3 of My Favorite Breakfast Substitutions and Why They Matter

Breakfast plate with banana french toast


During the past year at our house, we have been swapping a few of our familiar breakfast staples out for some new and better choices.

This process hasn’t always been easy because our breakfast staples are often the quickest and easiest to make. Here are three swaps that we’ve been the most happy with.

Whole Wheat Pancakes – Recently we switched from the industrial family size pancake mix to whole-wheat pancake mix. This swap annoyed me at first because I loved tossing some water into the mix and I was ready to go. The whole-wheat mixes take more steps, which typically means 4-5 more minutes of prep time. Otherwise, I’ve been pleased with the benefits. The whole-wheat pancakes are so filling I only need to make half as many as I used to. I also feel better about serving them to my kids because I don’t have the nagging worry that the partially hydrogenated oil may be worse for us than the FDA thinks.

Banana French Toast – Our family likes French toast for the obvious reasons. So when we ran into this recipe we gave it a try. The kids loved it, which has made this recipe a keeper. Bananas are one of the main ingredients for the batter. While mixing traditional French toast batter takes 4 minutes, making the banana version takes say 4 minutes longer so I’ve found the benefits of more natural fiber outweigh the extra preparation time.

Smoothies – A year or so ago my wife introduced us to smoothies for breakfast. The smoothies supplemented the standard fare of oranges, grapefruit, orange juice etc.
The smoothies typically require frozen fruit and a consistent supply of greens. The thing we love about smoothies has been the amount of healthy things we can sneak into the kids mouths they don’t even realize. We joke; “if they won’t eat it, just stick it in a smoothie.” Strawana Smoothie is a good recipe to experiment with.

Why Substitutions Matter
We started with Powering Up our breakfasts with bananas, apples, pears and blueberries.  As we became more intentional about these little steps we, almost without thinking about it, noticed we were more open to taking bigger steps towards healthier choices. That next step for us has been trying out some food substitutions.

Have you graduated from Power Ups to making substitutions? What have been your favorite substitutions?



Dan Braun

Dan Braun is General Manager at Full Plate Living who isn’t ashamed to admit he takes great pleasure in tricking his kids into eating healthier. In his free time Dan enjoys mountain biking and dunking on the 7 ft rim with his family.

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