3 Reasons You Might Need a Breakfast Revolution (And How to Get it Started)

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By Beth, Contributing Writer

I grew up in the Christian church youth group subculture of the nineties. I came by my revolutionary mindset honestly, as we questioned if we were ‘radical enough for Jesus’, week after week.

Even now, more than a decade later, something in me resonates with that revolutionary mindset, both in my faith and in my kitchen. So many times I feel that I’m swimming against the mainstream. Maybe you can relate.

I became passionate about breakfast shortly after I started down the Real/Whole Food road, over five years ago. I read about how unhealthy breakfast cereal really is, and I immediately ditched the cereal boxes.

Bacon and eggs, creamy oatmeal, and homemade pancakes all taste infinitely better anyway, and my family was thrilled.

We all know that the modern food industry has wreaked havoc in the traditional eating style of our (healthier!) ancestors. I believe that breakfast has been one of the biggest victims of this tragedy.

Boxes of little flakes of grain that taste like cardboard that are modified and processed and slathered in other highly-processed ingredients including a boatload of sugar? Really?! This is what is marketed to us as a healthy breakfast choice?

The marketing manipulations of these companies is amazing.

After years of dutifully eating my cheerios or corn flakes with skim milk and a spoonful of sugar, I was tired of it. Fed up with feeling hungry an hour later. Fed up with the blood sugar swings and the lack of energy from a lack of real nutrition.

I decided to embark on my own little breakfast revolution, and I recently wrote a book full of my favourite recipes from along the journey.

Do you need a breakfast revolution of your own? Do you struggle to figure out what to make for breakfast, day in and day out?

And let’s be real: some mornings just require an easy solution, right? What then? I help answer all of these questions in my book, with recipes for every plate and every kind of morning. I have a whole section on “to-go” ideas, too!

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Here’s how you know you might need a breakfast revolution:

1. You Don’t Know How to Break Out of the Breakfast Cereal Rut

I totally get it – the power of a habit that you’ve been cultivating for years (maybe your whole life!) is staggering. It’s difficult to imagine a new way of doing things. But trust me – I’m no super-healthy, superwoman… and if I can do it, so can you.

2. You Want to Serve Your Family a Nourishing Breakfast, But Need Help

The desire is there. Awesome! That’s the first step, and really the most important.

Now you just need the tools. I share over 40 recipes in my book for a variety of preferences, styles, and abilities. They are easy and delicious, and you can experiment to find your favourites.

As you continue down this road it will become more and more second-nature, and before you know it you’ll forget the last time you bought a box of cereal.

3. You’re Tired of Eating the Exact Same Thing Every Day

Breakfast does NOT have to be boring – honest! In our family we eat a lot of bacon and eggs, hash browns, oatmeal, and pancakes. But in my book I have a whole chapter to “Really Far Outside the Box” for the most adventurous among us! Also – it’s more about the ingredients you use, less about the recipe title. Try my Breakfast Cookie recipe, or my Soaked Oatmeal Breakfast Cake – it’s divine with whipped cream. I even have a recipe in there for Chocolate-Avocado Pudding!

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If you want to bring the revolution home to your kitchen, grab a copy of the book to get you started.

It’s just $8.95 and is full of helpful advice and mouth-watering recipes. It even includes a homemade Maple Nut Granola for the days when you just want to throw something in a bowl and call it done. Plus – every recipe in the book is gluten-free!

BONUS! Get your copy for 20% off until November 30 using the code “kothrevolution”!

Tell me – what was on your plate at breakfast-time during your childhood? Do you need a breakfast revolution?

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About Beth Ricci

Beth blogs at Red & Honey, a lifestyle blog for the naturally-minded homemaker. She recently began a passionate love affair with coffee and her life will never be the same. She has had three babies in less than four years, is a professional laundry-avoider, and loves to stay up way too late making weird stuff from scratch that normal people tend to just buy in a store. Hence, the coffee.

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Comments

  1. A lot of recipes use corn when it says gluten free. 2 of my kids and I are gluten, cow dairy, corn and soy intolerant. Do you use corn in most of your recipes?

  2. Growing up I always struggled through eating dinner. I came home from school exhausted and could barely manage to eat a full dinner in the evening so I used to ask mum if I could finish it off for breakfast as I was never much of a cereal eater, myself and struggled to find something quick that I enjoyed before I had to rush off to catch the school bus. I loved doing that. Eating steak, left over roasts, fried rice or homemade pizzas, egg or potato salad. It worked for me then. I would slather toast with roasted sweet potato and sausage. So yum and convenient. And it gave me the energy to face the day.

  3. Nicole Gagnon says:

    Having a little trouble with the downloading of the book. Is there another link once you buy it?

  4. We actually grew up with pretty healthy breakfasts. My mom was a firm believer that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. We also had a big family and cereal is a pretty expensive option. We always had a fruit and protein included in our breakfast and she made us eat all of it! Totally didn’t appreciate it then but sure do now. I now feed my kids the same way. :-)

  5. We are wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut/tree nut/coconut free at our house due to my children’s food allergies. I really struggle finding healthy breakfast ideas. Does your book have many recipes that would fit our restrictions?

    • Hi Sandy! The book is all GF, but I’m not sure about the combo of the rest of them. If you want to go ahead and purchase it, I will be glad to refund your money if you feel there aren’t enough usable recipes for you.

  6. Thank you for this post! I grew up mostly skipping breakfast but if I did eat it was cold cereal or something like that. In high school I got really bad and would just drink energy drinks! I didn’t think much of healthy living up until about 2 years ago when my budget just couldn’t take anymore fast food so I looked into freezer cooking which I came across on pinterest. I managed to find a chest freezer for free and tried to dive in head first… I over did it, got extremely overwhelmed, and fizzled out. Shortly after my oldest son (who turns 6 this month) was diagnosed with ADHD and thats when I hit it hard looking for ways to “fix” him. Thats when I decided to try freezer cooking again but to take it slow, which from there I stubbled across your blog about 6 months ago and have purchased a couple of your books along with some from trina holden. We are still taking the change slow but we have managed to cut out most if not all artificial dyes and have moved on to real butter and buying in bulk, we did have a minor set back when we decided it was time for me to go back to work but we seem to be back on track with progress and little by little my family takes a step in the right direction.
    It is hard to change what you were raised to be like, but I am hoping that by the time my sons are old enough to marry I will get the pleasure of helping their wives live a healthy life:) I knownyou didnt need a big story but I want to say thank you.

  7. YES, if there is anything in my life that is in such a deep rut that I don’t know how to climb out of…it’s breakfast! We have been eating all natural, organic, homemade for a couple of years now. So, my problem is not such much boxed cereal but a revolution from our routine of tried and true whole foods. Need to experiment with different recipes and have them prepared in advance so I’m not waking up tired and throwing bacon and eggs or pancakes out again ;) Your book looks like the answer!

  8. Love this. I grew up eating cold cereal, but we made the switch a few years ago. Now cold cereal (usually organic & as natural as possible) is a treat, and we have a rotation of oatmeal, eggs, yogurt and homemade muffins for breakfast.

    Now that I’m grain-free, my breakfasts have gotten a little more limiting (not oatmeal or granola!) but I wanted to share an awesome recipe I just posted about last night. My almond & flax porridge is the ‘quick & easy’ in the morning and gives you the satisfaction of a hot bowl of oatmeal.
    http://busy-homeschool-days.blogspot.com/2013/11/almond-flax-porridge-grain-free-dairy.html