The biggest issue for me in the morning is time. Between me not having a lot of it in the morning and the time it takes my little ones to eat (Kenya can nurse a bowl of cereal for what seems like an eternity), I have to make things that are reasonably simple, but still loaded with as much nutrition as possible. I like to keep several recipes on hand for breakfasts in 5 minutes or less. For those mornings that I’m already running around like a mad woman, these recipes are life savers! You can throw these together in no time, and still have enough time to sit around the table together and enjoy your breakfast. You can just as easily take some of these breakfasts to go.
What’s your favorite family breakfast?
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Brainy Breakfast 1 of 5We're big Greek yogurt eaters in my house. Greek yogurt is packed with protein, calcium and most contain natural probiotics which are great for our digestive health and can even boost our immune systems. Combine it with two other super foods like blueberries and walnuts, omega-3 and fiber-packed flax seeds, and a few other naturally sweet ingredients like apples and honey and you've got a true power breakfast that will give your body and mind a big boost first thing in the morning -- when you need it most.
Berry Green Smoothie 2 of 5You might think that little ones would be thrown by the idea of combining fruits and green veggies to make a smoothie, but I'm finding my kids experience to be the complete opposite. To them it seems totally natural (and when you think about it, why shouldn't it?). They get a thrill out of coming up with new combinations every day, like this Berry Green Smoothie. If anyone in your family is spinach averse, they'll never detect it in today's recipe, a thick purple shake which tastes of sweet bananas and berries.
Bell Pepper Egg Flowers 3 of 5Whenever I whip up these Bell Pepper Egg Flowers in the morning to my kids it's like I bought a brand new car. It's such a welcome novelty that my little guys go nuts with excitement! They both adore bell peppers and by adding a perfectly cooked egg and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top, this breakfast treat is an easy way to get protein and even a bit of veggies into my family's bodies first thing in the morning.
Breakfast Couscous 4 of 5My husband uses brown rice to make one of his favorites, a quick and easy rice "pudding". He warms up a cup or so of rice, stirs in vanilla rice milk, tons of cinnamon, honey, walnuts and either blueberries or raisins. He started out making it as a dessert, but quickly saw no reason why it wouldn't be just as good for breakfast. When the kids started eating it out of his bowl every morning, I knew he was on to something and by always keeping a big thing of cooked rice in the fridge, I can toss his recipe together at the last minute for breakfast, a midday snack or even as a healthy "I'm still hungry" treat after dinner. One morning last week, everyone wanted Daddy's recipe for breakfast but I didn't have any brown rice in the fridge (this always seems to happen right at the moment everyone wants some). Being that we had to get out the door for school and work, there wasn't enough time to cook a new batch. I quickly made some fast-cooking couscous, added in some soft, sweet chopped dates and came up with my own simple yummy version that everyone in my house now loves equally. It's not only nutritious, but by putting out a few toppings for everyone to choose from, it's a fun and out of the ordinary way to get kids involved in making their breakfast their own!
Egg and Cheese Quesadilla 5 of 5These Mexican Egg and Cheese Quesadillas put a bunch of smiles on my gang's faces this week and making them didn't require a special trip to the grocery. I usually have all of the ingredients on hand, so it's easy to throw them together -- especially when I don't have a lot of time. I love that the kids get tons of protein, dairy and carbohydrates to give them a big morning energy boost. And not only do they love eating these quesadillas, but the fact that they can hold and dunk them in salsa, sour cream or guacamole gives new meaning to the term morning dip!
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