Get everyone up, dressed and out the door—all before 8 a.m. Wait, you have to feed the family, too? Sure you can plunk down a bowl of cereal or give them a muffin from a box. But you can easily whip up some options that are nutritious and speedy, to boot. Studies show that kids who eat a healthy, balanced breakfast do better in school.
And we promise you don't have to wake up any earlier. Follow these quick and easy breakfast ideas to start the day off right.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bar
Easy to make, these bars pack a healthy punch. The recipe's protein will fill up and the kids. And the fiber and carbs will offer energy. Consider doubling this recipe so you have more on hand.
For the ultimate grab-and-go fare, put two of these gluten-free and low-carb muffins into a small plastic bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator. When you need breakfast fast, grab the bag from the fridge, nuke it and run out the door.
Megan's Morning Glory Oatmeal
This recipe will be hearty enough to hold you or the kids over until lunch and sweet enough to taste like a treat. Make a big batch and stash it in the fridge. Heat it in the microwave or on the stove with milk. Swirl in yogurt for a dash of creaminess and protein.
Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast
The blogger says this dish takes her about seven minutes to make each morning from start to finish. Who knew poaching eggs could be so simple? Tip: To reduce the fat content, use less avocado or cheese.
Customize your parfait to your liking. The combinations are endless with this quick and simple meal. Add dried fruit, nut butter, chopped nuts, toasted seeds or other favorite add-ins. For a protein punch, add a spoonful or two of protein powder.
Instant Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
Skip the drive-through! This version tastes better and is healthier than one you'd find elsewhere. Plus, since you use the microwave to cook your eggs, it takes only a few minutes to assemble.
Prep time 5 minutes. Cook time 5 minutes. Ready in 10 minutes. Cholesterol-free. What's not to like about this healthy and nutritious breakfast?
You may not have heard of broiled grapefruit. The blogger admits she thought it was too weird to try at first. But now she vouches for it, saying it really does taste good.
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothies
This smoothie's oatmeal makes the drink filling enough that you'll be satisfied until lunchtime. Plus, it's surprisingly thick so you'll feel like you're drinking a shake, minus some sweetness.