As fall approaches, don’t let the looming chaos of mornings intimidate you. While you're trying to get everyone out the door, you may barely have a moment to sip your coffee. This year, stop the scrambling, and remember that there’s no reason to skip the most important meal of the day. Breakfast can get you and your whole family ready to take on the day's challenges, and a healthy, energizing meal doesn’t have to mean more time. Try these quick bites to start the day off right.
Make-Ahead Sunrise Smoothie
Zero dishes required! Get a week’s worth of breakfasts by using your blender at the beginning of the week. Combine vanilla yogurt, orange juice, a banana, ice and honey in the blender. Whir until smooth, and then separate the mixture into 12 muffin cups and freeze. Place a few of the frozen smoothie “muffins” in a disposable cup and stick in the fridge overnight to thaw. In the morning, you’ll have a delicious ready-to-drink smoothie. You can customize the smoothie any way: add veggies or kiwi for a green monster smoothie or coconut water for a tropical treat.
No-Bake Granola Bars
These granola bars are perfect for busy mornings. To make a batch, mix steel-cut oats, rice cereal, and your favorite dried fruit, nuts and seeds in a bowl. Use a skillet to melt enough butter to wet the entire mixture. Before removing the skillet, add a bit of brown sugar and honey in with the butter to sweeten your creation. Combine all ingredients, pour in a baking dish, and refrigerate until chilled. For an extra crunch, press sliced almonds or crushed walnuts on top. Slice into easy-to-eat servings for when you’re on the go.
Eggs contain protein to stave off hunger and encourage motivation throughout the day, so wake up with this easy and mobile breakfast. Use a small cup to punch out a circular hole in a piece of bread. Butter both sides of the bread, and place it on a skillet. Immediately crack an egg into the empty circle, and fry the egg and bread on both sides. This delicious meal takes less than ten minutes to cook, so you’re all set for a worry-free morning.
One Minute Coffee Cake
All you need is a mug! (And a few ingredients, too.) Mix two tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 1/8 teaspoon baking powder into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon. Then, add 1 tablespoon each of vegetable oil, butter and milk. Grease your coffee mug with cooking spray and pour the mixture into the mug. Microwave for one minute, and you’re out the door in no time. For a healthier version, you can add blueberries, replace the oil with Greek yogurt, and swap whole milk with nonfat or almond milk.
Fluffy Egg Muffin Bites
No time for eggs and bacon? No problem. Make-ahead egg muffin bites are a great alternative. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin. Wrap one slice of cooked bacon inside each muffin cup. Scramble eggs to fill each cup, thickening with flour. Top with your favorite add-ins, like mushrooms, spinach, or cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Vegetarian? Use hash browns instead of bacon. Once the cooked eggs are golden, remove the tin, let cool, and scoop out the egg muffin bites. Freeze extra bites to microwave later for a quick savory breakfast.
Easy and delicious, this breakfast can be prepared either sweet or savory. For the sweeter variety, toast two frozen waffles, spread on peanut butter and jelly, and combine for a scrumptious sandwich. You can also add bananas or strawberries. No sweet tooth? Use cream cheese or an herb spread and spinach for a savory version, and enjoy your breakfast as you prepare to take on the day.
Protein-packed Greek yogurt keeps you and your family full until lunchtime and makes the perfect base for a customizable breakfast. First, choose your Greek yogurt, plain or flavored. To make your medley, select your favorite mix-ins. Tried-and-true additions include fresh or dried fruit, granola, and even jam. The possibilities are endless, and the preparation is quick. Another bonus? No dishes! Simply use the yogurt carton.
Go Nuts for Breakfast!
Move over, after-school--breakfast can be snack time, too. A handful of crunchy mixed nuts, along with a crisp apple and creamy string cheese, provide a balanced and yummy start to the day. This quick breakfast is full of health benefits. Certain nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, and cashews, have been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and are a great source of fiber. Grabbing an apple adds more fiber, and string cheese adds calcium.
Good Morning Panini
With just three ingredients, this trouble-free toasty is easy to put together. Spread protein-filled cream cheese or peanut butter on your choice of bread, add blueberries or raspberries to one slice and sandwich together. Stick in a panini press on medium heat for five minutes or until bread is toasted. You can also add cinnamon or use flavored cream cheese. Dust with powdered sugar for an even sweeter treat.