Linktoberfest continues. Last week, I shared my menu planning strategies to eat healthy on a tight budget. This week I am featuring my breakfast plans, since I have taken on that meal as a project to better plan and ensure the kids are getting better nutrition first thing in the morning.
First, I make sure to purchase the following items to have on hand to round out breakfast and fill gaps between when I get to actually make something. We always buy boxes of raisins, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, organic mini shredded wheat (plain), organic vanilla yogurt, and oatmeal. A couple times a month I cook up an egg for each child. Having easy nutritious items on hand really helps during busy weeks.
A favorite ‘re pie of ours is “breakfast cookies.” Perfect to make with overrule bananas. If I end up with an over ripe banana or two, I stick it in the freezer, once I have about six, I make cookies. I base the cookies on this recipe. However, I alter it based on what I have on hand. Instead of the applesauce, I put in two tablespoons of flax meal soaked in one cup of water. I also cut down the dried fruit and add in some sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
New this month are these paleo pancakes that I can’t wait to try. I plan on adding flax seeds, cinnamon, and some unsweetened coconut flakes. I am going to make a big batch on the weekend, then we can just heat up as needed. I have six large plantains waiting for yumminess!
Another experiment is Chia pudding. I’m not sure what extras I will put in this, depends on what’s still available when we get there. We have a steady stream of Autumn Berries right now, so they may make an appearance.
My children really like muffins, but I rarely buy them. Now that the weather is cooler, it’s time for some baking. I am going to make these muffins, but sub in garbanzo flour for half the coconut to up the nutrition. So, I will be using two eggs, plus two tablespoons of flax meal soaked in a cup of water. Also, we are adding Autumn Berries to these, so I am cutting the maple syrup down to 2 Tablespoons, since the super tart berries become super sweet when baked. I am so looking forward to these, making a double batch for sure.
Kelly wants to know my favorite blogger that I discovered on 7QT. Well, pretty lady, that would be you! I first came across Kelly’s blog when she guest hosted 7QT for Jennifer. It is a blog I kept coming back to, and the one that I follow the most regularly. Thanks, Kelly, for a great blog and hosting all of us blogging ladies each Friday.
Speaking of Kelly, I joined her accountability group on Facebook. I set a goal of two posts this week and reading five chapters of the book I reviewed. This is post #1 and it’s Friday….gotta come up with something else, and quick! 🙂