If your life is anything like mine your mornings are crazy and getting everyone to sit and eat their breakfast before the bus comes is the worst part of my day, or it used to be.
I do believe breakfast is important for all of us. Studies show that kids and adults who eat breakfast tend to do better at school and work and maintain healthier body weight and cholesterol levels.
Plus my kids are out for lunch and they either don't eat or eat poorly, so I have to get a lot of good stuff in at breakfast. So I started a schedule. Mondays are oatmeal bowls, Tuesdays are eggs and toast, Wednesdays are waffles, Thursdays are bagels, and Friday we decide the night before.
Having a schedule has definitely helped change up our morning craze, but I'm always looking for ways to get more fruits and veggies in my meals for myself and my kids and prep as much as I can ahead of time. That's where make-ahead breakfast recipes come in handy. When you cook ahead you might even have a minute to enjoy your coffee and read the news or at least put away the laundry.
We are a major chocolate-loving family, so I give in to the craving especially when I can get my kids to eat other healthy foods with it. You prepare this chia pudding the night before and it is so easy, even your 5-year-old could do it. Leave it in the fridge and you are ready to go in the morning. We like ours a little warm like a thick hot chocolate filled with protein, fiber and omega 3's from the chia. You can also make with your favorite flavors and serve with fruit.
Try a Baked Oatmeal. This version has quinoa too for added protein, but either way, you make it the night before, leave it to cool overnight and serve room temperature in the morning.
Instead of eggs, I am going to start making quiche. This way I can make it ahead and I can add veggies. Quiche can be made with or without crust, it can be made large or in muffin tins, you can even freeze individual ones for later. They are really easy to make if you leave off the crust.
Here is an unusual breakfast idea especially for those of us not used to eating meat for breakfast. Take polenta and layer it with cheese and veggie sausage crumbles. You can even add some cooked frozen spinach or mushrooms. It is hardy for an everyday meal, but can be made ahead and reheated quickly. High in protein and fiber. Great before exams.
Maybe I am just getting ready for Hanukkah early, but we all like anything fried and they reheat well and are filled with veggies. I am totally happy if my kids start their day with a couple of these babies.
Don't discount dinner leftovers and other savory foods as good breakfast choices. Hummus is incredibly filling on a slice of bread or in a pita and is another great breakfast option. I didn't even include breakfast muffins, yogurt parfaits, regular oatmeal or cream of wheat in the list above, you already know about those.
I hope these ideas inspire you to think differently about your breakfast options and to work ahead. What's your favorite make-ahead breakfast?