For years I’ve dreaded rushed mornings and preparing breakfast for picky kids. Cooking and rushing just don’t go well together! Over the years I’ve tried and failed at finding breakfast solutions that are both quick and healthy for my husband and kids. After many trial and error experiences, I’ve stumbled upon a few neat tricks to keep rushed morning tame and my family happy!
The following simple breakfast meals strike a rare balance between easy and healthy.
AVOCADO & EGG ON TOAST
Toast a piece of whole grain bread, mash half an avocado and spread it on the toast, then top it with one fired egg. Easy!
I make this for my kids usually on Monday mornings when they’re running late for school, and it keeps them filled up until lunch time. It’s pretty quick to make so they’re usually out the door in 5 minutes!
HOMEMADE MUESLI WITH MILK
The key here is making the muesli ahead of time. I like to make a whole batch of muesli and keep it in the pantry. I check regularly if I still have some stocked up and make a fresh batch when necessary.
You can get creative with your muesli. What I make usually has old-fashioned oats, pistachios, sesame seeds, sliced almonds, poppy seeds, a bit of maple syrup, fine salt, and vanilla. Toss your ingredients in a baking pan lined with baking sheet and bake for about 18 – 20 minutes until golden brown, stirring once.
This is one of my favorites, since I like anything crunchy. I serve this with either almond milk or Greek yogurt. This is also good served with sliced fresh fruit or berries. Yum!
HEALTHY BANANA BREAD
Another make-ahead breakfast that’s not any less good!
What makes this healthy is the substitute ingredients. Take any banana bread recipe that you know, or search one up on the internet, and substitute oil for unsweetened apple sauce, sugar for honey, regular milk for almond milk, and regular flour for whole wheat flour. Use the same measurements as the regular recipe. The substitutes make all the difference!
FRUIT, ALMOND BUTTER, & YOGURT PARFAIT
Dessert for breakfast! This makes my mornings. It’s quick, delicious, and healthy!
I stack up sliced kiwi, strawberries, and bananas, add a layer of almond butter or any kind of nut butter I have, then top it with a layer of Greek yogurt. I then continue layering the fruit, nut butter, and yogurt. Or, I do until my kids can’t wait anymore and grab the cup!
This is a Sunday favorite! It takes more prep and cooking time, but it’s so worth it!
I caramelize leeks and onions in a pan and cook them until soft. In a colander, I pour boiling water over spinach and, when they get cool enough to handle, squeeze the excess water out. I then arrange the caramelized leeks and onions on 4 baking dishes together with the spinach and sun dried tomatoes. I make a well in the middle of each dish and crack an egg in it. I then season them and sprinkle cheese on top, and in the oven they go! Baking time is about 15 minutes. Then my family enjoys a hot savory breakfast quick!