Easy Protein Bfast for the Family

Let’s cut to the chase here—making a healthy breakfast and packing school lunch is just stressful! You might have multiple kids with different tastes or allergies, or maybe you’re expecting and juggling the never-ending activities of a school-aged child too!No matter your circumstances, time is limited when it comes to figuring out options that don’t just fill bellies, but provide the protein and healthy fat that your littles need to thrive.

My rule of thumb is start the day with as much protein as you can get into them. Protein and healthy fat are both crucial for brain activity and those neurotransmitters to fire properly! You don’t want to fill your kids up on sugared cereal and carbs in the morning. They’ll be extra wiggly and the inattention will soar. In our house, we don’t let the kids put their own syrup on their protein pancakes! Instead I reach for my favorite cinnamon and sprinkle it on top (sometimes in the batter as well)! Get creative and find ways to help them eat protein–even if it means non-traditional breakfast foods. I often tell the moms of my pediatric patients to look at breakfast in a new light because it’s typically glorified dessert. So check sugar grams and slowly make that shift to a higher protein and healthy fat start to the day!

Here are a few of my family’s favorite options. And trust me, if I can whip these up, so can you!

Protein Pancake Recipe

  • 1/4 c. GF pancake mix
  • 1/4 c. milk of choice
  • 4-5 organic eggs, room temp.
  • 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

Cook in a greased skillet, over medium-high heat. Sprinkle McCormick’s cinnamon generously on top and add a light amount of pure maple syrup.

Protein Packed Banana Bread

  • 1.5 c. buckwheat or GF flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. grass-fed butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. almond butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 3 organic bananas
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 organic eggs

Bake at 350 for about 45-minutes. Check center with toothpick.