I love having a Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation to follow! I believe that it makes life easier in lots of ways! To demonstrate just how easy it is, I have created a series of posts showing my Rotation in action… starting with Monday!
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs + Toast + Kiwi
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! Mostly because it is so easy! I’ve never understood why people skip this awesome meal ! Even if I wake up late (like on the weekend) my first meal of the day has to be something breakfast-y!
In addition to being easy, another reason I enjoy breakfast is because I LOVE eggs! I could eat eggs every day for every meal…. but, I don’t! I limit my egg consumption to about 4 times a week. They are so nutritious, full of quality protein and perfect to start the day with. I prefer organic eggs from hens who graze on pasture.
I don’t do anything fancy to my scrambled eggs. Some people like to add a little milk to make them more fluffy. That’s too much effort! Plus you dirty a bowl just to mix up some eggs! I keep it very simple: I crack 2 large eggs and drop them right in a skillet set at medium-high heat. I do spray the pan with a little Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil first to prevent the eggs from sticking. As the eggs cook, I scramble them up. When they’re done I slide them onto a plate and add a little black pepper. My daughter likes a little bit of shredded cheese sprinkled on top of her eggs.
Before I start the eggs, I take a minute to place a slice of toast in the toaster and cut up a kiwi. (Kiwi is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Fiber!)
I am not one to avoid bread, however, I am particular with the type of bread that I use. I want something that is going to fill me up (high in fiber) and provide some nutrition. Some brands that I like include Dave’s Killer Whole Grain Bread, Food for Life Raisin Bread or any of the Ezekiel breads (found in the freezer section), and fresh bakery breads like Rye and Sourdough.
There are lots of nutritious breads in the grocery store… even gluten-free options. Just be sure to read the food label and ingredient list! I especially like to look for bread with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. English muffins are a nice option once in a while too. I spread my toast with a little butter and sometimes a little jam!
Lunch: Grab a healthy sandwich, soup or salad at your favorite lunch spot
I like to start the week off extra easy, so I give myself a break preparing lunches for everybody. My husband grabs a salad at one of his favorite lunch spots, I keep it simple with pb & js for the kids, and I usually just make myself a smoothie or a cup of soup. No one else in my family really likes soup that much, so this is my chance to have it. I always opt for a low-sodium soup with lots of veggies. Today I tried Healthy Choice Country Vegetable and paired it with a few low-sodium crackers and a couple slices of sharp cheddar for some extra protein.
Snack: Popcorn + Peanuts + Dried Cranberries
Mid afternoon I’m always looking for a snack of some sort! Trail Mix is a favorite! I have fun creating lots of different combinations, but this popcorn mix is a recurring favorite. It’s so easy… all you need is an individual bag of popcorn (like Skinny Pop -affiliate link), a 1/4 cup of unsalted peanuts and a small handful of dried fruit, like sweetened cranberries. It’s the classic combo of salty and sweet. Any type of dried fruit works great… raisins, cherries, apricots. Sometimes I’ll add chocolate chips instead!
When you place the mix in a bowl you can see what a satisfying serving it makes! But most of the time I don’t even serve it in a bowl. I simply open the bag of popcorn (I love the individual size bags), toss the peanuts and dried fruit (or chocolate chips) in, hold the top, and shake. Enjoy the mix right out of the bag!
It’s perfect on the go… just toss into a Ziplock bag and throw in your bag for later!
So there you have it! A great start to your week with Monday’s breakfast, lunch and snack rotation! Modify or change any meal to suit your needs and tastes! Need another snack… maybe mid-morning? A smoothie or yogurt are excellent options or check out my list of 15 Healthy Snacks for more ideas!
Check out other posts in this series:
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation (an introduction)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Tuesday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Wednesday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Thursday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Friday