Breakfast is one of the most challenging meals to prepare, especially during busy weekdays. Many breakfast foods can’t be prepped in advance as easily as lunch and dinner options, and not to mention mornings can be hectic.
During the school year, many children don’t eat lunch until after 12 in the afternoon. So eating a balanced and nourishing breakfast is imperative to help kids feel and perform their best in the classroom.
To make things as easy as possible, we’ve compiled a list of quick breakfast options. The recipes are divided up into three categories: savory, sweet, and on-the-run. So no matter your palate, there will be something for everyone! Print this list and post it on your refrigerator or in your pantry, and school mornings will be easier than ever.
-Avocado toast – smash ¼ of an avocado on toasted whole grain bread, and enjoy on it’s own or with toppings! We love salt and pepper, sliced tomato, shredded cheese, or even a scrambled egg.
-Two eggs scrambled with frozen spinach, plus one slice of whole grain toast.
-Open-faced breakfast sandwich (whole grain toast + egg + cheese + vegetable).
-Omelet with fresh or frozen vegetables and cheese.
-Diced fresh tomato topped with cottage cheese.
-Egg white frittata with veggies and ground turkey (make this in advance and enjoy all week).
-Greek yogurt bowl – use unsweetened Greek yogurt as the base, and top with fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and seeds, whole grain cereal, granola, nut butter, or even a little dark chocolate.
-Oatmeal bowl - use unsweetened plain oatmeal, and top with fresh or frozen fruit, seeds, nut butter, dried fruit, and a drizzle of honey.
-Overnight oats - find a variety of recipes on our Pinterest page.
-Smoothie – in a blender combine ingredients such as protein powder, Greek yogurt, milk, fruit, vegetables, flax and chia seeds, cocoa powder, and nut butters to create a variety of flavors.
-Banana or zucchini bread with nut butter - try our Zucchini bread muffin recipe here!
-Fresh or frozen fruit topped with cottage cheese.
To make things quick and easy in the morning, try preparing these options the night or weekend before and storing in easy-to-access drawers or shelves. Use reusable containers to keep things efficient and mess-free.
-Muffins - prepare the weekend before, and store in an airtight container for easy grabbing.
-Protein or granola bar - grab a box at the grocery store, or prepare your own in advance for a convenient last-minute breakfast.
-Pre-portioned Greek yogurt.
-Single serving trail mix and nuts.
-Fresh fruit - choose things like bananas, apples, and clementines for travel-worthy options.
-String cheese plus fruit.
-Pre-portioned whole grain cereal or granola.
-Overnight oats (pre-portioned into single servings).
-Homemade snack bites.
What breakfast recipes do you and your family love? Share them in the comments below - we’d love to expand our palate’s too!