Your kids are back to school after winter break—and they’re likely still protesting the early-morning wakeups and return of homework duties. Starting the day with these fast breakfast ideas will help the kids AND you.
Save time with these three plan-ahead breakfast ideas that make even the sleepiest, darkest mornings a breeze before school and work.
Breakfast Ideas: #1. Mini Quiches
Mini quiches have never been easier—muffin pans make single-serving portions a breeze.
Combine five eggs with a splash of milk and add salt and pepper to taste, while the oven preheats to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Then, distribute a package of frozen spinach (thawed and with excess liquid squeezed out) evenly among each cup. Pour the egg mixture on top, and sprinkle each cup with cheese. Cook for 20 to 23 minutes, or until the eggs are set. These can be eaten immediately, refrigerated for a few days or individually wrapped in the freezer for up to one month.
Breakfast Ideas: #2. Apple and Granola Muffins
Freeze muffins ahead of time. Make a batch of these muffins that use granola for a nutritious twist. Reserve a few to eat, and freeze the rest. Then breakfast is as easy as microwaving a muffin for 30 seconds to defrost and warm before you’re out the door.
Combine ½ cup milk and ⅓ cup applesauce in a bowl. Stir in ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup granola or quick-cooking oats, ¼ cup sugar, ½ tablespoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Mix only until moistened. Finally, gently stir in 1 tart apple, cored and chopped into small pieces. Spoon into a muffin pan, and top with more granola, raisins or chopped walnuts. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Breakfast Ideas: #3. Banana Smoothie and Granola
If you have a few minutes in the morning, whip up this peanut butter banana smoothie. And top with granola for a protein-packed start to your day! Frozen bananas make a smooth consistency without using ice.
In a blender, combine two frozen bananas, broken into chunks, with ¾ cup of your favorite plain or vanilla yogurt. Add two heaping scoops of peanut butter, milk or water to help blend to your desired smoothness. Then add a hint of honey for taste. Combine and pour into two glasses or bowls. Top with granola and coconut flakes.