For being the most important meal of the day, breakfast has sure gotten tricky over the years! The options we’re supposedly given have become a lot less healthy for us, and pretty bad for society in general. We’re told we can buy cheap but processed “food” on the go, we can eat cereals and other products marketed for breakfast that are full of sugar and empty calories, or we have to skip it altogether because we’re too busy.
Not so! It is possible to make a healthier, tastier, homemade breakfast than any of these so called options. I was thinking about this lately and realized there have been a lot of posts about individual breakfast recipes, but never compiled here on the The Thrifty Homesteader. If you’re struggling with coming up with good and good for you breakfast ideas, here are some of the best I’ve found:
Oatmeal and grits get a bad rap for being dull, but there are a lot of ways to liven them up!
Buttermilk pancakes are a classic, and you can make your own easily instead of relying on store bought mixes.
Feeling fancy? Eggs Benedict is a surprisingly easy (and delicious!) breakfast indulgence to whip up.
French toast is an almost universal favorite.
Some popular shop chains and brands produce muffins that can equal nearly half a day’s recommended calorie intake in a single pastry! Homemade muffins, on the other hand can be wonderfully delicious and nutritious breakfast foods that treat without breaking the calorie bank. Our favorites are Apple Cinnamon Muffins, and of course the famous Antiquity Oaks Chocolate Chip Muffins!
For a gluten free muffin, you can try these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter muffins made with coconut flour.
Traditional biscuits are a great breakfast staple! Top them with homemade gravy for a hearty meal, or serve them alongside eggs and other proteins and fruit for a wonderfully balanced one. (And if you want to vary up the flavors, it’s easy to customize them)
Hash browns are often considered comfort food, but potatoes contain a lot of good things to start your day with, and making and seasoning your own will be much healthier than the oil drenched spuds we’re often served in restaurants.
And because many of us are busy and honestly do need to eat on the go from time to time, smoothies can be an excellent way to make a quick, cheap, and still healthy breakfast when you need to get out the door quickly.
Green smoothies also can be a great way to sneak in some extra vegetable goodness into your morning meal.
If I know I’m going to be working hard all morning, I usually want a high protein breakfast, and our breakfast scramble fits the bill perfectly. You can use any kind of ground meat and vegetables.