School is back, which means the structure-free summer schedules are out the window for most families. Between getting up earlier to get everyone dressed and fed, pickups and carpools, soccer practices, and extra homework there is actually no more free time. When you’re rushed, it seems like the only option is to let the kiddos pour themselves a bowl of cocoa puffs and call it good (and no one will judge you for doing that once in a while!), but sugary cereals are not the best start to the day. Sugar and simple carbohydrates cause a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash, leaving those little bodies starving and out of energy by 10am.
These breakfast options can be made in a jiffy or all at once on the weekend so that the kiddos can grab them and go themselves. Each one is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals so you can feel good about what they’re eating, and even enjoy them yourself. Here here to five extra minutes of sleep every day!
1. Egg Muffins
I know what you’re thinking, my kids would never eat bell peppers. Hear me out, that’s why these are so great! You can change the ingredients and make them your own and even make a different style every week. Try sweet potatoes, sausage, and eggs for a combo that will definitely hit. Make a batch on the weekend, throw them in a ziplock, and zap them in the morning. Hearty breakfast in under 2 minutes? I’m in.
2. Overnight Oats
If your family prefers cereal to a hearty, egg-based breakfast, try this version on for size. These oat jars are packed with lower glycemic carbohydrates, protein, and balanced with healthy fats. Plus, chia seeds are a fantastic source of fiber to keep your kids (and you) filled up and fueled through lunch. The best part? No weekend meal prep involved. Throw the ingredients in a jar the night before, stir, and have the kids serve themselves in the morning. These will last about 3 days in the fridge.
3. Pre-made Breakfast Balls
Talk about delicious… I keep these on hand for afternoon snacks. The best part? No baking involved and they last quite a while. Make a big batch on the weekend and then you have no prep-work at all in the morning. Everyone can grab a few on the way out the door and eat in the car if it’s “one of those” mornings.
4. Sneaky Veggie Smoothies
I know you don’t need a recipe for a smoothie, but these charts can be helpful for inspiration. It is important to not skip the protein. Even though fruit is great for us, eating a ton of it without balancing out with almond butter, greek yogurt, or another protein source can spike blood sugar and leave you crashing mid-morning. Smoothies are the easiest way to sneak veggies into the pickiest eater’s mouths as well. Pro-tip: if they catch on to the color of the smoothie being green, try cauliflower as your hidden vegetable.
5. Paleo Pancakes
These take a little more effort than the grab ‘n’ go options above, but they’re worth it. They’re also much healthier than their traditional counterparts. Top with berries, almond butter, honey, or whatever you like for a delicious, guilt-free breakfast.