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… here’s the plan for Thursday!
Breakfast: Pancakes with Berries and Sliced Almonds
Thursday’s breakfast is a repeat of Tuesday’s breakfast except I change up the banana and walnuts to berries and sliced almonds. Blueberries are a low-calorie favorite and full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, Manganese and fiber. The sliced almonds add a bit of texture and crunch.
Even though I stick with bananas on Tuesday and fresh berries on Thursday, there are plenty of other toppings we enjoy tool! We’ve topped our pancakes with strawberries and banana, peaches, kiwi and coconut, and even mini chocolate chips. Also, it’s fun to experiment with different nuts and seeds, such as pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds. Plus, my favorite easy pancake mixes ( Kodiak Cakes, FlapJacked and Birch Benders) offer different flavor options, like pumpkin or peanut butter. Pancakes never get boring!
Although we all enjoy these pancakes… some mornings I’m just not in the mood to make them! It’s okay… I have a back-up plan! Frozen Waffles! Waffles, like pancakes, are usually not considered to be “health food”. But, I try to stick to brands with clean ingredients, whole grains, and less sugar. We pump up the nutrition by adding the same toppings (fruit and nuts/seeds) and a tiny drizzle of 100% pure maple syrup. Some of the brands we like are Kashi, Van’s and Nature’s Path…
A bonus for having frozen waffles in the freezer… my kids can help themselves on the weekend! They can handle the “arduous” task of placing them in the toaster!! Also, a waffle makes a great afternoon snack when topped with nut butter!
Now, back to the pancakes! For this breakfast, I used Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk mix. For one large pancake I mixed 1/2 a cup of water and 1/2 a cup of mix. I then cooked it in a small skillet (coated with coconut oil), over medium heat, for 1-2 minutes each side! Quick and easy!
So yummy topped with blueberries and sliced almonds! Next time I’ll have to try adding the blueberries to the mix before cooking!
This buttermilk flapjack tasted a bit lighter and fluffier than the mixes with protein… but was still just as filling.
Lunch: Tuna Waldorf Salad + Crackers + Dark Chocolate
Tuna Waldorf Salad is, by far, my favorite way to eat tuna! I never used to be a big fan of tuna… until I met this salad! I enjoy it so much that I’ve incorporated it into our weekly lunch rotation. (It’s been known to show up occasionally for dinner too!) I believe part of the reason I like this mix so much is because all the flavors kind of mask the flavor of the tuna. The sweetness of the raisins and the tartness (or sweetness) of the apple with the saltiness of the nuts, plus the crunch of the celery is a great combination. My go-to brand for tuna is Wild Planet. Not only does it, in my opinion, taste better, but it is sustainably caught as well. I buy it by the case on Amazon (affiliate link).
I always have the ingredients on hand for this salad:
- 1 can of tuna (2 1/2 servings per can)
- 1 small to medium apple, chopped
- 1 handful of raisins (great with dried cranberries too)
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 tbs sunflower seeds (or chopped walnuts)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise (or plain yogurt)
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, adjusting the amount of mayo to achieve desired creaminess. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 2 servings.
One can of tuna may not seem like enough to feed two people. However, once you add the apples, celery and raisins, the salad bulks up! If I serve this to my family of 4, I simply double the recipe and use 2 cans of tuna, etc. My kids actually do like this salad…just not for lunch at school.
I like to pair this salad with crackers (like Mary’s Gone Crackers). Put a little tuna on top of a cracker and it’s a yummy bite! It is also great served in a wrap or on top of greens. A small serving of quality dark chocolate finishes off the meal and provides a little afternoon pick-me-up (from the caffeine in the chocolate)!
Prepare lunch the night before and store in an EasyLunchbox – affiliate link (my favorite bento-style container).
Snack: Bell Pepper Strips + Hummus
Bell peppers are a favorite vegetable for dipping into hummus! Red bell peppers have over eight times more Vitamin A than green bell peppers and are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Folate and fiber.
When I get back from my weekly trip to the grocery store, I’ll slice up one bell pepper and disperse into baggies. Add a little hummus to a small container (like EasyLunchBoxes Mini Dippers -affiliate link) and throw it in your lunch box/ cooler in the morning for a great to-go snack. Even if I’m home, it’s convenient to have the bags of peppers prepared so I’m more apt to grab them instead of a bag of chips. (But, let’s be honest… 50% of the time I still go for the chips!)
So there you have it… Thursday’s breakfast, lunch and snack rotation! Modify or change any meal to suit your needs and tastes! Need another snack? A serving of nuts would be great. 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 Monday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Tuesday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Wednesday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Friday