Guest Post: A Red, White, and Blue Breakfast Celebration!

A Red, White, and
Blue Breakfast Celebration!
Breakfast is a big deal in our house. A slice of toast or a
glass of juice just won’t cut it. And you can forget skipping it! That just
wouldn’t fly (or be healthy) with our group of five, especially on the weekend.  Instead, breakfast usually looks like a
veggie omelet with whole wheat toast and a side of fresh fruit, a fruit
smoothie with a bowl of steel cut oats and a dollop of natural peanut butter,
or a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh berries. See,
I told you that it was a big deal!
Since breakfast tends to be a big production anyway, I like
to center a lot of our family celebrations around the first meal of the day. It
is fun, a little unexpected, and it starts our morning out on a happy note.
Most people think of celebrating July 4th over the grill with hot
dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, and lots of creamy salads. While I love a good
cookout, I challenge you to mix things up a bit this year and try some fun,
festive, and HEALTHY alternatives. Breakfast is a great place to start!  Experiment by incorporating some familiar,
but healthy, alternatives such as whole wheat waffles instead of those “Lego my
Eggos” and plain Greek yogurt instead of the popular blue yogurt tubes. With some
fresh fruit to dress everything up and a few festive accessories, you will be
well on your way to celebrating a happy, healthy July 4th with your
family.
A couple of years ago I put together a Red, White, and Blue
July 4th breakfast celebration for our family. I included some of
our favorite healthy breakfast staples and “blinged” them up a bit with some
simple and festive accessories.
Our menu included: whole wheat waffles with pure maple
syrup; fresh fruit salad (sliced strawberries, blueberries, and bananas); Greek
yogurt parfaits topped with homemade granola; and homemade pumpkin muffins with
a swirl of vanilla yogurt on top. Don’t worry; the gumballs were just for
decoration!

It was a HUGE hit with our kids. We started our day with a
healthy AND festive breakfast together and we had fun.  
Recipe links:
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Sarah Young resides in
Prince William County with her husband and three young children. Sarah is a
full-time mother, Certified Health Education Specialist, healthy living
advocate, and the creator of Health Wise Home, an online resource that focuses
on educating, empowering, and inspiring others to help build a healthier
future. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, being
outside, and spending time with her family.
For healthy recipes,
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Facebook and at her blog,
https://www.facebook.com/HealthWiseHome and http://healthwisehome.wordpress.com/ .