Sharing a roundup of some of my favorite options for QUICK breakfasts for the kids on busy school mornings. Please please please share your favorite in the comments section below!
Hi hi! How are you? I hope you’re having a lovely morning! I’m off to the chiropractor (bless it) and then spending the rest of the day working on some posts for the new year. How the heck is it December this week?!
For today’s post, I wanted to chat about breakfast ideas for busy weekdays! We have absolutely gotten into a rut with the school morning breakfasts. I went through an entire week making them the same thing, and after throwing away many cold egg burritos, I realized I needed to up my game a little.
Whenever I feel like I’m in a rut with anything food-wise, I take some time to sit down a brainstorm. For example, if I feel blah about vegetables and don’t want to cook anything, I quickly make a list of all of the vegetables we love. It’s an easy way to remember old favorites and switch up the routine a bit! The brainstorm session can work with anything: proteins (list ALL the proteins you love; you’ll remember some familiar faves), greens, snack ideas, dinner recipes, etc. I’ll also usually get out a cookbook and that gives me some new inspiration!
This post is serving as a brainstorm session for me right now, and I figured I’d make a list of all of the quick weekday breakfasts the kids love. Feel free to pin this for when you’re looking for new ideas! Please share your go-tos in the comments section below so this can be an amazing resource for everyone!
– *Apple pie walnut baked oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg
– *Pumpkin oatmeal bake with a breakfast sausage (frozen and heated up)
– Avocado toast: sourdough with smashed avocado, lemon, Everything but the Bagel seasoning, and a sliced hard-boiled egg on top
– Breakfast smoothie: 1 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, 1 banana, frozen berries, peanut butter, spinach, ice, and cinnamon (sometimes I add chia seeds or MCT oil to this too)
– *Their favorite pancakes in the world. I make huge batches of these over the weekend and freeze. I just heat them up, cut into bites, and put into a coffee mug to take in the car, and drizzle with maple syrup.
– Egg burritos: I scramble two eggs in a little butter, salt, and add to two tortillas before rolling up. They take these to-go, too
– A Go Macro bar and a hard-boiled egg (this is when we need something super fast and it does the trick!)
– *Chia pudding: 1/4 cup chia seeds into a Mason jar, and I add about 1 cup of almond milk, a drizzle of maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. *Set in the fridge overnight to set. In the morning, I top with sliced berries and take it to go.
–*Nana’s egg casserole. This freezes beautifully and last a few days in the fridge. I give this to the girls with a tortilla or piece of toast.
– *French toast. This is another one of the girls’ favorites. I make this over the weekend and freeze. I just heat them up, cut into bites, and put into a coffee mug to take in the car, and drizzle with maple syrup. They also love the brioche French toast from Trader Joe’s.
– Hard-boiled egg (top with EBTB seasoning and sriracha), piece of sourdough (heated from the freezer), and some fruit (whatever we have on hand: usually berries and sliced banana)
– *Overnight oats: in a jar, I add about 1/3 cup of oatmeal and about a cup of almond milk. I add cinnamon, vanilla, a pinch of salt, and berries. I’ll sometimes add chia seeds, too. In the morning, I top with honey and serve it with a hard-boiled egg or breakfast sausage.
– *Yogurt parfait: Layer Greek yogurt with granola and fruit in a mason jar and keep it covered in the fridge overnight. The next morning, grab and go!
– Breakfast sandwich: I spray a bowl with avocado oil and crack an egg into the bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute until set and top with a slice of cheddar (so the hot egg melts the cheese). I put the egg between two pieces of bread with a little Primal Kitchen Ranch. SO fast and easy.
– Acai bowl: I use the frozen acai packs from Trader Joe’s with almond milk and honey in the Vitamix. I pout it into a bowl, top with granola, sliced fruit, and a drizzle of honey
* Egg muffins and fruit
– Peanut butter toast: I top a piece of toast with peanut butter, sliced banana, cinnamon, and drizzle with honey
– Peanut butter banana oatmeal: I use the Trader Joe’s oatmeal packs (the one with chia and amaranth), add hot water, and get dressed while it sets. I top with sliced banana, a bit of maple syrup, and a scoop of peanut butter. They love it!
* = pre-made at least one day in advance and waiting in the fridge or freezer
I also asked my Instagram friends for their favorite suggestions and here’s what they had to say:
– Premade breakfast sandiwhces
– Oatmeal, waffles, muffins!
– Make your own yogurt bowl. Grab a yogurt from the fridge and add jars of toppings from pantry
– Simple Mills muffins
– Oatmeal with power seeds: chia, flax, hemp, bee pollen
– Banana baked oats
Some of my favorite tips for making breakfast quickly during the week:
– Freeze anything you can.
When I make batches of pancakes, French toast, or muffins over the weekend, I double the bath and put extras in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. This way, they’re already ready to go during the week! You can also make a huge batch of breakfast burritos and freeze, baked oatmeal, or an egg casserole.
– Make breakfast the night before.
Things like overnight oats, chia pudding, and breakfast cookies are huge hits and are ready to grab and go in the morning.
– Splurge for convince when it makes sense.
Things like yogurt, hardboiled and peeled eggs, Mush overnight oats, store-bought chia pudding, bars, oatmeal cups, frozen waffles, frozen breakfast sausage, smoothie mixes, are all things that can just make life a bit easier. Not everything has to be homemade 😉
So, please share the goods! What are some of your go-to quick breakfast ideas that kids love?