It’s about that time of year again. Sports are starting up, homework will soon be handed out, and buses are pulling down the street. Going from carefree summer days at the beach and pool to chaotic, jam-packed school schedules can be a challenge, but with a little prep, it can be easy and manageable. While school morning breakfasts aren’t always considered gourmet meals (“We have five minutes.. Go!”) there are plenty of healthy and delicious ideas that get you going, which I am sharing today. So, set the alarm ahead a bit, and sleep in. Breakfast is made! 🙂
Personally speaking, this year I am starting high school, which means that I will likely have before-school swim practices early in the morning. In this case, try having a small snack before practice (think hard-boiled eggs, bananas, applesauce pouches, and baggies of dried fruit and nuts/seeds) and then refueling afterwards with one of these ideas. Even though school days are busy, the last thing you want to do is go without breakfast! So, without further ado, please enjoy these on-the-go ideas, and let me know in the comments your favorite school breakfast idea.
Cold Breakfast Ideas (Made in Advance)
- Smoothie Pops: Smoothies are great as is, but for mornings where there just isn’t enough time, try freezing leftover green smoothies like this one in reusable silicone tubes. In the morning, take this out of the freezer and enjoy it for a frosty treat. Also, this is a great post-practice breakfast, as you can let it thaw for a smoother texture while you are practicing. Yum!
- Overnight Oats: Okay, this could easily be my favorite before-school breakfast. You can customize your jar to create a unique breakfast each day, and can make this ahead- you could even make enough for a whole week and store it in the fridge! Simply mix together equal parts milk/plain yogurt and organic rolled oats. Add in your favorite fruit and some honey for a creative touch! The result is a creamy, filling breakfast that can be eaten cold or warmed up for a few seconds- try making this in a paper cup covered with plastic wrap for a disposable wrapper!
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: Easy and filling. Simply make a half-dozen or however many you desire at the beginning of the week, and refrigerate for snacks and breakfast all week long. This is especially protein-rich with healthy fats!
- Make-It-Yourself Yogurt Tubes: Remember those silicone tubes? We’re using them once again! Fill them up with some plain yogurt mixed with a little pure maple syrup and fruit for a healthy, delicious snack or small meal.
- Homemade Fruit and Nut Energy Bars or Bites: Make a batch of homemade granola bars, such as 100 Days of Real Food’s peanut butter oat bars. Or, make something different by mixing dates, nuts, seeds, and other add-ins in your food processor for energizing breakfast bars/bites. Additionally, you could stock your pantry with store-bought bars like Larabar.
Hot Breakfast Recipes (Made in Advance and Reheated)
- Pumpkin Muffins: This is one of my personal favorites! The next time you make a batch of homemade muffins, double the batch and stock your freezer with them. You can defrost individual muffins overnight in the refrigerator, or you can heat them up in the morning. Yum!
- Waffles and Pancakes: This idea is especially great for picky eaters! Pre-made frozen waffles are filled with chemicals, additives, and fillers; something you don’t want to have for breakfast (or at all). So simply freeze your leftover homemade, whole-wheat pancakes and waffles, and you can reheat them for a “pancake sandwich” (with cream cheese, nut/seed butter, etc.) or you can drizzle some pure maple syrup on top. Breakfast is served!
- Egg Cups: If you love scrambled (or another kind) eggs, try this! Whisk up 12 eggs and add in your favorite vegetables and cheese, and then pour the mixture equally into muffin tins. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Freeze the egg muffins, and you have a protein-rich breakfast all week!
- Crockpot Oatmeal: This recipe is perfect for chilly fall mornings- you basically mix oat groats, whole milk, water, pure maple syrup, and some cinnamon in a crockpot and cook it overnight or while you are at school/work. Then, you can enjoy it fresh and warm or divide up the oatmeal into half pint mason jars to reheat all week for breakfast. Stay tuned for my favorite crockpot oatmeal recipe- posted next week!
- Homemade Banana Bread: Similar to the pancakes and muffins, bake this bread in advance for a deliciously quick breakfast. I like to spread some 1-ingredient peanut butter (my favorite brand is Teddie) on the whole wheat bread, and then top it with some banana slices.
Morning-of Breakfast Ideas
- Green Smoothies- This has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and if you have a few minutes in the morning, it is a great choice! I love making smoothies to go, because there really isn’t a better way to get a rush of much-needed energy and nutrition in the morning. Try my Peach Mango Green Smoothie or create your own recipe with 1-2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, 1 cup liquid, and healthy fats and proteins (coconut oil, avocado, rolled oats, chia and flax seeds).
- Toast Varieties- Avocado, banana, berry, nut butter, hummus; the possibilities are endless! Spread your favorite topping on whole grain toast and then top with fruits and veggies- yum! This is a photo-worthy breakfast.
- Banana Sushi Bites- Spread nut/seed butter on a whole grain tortilla and place a peeled banana in the wrap. Roll it up, and cut for sushi bites. Creative and filling!
- Egg Roll-Ups- If you’re cold and looking for a unique breakfast, try this! I make a modified version of a friend’s go-to breakfast and it is easy and perfect for picky eaters. To cook, simply whisk 1 organic egg, grated cheddar cheese, and spinach, tomato, or your favorite egg add-ins. Pour it into a bowl, which you should put a tortilla into. Then, microwave for 70 seconds and enjoy!
- Yogurt Bowls- Plain Greek, whole milk yogurt is the base of this tasty dish. Top with fruit, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, honey, chopped larabar, spices, or your favorite flavors. Yum!
I hope you enjoy these breakfast ideas, and please comment your favorite go-to morning meals. Bonappetit!