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It doesn’t seem to matter how early I get up, mornings are always hectic. Work out, pack lunches, feed my kids a healthy and tasty breakfast that they will actually eat and give them the energy. I want to eat something that is healthy, delicious and keeps me on track with my current fitness and nutrition goals! Sounds impossible right? Nope! A little prep on your part and you can restock your pantry and kitchen with several quick and healthy breakfast options.
Yogurt parfaits: I use organic whole yogurt for my children and non-fat Greek yogurt for myself. Then we customize it. Add your fruit of choice, drizzle with honey or pure maple syrup, top with whip cream, chopped almonds, mint or homemade granola. By the way, this granola is delicious in a bowl with some milk if you are missing cereal. Tweak the ingredients to suit the taste buds in your house. If you make the granola using rolled oats, you can cut these into bars after baking. Now you have another breakfast or snack option to throw in your purse when you are on the go.
Overnight oats: Mix either rolled oats or steel cut oats with an equal amount of liquid (milk, almond milk, etc.) toss in some seasonings like vanilla or cinnamon, dried fruit, etc. and then put in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you can add fresh fruit, mixed nuts, sweetener, granola, etc. This mix will be good in the fridge for up to three days, so you can prep for several days at once.
My favorite mix is rolled oats, almond milk, half a banana, vanilla, truvia and cinnamon. I mix this and put the jar in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I top it with 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds or granola and a fourth cup of berries.
Overnight slow cooker oatmeal: I love any recipe that uses a slow cooker. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, turn on the heat, and voila, hours later your meal is ready. This is great in the winter. The house smells wonderful when we wake up, and there is something comforting about eating a nice warm breakfast when it is cold outside. Try this delicious slow cooker apple pie oatmeal recipe!
Pancakes: My kids LOVE pancakes, but who has time to make them during the week? I have tried the frozen ones from the grocery store, but I hate the long ingredient list and added sugars. So, I make and freeze them on my own. We use them for breakfast, school lunches and sometimes even for dinner if I am in a pinch. I do like to make them from scratch so I can control the ingredients. I found this one, Fluffy Pancakes, on Allrecipes.com and it was a hit with my family.
Pancakes are easy to personalize too. I swapped out some of the ingredients to suit our preferences, for example, I prefer organic ingredients and I subbed out the all-purpose flour for organic un-bleached flour. Whole Wheat flour would be another great upgrade. I also like to add 1-2 tsps. of chai seeds as I like to sneak in super foods wherever I can. Other tasty options to consider include lemon zest, vanilla extract, blueberries, chocolate chips or even sprinkles (makes the pancakes look like confetti cake).
Mix and cook all the batter and let the pancakes cool. Then sort them into serving sizes appropriate for your household (2-3 pancakes depending on how big you make them), separate the servings with a piece of wax paper and place them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. The wax paper makes them easier to pull apart after they have been frozen. When you are ready to eat them, remove them from the freezer and heat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Top with fruit, 1 tbsp of maple syrup and enjoy.
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Instant oatmeal jars: I found this great idea on CleanFoodCrush. Forget buying those sugary packets of instant oatmeal at the grocery store! You can make these instant oatmeal jars yourself with freeze dried fruit (no sugar added) and come up with endless flavor combinations and it is a really fun activity to do with your kids. In the mornings, just add 1 cup of boiling hot water or milk of your choice to the jar and let it sit for 10 minutes then enjoy! (or throw it in your purse to make at the office)
Eggs: Scrambled eggs take about 5 minutes to make and hard boiled eggs take about 10 minutes.
Smoothies: They are my go-to breakfast. I like to use a protein powder, add some fruit and maybe a little almond butter or coconut water. If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat their veggies, smoothies are a great way to sneak in an extra serving without them even knowing about it. Our favorite is a smoothie my kids nick-named ogre juice. I use eight oz of coconut water, eight oz of filtered water, one cup of pineapple, vanilla protein powder, ice and 1 cup of spinach. Blend and enjoy.
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Avocado toast: Take a piece of Ezekiel bread or whole wheat bread, toast it, top it with ¼- ½ an avocado. There is an endless number of add-ins you can use to change this up.
Mash the avocado with some olive oil and lime juice; sprinkle salt and chili flakes on top; chop up and add scallions, cilantro, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.; drizzle Sriracha on top if you like some heat.
French toast: Start with a slice of either Ezekiel bread or whole wheat bread. How do you know if you actually getting a loaf of whole wheat bread? Check out this how to read ingredient labels video by Lisa Leake – http://youtu.be/NaWxefC-Dyg to learn.
Take your slice of whole wheat or Ezekiel bread, soak it in a mixture of organic milk and eggs until soft; place the toast on a skillet; brown one side; flip it and brown the other. Top it with a cup of fresh fruit and limit the syrup to a tbsp. Use 100% maple syrup or honey and skip the branded syrup with a bunch of extra ingredients and sugar.