Cereal-Free Breakfast Ideas
As a part of Healthy Living Month, I have been exploring different theories of healthy eating including the Paleo and Whole Foods lifestyles. I will be taking my own advice and making some baby steps toward a healthier lifestyle by beginning to eliminate some of the processed foods from our diet.
One of the biggest challenges for me is cereal. I really like having breakfast items that my children can fix for themselves because it is one less thing for me to do, but I have to admit that cereal is probably not the healthiest choice.
I have several breakfast ideas that we already incorporate into our menu (click to go to the recipes):
You can see more breakfast ideas on my Recipe Page here.
I also recently created my Cereal Free Breakfast Pinterest Board to give me more ideas for quick and easy breakfasts.
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In the winter we make a big pot of old-fashioned oatmeal and add chopped walnuts and raisins. Then pour on milk. The raisins make it sweet enough that we don’t need any brown sugar. Oats are the grain highest in protein, I think.
In the summer, when oatmeal seems too hot, or on Saturdays when we want something easier or don’t all eat at the same time, we use unsweetened or lightly sweetened cereals such as spoon size shredded wheat, grape nuts, cheerios, etc.
I like the idea of adding the walnuts Carol. We’ll have to try that. 🙂
There are some healthy cereals that taste pretty good for a compromise! Kashi makes some good ones 🙂
Sarah M. says
I don’t suppose pop tarts count?!? 🙂
Haha! They are definitely not cereal, but as I am sure you figured out, I was trying to get away from the boxed stuff. 🙂
Katy @ Purposely Frugal says
I like the egg and spinach idea! What a healthy start to the day! We like breakfast rice, oatmeal and granola (does that count as cereal?). We also like eggs, egg sandwiches, egg burritos and fruit.
I guess technically granola is cereal, but we make our own so it isn’t the processed boxed kind of cereal, which in my mind is healthier. My goal is just to eat healthier in whatever ways we can. 🙂
For Lent I am giving up “store-made cereal,” so I have been eating made-from-scratch oatmeal (with chopped dried apricots added while cooking) almost every morning. Toast or fruit & yogurt or a home-made muffin have been my other substitutes.
Peanut butter toast with raisins on top!
We are having cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter this week. Can’t wait. 🙂
Julie C says
I eat a yogurt parfait kind of thing every morning. It’s a whole apple cut up, I usually use Fuji or Gala, then 1/2 cup of 0% plain greek yogurt (could use regular too to save money, I just like the extra protein from greek), a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, and 1/3 cup cinnamon raisin granola (store-bought but you could make your own), then just mix it all up. I make it at home but eat it when I get to work between 9 and 10 and it keeps me full for about 3 hours… much longer than most breakfast foods, and it’s only 250 calories.
karen b says
our children does go to public school, & several years ago I was trying to figure out healthier breakfast foods. we came up w/ a plan of making some cass., muffins, pancakes, etc ahead & freezing them then all the children has to do is heat up their portion in the microwave. saves money & time in the long run:)