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8 Healthy Ways to Start Your Day

Your mom was right – it is important to start your day with a good breakfast. Breaking your fast upon waking helps kick start your metabolism, providing energy and much-needed nutrients to get you through your day. If your mornings tend to be rushed, planning ahead or coming up with a few simple standbys will ensure your family gets out the door with a little something to keep them performing at their peak until lunchtime.

These recipes are simple, and many can be made ahead and frozen. If you’re in a pinch, even a glass of milk and a banana will provide a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats to get you – or your kids – going in the morning.


  • Buckwheat, Cornmeal & Whole Wheat Pancakes 1 of 8
    Buckwheat, Cornmeal & Whole Wheat Pancakes
    Multigrain pancakes are a great way to start your morning - make a big batch on the weekend and freeze, then pop in the toaster or microwave to reheat on busy weekdays.
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Jam Jar Breakfast Parfait 2 of 8
    Jam Jar Breakfast Parfait
    One of the most brilliant breakfast solutions I've seen - layer granola and yogurt in a jam jar, screw on the lid and take it to go!
    Family Bites has the recipe!
  • Homemade Olive Oil Granola 3 of 8
    Homemade Olive Oil Granola
    Homemade granola is simple to stir together and bake, and can be stashed in a jar or in individual bags to grab and go. This version is made with your choice of nuts and dried fruit, and heart-healthy mild olive oil, providing a good balance of complex carbs, protein and healthy fats to get you going in the morning.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Bananaberry Smoothie 4 of 8
    Bananaberry Smoothie
    A smoothie takes seconds to whirl into a perfect breakfast to go, delivering protein, complex carbs and nutrients you can sip through a straw. Keep it cool in an insulated to-go mug.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins 5 of 8
    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Next time you have overripe bananas to use up, make chocolate chip muffins. An easy way to get the kids to eat their breakfast!
    Family Feedbag has the recipe!
  • Individual Baked Omelettes 6 of 8
    Individual Baked Omelettes
    A great way to get a protein boost first thing in the morning - these are easier to make than traditional omelettes, making them ideal for rushed weekday mornings!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Blueberry-Quinoa Waffles 7 of 8
    Blueberry-Quinoa Waffles
    Quinoa waffles provide protein and complex carbs while berries and banana provide antioxidants and other essential nutrients. Make a big batch on the weekend and freeze for DIY good-for-you toaster waffles!
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Creamy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 8 of 8
    Creamy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
    Pumpkin isn't just for fall - it's a delicious way to provide a boost of beta carotene along with your complex carbs in the morning.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

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