Breakfast Bonanza!

6 Easy, Delicious and Healthful Morning Meal Options

By Larissa Phillips

There's nothing wrong with cereal. According to a recent study by nutritionists at Tufts University, even the sweetest ones are better than nothing. But, they're also expensive and usually loaded with sugar. So for something more wholesome and homemade, try some of these ideas, both old and new:

1. Fruit Appetizer - Yes, appetizers for breakfast. Sensitive morning stomachs like the ones that run in my family like to start out with fruit: clementines, apples, grapes, mangoes, strawberries - whatever is in season, and always cored, peeled, sliced and ready for eating.

2. Green Eggs - Eggs are perhaps the fastest hot breakfast known to mankind, taking about 60 seconds to scramble up and serve. If your kids like it, scramble them with leftover cooked broccoli (hint: use an immersion blender) to make extra healthy "Green Eggs."

3. One-Eyed Willie - Use a juice glass to cut out a hole in a slice of whole wheat bread. (Kids can help with this.) Put the bread into a hot, oiled pan and crack an egg inside. If you want the eye to be open (i.e., sunny side up), brown the bread on one side first, flip it, and then crack the egg inside.

4. French Toast - It seems like a fancy weekend breakfast, but French toast is actually a quick and filling meal, perfect for school mornings. Scramble two eggs with a cup of milk. Add a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of sugar if you like. Soak the bread and fry it up. Serve maple syrup on the side for dipping, instead of pouring it on top.

5. Fruit Smoothies - Try a banana, a cup of OJ and any kind of frozen fruit - like the antioxidant-laden açai berry puree made by Sambazon. For more heft, add plain yogurt or raw oat bran. Throw it all in a blender and voilá - instant breakfast. Serve with a straw.

6. And don't forget … banana bread, PB&J, plain yogurt with maple syrup, homemade frozen waffles, bagels with cream cheese, toast with almond butter, cheese melted onto toast …

Larissa Phillips is an award-winning writer, food lover and former editor for United Parenting Publications.

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