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20+ Easy Balanced Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings



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Breakfast, the most important meal of the day… and often the most difficult. We want our kids (and ourselves) to have a balanced breakfast before school, work, whatever we’re doing that day… but mornings can be rushed and often it’s easier to just pour a bowl of cereal and be on your way. 

Before you click away- I know cereal is delicious and easy, and there’s nothing wrong with it for a quick breakfast option. But often we want a little more when it comes to a balance of nutrients to keep ourselves and our kiddos full and fueled for the school or work day– and there are other easy options!

Like with school lunches, we have a formula we follow for balanced breakfasts- and a system to make it happen. 

Our Easy Balanced Breakfast System:

The formula is simple- there needs to be a protein and it needs a fruit or veggie in it. Simple as that! Protein, especially a combo of protein and fat- is what keeps us full for more than an hour or two, so we make sure to get a little in, no matter what combo we choose.

Our system:
Choose two + a backup

Like lunches, we allow each kiddo to choose one option for the week and in the morning, the kids choose from one of those options or our backup option.

Our backup is always a smoothie, we always have the ingredients on hand so the kids know they can always have a smoothie (we use the Healthy Heights kids protein, linked in my Kids shop on Amazon).

This system means there is no (or very little) fighting or complaining in the morning- they know their choices and typically one option is already made ahead, so breakfasts come together in no time.

20+ Ideas for Easy Balanced Family Breakfasts:

1) Make-ahead freezer waffles with greek yogurt or protein blender waffles

2) Yogurt + fruit or fruit sauce and/or granola

3) Protein pancakes 

4) The classic- Eggs and Toast

5) Family and community favorite- egg cups! Meal Prep Egg Cups (3 ways)

6) Homemade muffin with chicken sausage or yogurt on the side 

Healthy muffin recipes:
Cassava Flour Muffins 3 Ways
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Cranberry Orange Muffins

7) Chicken sausage + toast or fruit

8) Kefir (we love the Probug brand) and toast 

9) Homemade or instant oatmeal 

10) Baked oatmeal cups

Baked Oatmeal Cup Recipes:
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal Cups
Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Cups

11) Smoothies- these can be easily made ahead by making smoothie bags (here’s my balanced smoothie formula– there’s also 7 ideas in my Budget Breakfasts E-book)

12) Avocado toast + egg on the side 

13) Hard cooked eggs + fruit 

14) French toast casserole (Recipe in my Budget Breakfasts e-book) OR French Toast Sticks

15) Chia pudding  

16) Overnight oats (Recipe in my Budget Breakfasts e-book)

17) Homemade energy bar
Lemon Blueberry Snack Bars
Cookie Dough Energy Bars

18) Banana sushi (A wrap spread with peanut or almond butter, a drizzle of honey and a banana- rolled and sliced

19) Copycat Starbucks Spinach, Feta & Egg Wraps

20) Rice cake with peanut butter + banana 

21) Egg Bake (Recipe in my Budget Breakfasts E-book

22) Breakfast Quesadillas

What are your favorite make-ahead or easy balanced family breakfasts? I’d love for you to share with me over on Instagram!

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