Quick & Healthy back-to-school Breakfasts

By Lisa Curzon

In our house, mornings were greeted with grumbles and groans – and not just from the children. My parents passed on their night owl tendencies to their kiddos, so we all struggled to welcome the morning with exuberance. I even remember figuring out what was the quickest way for us to make breakfast so I could sleep in, wake up at the last minute and then eat breakfast in the car to make it to school on time. I must admit that this practice stayed with me until my college and working days. My roommates were always amazed at my ability to show up to work with clean attire after eating a full course breakfast in traffic.

As we all jump back into the busy school morning routine, I thought I would share a few of my favorite quick and healthy breakfast options. These are easily adjustable for extra variety, and will keep your morning schedule intact, too!

PB & Go Bites

Excellent grab-n-go bites that provide a perfect amount of carbs and protein to keep those minds sharp until lunch time. Pair with a fruit or a smoothie and you’ve got an excellent start to the day! For a twist, pour milk over the bites as a fun way to spice up your oatmeal routine.
1 Cup oats
½ Cup (heaping) peanut butter
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp flax meal
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2/3 Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 Cup honey
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and then form into small, round balls. Place balls on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to harden. After hardened, place in an air tight container and keep refrigerated.
Makes about 14–16 1-inch balls.
To mix things up, toss in some dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, brown rice cereal, chocolate chips or ground ginger!

Bee’s Grilled Cheese

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Who says you can’t have lunch for breakfast?! Grilled cheese is a simple, quick meal that you can add all sorts of healthy bits to and make it all the more delicious.
Two slices of multi-grain bread
Your favorite cheese, sliced
Butter or ghee
Half an avocado, mashed
Honey
Place cheese inside bread, and butter both outer sides of bread. Warm both sides in hot sauté’ pan until cheese is melted. Smear mashed avocado on top and drizzle with honey.
Not a honey lover? Mash up the avocado with one half of a ripe banana to get that yummy sweet boost!

Stir Fry Egg Bake

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An easy way to enjoy a variety of veggies – and the fact that they can be made ahead of time makes these the perfect quick and healthy breakfast.
5 large eggs
1 Cup milk (almond or coconut milk works too!)
1 tsp lemon pepper
½ Cup frozen stir fry veggie mix (broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, red peppers, and green beans – or whatever veggies your family loves!)
½ Cup shredded cheese
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Place in a greased pie pan or 12 lined muffin tins. Bake at 400 F for 20-25 minutes. Refrigerate and serve throughout the week.

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