Easy Back to School Breakfast Ideas

By | August 9, 2011

Breakfast at our house can be a challenge, for a variety of reasons:

  • The kids wake up starving.
  • They could eat a country farmer meal in one sitting.
  • I don’t wake up until I’ve had two cups of coffee or it’s 10 a.m. or whichever comes first.

It’s important, then, I have some plans in place to make the breakfast routine go smoothly. One of the most important strategies for a smooth morning is to think about what I’ll be making for breakfast and the types of pans I’ll need. Key to efficiency is having the saucepans, skillets, or cookie sheets clean and utensils handy. I also want the kids to have full tummies with lots of protein, so they’ll be ready to learn.

Some of our go-to breakfast staples:

  • My Fruit Smoothie All of my kids love this. It’s filling and packed with awesome nutrients. I also make it as an after-school snack, which tides them over until dinnertime.

Smoothie Recipe (amounts are approximate)

  • 1/2 cup Good Belly probiotic juice
    (we like mango flavor) (or your favorite fruit/veggie juice)
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Kefir (or your favorite flavor)
  • large handful each of frozen blueberries, frozen whole strawberries, and frozen sliced peaches
  • 1 large scoop of Melaleuca’s FiberWise powder (citrus flavored)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored organic yogurt

Blend until desired consistency. Add more juice or Kefir to make it thinner; add more fruit to make it thicker. Makes about 6 cups.

I have also been known to throw in a grated carrot or sliced cucumber (and the taste was not affected at all). I’m going to try fresh spinach and beets next. I’ll let you know.

  • Egg Sandwich This one is easy: buttered whole wheat toast with a scrambled egg inside. Other variations include biscuits, bagels, or English muffins with sliced hard-boiled egg.
  • Grits Scramble I have one child who loves grits. She also likes a scrambled egg mixed in.
  • Sausage or Bacon & Biscuits I can buy a super-large bag of frozen (cooked) sausage patties at Aldi. They heat in minutes.
  • Fruit, yogurt, and cereal I always have fresh fruit (melon, banana, grapes, apples) on hand. My kids don’t typically like their cold cereal with milk on top. But they will eat it dry with a cup of yogurt.
  • Peanut butter sandwich Peanut butter is great to have on hand for a quick sandwich. Full of protein.
  • Frozen waffles or pancakes The boys like to eat these with a little Nutella. It’s better than straight chocolate, since it’s got some protein.

What’s your morning routine like?
What are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?
Share in the comments below.


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Mary Bernard is a Nashville-based writer and mother of three. She's worked in a variety of corporate and creative environments, but none is more comfortable than the dining room table in her own home. Mary loves to help moms discover God's unique call to look in their own houses for their priorities, passions, and provision.

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