All of us have had a morning (or many mornings) when we were supposed to have been out the door ten minutes ago. Mornings like that have you and your children skipping breakfast for the sake of time. Chances are your tummies will be rumbling by mid-morning if not sooner. But have no fear! The Simple Solutions team has found five healthy breakfasts that you can make ahead and grab on your way out the door.
1. Overnight Oats
This layered breakfast is designed to be made the night before. Simply layer the bottom of a container with ½ cup oatmeal. On top of the oats, add ¼ cup of either peanut butter or yogurt. Then add any fruit, granola, sweetener, or spices—whatever you wish. (For example, you may consider adding sliced apples, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.) Then, pour ½ cup milk over the whole thing. Close the container, shake, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a tasty and filling breakfast!
Looking for a way to add more fruit to your breakfast? Why not make a parfait? In a container with a lid, create alternating layers of yogurt and the fruit(s) of your choice. Consider topping your parfait with granola or a bit of honey. These can even be made ahead on Sunday night and eaten throughout the week.
Breakfast you can make once a week! Hard-boiled eggs are an easy, protein-filled option—one pan and no mess. You can bake eggs in the oven (find the instructions here) or boil them in a pot of water. Once it’s boiling, gently add the desired number of eggs (this is best done by lowering them into the water with a spoon). Boil for 12-14 minutes. Remove immediately from heat and rinse in COLD water or immerse eggs in an ice bath. Refrigerate cooked eggs. You can mash them up with a little mayonnaise and celery to make a great egg salad. Pair with crackers, melba toast, apple slices, or carrot sticks for an on-the-go breakfast.
4. Baked Oatmeal
Looking for something a bit heartier than a muffin? Consider this breakfast classic. Pinterest is full of variations on this dish, but when looking for a recipe, consider finding one that calls for the oatmeal to be baked in a muffin tin. These portion-sized breakfasts will be perfect to grab on your way out the door.
5. Breakfast Sandwiches
Fast-food breakfast sandwiches can be a temptation to us all. The allure of a warm breakfast can be hard to ignore, but it’s possible to make your own breakfast sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and crack eggs into each muffin cup. Bake the eggs until thoroughly cooked. On English muffins, bagels, or biscuits place a cooked egg, slice of cheese, and ham, cooked sausage patty, or cooked bacon if you choose. Then, wrap each sandwich individually and store wrapped sandwiches in a freezer safe bag or container. To eat, remove sandwich from freezer and microwave until warm through.