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It’s that time of year again when you lament how fast summer went by and drag your kids out of bed to get ready for school! It comes the same time every year and yet it can still be hard to get everything organized and back into a rhythm. For working moms and stay-at-home moms alike, making sure your kids get a nutritious start to the day can be tough. Today I’d like to share with you seven quick and healthy breakfasts to make sure your kids get the boost they need to start their day right!
Smoothies pack a big punch! With this recipe your kids will get protein, calcium, vitamin C, fiber, omega-3s and more!
You will need:
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1-2 TBSP chia seeds
Optional: 1-2 tsps. organic honey to sweeten
Just toss it in the blender until smooth! I use my Ninja and it purees that frozen fruit in no time! Makes 2 servings.
Quick oats only take a minute to cook once the water is boiling and are 100% whole grain with fiber and protein! Add some blueberries which are full of antioxidants and nutrient dense and you’ve got a great breakfast! My kids like when I add a little brown sugar in, as well.
3. Yogurt Parfaits
My kiddos love yogurt parfaits! I mix plain Greek yogurt with a little honey or maple syrup and then layer it with strawberries and blueberries and top it with granola. Again, you’ve got lots of protein, calcium, vitamin C and tons of other nutrients to fuel them for the morning! These mason jars are the perfect size for parfaits!
4. Overnight Oats
This is a fun, super simple way to do oatmeal! You make it the night before and it’s ready to go in the morning! Here’s our recipe:
You will need:
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
2 tsps. maple syrup
1 TBSP chia seeds (optional)
Mix oats and chia seeds in a mason jar (these work great!). Add maple syrup and milk. Stir well. Mix in blueberries and strawberries and cover with lid. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight for a quick and healthy breakfast! Makes 2 servings.
5. Minute Eggs with Bacon
My husband taught me this and the kids love it! He cracks an egg in a mug, whisks it, and puts it in the microwave for one minute and voila! Scrambled eggs! Sometimes I’ll make bacon the night before, put it in the fridge and then heat it up the next morning. Now you can also find nitrate/nitrite free uncured precooked bacon that you can just heat quickly in the microwave! Hormel’s Natural Choice and Trader Joe’s are a couple that make it.
6. Whole Wheat Toast
Doesn’t get easier than putting some whole wheat toast in the toaster and adding some butter and cinnamon! You can also use honey or your favorite jelly/jam! Pair it with a glass of milk or orange juice and you’re ready to go! We buy our whole wheat bread at our local bakery (check out the ingredients in the pic!).
7. Zucchini/Banana/Pumpkin (or whatever your family likes) Bread
We love fresh baked breads and they can be great for a quick, healthy breakfast! I make a couple of loaves over the weekend to have it during the week. Here’s my recipe for Better-for-You Zucchini Bread.
I hope these suggestions help your family’s morning go a little smoother while being confident your kids are getting the nutrients they need!
What are your go-to breakfasts? Let me know in the comments!