Well, believe it or not, school is right around the corner. My kids have one more week of summer vacation before their school year starts, and honestly, I think we are all a little excited. Since we will be getting back to the grind, we are loading up on groceries that make our lunch packing and morning breakfast easy but are still healthy for us.
My kids are like most kids—they like something for weeks straight then you serve it to them one morning and they look at you like you are a crazy person. “I don’t like that anymore, mom” says my 6-year-old after he ate it yesterday morning and requested I make it the night before. Because of this, we are always switching things up when it comes to breakfast.
Currently, they want waffles or pancakes, seasonal fruit, and breakfast sausage to get them going in the morning. I do my best to make a big batch of Oat and Almond Flour Pancakes on the weekend to get us through the week, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. When I can’t make my own, I rely on quality brands like Lopaus Point from Columbus, Ohio. They are gluten free and created with natural, organic, and non-GMO ingredients. There is no added sugar, dairy or soy. My daughter loves the chocolate chip and the boys love the blueberry.
Another great brand is Kodiak Cakes. They have frozen waffles and pancakes, waffle and pancake mixes, muffin mixes and even a flapjack on-the-go. Kodiak Cakes uses whole grain wheat plus a protein supplement (wheat protein isolate) to boost the protein levels in their products. There are no preservatives or additives and they use non-GMO ingredients.
Applegate Farms Turkey Sausage
Applegate Farms Breakfast Sausage Links are so easy and convenient, and they taste great too! We pop ours into the toaster oven and warm them up while getting the rest of breakfast ready. They are packed with protein and fat to keep my kids full and their minds focused. They couldn’t be a more perfect food for our busy mornings. Try our newest addition to the store—turkey sausage!
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats
My kids may vary on what they have for breakfast, but I’m pretty consistent. One of my favorite breakfast foods is oatmeal. I load my oatmeal up with butter, maple syrup, heavy cream and spices. Check out Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats—they are perfect for those with gluten sensitivities that want to enjoy a warm cup of oatmeal in the morning. I also use them for making oat flour. I have a coffee grinder that I use to grind up the oats, and voilà—oat flour that can be used in my Oat and Almond Flour Pancakes.
Another staple for me at breakfast time is eggs! I usually like them over-easy and served with a side of fermented veggies. But, sometimes I need to grab an egg and go, so I make sure to always have hard-boiled eggs on hand. I know using fresh eggs for hard boiling can be tricky. It’s super frustrating to peel the shells—you lose chunks of the egg white or the shell breaks off in microscopic pieces which takes forever and defeats the point of the convenience hard-boiled eggs have to offer.
Problem solved—try steaming them instead of boiling! Put an inch of water in the bottom of a large pot and bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Place the steamer basket in the pot and add the eggs (I hard-boil a dozen at a time) and cover with a lid. Set a timer for 10 minutes (I like to make mine more of a soft-boil so I remove from heat at 8 minutes). Prepare a large bowl with ice water. Once the timer goes off, remove from heat and carefully transfer the eggs to the ice bath. Allow to cool for 15 minutes then drain them and store in the fridge. You will be surprised how easy the shells peel!
Limelight Coffee Roasters
And let us not forget the sacred morning cup of Joe—it’s what really gets us motivated in the morning! This week Limelight Coffee Roasters is on Super Sale. They are a small, handcrafted coffee roasting company in Indianapolis. They roast sustainably grown arabica beans from around the world and pay a premium price to support farmers who focus on quality while caring for the environment, their community, and their family. This is exactly why we love them here at Green Bean! My personal favorite is the single origin-Mexico and my husband loves the My Morning Commute blend. Grab a bag—you won’t be disappointed!
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth