A few weeks ago I received a question from one of HGK’s readers and I need every one’s help answering it. “What do you do for quick breakfasts for kids. We run out the door eating They usually eat a cinnamon toast waffle plain.”
The following are some ideas, but I have a feeling that YOU, the readers of HGK, have a lot of great suggestions for this breakfast challenged family! So please, leave your comments below with your suggestions.
If I have said it once, I have said it a million times (or at least a few times), eating healthy takes planning and preparation. As a society, we have become very spoiled when it comes to food and now we are paying for it dearly. I won’t go into how painful it is to be overweight or how much it costs to medicate yourself after you develop diabetes or heart disease. Feeding a family healthy food day after day does take a lot of time and effort (not to mention money), but the rewards of truly nourishing yourself and your family are so worth it.
So here are some ideas of healthy ways to start your family’s day:
Real, whole fruit. I keep a large bowl of washed apples, pears and bananas on my kitchen counter. In plain sight at all times. You cannot imagine how much more whole food my family is eating because of this. Citrus fruits are a little trickier because they need to be peeled, but are also a great breakfast choice. Washed grapes are also a staple in my refrigerator for convenience snacking. Grab a banana and another fruit on your way out the door and you can’t believe how great you will feel.
Lara Bars (you can find them at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and probably at most local grocery chains at this point!). Composed of the fewest ingredients possible, you can feel good about your kids eating these on the way out the door.
Ezekiel toast with peanut, almond or other nut butter. Add bananas for an even better breakfast!
If your kids are not ready for a green smoothie, go ahead and make one entirely out of fresh and frozen fruit with ice. Add a little water if it is too thick. It’s like a yummy dessert in a glass. Check out some great fruit smoothie tips I recently learned from a VitaMix rep.
Oatmeal with toppings. You can definitely make this ahead and package into individual serving containers for reheating in the microwave in the morning. Just add a splash of nut milk before heading out the door and stir and it will taste just like you made it that day!
Quinoa salads can be made ahead of time and packaged individually. Quinoa is great with some chopped nuts and dried fruit (think dates, cranberries or apricots) and will last for days in the refrigerator.
Sweet potatoes. Yes, baked for an hour in the oven tastes best, but 6 or 7 minutes in the microwave does the trick, too. You can mash in lots of almond butter for protein, as well as a dash of cinnamon.
Breakfast burrito. Wrap refried beans, guacamole, and leftover stir-fry veggies in a whole wheat tortilla. Ready this the night before and grab one and go! Or how about a peanut butter banana burrito? With or without jelly?
Vegan pancakes. They’re easy and can be made on the weekend and be stored in individual packages perfect for grabbing as you walk out the door. Doctor up your favorite traditional pancake recipe like this: Replace each egg with 1 T ground flaxseeds and 2 T water, and replace buttermilk with almond or soy milk with a little bit of cider vinegar. Replace half the white flour with whole wheat, and add in some blueberries or sliced banana. Click here for The Engine 2’s AMAZING Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Stuffed Pancake recipe. I made a big batch of these one weekend and enjoyed them all week long.
Banana boats. You can do this with one or two bananas, depending on how hungry you are. Split each banana length-wise and spread each half generously with peanut butter. Optional: top with raisins.
What other healthy and quick breakfast ideas can you contribute to help out this fellow HGK reader?