Whether you're looking for healthy breakfast recipes or novel breakfast ideas, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are a lot of breakfast options out there, but with Better Breakfast Month coming up in September, what positive changes can you make to your breakfast routine? Eating a good breakfast can improve your health greatly: not only does having a healthy breakfast reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, but children who eat a healthy breakfast are generally a healthier weight than their counterparts who don't.
Convenience is one of the major reasons Americans tend to skip eating breakfast. According to Three Bridges Eggs (one of the sponsors of Better Breakfast Month), as many as 43% of Americans consider convenience the driving factor in their breakfast choices. Appliances Connection is here to help you find some healthy breakfast ideas, as well as appliances that make breakfast much less of a hassle than it used to be.
Our Recommended Breakfast Ideas
Buttermilk Cinnamon Loaves
These delicious buttermilk cinnamon loaves come from Viking, and they'll make your kitchen smell absolutely delicious. They're made to pair perfectly with coffee, and you can easily make a batch of them ahead of time to provide breakfast for a crowd.
This 30-in. freestanding gas range from Viking's 5 Series is perfect for making this delicious breakfast recipe. It delivers commercial cooking power, with the U-shaped burner in the oven able to provide up to 30,000 BTUs. The ProFlow™ Convection Air Baffle balances the flow of air for optimal heat distribution, while the SureSpark™ Ignition System ensures that you'll get the oven lit on the first try, every time.
Asparagus and Goat's Curd Omelette
If you're looking for a quick, healthy breakfast to serve one person, it's hard to go wrong with this asparagus and goat's curd omelette from Miele. When you combine the prep and cooking time, it takes less than 15 minutes to make. If you want to add variety to your diet, you can substitute a nearly infinite number of your favorite omelette fillings, as well.
Miele is one of the top producers of induction cooktops, and this one is ideal for making omelettes and anything else, as well. It's one of the most versatile induction cooktops on the market: its PowerFlex Zone technology combines two of the cooking zones into a single 9 in. by 15 in. zone with up to 7.7 kW of power. It uses pan size recognition technology to reduce its energy usage while maintaining cooking power.
Gluten-Free Sweet Crêpes
Having food restrictions doesn't necessarily mean forsaking the foods you love. These gluten-free sweet crêpes from Hestan are also nut-free and vegetarian. They're also very easy to prepare ahead of time: you can make the crêpes in bulk if you want, and use a different filling for each day.
Gas cooktops are great for making crêpes, and this one is one of our favorites. Its five sealed burners provide up to 20,000 BTUs of cooking power, while its heavy-duty continuous cast-iron grates allow you to slide heavy dishes from side to side without spilling food. Meanwhile, its beautiful die-cast control knobs are backlit, even turning red while the cooking surface is still hot.
Whole Wheat Waffles
One of the easiest substitutions you can make for a healthier breakfast is to use whole wheat flour. These whole wheat waffles from Bosch is simple, using only nine ingredients. This is another recipe where you can prepare ahead of time: if you mix the dry ingredients together the night before, all that's left is adding the egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
This classic waffle maker from Cuisinart is great for making a lot of waffles in short order. Its five-setting browning control and regulating thermostat give you fine-tuned control over your cooking, while the red and green indicator lights ensure a perfectly-cooked waffle every time.
Caramelized Onion and Goat's Cheese Muffins
While these caramelized onion and goat's cheese muffins from Miele may appear complex at first, they're easy to cook, and this is another recipe that is well suited to being made the day before. Professional chef Shannon Bennett has perfected the recipe, which serves up to 12 people (which is especially useful if you have a large family).
From the G7000 Series, this 30-in. freestanding all gas range is one of Miele's best. Miele makes it incredibly easy to customize nearly every aspect of using this range, from the brightness of the display to the audio signals it uses. The safety systems are also top-of-the-line: from its cool-touch front to its automatic switch-off function, it's one of the safest gas ranges on the market.
Is a Good Breakfast Worth It?
Preparing a good breakfast does take work, but the work is always worth doing. If you skip out on eating breakfast, it's nearly impossible to eat all the nutrients you need to eat in a day — it takes three full meals to eat a complete diet. You would never begin a road trip on an empty fuel tank, so treat your stomach the same way!
Additionally, Johns Hopkins Medicine recommends that you should eat breakfast as a way to improve your brain power, keep your weight at a healthy level, and even reduce your risk of diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Better Breakfast Month Preparation Tips
There are a lot of ways to prepare more healthy breakfasts, even when preparation time is at a premium. Here are just a few of these tips and tricks:
- Get your whole family in on the meal planning. Healthy breakfasts are useless if nobody eats them! The simple act of planning your meals ahead of time reduces your workload when it comes to making breakfast.
- Take some time to learn about nutrition. Whether you take a course online or in person, this is one of the best ways to learn how to make all sorts of healthy meals. What better place to learn than from an expert?
- Plan out enough time for breakfast. Your family will get much more nutrition (and fun) out of a meal they can sit down and enjoy than they will by cramming a piece of toast in their mouths on the way out the door.
- Prepare ahead of time. Many of the recipes that are detailed in this post can be prepared the night before, or even earlier. There's no need to get up at four in the morning if you want a healthy, homemade breakfast. Depending on your schedule, you may want to devote one evening to making the week's breakfasts, and store them in the freezer for easy access.
What should you not eat for breakfast?
Ultimately, the best breakfast is the one you eat. However, it's best to avoid the high levels of sugar that you find in many cereals. If you do have a sugary breakfast, make sure to balance it out with some healthy protein.
What is the healthiest breakfast to have?
Everybody's nutritional needs will vary, but you can rarely go wrong with eggs, Greek yogurt, whole wheat toast, and coffee.
What is a clean breakfast?
If you prioritize whole, unprocessed food for breakfast, you can give your day the best start. It is best to eat breakfast within two hours of waking up. Make sure that your breakfast includes whole grains and healthy proteins.