Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Where did the summer go? School is seriously here already? Wow! The thought of going back to school may seem terrible to you and your children, or maybe you’re secretly glad to have them out of your hair again, whatever the case, you want to help them start the school year off right. One of the best ways to help make sure you are ready for a day of learning and fun is by eating a hearty, healthy breakfast. Even though most people already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it still remains the most skipped meal! Why? Because honestly, who has time to slave away in the kitchen all morning when you need to be getting not only yourself ready for the day but also the little ones in your household? Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for — to help make sure you eat a great breakfast every day that you can prepare ahead of time. What’s even better is that your kids will enjoy these recipes, your significant other will approve, and you will love them too. What’s more, they are low in fat, calories, and sugar, yet packed with protein, fiber and healthy nutrients to keep everyone satisfied until lunch time.

For a breakfast you can make the night before, I love “Overnight Oats”. If you look online you will see many versions of this trendy breakfast, but my favorite is this one I found on one of my favorite sites, Skinny Taste.

OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE

If you want to be super hip then use your favorite mason jar (or just grab a piece of Tupperware like me) and fill it with the following:

– ¼ cup quick oats (you can buy gluten free versions too!)
– ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you like)
– ¼ banana (I actually use 1/3 to ½ )
– ½ tbsp chia seeds
– ½ cup blueberries (or whatever you prefer, I’ve used strawberries and kiwis and both taste great)
– dash of cinnamon
– a bit of sweetener if you please, I find a little extra cinnamon works for me, my male counterpart likes a pinch of brown sugar, my mom likes a spoon of honey, the recipe suggests a few drops of liquid stevia… be creative

Once all ingredients are in your container, put the lid on, shake it up, and place it in the refrigerator. In the morning take it out, grab a spoon and enjoy! No heating or cooking required!

 

For a breakfast you can prep on Sunday and eat throughout the week, I like protein pancakes. Again, there are a ton of different versions if you’re interested in looking but here is your basic recipe.

PROTEIN PANCAKES RECIPE

In a bowl, whisk together:

– ¼ cup egg whites
– 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla is best for a neutral base, but feel free to use chocolate or whatever you have)
– ½ banana (mashed)
–  2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you like)
– 1 tbsp ground flax seed
– cinnamon (a dash or tsp depending on your liking of the spice)

Then pour your mixture into a pan, heat about 3 minutes per side (adjust appropriately if you make smaller/larger pancakes), or until you can easily flip the pancake. Then feel free to add whatever sliced fruit you like or syrup on top. Again, this is a good base recipe; feel free to add strawberries, blueberries, or whatever you please into the batter. Get creative and come up with your favorite variety! Then of course share with us below so we can try it! Once you’ve made a bunch of these hearty pancakes, place them in a Ziploc in the freezer and pull out however many you need each morning, it’s as easy as that!

Alright, those are my two favorite healthy breakfast recipes. If you have more time on your hands and want to make something fun and special for your family in the morning, here are a couple sites with creative suggestions. These aren’t necessarily things I would/could eat, but at the end of the day, you’re free to eat whatever you want and I know sometimes kids can be picky so you want to spoil them with more of a yummy breakfast; for those occasions, here you go:

http://spoonful.com/back-to-school/back-to-school-breakfasts

http://www.marthastewart.com/274372/quick-and-easy-breakfast-recipes/@center/277005/back-school

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