10 Fun, Out-of-the-Box Breakfast Ideas
BY JEN KOSSOWAN, MAMA.PAPA.BUBBA
Feb 13, 2018
Oh, breakfast. Now I’m actually one of those parents who quite enjoys cooking up nutritious meals for my kiddos, but when it comes to breakfast, I find it easy to get stuck in a big ol’ boring rut. Is it the fact that I’m only part human in the mornings? Or the fact that most mornings are rushed as it is?
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Either way, my goal is to ditch the boring breakfasts and switch things up a little! Here are 10 fun, nutritious breakfast ideas beyond the usual cereal and toast. The best part is that most of them are make-ahead meals and the remaining two should take no more than five or 10 minutes to whip up.
Here they are:
Whole milk yogurt, bananas and nut butter in frozen treat form! Make a big batch, pop them into an airtight container and store in the freezer. In the morning, all you have to do is pop them onto a plate, let them soften up for just a few minutes and then serve!
An easy homemade fruit sauce bursting with the nutrition of fresh spinach and chia seeds? Yes, please. Make a double batch of this green goodness over the weekend and store it in the fridge for easy breakfasts and snacks.
When your cookies are chock full of oats, fruits, veggies, and seeds, they’re totally breakfast appropriate. Make a batch, store them in the refrigerator, and warm them up just a touch before serving.
Popsicles for breakfast?! Cue the delight and disbelief. Made with plain Greek yogurt, berries, bananas, granola and a touch of honey — these are basically a yogurt parfait in frozen form.
While a weekday morning may not allow time for cooking eggs, bacon and potatoes, these little egg cups can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Just reheat in the morning and breakfast is served!
A make-ahead favourite in our house! Make a big batch, divide it into small mason jars and simply pass one to each of your kids come morning. Chia pudding is incredibly nutritious, but this one makes you feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.
A banana split for breakfast?! Yup. This version is made with Greek yogurt, fresh bananas and berries, a nut butter protein boost and coconut sprinkles and is absolutely delish! And while it does have to be made the morning of, it’s takes no time at all to put together.
You know which mornings I love best? Mornings when I have a fresh batch of muffins made that I can plop on plates, add some chopped fruit and have two munchkins happily gobbling up their breakfast. This particular recipe calls for whole wheat flour, no added sugar and is fail-proof, which I love.
Salad for breakfast might seem strange, but when it’s filled with apples, grapes, bananas and a sweet peanut butter dressing, all is right in the world. I’d recommend making this the morning of and not before, but thankfully it’s a cinch to whip up.
Ahhh, the strangest one for last — milk and cereal popsicles! These are loaded with strawberries, bananas and o-shaped cereal all in subtlety sweetened milk and are weirdly delicious — I promise.