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Fast/healthy/non dairy breakfast options

apologies to all who have replied earlier to this type of post- but i just culd not find one answering my query- even after multiple CHOW searches.
as a good wife i get up everyday to make breakfast for my husband :-P.

Looking for suggestions that he can do himself: make/reheat/assemble
presently doing egg recipes 2/week(can't do more for cholesterol reasons), shakes/smoothies oatmeal/cereal are out as 'no can do' dairy,
thanks fellas

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  1. I eat one or two Kellogg's Nutri-Grain low fat waffles, good source of fiber and vitamins, and not too high in sodium. Before someone poops all over my choice, I've lost 65 pounds in 18 months and 40 since October, it's part of my changed eating habits and my Doctor approves. I top it with a little butter, but honey will do for the no dairy.

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    1. re: James Cristinian

      Congrats on the weight loss. I like to have those waffles for breakfast sometimes, too. I spread it with peanut butter for the protein and it's a quick way to get out the door in the morning.

      1. re: James Cristinian

        I don't know the ingredients in the Nutri-Grain waffles specifically but there could be dairy in them. My son, almost age 2, can't eat dairy and I was quite surprised after reading all labels to see what contains milk, casein or whey (he can't eat any of those). I know that a lot of the Eggo products do. I suppose it also depends on just how far away from dairy the OP's husband has to stay.

        1. re: valerie

          Trader Joe's has gluten-free, vegan (no animal products) frozen waffles.

          1. re: lgss

            I have the waffles in my freezer and I have to say that they are not so good. They get kind of crumbly. However, this week I was at Trader Joe's and I bought the dairy free pancakes. They are much better than the waffles.

            What I really need to do is just make a batch of pancakes from scratch (I can use rice milk if I need milk) and just keep them in the freezer. But since I work full time and have 2 kids, sometimes its just easier to buy them at TJ.

          2. re: valerie

            Here's a link to the Nutri-Grain Eggo waffles and they DO contain dairy.

            1. re: lgss

              That's what I suspected. For my purposes, once I see whey on the ingredient list, they go back into the freezer case.

        2. I have oatmeal with chocolate protein powder mixed in a lot of mornings. There's no dairy in either the oatmeal or the protein powder.

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            hi molly
            great suggestion.
            may i ask if the oatmeal is cooked with water first, then the protein powder is added. ! (prob. the final product is a pudding consistency)
            also which brand of protein do u use!

            1. re: mollyomormon

              i thought i was the only one who put protein powder in my oatmeal! i use plain or vanilla protein, add cinnamon and sometimes a bit of splenda.

            2. Whole grain toast is always good, and (of course) in-season fresh fruit. A poached egg on toast is a thing of beauty, and is probably my favorite breakfast. I would never eat a highly-processed thing, such as a Kellogg's waffle for breakfast, but that's just me.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                I know about the processing and am not wild about, but it's one of the few processed items I eat. Pretty much everything else is fresh or non-processed frozen, and I just don't like eggs.

              2. We do tofu scrambles, wonderful smoothies with silken tofu and all kinds of fresh/frozen fruit (just whir in the blender- takes just like a milkshake), and we use Earth Balance which is non dairy. Can you do cereal and oatmeal if you use a non dairy milk? I no longer use dairy but have oatmeal all the time. There are a lot of recipes on line for non dairy muffins, etc. They taste great. Good luck to you.

                1. Smoothies are great without any dairy. Just fruit and juice in a blender. I like to freeze bananas and use them, so I don't have to add ice to get it well chilled.

                  1. divya, does he only like sweet dishes for breakfast? Sardines or smoked kippers are pretty good nutrition with whole-grain crackers or toast and fresh fruit on the side. Not everyone can bring themselves to eating fish for breakfast, I realize, but it's a welcome change-up from the sweet stuff. Miso soup might be another savory option.

                    1. agree with the fish, lox or whitefish, or even marinted white anchovies with mayo on toast.

                      or toast with almond butter.

                      1. Consider trying Pacific brand lowfat vanilla almond mylk. We use it on cereal and in baking. Trader Joe's has it priced less than Whole Foods Market. Make sure it's cold and shake well before pouring. Trader Joe's has non-dairy frozen waffles. We eat the gluten-free ones. While doing kitchen renovations we often ate pbj, bananas, and oj for breakfast. I often make a batch of gluten-free, vegan (and thus non-dairy) muffins or bake gf, vegan bread over the weekend or one evening and those last us 3 or 4 days. Non-dairy substitutions for recipes are easy: for milk substitute almond, rice, or soy mylk, for buttermilk add a tsp/cup of apple cider vinegar to the almond, rice, or soy mylk. For butter substitute a product like Earth Balance.

                        We make non-dairy smoothies with oj, frozen bananas, and whatever other frozen fruit one likes (strawberries, mango, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc).

                        You can also use egg substitute in recipes, either prepared egg substitute or flax seed meal and water.

                        1. One of my favorite breakfasts is a toasted whole wheat english muffin (or half of a multigrain bagel), spread with natural peanut butter, maybe a tiny bit of honey smeared into it if I'm in the mood for something sweet, a shake of wheat germ on top of that, and sliced banana on the very top. Yummy, healthy, easy, and dairy free. The other days I do cereal with soy milk (Silk light plain).

                          1. if he likes hummus, some of it with a whole wheat pita

                            i know eggs are minimal, but will he do egg whites? try scrambling some egg whites in Pam, then mixing with salsa and rolling in a whole wheat tortilla

                            try mixing oats with egg whites, sweetener, cinnamon, and vanilla, then cooking to make oatmeal pancakes

                            baked apple (core filled with raisins cinnamon and nuts for a little added protein)

                            at Trader Joe's Mintz's Blintzes are dairy free - tofutti brand i believe

                            1. pan fried / baked potato or zucchini pancakes -- or a mixture thereof -- are great and relatively healthy if he's not trying to cut back on carbs. make individual patties and freeze separately. to make them more substantial, you could also mix in a protein.

                              a sautee of finely chopped vegetables like zucchini and other squash, potato, ham/chicken, and red onions make a really nice breakfast and can be stand-alone if you cover all the food groups.

                              1. Oh, if your husband likes yogurt, another thing that my son eats is cereal mixed with soy yogurt. I generally get the Trader Joe's soy yogurts (strawberry or raspberry -- he doesn't like the peach). Then I add some fruit into that. For an almost 2 year old, it's actually easier for him to eat cereal this way since it makes a thicker concoction than just cereal with milk.

                                Also, if he would eat muffins or banana bread, I have made those without dairy. There are a lot of recipes on line, but if you want some specifics, I can give you links...

                                1. I eat whole wheat tortillas with scrambled egg, bacon, and sliced avocado. These are good on the go. For weekends I make an English cookup of sausage, fried tomatoes, wheat toast with jam, poached egg, and hashbrowned potatoes cooked in canola oil.

                                  1. I make baked oatmeal - once a week and we reheat it in the microwave with a touch of syrup (or not) for breakfast. I got this recipe from another chowhound thread and tweaked for our preferences.

                                    Here's what I do:

                                    preheat oven to 350.

                                    3 cups old fashioned oats
                                    2 Tblsp sweetener (i use splenda)
                                    2 tsp baking powder
                                    1/2 tsp salt
                                    1 tsp cinnamon
                                    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
                                    1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
                                    1 cup vanilla soymilk
                                    splash vanilla extract
                                    2 smashed bananas
                                    about 2 cups of frozen unsweetened fruit of your choice. this week it's peaches and raspberries. last week, peaches and strawberries. week before, blueberries and strawberries.

                                    spray a 9x9 baking pan, put in the mixture and bake for 35 minutes.
                                    makes 9 servings.

                                    1. I'm no expert, but if the use of SILK in a shake is non-dairy, that has my vote. I use a scoop of RightSize with a scoop of unflavored protein powder in a blender, 1 1/2 cups of Silk, some ice and make a great smotthie.Holds me until dinner time for the most part.

                                      1. This week I cut up a small ham steak into cubes, browned it and added 9 eggs. I scrambled them together and then cut into 9 strips. I put each strip in a baggie, and a 9 tortillas in baggies. I take one each a.m. and nuke at work for 30 seconds. I add salsa after nuking (just a tetch).