6 Simple Breakfasts
Get 2019 and School Mornings Off To a Great Start
With school back in session and a New Year in full swing, we bet you are looking to up your breakfast game, or at the very least, recharge it! Here, we share with you 6 quick and healthy breakfasts that will have your kiddos (and you) kickin’ it until lunch—that’s when we take over!
1. Smoothie. Smoothies (especially green ones) really are the perfect quick, nutrition-filled breakfast. HOW: Add the following ingredients to a high-speed blender and process until smooth: 1 cup milk of your choice, 1/2 banana or 2 dates (for sweetness), large handful of spinach, ½ avocado (optional), 1 tablespoon nut or sunflower seed butter, 1 tablespoon high-quality protein powder, 1 cup of ice cubes. Other great add-ins include cacao, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds.
2. Chocolate Chip Bites. These quick breakfast pop-ems are also great for after-school snacks. HOW: Add the following ingredients together in a food processor and combine well: 2 cups medjool dates pitted, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 cup rolled oats. If needed, add 2 tablespoons warm water to help combine. Stir in ¼ cup chocolate chips. Scoop batter out and roll into mini balls. Eat right away or firm in fridge overnight.
3. Avocado Toast. It’s ubiquitous, and there’s a reason why: It really is THAT good. Healthy fats and fiber keep kids feeling full and energized. HOW: Mash an avocado, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and dash of salt and pepper in a bowl. Spread the mixture onto crisp breads (like Wasa), whole grain, sprouted, or gluten-free toast. Have a minute to spare? Top it off with a fried egg, slices of tomatoes or a few basil leaves.
4. Overnight Oats. This make-ahead creation is perfect for hurried mornings. HOW: In a bowl, mash a large banana until smooth. Mix in 2 tablespoons of flax seeds (optional) and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup milk of your choice, and 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, simply stir the mixture and serve with additional toppings if desired such as raisins, coconut, fresh berries, or granola.
5. Chia Pudding. The great thing about chia is that it keeps kids hydrated. HOW: In a large bowl, whisk 1 cup milk of your choice, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt until well combined. Stir in 2 tablespoons chia seeds until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, similar to the Overnight Oats, stir well and top to your liking with fresh or dried fruit, nuts or seeds (if able), or granola.
6. Breakfast Burritos. Don’t discard dinner scraps, save them for a stellar morning meal. Use leftover chicken, beef, beans, or veggies, and scramble up an egg for an added protein pop. HOW: Simply warm a tortilla, add your protein filling and top with fresh lettuce, cheese, avocado and diced tomatoes. Don’t forget the hot sauce!