1) Overnight Oats– The great thing about this recipe is you can come up with a dozen different combinations and make enough to last 3-4 mornings so you only prep something every few days. Here is one my girls love:
Overnight Blueberry-Banana Protein Oats
(Approximately 250 calories per serving)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 a banana, mashed up
- 1/2 cup of blueberries, mashed up
- 1/4 cup of blueberries (don’t mash up these ones)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (or gluten-free rolled oats)
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein (I use an all natural isolate)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tablespoons all natural zero calorie sugar (I used 2 TBSP of Xylitol)
Directions: Mash up the blueberries and the banana together in a bowl. Then add in all of the other ingredients. Stir all the ingredients together well. Place the oats in a container (I use mason jars) to sit overnight and soak up all the liquids. Eat it in the morning cold or microwave for 30-60 seconds to eat it warm.
Optional: Top with your favorite nuts or seeds and/or top with additional berries of your choice.
2) Berry Smoothies– Get creative and throw in your kid’s favorite berries with some Greek yogurt. Five health benefits of this tasty smoothie that my kids yell “more, more!” 1) Packed full of calcium 2) Probiotics- great for their digestion 3) High in Fiber 4) Vitamins/Nutrients they’ll be getting from this shake are; Vitamin B, Vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, copper, magnesium and iron. 5) High in Antioxidants!
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt or Plain Greek yogurt with a dash of vanilla extract (I used the plain Greek yogurt with extract because it’s lowest in sugar)
- 6 large strawberries
- 1-2 small handfuls of raspberries (I used 2, but if your kids don’t like raspberries then using 1 will make the flavor less noticeable, but still sneak in the health benefits of them)
- 1 handful of red grapes
- 2-4 handfuls of ice (based on consistency that you’d like)
Directions: Blend all ingredients and enjoy! Because the shake it sweet my kids gobble it down!
3) Egg Puffies– as my kids like to call them. Definitely a “go to” because we ALL eat them. You can make them specific to everyone’s taste buds by adding in veggies and meat (like sausage and bacon) that are their favorite. Cook in bulk so that you have enough to last for days in a row, just reheat in the morning.
- 9 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- ½-1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (or other bell pepper of your choice)
- 4 strips of bacon, chopped (optional)
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with olive oil nonstick spray or coat with coconut oil (our preferred choice because it’s a healthy fat). *You can also use muffin inserts and spray those so that you can have your egg puffie in a little cup on the go. Mix the eggs together in a bowl (scramble them). Then add the onions, spinach, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and bacon into bowl and mix together. Pour mixture into muffin tins (we fill them about 1/2 way). Place in oven for approximately 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Feel free to top with some salsa or hot sauce.
Tip: Use fun-shaped muffin tins to make it even more “fun” for your kids.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So use these recipes to have breakfast easy or prepped in advance for both you and your little munchkins. What are some of your favorite easy breakfast meals for you kiddos?
PS – If you like this recipe, you might really like my cookbook “Cook Smarter, Not Harder” that is chocked full of my very best (and easy to make) healthy recipes. Hope you will check it out!