3 Make-Ahead Morning Meals for Busy Moms & Dads

We've officially hit back-to-school season and that means autumn is just around the corner. The days get shorter, while the mornings start earlier for most families. 

That means less time for breakfast... if you're even eating it all.  But really, your family should be eating breakfast every day. There's lots of research that shows your child’s future success depends on whether or not you feed them in the morning. 

Kids who eat breakfast: 

Tend to weigh less and have healthier food habits

Have a reduced likelihood for chronic obesity

Get better grades and are more likely to graduate than students who skip breakfast

That's a lot of pressure on one meal! The key to making breakfast work is planning ahead. You should always have portable foods at the ready, so even if you’re running late, there’s something available for your little one to grab as they dash out the door. 

Here’s how to get organized so breakfast is never an issue again:

  • Make breakfast the night before. Make-ahead meals are a saving grace when things inevitably get hectic. Take 10 minutes out of your evening to make a dish that can be easily chilled and reheated when you are ready to eat. 
  • Always keep mason jars with lids on hand. They make great to-go containers for yogurt parfaits, smoothies, oatmeal, granola, eggs and trail mix. 
  • Make a big batches of freezable goodies on your day off. Muffins, oatmeal cups, and breakfast bars hold up really well when frozen and can be produced in large numbers. You can make a few weeks’ worth of breakfast in one short hour. 

Try one of these convenient grab-and-go breakfasts I created in the RC Test Kitchen:

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No-Bake Cherry & Chocolate Energy Bites - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

No one can resist these sweet and chewy breakfast bites filled with chocolate chips and dried cherries. Made with oats, ground flaxseed, and peanut butter, these tasty treats are packed with protein and fiber. With a prep time under 5 minutes, this on-the-go breakfast couldn't be easier.

 

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Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

These baked oatmeal cups are practically fool proof and stick to your ribs. It’s a high-fiber first meal featuring old fashioned oats, ground flaxseed, maple syrup, and a little nutmeg.

An added bonus: they sneak in some extra nutrition thanks to the stealthy addition of mashed bananas and shredded zucchini. The kids will have no clue they are eating fruits and veggies as they chow down on these delicious goodies.

 

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Crustless Quiche in a Cup - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

 Bake these the night before and reheat in the microwave for a gourmet, grab-and-go breakfast that features sun-dried tomatoes, bell peppers, and feta cheese.

Article and photos by: Amanda Patton