Yummy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Those Busy Mornings!
Some mornings (okay most mornings), life is so crazy that I feel like I am rushing my kids the entire time. For most of us, morning time is a mad rush, trying to get out of the house as quickly as possible. Breakfast can certainly suffer when we are short on time. However, I really feel that making sure your child’s brain is well-fueled before he leaves for school each morning is one of the most important things you can do for them each day. Given how hectic life is, how can we make sure our children get the right start to the day?
Start with protein and healthy carbs: I am a big believer in making sure my children eat a little protein every morning. Things like eggs, yogurt, and breakfast turkey sausage are all great ways to sustain brainpower. These are also pretty quick and easy to make. Also, high-quality carbs are really important, as well. Whole-wheat toast, bagels or waffles are quick and easy to use. Try to stay away from refined white bread. Those only cause your blood sugar to spike, then plummet shortly after eating breakfast and leave you feeling lethargic.
Add other “good stuff”: Adding nut butter and fruit to something really beefs up the protein and fiber in your meals, which also helps to sustain you. Whole wheat toast or waffles topped with nut butter and sliced banana is a great example. Plain Greek yogurt with granola and berries stirred in is another.
Use your blender: I combine eggs, veggies (such as mushrooms and spinach), and cheese and voila! I have an omelette-esque version of scrambled eggs filled with yummy healthy things.
Prepare in advance: I highly recommend prepping as much as possible the evening before. If you know breakfast will be sabotaged because of your morning rush, use the night before to get a lot done. Scramble eggs, cook and peel hard-boiled eggs, bake a healthy breakfast muffin, or breakfast casserole, or cook some steel-cooked oatmeal (which is pretty time consuming). This way, when you wake up, your work is minimal.
Nut butter, banana, and chia seed toast:
Try this superfood twist on classic PB and toast with 1/2 a banana (sliced) and a sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (almost six times more calcium than milk!).
Leftover quinoa with fruit:
If you make quinoa at night, keep some plain left over. Add chopped fruit, such as mango, peach, or mixed berries, along with a drizzle of honey or agave nectar, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Avocado toast with egg:
I make this with Ezekiel bread (found in the freezer at the grocery store) and hard boiled eggs (a big time saver). Spread cream cheese on toasted Ezekiel bread and top with sliced hard-boiled egg (or any other kind of egg) and sliced avocado.
Martha Stewart’s Morning Glory Muffins:
“These muffins, from reader Fawn Dixon of Fairbanks, Alaska, are surprisingly moist, even though they’re low in fat, thanks to nutritious, flavorful add-ins like carrots, banana, and raisins.”
Meet The Bella Behind the Blog: Kristen Farley is a mother of three and a domestic goddess. She is a former teacher who enjoys spending lots of time with her kids, healthy eating, volunteering at school, and mommy blogging for the masses.