don’t are usually supplemented with a glass of milk.

If you were a fly on the wall in our house – and you’d be in good company, because we’ve had more than our share of flies this summer – here’s what you might see us eat on an average sort of morning:

Top 10 Breakfasts

  1. Homemade granola, made with lots of nuts to pump up the protein.  I also sometimes add TVP, though I might reconsider since most soy sold in the US is genetically modified.
  2. Banana bread with peanut butter.  I love walnuts in banana bread but the kids don’t, so we go through a lot of peanut butter.
  3. Egg/cheese burritos, with or without a smidgin of homemade sausage.
  4. Pancakes, often with peanut butter, always with milk.  Not as high in protein as I’d like, but a favorite that the kids love to make.
  5. Fried egg sandwiches on whole wheat bread, an old favorite that we seem to have forgotten of late.
  6. Baked oatmeal.  This has several eggs to boost the modest protein found in oats, and of course it’s served with milk.
  7. Green smoothies, enjoyed by Perry and me nearly every morning now.  We now use half a frozen banana plus 1 serving of fruit (half an apple and a few chunks of cantaloupe or a small handful of grapes, for example), 3 cups spinach, and 8-12 oz. of kefir.  Watch for a post soon on how we do these!  Several of the children like green smoothies too, though I’ve never tried to serve it as breakfast for everyone.
  8. Breakfast in a bowl: grits with eggs, sausage and cheese stirred in.  A popular cold-weather breakfast.
  9. Biscuits and sausage gravy, often served with a side of scrambled eggs, and possibly with grits and sausage patties.  You won’t see this often on a weekday.  It’s a Saturday brunch if there ever was one.
  10. Anything made by my husband.  It’s guaranteed to have plenty of meat, so you know it’s high in protein.

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    1. I agree with not wanting to celebrate breakfast twice–protein, please! Whenever we stay with my husband’s family (in another state), I always buy a few breakfast items once we arrive (yogurt, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, eggs, etc.) as all they ever eat for breakfast is white bread toasted with butter or jam or something nutritionally equivalent. My kids and I all need some serious protein and whole grains in order to last us until lunchtime! I realized this little shopping trip was necessary on a trip a couple of years ago when I connected how sick/woozy/weak I was feeling every day by 10am to the nutritionally void breakfasts we had all been eating.

      We also love baked oatmeal and breakfast smoothies (with lots of kefir/yogurt and greens), as well as eggs and whole wheat toast. I do buy whole wheat English muffins and bagels to keep in the freezer for those mornings when I’m really dragging/running behind or my husband “cooks” breakfast for the kids and lets me sleep in or work on other chores. Defrosting, toasting, and adding cream cheese or PB is right up his alley as far as cooking goes, and I appreciate the break.

    2. Maybe I should come over and sample all these delicious goodies. No? Your too awesome. How ever DID you get to be such a neat mom? The birthing, the cooking from scratch, the know how, the Figure It Out even if you don’t Know How, the running, canning, homeschooling, etc…

    3. haha, I like your breakfast ideas. We “celebrate” breakfast around here probably 3 times in the same hour. Mostly because my husband sweetly offers to do morning duty… therefore it’s carbo love in our house!

      Maybe I should start dragging myself out of bed a little earlier?? Hmm, nope. 🙂

    4. Thank you, Kim, for your “bowlful” of breakfast ideas. Ha Ha Ha
      Any way, I do sincerely thank you and appreciate each and every 4 Moms, 35 Kids posts. They have all been such a help.

    5. I add protein to my pancakes Cracker Barrel style by adding chopped pecans. Sprinkle them on while the 1st side is cooking and they toast with the second side. So yummy!

    6. Wasn’t sure if you knew, but spinach shouldn’t be eaten raw since it’s part of the cruciferous family – these contain oxalic acid which is irritating and can be toxic, but is nullified when steamed or cooked.

      Also, http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert.html

      Might want to check out good info on soy…

    7. Thank you for the ideas. We are in the doldrums with breakfast ideas-toast and more toast with occasion granola or cereal. Definitely need to improve!

    8. Your top ten looks very filling and a great start to any day…especially some of the cooler days that need a little more warmth ~ your breakfast bowl, baked oatmeal and biscuits and gravy…yum!

      Thank you for sharing recipe posts, too. With cooler days ahead, we’ll have to give some of them a try.

      Blessings ~

    9. Baked Oatmeal is always a favorite around here and since I prefer more protein for breakfast, I always add peanut or almond butter to ours. We use a double recipe similar to yours and then add about a cup or so of the nut butter of choice. So yummy! And sometimes when I am feeling generous I let the children sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

    10. I need protein for breakfast, too. You can up the protein in the breakfast casserole (assuming it’s the same or similar to the one I use) by soaking the oats ahead of time (overnight) , adding extra eggs, and/or then mixing a good nut butter into it before baking.

    11. I’ve been meaning to perfect a baked oatmeal, I’ll have to give yours a shot – thanks!

    12. I don’t try to compete with my husband’s famous (albeit unhealthy) sausage gravy, which he makes for men’s breakfasts and other special occasions, but I do make a healthier version to serve our family. Can’t wait to try your Baked Oatmeal.

    13. HAHAHA! about number 10! We ALL enjoy it when my husband cooks, too. Lately his main words to me about meals have been, “Meat. MEEEEEEAT!” (imagine that in a loud, growling male voice). He also has the time to lovingly baby each slice of bacon until it’s cooked to perfection.

      I already commented on the breakfast in a bowl post, but – WOW. That will definitely become a favorite around here. We’ve done it before, but never intentionally LOL.

      And I second the high-protein breakfasts, too – “don’t want to celebrate it twice in the same hour” – I laugh, because I KNOW. 😉


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