For the longest time, I was afraid to branch out beyond cereal for breakfast on school mornings. Afterall, I needed my kids to eat quickly to get ready for school. Serving cereal topped with fresh fruit seemed like the best option for quick, healthy breakfasts.
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My kids enjoyed eating cereal, and I felt good about adding berries or banana slices to make it healthier.
However, I am now expanding my ideas about healthy breakfasts. It turns out there are lots of other breakfast foods that my kids will eat quickly. And, no, I did not start buying Pop Tarts.
I know I love eating traditional breakfast foods. An omelet with onion and green pepper is right up my alley, but that probably wouldn’t be my kids’ first choice for breakfast.
When I realized they actually would eat eggs on a school morning, things began to change.
For a long time, I was worried about messing with breakfasts on school days. I needed to make sure my kids would eat quickly to get ready for school. Because of that, I made cereal topped with fruit 6 days a week.
Then on Sundays, I would cook a bigger breakfast like omelets or pancakes. I still do that on Sundays.
I prepare breakfasts for me, my husband, and our 2 kids each morning before school and on weekend mornings. In order to keep from relying on cereal, I know I need to plan ahead. When I don’t plan ahead, I prepare cereal.
Now I use a daily planner that has space for planning meals each day. I use this space for daily breakfast and supper plans. This is necessary because sometimes I have to do some prep work the night before to fulfill my breakfast plan.
Here are some of my family’s favorite healthy breakfasts for weekday mornings.
I used to make stovetop oatmeal a couple of mornings a week to change things up. This didn’t work well because my kids weren’t fans of that oatmeal, and they ate it slowly.
However, my family loves baked oatmeal. I think the texture makes it feel more like a fun treat.
The recipe I use makes enough for 2 breakfasts. So I plan baked oatmeal for 2 mornings during the week.
I have to prepare baked oatmeal the night before I want to bake it. I write a task in my planner to remind me to prepare baked oatmeal for the next day while preparing dinner for that night.
Then I bake the full recipe the first morning and reheat the leftovers for the second morning. This works well for me because I normally get up at least a half hour before my first kid needs to wake up.
I modified this baked oatmeal recipe from Money Saving Mom using half of the sugar. Sometimes I stir in cranberries and walnuts or frozen berries before putting the oatmeal in the refrigerator overnight.
I often add sliced bananas on top and some family members like milk added to theirs.
Once I learned that I don’t have to make 4 individual omelets, this became a fairly quick and healthy breakfast to add in during the week. I use a large frying pan that will cook a large 4-egg omelet that I can split between 2 people.
I save time by only making 2 large omelets. I split the first one between my husband and daughter, giving my 7-year-old a smaller portion. My husband ends up with about a 3-egg omelet and my daughter gets about a 1-egg omelet that way.
Then my 12-year-old son and I split the second omelet so we each get about a 2-egg omelet. Then I add some fresh fruit on the side.
Sometimes I simply make cheese omelets with freshly shredded cheese. If I have ham or pre-cooked sausage available, I might add that as an easy filling.
Making waffles is a new luxury for me. I recently acquired a brand new waffle maker from a family member that had an extra. It’s a basic waffle maker that makes 2 rectangles at a time.
I also have the Chocolate-Covered Katie cookbook, which is amazing and has a delicious chocolate brownie waffle recipe that I have fallen in love with.
A chocolate brownie waffle doesn’t sound healthy for breakfast, but Katie’s recipes use natural sweeteners in lower quantities. I feel much better serving this homemade waffle topped with fruit than a bowl of highly processed cereal topped with the same fruit.
You can save time in the mornings by making waffles anytime and then freezing them until you are ready to eat them. Just pop frozen waffles in toaster to cook when you are ready.
Yogurt, apple slices, and jelly toast
I buy plain yogurt and add a bit of vanilla extract and honey or maple syrup. Then I serve the yogurt in a pretty little bowl with a plate of apple slices.
To make the meal a little more filling, I add jelly toast for fun. I used to make peanut butter toast, but my daughter doesn’t like having peanut butter breath. Jelly toast seems to be an easy addition for quick weekday mornings.
The first step was paying attention to what my family likes to eat for breakfast. The second step was writing my breakfast plans in my daily planner. By doing these 2 things, I have been able to make healthy breakfasts a priority for my family.
What are your favorite healthy breakfasts for weekday mornings?