Today I’m sharing more than twenty healthy bread and breakfast recipes, most of which have been our family’s cornerstone recipes, including the sandwich bread that enabled me to stop buying store bought bread.
Do you think breads – and breakfasts – can be healthy? I think today we tend to think of breakfasts as indulgent (French toast, eggs with lots of sausage or bacon, etc.) and breads as simply carb overloads. But as we talked about in the first part of this Healthy Eating series, there are no bad or good foods when you’re striving for a balanced, nourishing lifetime of eating healthily.
We’re not aiming for feast-or-famine, deprivation-or-gluttony, or even yo-yo-ing up and down the scale. It’s a goal of balance. Feeling good about your body and your choices. The occasional splurge. Enjoying food without it ruling your life and thoughts.
There are foods you would do better to avoid (packaged foods with long lists of ingredients, lots of sugars, dyes and preservatives) and those you should try and get more of (whole foods, vegetables in all the colors of the rainbow, healthy fats, etc.). But to really work for the long-haul there are not many foods that are off-limits permanently, unless you have no desire for a certain food (and if you’re anything like me, the longer you eat good, nourishing, simple, homemade food, the more things you’ll lose a taste for – really! I can tell in the first bite if brownies or cakes came from a box and many packaged items have an ‘off’ flavor to me that make them easy to pass by).
Healthy Bread and Breakfast Recipes
So, what makes these recipes healthy? The breads use just a few ingredients, are made with whole grains and are lightly sweetened (if at all) – many times with nature’s sweetener’s like honey or maple syrup. I’ve included sourdough recipes for any of you who keep a starter since sourdough uses naturally occurring wild yeast and a longer rise time for more of a ‘soaking’ effect. And the breakfasts are either full of vegetables or use whole grains as well.
These recipes are our go-to bread and breakfast recipes and I hope that you’ll find they become yours, too!
The Original Soft, 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
Whole Grain Pita Bread (just 20 minutes hands-on time!)
Easy No-Knead, No-Rise Soft Pretzels (perfect kid’s activity!)
Honey Sweetened Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread (hey, dark chocolate & cocoa are good for you!)
Roasted Vegetable Hash with Eggs, Bacon, Feta & Walnuts (great for dinner, too!)
Find lots more recipes and inspiration in these articles from the Healthy Eating series: