As a busy Mama who is notoriously running late in the morning, I am always on the hunt for healthy breakfasts that will help sustain me and my children late into the afternoon. They must be easy to prepare, or something I can prep the night before, and I give extra bonus points to recipes my kids will eat without complaint.
Here are my Top 5 Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Families:
1.Turkey Bacon and Veggie Breakfast Frittata! I make this either in my Pampered Chef Rockcrok or my Brownie Pan depending on our mood. These taste even better the next day so I can prepare them the night before and just warm them up in the morning.
2. Elf Smoothies! My 4-year-old loves her Elf Smoothies. Little does she know how much goes into one of them. Hint: Lots of spinach or kale, chia seeds, coconut oil, hemp hearts, maca powder, cacao and sometimes even some avocado. My base is generally 1 cup strawberries, 1 banana, and 1 cup blueberries or blackberries (whatever I have in my freezer). Then I add all the special extras above, plus 2-3 packed cups of spinach. I make up gallon size zip lock smoothie packs once a month and store them in my freezer. When I am ready to make one, all I have to do is add liquid to the blender along with the smoothie pack.
3. Yogurt and Granola Parfaits. My family especially likes these in the spring and summer months when the weather is warmer and we can eat outside on our deck. I have a variety of granola recipes I use, but I am partial to this Stove Top Granola from Pampered Chef because it is super quick, doesn’t require I heat up the oven and has very little sugar.
4. Crockpot Steel Cut Oats! These are our go-to breakfast on cold winter mornings. Here is the Northwest, it is pitch black and pouring rain outside at 6 am when my son has to be up to catch the bus. He can wolf down a bowl of steel cut oats and warm himself up before leaving. Then I just put it on the warm setting so my husband can have them 2 hours later. I use a 4:1 ratio for my steel cut oats. So the basic recipe is 2 cups oats, 6 cups water, 2 cups milk of choice. Cook on low for 8 hours. To prevent burning or sticking to the bottom, especially for those mornings I over-sleep, I just put a circle of parchment paper on the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Works like a charm. This recipe is enough for 10 people, or leftovers, which I always like to have.
5.I saved my favorite for last! Breakfast Burritos! Once a month I make up a batch breakfast burritos that are individualized for each family member. Then I just wrap in foil and label with everybody’s names. For me, I like scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, peppers, roasted potatoes and a little cheese. Just wrap it up in a tortilla and wrap up. I put the burrito in the toaster oven while I am getting dressed for the day. about 20 minutes. My son doesn’t like eggs, so he prefers crumbled breakfast sausage (I make my own to avoid “natural flavors” in the seasoning of most typical options. I have a lot of food sensitivities.) I add potatoes, cheese, and a side of salsa and he is set. My preschooler just wants eggs and cheese, so I give her some yogurt and fruit on the side. Hubby will eat just about anything, so he has an Everything Breakfast Burrito with all of the above.
What do you think about my pics for the Top 5 Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Families? Do you have a favorite to share with me? I would really love it if you would hop over to my Messy Kitchen Happy Kids group on Facebook and join in the conversation.