Family Friendly Breakfast Ideas
Do you love a big, hearty breakfast? If so, you’re in luck! On the South Beach Diet, we understand the importance of starting your day off with a healthy, satisfying morning meal. With some forethought, planning, and ingredient swaps, you can easily prepare a nutritious breakfast your whole family will love. Check out these family friendly breakfast ideas:
French Toast with Syrup. French toast is an all-time family favorite that can be enjoyed starting on Phase 2. A quick and healthy way to prepare it: Whisk eggs, fat-free or 1% milk, sugar substitute, almond extract, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl. Soak slices of 100% whole-wheat bread in the mixture, and cook the bread slices in a nonstick skillet or on a nonstick griddle lightly coated with extra-virgin olive oil until golden brown. Be sure to use a sugar-free syrup, such as maple, or create homemade syrup by heating blueberries or strawberries with fresh lime juice and a sugar substitute in a saucepan.
Veggie and Turkey-Bacon Scramble. Bacon and eggs are a classic morning meal that can be enjoyed on all Phases. Preparing these scrambled eggs is simple: Just heat a little extra-virgin olive oil in a nonstick skillet, add one or two whisked eggs and once they’re just beginning to set, sprinkle in chopped veggies, such as tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions, and some chopped precooked reduced-fat turkey bacon. Experiment with different veggies, lean meats, and seasonings to keep your traditional egg breakfast interesting.
Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Walnuts. Whole-grain, high-fiber, low-sugar cereals are one of the healthiest breakfast options when on Phase 2. Be sure to use steel-cut oats when purchasing oatmeal because they’re rich in protein, iron, and soluble fiber. Choose varieties that have at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 2 grams of sugar. Sprinkle the cooked oatmeal with fresh fruit or dried fruit and walnuts for added taste and texture. To boost flavor, mix in a little pure vanilla or almond extract.
Breakfast Smoothies. Breakfast smoothies are perfect on-the-go meals. On Phase 1, blend low-fat plain yogurt with natural no-sugar-added peanut butter, or your choice of another nut butter, and sugar substitute. You can also use silken tofu and toasted almonds. On Phase 2, combine strawberry and banana slices, nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt, sugar substitute, wheat germ or flaxseed or chia seed, and ice cubes.
South Beach Diet Meal Bars. The best choice is always whole foods, but sometimes, you just won’t have time to prepare an elegant meal. If your family likes to have a cereal bar on the go, consider our South Beach Diet Meal Bars. They are a healthy and convenient option, and they keep you satisfied and energized so you’re not tempted to stop by fast-food drive-thrus for empty-calorie meals.
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