Healthy Breakfast Ideas
How many times have you looked at the breakfast cereals in the supermarket and wished that they could be a little more inspiring? So many are sugar coated, chocolate flavoured or designed and marketed so we feel we would do just as well to give our kids a packet of biscuits and a glass of milk on a morning. Somewhere the importance of a good breakfast has been lost in the cartoon character, sugar coated world of manufactured cereals
Making Time for Breakfast
If your mornings are anything like mine, you will spend them rushing around trying to get the kids ready for school. You will be making sure the packed lunches are organised, the school bags packed and getting yourself ready for work. If the thought of doing anything more than pouring cereal into a bowl and adding milk, or dropping a couple of slices of bread into the toaster sounds like too much effort, think again.
Breakfast should set us and our kids up for the day, filling up our energy stores, energising our body and sparking our brains into action, providing us with enough energy to see us through to lunch. Finding the time to provide an energy rich, vitamin packed, wholesome breakfast takes just a little longer than fixing a bowl of cereal. So if you need to get up a half an hour earlier, will it kill you? You can prepare things in advance to save on time in the morning, but after a couple of days of having a hand prepared, homemade breakfast both you and the kids will see a difference.
Homemade Bran Breakfast Muffins
These tasty muffins are just one example of an alternative breakfast. Served with a fresh fruit smoothie or a glass of pure fruit juice they make a great breakfast, and will save money in the long run as they are much cheaper to make than buying boxes of sugar loaded manufactured cereals. It literally takes 15 minutes to make this muffin mix and it will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks so you can just bake as much as you need every morning. Pop them in the oven jump in the shower and they will be ready when you are, plus the house will be filled with the incredible aroma of home baking.
You will need:
- 240g (100%) stick shaped bran cereal like All Bran
- 100g soft butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 mashed bananas
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 lemon
- 450ml milk
- 300g plain flour
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt
- 220g dried fruit of your choice
Place half the bran into a bowl and add 200ml of boiling water. Using another bowl mix the butter and sugar together then add in the bananas and eggs individually. Add the lemon juice to the milk and add to the mix, stir well then add the soggy bran. Sift in the baking powder and flour; add the salt, dried fruit and dry bran.
To bake, preheat the oven to 190’C/Gas Mark 5. Scoop the required amount of mix into a lined muffin tray and bake for 30 minutes. When cooked, split in half and serve with a knob of butter. Keep the unused mixture in the fridge until required. DON’T stir it, just scoop out what you need and put it back in the fridge.
If you want to learn how to cook a filling healthy breakfast for your family, why not see if there are any cooking schools in your area. Your family will thank you.