Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings
For a lot of us, it is almost time for the school year to start again. We will be rushing and packing and planning every morning to get kids to school on time (whether that is an actual school building or just around the homeschool table). Mornings can become the busiest time of our day, making sure people are dressed and fed and the day is mapped out. The last thing we should be worrying about in the morning is getting a healthy breakfast in everyone's belly. We have enough things to worry about for the day. With a little planning ahead, we can have several options for the week to get a healthy, filling breakfast in and not have to rely on the store-bought, sugar-filled breakfast items.
Here are six breakfast ideas we use regularly, to avoid the default of toaster pastries and sugary cereals:
This is such an easy, yet overlooked option. Eggs can be cooked so many ways to avoid getting bored with them: over-easy, scrambled, fried, hard-boiled. We love them all. I just grab my electric skillet and fry up six eggs at once. Or we whip up a bunch of eggs with heavy cream to make scrambled eggs (adding in little bits of cream cheese while they cook.....mmmmm!). Eggs are a great way to get in a good amount of protein. Pair it with some cheese and veggies and make an omelet! There's a complete meals of vitamins the kids (and mom!) will need for the day's work.
Yes, these have sugar in them....BUT they are without the preservatives of those pre-packaged mini muffins we find at the store. Make a couple dozen and freeze them for the week! And the flavor options are numerous – blueberry, apple cinnamon, banana nut, chocolate, peanut butter and jelly (yes!), strawberry, and so on. Pull a few out the night before (or microwave the frozen ones, for those of us that forget the night before) and there is an instant breakfast the next morning!
3. Coffee Cake
Love those store-bought coffee cakes but hate all the unhealthy junk in them?! Make your own! I have made them the night before and even the morning of – both work great here! I can mix it all up in the morning and toss it in the oven while we get showered and dressed, then it is ready to eat when we are done! We stick to a cinnamon sugar coffee cake, but the internet is full of coffee cake ideas.
4. Baked Oatmeal
Again, made the night before or morning of – either way works! Just search online for a flavor combo you enjoy, and I am positive there will be a recipe for that flavor baked oatmeal. Our favorites are peanut butter and chocolate chip (Yum!!), banana chocolate chip, and cinnamon roll baked oatmeal. A 9x13 dish of it feeds all seven of us...and there is rarely any left over! :)
Sure, we can just grab the pre-made mix or the frozen pancakes, but I like to keep my own homemade pancake mix on hand. It has no extra things like preservatives or things I can't pronounce. Instead, it has the basic pancake ingredients and keeps well in our pantry for a few months (though we go through it pretty quickly, so it never has time to “go bad”).
Here is our pancake mix:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 cups white flour
- 1 ¼ cup powder milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1/8 cup baking powder
- 1 tbsp salt
- (Mix up and keep in closed container up to 3 months)
To make the pancakes:
- 1 ½ cup of the above mix
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 egg
Combine the ingredients and stir well. Pour by ¼ cup onto hot griddle, flipping after it stops bubbling. Makes about 8 pancakes (we usually double this for one breakfast).
6. Yogurt and Fruit
Good ol' yogurt. Simple, yet healthy. We like Greek Yogurt. Any yogurt and some fruit will do. Good protein, calcium, probiotic, and vitamins. Your tummy will thank you!
We do rotate in the cereal or frozen waffles from time to time, but having a healthy, homemade breakfast is our favorite way to start our day!!