5 Kid-Friendly, Make-Ahead Breakfasts That'll Take the Stress Out of Mornings
Does the typical school morning feel more or less like a hurricane? There’s certainly a whirlwind of activity, making sure that the kids are dressed and ready to go. In all the excitement, sometimes a healthy breakfast can be forgotten.
But don’t worry. There are choices beyond sending off your kids on just a bellyful of chocolate milk or a granola bar to tide them over. Check out these healthy, delicious recipes that you can make ahead of time so that you can just keep the focus on an easy morning routine.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Harness the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant power of tropical fruit in this quick, delicious smoothie that can be made ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator overnight. With this wonderful combination of fruits, there is no need to put any sugar in this smoothie.
1 frozen banana
1 chopped fresh mango
1 can chopped organic pineapple (use both fruit and juice)
1 can coconut milk
1 can coconut water
Simply add all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate overnight and serve the next morning.
French Toast Casserole
The whole grain bread in this recipe provides plenty of fiber and the blueberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And between the milk and eggs, there is plenty of protein, too. A delicious, healthy take on regular French toast.
8 slices whole wheat or other whole grain bread
½ cup milk
Cinnamon to taste
Nutmeg to taste
1 package fresh blueberries
Organic, grass-fed butter
Spray a 13” x 9” cooking pan; lay the slices of bread on the bottom of the pan (there will probably be some overlap, but that’s okay) and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and milk together, then add the cinnamon and nutmeg, and pour over the toast. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until golden brown and firm (the casserole will puff up at first, but gradually sink down again as it cools). Refrigerate overnight and reheat the next morning in a low oven. Then serve it up with a little pat of butter, maple syrup, and top it off with raisins or fresh blueberries.
Fruity Yogurt and Granola Bowls
This tastes so much like a dessert that kids won’t realize it’s healthy. Yogurt gives kids probiotics to support good digestion and is also a good source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D. The berries and other fruits are all great for both antioxidants and dietary fiber, while the granola is fiber-rich as well.
Plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
2 kinds of fruit (any of the following work well: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mandarin orange segments, or chopped pineapple)
Healthy store-bought or homemade granola
Spoon yogurt into the bottom of your bowl, then add fruit and granola on top. Drizzle honey for added sweetness and nutrients. Add edible flowers to make it as beautiful as it tastes.
Do you want your kids to have a healthy, high-fiber breakfast – but they howl when they see a bowl of oatmeal? These soft, sweet muffins will provide your kids with all the oats they need for the day.
1 cup rolled oats
1 ½ cup oat flour
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons organic butter, melted
½ cup milk
½ tsp. baking powder
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
½ tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
Cinnamon to taste
Sift dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs, then add the melted butter and applesauce and whisk again. Pour into the dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a greased muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown and set in the middle.
Healthy Morning Coffee Cake
It’s like having cake for breakfast. Need we say more?!
1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup oat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ cup honey
¼ cup organic butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 package fresh raspberries
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup sliced almonds (omit for a nut-free version)
Sift dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey, and melted butter. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients then add the berries, chocolate, and almonds and mix until well-blended. Pour into a loaf pan and bake around 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, or until cake is gold on top and firm in the middle. Serve warm or cold the next morning.
What make-ahead breakfasts do you prepare to simplify your morning routine?