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Busy moms rejoice! Check out these 4 make-ahead healthy breakfast ideas that your kids will love.
Hey all! Life just keeps getting crazier and crazier up in here as we’re heading into the last month of this pregnancy. Lots to do and get ready and not enough time or energy to do it all! (Seriously, someone please just come get me off the couch.)
In my effort to eat better this new year, I’ve put together a list of my 4 favorite quick and healthy breakfast ideas; they also happen to be approved by kids! These are easy to make ahead of time and inhale in a flash or while running out the door.
NOTE: These are all dairy-free which means they’re perfect for any of you who struggle with an allergy or intolerance or who are trying to eat a more plant-based diet. Liam’s still avoiding lactose due to his chronic stomach pain so these work perfectly for us!
Silk Almondmilk is one of my favorite substitutes for dairy milk since it has no cholesterol or saturated fat and the kids love it. I was also excited to see Silk’s non-dairy creamers – the perfect plant-based alternative for your coffee or my personal fave: hot cocoa! You can find all of Silk’s non-dairy products at Walmart in the refrigerated dairy cases. Look for the new packaging coming out this month!
- Homemade granola
This is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts! I make this granola (or a similar version) every other week and store it in an airtight container. My favorite way to eat it is like cereal with Silk Almondmilk and sliced bananas or strawberries on top.
- Overnight Oats
This is one of my healthy eating secret weapons! I love oatmeal but don’t always have the time or inclination to make a whole pot of it. Instead, I mix the following in a glass or bowl the night before and then store it in the fridge:
1/3 c rolled oats
1/3-1/2 Silk non-dairy yogurt
1 Tbs chia seeds
1/2 banana (mashed or sliced)
sprinkling of cinnamon
pinch of saltIn the morning I give it another stir and then add any other toppings like nuts, nut butters, fruit and a bit of pure maple syrup or honey. (This recipe feeds one hungry mom but can easily be multiplied to feed the whole family.)
- Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash
While this breakfast takes a little longer to make, I love making a huge pan of it for dinner or on a Saturday morning and then storing the leftovers for whenever I need something a little heartier during the week. It’s been a breakfast obsession of mine this pregnancy!4-5 large sweet potatoes
1 lb good quality chorizo (or other sausage)
4-6 eggs (depending on how many people you’re serving)
Chop sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces (you can peel them ahead of time but it’s not necessary) and spread them over a cookie sheet. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and a couple tablespoons of liquid coconut oil and roast at 400 degrees until soft (about 20-25 min). Meanwhile, fry chorizo on the stove, stirring and scraping the pan until cooked through and caramelized. Add sweet potatoes to chorizo and stir to combine. Crack eggs over the hash and cook until whites are firm. You can also season with rosemary and other spices.
- Protein Smoothie
Green smoothies are THE best on-the-go breakfast or snack. We often make them ahead of time or store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days; I store them in quart-sized mason jars and screw on these plastic lids. Shake well before drinking and it’s just as good as the first day! Below is the recipe for one of my favorites…
Blend the following in a blender for 1 minute:
3-4 c Coconut water, Silk non-dairy milk or plain filtered water
2-3 c spinach, kale or other leafy green
1 c raw almonds (even better if they’ve been soaked overnight)Then add:
1 c strawberries
1 ripe banana
1/2 c mango
1/2 c pineapple
Blend again for about 90 seconds, until smooth. This makes a TON of smoothie and completely fills my big blender, so you might have to scale down if you have a smaller one 🙂 We often add flaxseed, chia seeds or hemp seeds on top for added nutrition. YUM! Let me know if you try any of these or if you have go-to healthy breakfast faves at your house that I need to know about!