For most families, school mornings are chaotic. From the alarm buzzing to rushing out of the door, getting your kids fed and ready for school can seem like a Nascar race. Breakfast can be an afterthought, but for our children, it is still the most important meal of the day. I am always on the hunt for easy ways to feed my kids a healthy breakfast. While breakfast cereals or bars may be convenient, the majority of what is commercially available is low in protein and healthy fats, which are key ingredients to better focus and energy throughout the long school day.
Here are 3 healthy and quick breakfasts from my got-to Back-to-School recipes, loaded with protein and good fats for good brain health. These are my family’s favorites and each one contains the breakfast nutritional goal of at least 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of healthy fats per serving. Enjoy!
Chia Seed Pudding
One of our new favorites, chia seed pudding, can be ma
de the night before and is incredibly easy! Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fats and fiber, keeping your child’s belly full and brain sharp.
- ¼ c Chia seeds
- 1 c organic almond milk
- 2-3 tsp. locally grown honey
- 1 tsp. organic vanilla
Mix all ingredients together, cover, refrigerate and allow to set overnight. In the morning, add your child’s favorite organic fruits (we love berries) and a few slices of almonds—delicious.
The classic french toast can be made ahead and warmed in the morning. We use gluten-free or spelt bread and increase the number of eggs used (e.g., if your recipe calls for 5-6, we would use 8). Try adding slices of apples, pears or bananas in between the layers of toast for more nutritional variety. Top with nuts or chia seeds for a protein boost!
- 8 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 6 slices of gluten-free or spelt bread
- 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- Pure sugar-free maple syrup, for serving (optional)
- 1 fruit of your choice cut up (optional)
- ½ cup of nuts or chia seeds (optional)
Another easy breakfast! Scoop 4-6 oz of organic Greek yogurt in a cup the night before. Add your child’s favorite fruit on top with honey or cinnamon. Just to entice them, I will even throw in a few chocolate chips. No breakfast wars on this one!
Use my Simply Healthy breakfast guide to keep your kids’ brains humming and ready for school this year!