It’s a *hectic* time of the year, am I right?
No need to fear though. Let’s chat about back-to-school breakfast ideas to make your life just a smidge easier. Hopefully.
Not only are these time savers, but they are also blood sugar friendly to not only help YOU with your goals and feeling good but feed your family well too. Oh, and did I mention they are delicious??
1. Breakfast Burritos
This is a no-recipe recipe. You can totally do whatever you and your fam likes.
Start with your high-fiber tortilla of choice! Scramble up your eggs. I typically think about 2 eggs or so per burrito, so a dozen eggs will make 6-8 burritos, considering other fillings.
Now here is when you can completely customize. You can scramble your eggs with some veggies. Peppers and onions? Mushrooms? Spinach? Whatever you want – you get the idea.
You can also pick another protein to add to your burrito. Think bacon, turkey bacon, or sausage.
Now time to assemble. Add your eggs, veggies, optional meat, and cheese to your tortilla. I like to wrap them in aluminum foil and store in freezer-safe baggies. It can be helpful to label the bag in case your kiddos are the ones searching for them in the mornings.
When ready, simply ditch the foil and microwave for a few minutes and you’ve got a fresh, warm burrito to enjoy or take on the go.
Store burritos in the freezer for up to 6 months!
2. Overnight Oats
Now you’re either an overnight oats lover or an overnight oats hater at this point I think.
If you’re a lover, let me reintroduce to you the power of overnight oats! So easy, portable, and customizable.
My favorite base recipe is this:
- optional addition of 1 tbsp chia seeds, ground flax seeds, or hemp seeds
Now you can add anything else you love. Here are some ideas:
- 1-2 Tbsp nut butter
- 1 scoop protein powder
- ¼ c Greek yogurt
- Cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
- Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, diced apples, etc.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract
Here are some specific flavor combo ideas from Thriving Home! I highly recommend using Pinterest for more ideas.
To keep things PHFF, remember to include some protein, healthy fat, and fiber in your creation.
Proteins: protein powder, collagen, Greek yogurt
Healthy fat: nut butter, nuts, full-fat greek yogurt
Fiber: chia seeds, oats, hemp seeds, flax seeds, berries
The best thing about overnight oats is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make several servings for the week and they are good for 5-7 days in the fridge.
3. Chia Pudding
This isn’t super different from Overnight Oats, but the base is made of mostly chia seeds instead of oats for even more fiber and long-lasting energy.
This is my go-to recipe for 1 serving:
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder
- Dash of cinnamon
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
Mix it up and store in the fridge overnight. I like to warm it up quickly and top with berries and nut butter. You can make multiple jars of this just like overnight oats and customize with different protein powders, fruit, nut butter, etc.
Here are some more chia pudding recipes:
4. Egg Bake
I often hear how difficult it can be to get enough protein for breakfast when time is limited. Having an egg bake ready for the week can change that!
With multiple servings ready to go, simply warm up and add some fruit or whole-grain toast on the side and you’re good to go. You can even use the egg baked as your filling for a breakfast sandwich with an English muffin. If you have 60 seconds to warm this up in the morning, you can have a high-protein breakfast!
Again, this is totally customizable with veggies, cheese, and proteins you like. Check out these recipes to get you started:
Or make these in muffin form!
5. Freezer Pancakes/Waffles
These can be such a kid-friendly idea and it’s perfect for meal prepping! If you make several batches, they freeze great and you can pop them in the toaster or microwave in the morning.
You can simply use a high-protein pancake/waffle mix like Kodiak Cakes.
I will typically take it one step further and make my favorite Protein Pancakes:
- Mix ¼-⅓ cup Kodiak Cake mix with 1 scoop of protein powder of choice, cinnamon, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional), and about ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or until a batter forms.
- Cook in a skillet or waffle maker. This makes 1 serving so double, triple as needed more meal prep!
Here is another simple pancake recipe idea with minimal ingredients: Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes
6. Breakfast Sandwiches
Another no-brainer meal prep idea for busy mornings. Create your own breakfast sandwiches with English muffins of choice, cooked eggs (over easy or scrambled), cheese, and optional meat of choice (bacon, turkey bacon, Canadian bacon, sausage, turkey sausage). Wrap in aluminum foil or parchment paper and store in a freezer-safe bag. Unwrap and microwave in the morning for an on-the-go breakfast!
Here’s a good basic one: Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches by Tastes Better from Scratch
If you like fun kitchen gadgets like me, get yourself one of these fun breakfast sandwich makers!
7. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
My final idea for you is an easy breakfast casserole. Make once and eat several times throughout the week! Crockpots make things even easier because you honestly just dump things in and walk away. We love it.
This would also freeze beautifully in individual Tupperware containers for heating up at any time.
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole by Suburban Simplicity
Almost all of these breakfast ideas are extremely flexible to make them how you and your family would eat it! Don’t be afraid to mix it up and try new things.
Hopefully, this has your wheels turning for some new ways to add a balanced breakfast to your morning no matter how busy things get. A little planning goes a long way and it never has to be complicated.
Happy new school year!
-MM Coach Elle