Breakfast seems to always be a challenge in our house. Some of us (me) like to sleep in until the last possible minute and not get up a second before we have to. Others (Jay and LJ) love to hit the ground running the second their eyes open and don’t want to be slowed down from what they want to get done. Either way, it is all too easy to overlook breakfast.
Since LJ started school, we’ve been getting better about making sure every member of the house has a good breakfast before they leave. We started off with cereal (since it’s one of the few quick and easy things LJ likes), but found that it doesn’t always keep him full until lunch. His teacher doesn’t always make time for morning snack and when LJ is in a growth spurt (which seems to be most of the time!), cereal leaves him hungry for most of the morning.
We realized that we needed more protein in our breakfasts – for all of us, not just LJ. LJ isn’t a very big fan of eggs, so we looked to a few other sources. I’m going to share some of our favorite recipes below. These recipes take advantage of soy as a protein source. Soy protein is a great addition to a child’s diet – it is a nutritionally complete source of protein that can help children meet their daily protein intake needs to support growth and development. Soy protein is a good alternative for children with milk, egg or peanut allergies and is naturally low in fat and saturated fat. Moreover, multiple studies show children who incorporate soy foods into their diets at an early age have lower body mass indices than those who do not.
Two super easy and quick smoothie recipes (great for mornings when we need to bring breakfast with us in the car). If you like your smoothies sweeter, add 2 tbs of agave, honey or other healthy sweetener. Each smoothie recipe serves two average eaters – or one really hungry person.
Chocolate Banana Soy Smoothie
2 tbsp high quality cocoa powder
1 banana (more ripe is better than less ripe)
1/4 C ice
Blend in blender until smooth and enjoy!
1C. 8th Continent Lite Vanilla Soy Milk
1 C. of your favorite berries – we love strawberries and/or raspberries!
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 C. ice
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
We also had the chance to try Kellogg’s Special K Protein Plus and I found that the recommended serving of 3/4 C plus a good topping of fruit kept me satisfied straight through until lunch. LJ wasn’t as crazy about the cereal, but I really liked it.
As you know, this past Sunday was Mother’s Day. After an unexpected trip to the animal hospital (Roofus caught a bird and then promptly started getting sick to his stomach – a lot. The animal hospital was wonderful and gave him an anti-nausea medicine and lots of fluids and he seems back to normal now *fingers crossed*) we had our traditional Mother’s Day brunch at our house. One of my favorite recipes is a sausage, egg, and cheese casserole. I made a few substitutions to boost it’s protein power even more. The great thing is that you prepare the dish the night before and just bake it in the morning – easy peasy!!
Maureen’s Mother’s Day Sausage, Egg and Cheese Casserole
Serves 6 to 8
6 slices of bread
1/2 to 3/4 ibs. of your favorite Morningstar Farms sausage product (we used the maple flavored patties)
1 C. cheddar cheese
2 C. unflavored 8th Continent Soy Milk
1/2 tsp. mustard
Grease a 9×13 pan and fill with 1 inch cubes of bread. Chop sausage patties into 1/4 inch pieces. Toss with cheese and bread in baking dish. Mix eggs, milk, and mustard in blender and pour over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours). Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until set and lightly browned on top – about 40 to 50 minutes.
I hope these recipes give you some ideas of quick and easy breakfasts that will have real staying power as you and your family go through your busy days!
Now for the giveaway!!!
- 2 Free 8th Continent Soymilk coupons
- 12 oz. on-the-go cereal bowl with freezer gel milk holder
- Children’s apron
- 16 oz. Tumbler
Solae provided me with a prize pack to giveaway to my readers, as well as a gift card and soyrèe goodies.