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Quick Breakfasts for Hectic Mornings

School hasn’t started yet for my kiddos and yet figuring out the new morning routine feels like a black cloud hanging over my head. If your family is anything like mine, weekday mornings can be an absolute scramble. We race to get dressed and brush teeth. We make sure lunch is packed and backpacks are waiting at the door. We talk about what’s in store for the day. And of course, we eat what’s often called the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

My main priority is to feed the kids something that will provide the energy they need to make it until lunchtime. I work under the assumption that I have about five minutes to plan and serve breakfast in order to make sure that they have time to eat leisurely. Getting a nutritious breakfast on the table in just minutes with all of the other moving pieces that happen on hectic school day mornings can feel like a really tall order sometimes. Our morning engine runs a lot more smoothly when we follow these three guidelines:

  1. Get kids involved with meal planning. Guide and empower them toward healthful, realistic options and in the process, you’ll restore morning sanity for everyone.
  2. Prep what you can ahead of time. Cut and wash fruit and vegetables. Refrigerate a batch of pancake batter in advance. Small steps make a big difference when you’re short on time.
  3. Make kids comfortable in the kitchen. With simple recipes, kids of all ages can lend a hand. Set up the kitchen to make breakfast foods accessible so they can help themselves.
yogurt parfait

Yogurt Parfaits

These Yogurt Parfaits are delicious, yes, but my 7 year old loves this one because she puts it together all by herself!

Yogurt Parfaits

Ingredients

  • plain or vanilla yogurt
  • berries, of your choice
  • granola, or cereal

Directions

  • Spoon granola and berries on top of yogurt. That’s it!
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Veggie, Egg and Cheese Quesadillas

Veggie, Egg and Cheese Quesadillas

This kind of breakfast seems time consuming but if you’re prepared with the ingredients ahead of time, it’s just five minutes to make! It’s hearty, fresh and easily transportable.

Veggie, Egg and Cheese Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • sliced vegetables (I used bell peppers and avocado)
  • cheese, of your choice
  • 1 corn tortilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp of butter, for frying.

Directions

  • Melt butter in a frying pan.
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and scramble lightly. Pour eggs into pan and quickly add the vegetables.
  • Flip the egg/vegetable and add the cheese on top to melt. When cheese has begun to melt and egg is cooked through, remove from pan.
  • Place corn tortilla in pan and flip to heat both sides. Add egg/vegetable and fold over to make a sandwich.
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Dates with Sunbutter

Dates with Sunbutter

My 3 year old son is wild for these. I make them ahead of time and store them in a container in the fridge. He usually eats a banana and/or has a yogurt alongside two of these stuffed dates.

Dates with Sunbutter

Ingredients

  • pitted dates
  • sunbutter

Directions

  • Slice open the dates. Fill each with about one tablespoon of sunbutter.
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Nutbutter and Fruit Sandwich Squares

Nutbutter and Fruit Sandwich Squares

It’s like lunch for breakfast! You can make these with any nut butter and any seasonal fruit. The plums have been incredible this summer so we’ve been using lots of those.

Nutbutter and Fruit Sandwich Squares

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of whole grain bread
  • 2 Tbsp of nut butter of your choice
  • sliced fruit of your choice

Directions

  • Spread the nut butter on one piece of bread. Slice the fruit (use something already prepped that you’ve stored in a container in your fridge). Place sliced fruit on a piece of bread and assemble as a sandwich. Cut into bite sized squares for easy eating. You can place these on a tongue depressor to make a breakfast sandwich skewer - perfect for running to the bus stop!
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Yogurt Oatmeal Pancakes

Yogurt Oatmeal Pancakes

The batter for these pancakes takes just minutes to mix together. When it sits overnight in your refrigerator, pancakes come out fluffy the next morning. Yogurt and oats provide protein and fiber and this recipe uses flax meal and water to replace egg. There is no added sugar whatsoever in these. The batter can stay fresh in your fridge for three days.

Yogurt Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp flax meal
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  • Mix flax meal and water in a separate bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add the rest of the ingredients together and mix well. Add the flax mixture to the rest of the batter and stir to combine.
  • Cook in a frying pan with butter or butter replacement until desired doneness. (Ours take 2 minutes per side).
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