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When you’re a busy mom, eating your own nutritious breakfast may be the last thing on your mind amongst waking and dressing the kids before school. If you’re usually grabbing a granola bar before heading out the door or passing through a local drive-thru, you’re probably not getting all the nutrients you need and you’re starving by lunchtime. Our Resident Moms share their go-to healthy breakfast recipes to help you start your day off right and stay true to your healthy lifestyle, no matter how hectic your mornings may get.

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>> Recipe: Protein-Packed Fruity Breakfast Quinoa

“If you’re like me and keep extra cooked quinoa in the fridge to throw in anything you can, then this will surely become a new staple breakfast. The best part? Quinoa is a complete protein with a high-fiber content, so this will keep you satisfied until lunchtime (and help manage weight!) For Homemade Quinoa Cereal, use 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1 cup whole milk, 1 teaspoon flaxseed, 1 teaspoon chia seed, 1 tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup, and your fruit of choice: banana, blueberries, etc. Combine everything in a bowl. Consider microwaving 30 seconds before adding your fruit for extra warmth.” – Jodi Bertke

“My healthy go-to breakfast is a piece of toast with whipped cream cheese, sliced avocado and sprinkled sea salt and pepper. It’s so good! Every so often I will add some scrambled (or fried) egg to the mix!” – Charity Kinneer

“Like most parents, I’m usually more worried about getting my kids fed and out the door on time in the morning, so my breakfast has to be fast. My favorite breakfast would be an egg white omelet with peppers, onions and tomatoes, topped with avocado and salsa with a side of fruit. However, my typical breakfast usually consists of two egg whites on a slice of toast topped with a small serving of avocado.” – Leslie Guzinski

“My go-to healthy breakfast that I have most days is a green smoothie. I’m a pretty picky eater, but I love these. My favorite is 2 ounces plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, 1 ounce frozen spinach, 1 frozen banana (sliced), 3-4 slices of frozen peach, 3-4 pieces of frozen mango, 1 tablespoon flax seed and about half a cup of water. All blended up, it’s so creamy and sweet!” – Nicole Zern


>> Recipe: Green Monster Smoothie

“My go-to healthy breakfast is pancake muffins. I use 1 cup whole-wheat pancake mix, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 overly ripe mushed banana (instead of eggs), half a scoop of chocolate protein powder, a tablespoon of olive oil, a handful of cocoa nibs and a tablespoon of flax seed. I bake at 350° F for 25 minutes and it makes 12 muffins. I keep the muffins in the fridge and can grab one every morning. I eat it with Greek yogurt and fruit. Delish!” – Bethany Wallace

“Some variation of a green smoothie is my go-to!  My current favorite blend for post-workout: 1½ cups water or almond milk, 2 cups leafy greens, 1-2 scoops vegan vanilla protein powder, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1-2 drops peppermint and 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (optional). Blend in high-speed blender until smooth. It might only take a few minutes to make a smoothie, but I still make it the night before so the chia seeds have time to make the smoothie nice and thick. And bonus, it’s ready to grab and go on busy mornings!” – Angie Jones

“I am always in a hurry in the morning so I need something that is quick. My go-to is overnight oats blended into a smoothie. I like that it’s a little thick and the oats keep me full longer. By using overnight oats, I don’t have to put it together in the morning. It’s already in the jar I will be drinking out of. All I need to do is grab it, dump it in the blender and dump it back in the jar, grab a straw and GO!” – Raye Dopson

“My go-to healthy breakfast is overnight oats made with soy yogurt, banana and cinnamon. I never have much time in the morning (who does?), so overnights are a huge time saver!” – Jessica Cheek

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“My go-to healthy breakfast is overnight oats. I make several at once because they last in the fridge for a couple days and it’s so easy to grab one on my way out the door in the morning. To make them, I line the jars up and my kids help me measure out the ingredients and customize them so I get to enjoy different flavors every day. I love including my kids because they are learning healthy habits and we always have fun! It’s something we do together, we get a little silly and we get to be creative together.” – Nichole Mumford

“I’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I make sure I always get something good in my stomach early. I like to mix things up and eat many different things, but my favorites always include an egg. The way I chose to cook it the most is scrambled with salsa and a little cheese in it. It’s so versatile that you can either cook it on the stove or even in a microwave. Definitely the way I like to start my day.” – Pam Gordon

“I eat this most mornings and it’s not groundbreaking but it is delicious and full of protein: 2 large eggs over easy, 1 turkey sausage link (Aldi has a great one for only 100 calories) and 1 piece of fruit. Clocks in at about 340 calories and 22 grams of protein! (This makes a great lunch, too.)” – Julia McClelland

“My go-to breakfast can be made and eaten with one hand. I’m a huge fan of non-fat or low-fat Greek yogurt (it’s high in protein, and fills me up). I choose plain because so many of the fruit/flavored yogurts are high in sugar and are often too sweet for my taste. It also allows me to add what I want — lots and lots of berries, cinnamon and a little bit of high-fiber cereal for crunch. Can’t get used to the plain yogurt? Use half a container of fruit flavored and add half a cup of plain.” – Samantha Gordon

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“My go-to healthy breakfast is a blended smoothie with seasonal fruit, protein powder and, if I’m feeling sluggish, a nice handful of spinach! Delicious!” – Alaina Burran

“Oatmeal is my absolute favorite morning meal. You know what oatmeal really is? A delicious excuse to eat warm, sweet (but still healthy!) goodness for breakfast. I usually top off my oats with a spoonful of peanut butter, a touch of 70 percent dark chocolate and some stevia or honey. If I want to treat myself, I’ll use a serving of vanilla protein powder, stevia and a small dash of funfetti-style sprinkles instead. Voila, cake batter breakfast! I can satisfy my ever-raging sweet tooth without going completely overboard.” – Fallon Lee

“My go-to healthy breakfast: Half a pita, Skinny Cow wedge in garlic & herb, sriracha, handful of spinach and an egg. Fast, filling, delicious and easy to eat on the run.” – Jillian Marques

“Good carbs and protein are healthy go-to breakfast essentials in my home. One of my favorite breakfasts would definitely be two scrambled eggs, a little shredded cheese (any kind), a slice of turkey or two and salsa (I like mine a little spicy) on some multigrain bread, sesame Ezekiel bread or a whole wheat wrap. Finished with a refreshing glass of lemon water or a nice and hot cup of tea, this is such an energizing and delicious way to begin my day!” – Joni Sclavounos

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>> Recipe: Breakfast Quesadillas with Scrambled Eggs, Spinach and Black Beans

“Now that school is back in session and the mornings are quite hectic at our house, trying to get lunches packed, kids fed, dog fed, kids dressed, find matching shoes, it sometimes is hard for me to remember that I need to eat healthy too! My quick healthy go-to breakfast is Greek yogurt (which is full of protein) and a whole-wheat bagel or toast. Quick and easy to make, but also tastes great and leaves me feeling full!” – Jessica Keipper

“A healthy breakfast is a MUST for our whole family! Our favorite healthy breakfast is banana pancakes. Two eggs, 1 mushy banana, ½ cup rolled oats, ¼ cup applesauce, 1 teaspoon vanilla and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Mix up in blender, cook and enjoy (makes about 8-10 pancakes)! You can make a big batch, keep in fridge and heat up in the morning. My kids LOVE these so much! You can use syrup, peanut butter or eat them plain (like I do!). Add in a few pieces of turkey bacon and you get your protein, some carbs and fruit to kick off the day right!” – Brittany Carter

“Egg cups! These are super easy to make, portable, and packed full of protein to help you power through your morning. Fill muffin cups (greased) with spinach, red peppers, and any other veggies you like along with some cooked sausage or bacon. Top with a dozen eggs (mixed) and a pinch of cheese. Cook at 375º F until done. Wrap in parchment paper and saran wrap for grab and go. Just heat and eat!” – Deanna Pecina

“My go-to healthy breakfast is perfect, fast and power packed with vitamins and nutrients for today’s busy families: Sweet and Creamy Steel Cut Oats. Mornings come early in our household and nothing is better than waking up to the sweet sounds of little footsteps, warm coffee brewing and creamy oatmeal. A breakfast like this allows our family to leave home with stomachs satisfied and hearts full of love from the creamy warmth of oatmeal and hugs. To make them, you need ¼ cup organic steel cut oats, ¾ cup organic almond, cashew or coconut milk, ½ cup fresh organic mixed berries and ¼ cup slivered almonds. For extra sweetness, drizzle with organic raw honey and for extra nutrients, stir in a teaspoon of ground flax and/or chia seeds. To make: Mix milk and oats together and microwave for 4 minutes. Stir until creamy. Top with berries and nuts. Enjoy!” — Jennifer Holt

“One of my favorite go-to breakfast meals is oatmeal. Not the quick oats but the old fashioned oats. I richly enjoy fruit and nut mixture which makes it even more desirable! Adding fruit helps me to stay away from sugar. Oatmeal is a good source of fiber of you want to get rid of tummy fat. Fall is here, what a perfect way to start off those cool mornings with a nice bowl of warm oatmeal!” — Tuesday Lemon