Every morning at our house is about the same. Kids up and out of bed. Get them dressed, teeth brushed, backpacks together. Oh right, and I need to get ready for work too. Breakfast is almost an afterthought – which means it’s going to be cereal for an easy breakfast again! Ok, we do love our cereal. But the same thing everyday gets old after a while. And I’m starving like an hour later.
And cereal really doesn’t seem good enough for the weekends. Really, who wouldn’t rather be eating than cooking on a lazy weekend or relaxing summer morning?
To survive the morning rush and get out of the cold cereal rut, we have come up with our favorite breakfasts for every day of the week. And these are easy breakfasts. Not only quick and easy – they are all healthy and versatile too. Each one of these ideas can be customized for every taste or even to use up what you already have in the fridge or pantry. (My very favorite kind of recipe)
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Oatmeal is always a good option, but watching for water to boil and timing the oats while they cook is a little too much work. Yep, I can be a little lazy when it comes to cooking (and very easily distracted)!
I found out you can skip the ‘cooking’ part and just add the boiling water right to a mason jar of oats – who knew? We prep the dry ingredients the night before and add boiling water to jars in the morning. Sweet!
In the summer, when it’s too hot for oatmeal, we use cold milk instead of hot water.
If you’ve never tried this take on oatmeal, I highly recommend it. Sooo good! These are perfect for warm summer mornings.
Sprinkle 1/2 cups of rolled oats with chia seeds, cinnamon, nuts, and fruit. Add a cup of boiling water or cold milk in the morning. Fresh, frozen, and dried fruit all work perfectly, so you can use what you have. Let sit about 20 minutes before serving.
Since rolled oats will stand up to the milk over night, you can mix everything up the night before for a grab-n-go breakfast in the morning.
This is also a favorite camping breakfast. Prep the mason jars of oats at home and add milk or water at the campsite. Not only is this a really easy breakfast when camping, it also fuels you up for your day!
Hard Cooked Eggs and Energy Bites
The eggs and nut butter in this grab-and-go breakfast packs in the protein. If I don’t have protein in my breakfast, I usually find myself looking for that second breakfast. With everything made in advance, there is little to no prep in the morning. We peel the eggs ahead of time and store in sealed container in the fridge.
There are so many healthy and delicious recipes for energy bites all over Pinterest. Our favorite is actually a recipe we found from PBS Kids!
Make a double batch of energy bites and store one in the freezer and you be ready with more once the first batch runs out.
Yogurt parfaits can be started the night before and the last few ingredients added in the morning. Layer plain Greek yogurt with seasonal fruit, chia seeds (aka “yogurt sprinkles” – with kids, the name can make all the difference), nuts, and a drizzle of honey. Store in a sealed mason jar in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top with granola and breakfast is ready.
Try this version from Iowa Girl Eats that uses oatmeal to boost the fiber content so it is a little more filling.
My favorite version of this sandwich is made using English muffins because they can stand up to all of fillings I like to pile on. Thin-sliced bagels, hearty bread, and even tortillas to make it a wrap work well too! Layer scrambled eggs, ham or bacon, cheese, and veggies onto a toasted English muffin. Spinach, tomato, avocado, sweet red pepper, and mushrooms pack in the nutrients and are easy additions to breakfast sandwiches. Hit the fridge for your leftover vegetables and cheeses and pile them on!
These sandwiches are so packed with flavor, you can skip the ham or bacon to reduce the sodium.
To really speed up the prep, we use this breakfast sandwich maker from Hamilton Beach. Just layer up your ingredients, let cook for 5 minutes and your sandwich is ready!
This banana wrap is an absolute favorite in our house! It is insanely easy to put together – so easy that the kids can make this on their own. And we usually already have the everything to make it.
Spread nut butter on a tortilla and wrap around a banana. Serve wrapped like a burrito or slice and serve as breakfast “sushi”! We use peanut or almond butter, but any nut butter will work.
This is also perfect as an after-school snack!
With a little prep ahead of time, these easy breakfast ideas will get breakfast done fast and your mornings a little less chaotic.
With these breakfasts, our mornings go a little more smoothly – but we’re always looking to make them even better. Tell me about your tips and tricks to make it through busy mornings in the comments!