Mornings are a source of stress in many families, even if your kids are mostly self sufficient with their morning routine, the pressure of needing to be out the door at a certain time can mean that sometimes nutrition is skimped on. These 16 ideas for a quick sit-down breakfast can help bring calm to an otherwise stressful morning. And yes, we know that things come up, if these need to be eaten ‘on the go’, at least good nutrition is being served.
1. Homemade trail mix can be mixed ahead of time and stored in individual containers or in a jar in the pantry. Be sure to include a mix of healthy nuts (for protein) and dried fruit.
2. Sliced apples and cheese are also a quick solution when you are short on time on weekday mornings.
3. Yogurt with chopped nuts and fruit. Before you grab those kid-friendly looking yogurts with the mix-ins or green dye, read the labels. Nuts are easier than making your own granola and definitely healthier than a boxed cereal.
4. Fruit and a hard boiled egg. Not everyone is a big eater in the mornings but some fruit to nibble on and an egg for protein is a great way to start the day.
5. Cheese quesadillas: A tortilla can be filled with shredded cheese and heated in a frying pan until the cheese melts. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
6. If you have leftover chicken or roast from last night, add it to a dinner roll with some cheese and eat a cold sandwich.
7. If your family is big on Saturday morning pancakes or french toast, make extra and stash them in the freezer. Just pop them in the toaster and top them with a nut butter for added protein.
8. Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrition in your body quickly, and they taste great. Try kefir or yogurt, a couple egg yolks (free range, organic and local) and a handful of fruit. Give it a spin and grab a straw.
9. Another version is the chocolate smoothie. What kid wouldn’t want a chocolate shake for breakfast?! Mix raw milk, a banana, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of natural peanut or almond butter.
10. Oatmeal with all the fixings is a great, quick breakfast. Prep all the add-ins, nuts, raisins, and have them handy at all times.
11.Or make a crockpot oatmeal to wake up to a delicious hot meal. Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal with Fruit and Vanilla from Health, Home & Happiness
12. Homemade granola and milk is another great breakfast. Apple Cinnamon Soaked Granola from Our Nourishing Roots
13. You can even turn that homemade granola into homemade granola bars. Frozen Granola Bars from Oh Lardy
14. Leftover soup, reheated and served in coffee mugs is wonderful for breakfast.
15. Bake mini muffin quiches on Saturday or Sunday to eat for breakfasts over the week. Crustless Mini Quiche from Simple Clean Living.
16. Breakfast burritos are quick and filling. Just make scrambled eggs, let the kids add on the things they enjoy: sour cream, cheese and salsa.
Have everything prepped in a drawer or section of the fridge for easy access. For older kids, make sure they can get their own breakfast by putting everything in easy reach.
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