Gone are the lazy days of summer and leisurely breakfasts. With the kids heading back to school, most families find themselves scarfing down a few bites of a hurried morning meal before rushing out the door. But just because the new school year might mean less time in the morning, it doesn’t mean you can’t make sure those few quick bites are nutritious and delicious! Here are a few of our favorite ideas for back to school breakfasts.
Monster Green Smoothie
This recipe is so simple; it may become your go-to for mornings on the run. And not only is this smoothie quick and yummy, but it will start everyone’s day with a big boost of healthy fruits and veggies!
Combine in blender or food processor:
- 2 cups liquid of choice (orange juice, milk, yogurt, etc.)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1-2 frozen bananas
Pour mixture into to-go cups for those days when you are running late and enjoy on the ride to school and work.
Nutella & Banana Sushi
Moms and dads can quickly wrap up this breakfast while simultaneously helping with forgotten homework and brushing teeth. Simply spread chocolate Nutella in a thin layer across whole wheat wrap. Place entire (peeled) banana in center of wrap and roll wrap around banana. Slice “roll” to make individual “sushi” bites. You’ll love this breakfast as it is easy to pop in a baggy and take in the car on the way to school for those days you are running late!
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
This recipe is another quick and easy breakfast that you can either make ahead or pop in the oven for a quick treat. And of course the kids will love the idea of eating “cookies” for breakfast!
- ¾ cup plain quick cooking oats OR 2 packets low-sugar strawberries in cream oatmeal
- 2 very ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (if using plain oats)
- 2 tsp Stevia®, or your favorite sweetener (if using plain oats)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix oats and mashed bananas. If using plain oats add in cinnamon and sweetener. Using a spoon, spoon small amounts of oatmeal mixture onto cookie sheet to form bite size cookies. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes until cookies are golden brown. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container.
And of course, for those weekend days when you have time to go out for breakfast in Denver, be sure to stop in and say hi to your friends at The Original Pancake House! We’ll be happy to do all the breakfast work for you so that you can enjoy a well-deserved morning off!