Despite best laid plans, the School Morning Scramble can happen to anyone. Oversleeping, lost homework, outfit dilemmas, and early morning grogginess can contribute to chaos and disorganization. Getting students out the door and to school on time can feel like a miracle some days.
Nutritionists warn against skipping breakfast, noting that failure to fuel in the A.M. can lead to fatigue, irritability, lack of focus and more later in the day. Yet parents with a lot on their plate may find it challenging to create a decedent, Pinterest-worthy breakfast each morning. And sometimes, cereal just doesn’t cut it.
When you or your children need an easy, nutritious meal on the go, here are five breakfasts that can be prepared the night before or thrown together quickly on school mornings.
- Overnight oats. Overnight oatmeal or chia seed pudding is filling, nutritious and easy to make in mason jars or grab-and-go containers. To prepare the night before a school morning, pour equal parts oats (or seeds) and milk into a container and add your favorite toppings—such as fruit, nuts, brown sugar, or nut butter. By morning you’ll have a delicious breakfast ready to go.
- Quiche muffins. These crustless mini quiche provide all the nutrition of an egg scramble without the mess. They can also be made in large batches and stored in the fridge for an easy breakfast or snack option. To make, grease a muffin tin and add beaten eggs, a splash of milk and your favorite cheeses and vegetables. Bake at 400 degrees for about 17 minutes or until the muffin tops are golden brown.
- Fruit and nut butter. This breakfast combo couldn’t be any faster or easier. Grab a packet of nut butter as well as an apple, banana or pre-made fruit bowl and you’ve got a morning meal packed with vitamins, protein and healthy fats.
- Yogurt cups. Low-sugar, high fat yogurt is healthy, filling and versatile. Prep various toppings—such as granola, nuts, and fruit—ahead of time so they can be quickly added to a yogurt cup for a fast meal on a busy morning.
- Avocado. Yes, that’s right. Avocados aren’t just a taco add-on. They have more potassium than bananas and also contain a high amount of fiber and healthy fat, which means they provide consistent energy throughout the morning, as opposed to high-carb breakfast options that lead to sugar crashes later in the day. Sprinkle an avocado with salt, pepper, salsa and some cheese or nutritional yeast to give it extra flavor and scoop it right out of the shell.