5 QUICK & EASY HEALTHY BREAKFASTS FOR THE BUSY MOM
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what starts your body running for the day.
That’s cool because I love eating breakfast.
I also need to eat breakfast. My stomach is a rumbling first thing in the a.m. and I’ll get headaches if I don’t eat. But I’m not a morning person and I’m so not a cook.
Since I have little time and absolutely no skills to whip up a healthy gourmet breakfast everyone will love and devour in record time, I came up with five go-to easy healthy breakfasts I can prepare in advance to make the a.m. rush hour a little less stressful.
Because times a wasting, I need to know a few things before I can deem a breakfast idea worthy of adding it to my breakfast recipe library in my Plan to Eat meal planner.
- Can I make multiple batches at one time?
I’m not saving much time if I have to repeatedly make the dish.
- How long do they keep?
I may not want the same thing five days straight. I want to know if I can prep five servings and alternate them with another breakfast.
- Can I eat this in the car?
With three girls four and under, mornings can be a lot of fun. Sometimes you just end up eating on the drive to wherever.
- Will my kids eat it too?
Bonus if I don’t have to make different breakfasts for myself and the girls.
- Is cleanup quick and easy?
Doesn’t matter how wonderful the breakfast is, if cleanup is a real chore, forget it. There’s no time for multiple wardrobe changes.
- Is it healthy?
Does it contain a decent amount of protein? Is it lower in sugars? Will it keep you full?
Here’s the result.
Five quick easy healthy breakfast ideas that will hopefully save you a little stress in the morning.
Overnight Oatmeal Jars: I’m a big fan of oatmeal. It’s the kind of food that’ll stick to your ribs. (I believe my grandparents would say that.) However, I found I wasn’t taking the time to make a simple bowl of oatmeal in the morning. By simple, I mean oats, cinnamon, little bit of brown sugar and maybe some raisins. I knew of some different ways to prepare and eat oatmeal but it wasn’t until I saw a Quaker Oats recipe for overnight oats in a magazine (magazines CAN be awesome!) that I finally tried it. Surprisingly (for me) it worked! Using canning jars, you can make multiple versions in advance and wake up to breakfast done. Eat them straight out of the jar and even cold. To make them last a little longer, I’ll prep a bunch but wait to add the milk until the night before I eat one. You can make all different variations with all sorts of mix-ins.
Chocolate Oatmeal balls: Fortunately, my girls like oatmeal, too. Unfortunately, half of it would end up on their clothes or even in their hair. While the overnight oatmeal jars are awesome, they are not exactly kid or car friendly. I love oatmeal balls as a wonderful alternative. Super easy to eat at home and in the car. Super easy to clean up. Super easy to make and make a lot of. My favorite version of chocolate oatmeal balls (because there are a ton of oatmeal ball recipes) contains peanut butter, honey, Shakeology and oats. I use PB Fit peanut butter powder because it’s healthier and easier to put in the mixer. These can be gooey so I add as much oats as possible before I think my mixer attachment will break. I also store them in the fridge. Hint: balls like these are super yummy and too easy to eat. I don’t make them into balls until we’re ready to eat them. You easily can beforehand. But I just have no control and it’s too easy to pop one into your mouth. Takes a little more time each morning to roll them out. But in my case, it’s necessary.
Pancakes: I added pancakes to the list because you can make a big batch the first go around and then refrigerate or freeze them for later. Plus, my kids and I typically eat them like a muffin making them easy to eat on the go. I found a few recipes that I like. One is a traditional whole wheat pancake from skinnytaste, another a pumpkin pancake from New South Food Co. and and then, of course, a chocolate pancake from Family Food on the Table. What chocoholic doesn’t want to eat chocolate first thing in the morning. Even though they taste like chocolate cake, they’re actually healthy. Pancakes can obviously be heavy on the carbs and low on protein. That’s why I like the pumpkin one. It adds a little bit of protein. I also like to add some fruit to the whole wheat pancake to spruce it up. I usually like these as a quick breakfast snack in the car or to keep my kids busy while I get the rest of breakfast ready – like oatmeal balls or eggs.
Yogurt parfaits: I’ve been eating yogurt parfaits for years. It’s such a fun, colorful little dish. Plus, it packs quite a punch. My go-to parfait consists of Greek vanilla yogurt, frozen berry mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, and granola. I like to make my own granola to avoid the high fat content and oils used in store bought granola. This dessert-like combo has an awesome amount of protein from the yogurt, the super-food nutrients from the berries and the heart-healthy benefits of oats in the granola. Plus, they’re super easy. I make a week’s worth at a time with canning jars. I line the bottom with the frozen berries, add in my measured yogurt portion and top it with the granola. They keep really well so you can alternate parfaits with other breakfast choices, like oatmeal.
Eggs: I find it pretty easy to boil up some eggs and have this little protein breakfast snack available in a pinch. But since discovering the microwave egg cooker, it’s even easier to have a breakfast omelet in the morning. In about two minutes you can make a two egg omelet with ham and cheese or whatever combination of ingredients you want. Just scramble up the eggs in the cooker, throw in your additional ingredients, shove it in the microwave and done! Delicious, nutritious breakfast done without the messy pan. I’ve always felt eggs like this freeze well. So make a bunch, freeze them, skip the prep work on the morning of and just nuke one. Love it!
As I mentioned, I’m not a gourmet cook. I’m a busy mom who wants to eat and feed my family good food. While I know there are probably some better options out there, this is what works for my family. I feel pretty good about these five since I also know there are a lot worse options available, too.
You can check out all these breakfast recipes in my Plan to Eat meal planning recipe library. You’ll be able to see all my saved recipes if we become Plan to Eat friends. Start your free 30 day trial now and discover the awesome benefits of meal planning with Plan to Eat.
WHAT DO YOU EAT FOR BREAKFAST?
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