Like most households, mornings are busy for us. We are rushing to get the kids fed and ready for their designated locations for the day—school, daycare, playdate, etc. Mornings that are filled with debates over who is wearing what and asking far too many times for everyone to get shoes on. 90% of the time the kiddos get fed and I am halfway to wherever we are going when I realize I am famished and boarder lining the hangery territory.
Over the past couple months I have come up with a few go-to breakfast ideas just for mama. It has really helped me start my day with a healthy meal. It has forced me to slow down a little in the morning and take 5 or 10 minutes to do something just for me.
Let me preface this by saying we have been on the avocado toast bandwagon for years, before it was cool. I usually go for a sprouted wheat toast or a simple ingredient sourdough from the Uptown Famers market. Half a mashed avocado and topped with salt and pepper, the Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes (a household favorite!). If I am feeling crazy I sprinkle on chia or hep seeds or fried egg. This can also be seen around our house for a lunch or dinner meal.
Sprouted Egg White Oatmeal
Quick Cooking sprouted oats have been a game changer for me! Oatmeal usually upsets my stomach and gives me heartburn. Sprouted Oats are so much easier for me to digest and keep me super full for those busy mornings. I usually cook one serving at a time and add 100 grams of liquid egg whites once the oats are almost fully cooked. Now I know this sounds weird, but not only does it get you a little extra lean protein, but it gives the oats a yummy, fluffy constancy. I top mine with whatever berries (frozen works too!), a drizzle of maple syrup (the real stuff) and cinnamon. It’s delicious, healthy, and pretty enough to be social media worthy, if that’s your thing. (#nphxmoms)
With the hot summer months, hot oatmeal isn’t always on my radar. Overnight oats have grown on me quickly. I especially like that I can make these the night before (or even a few for the week) and it becomes a very easy grab and go option. My favorite includes mixing my sprouted oats, plain Greek yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds (they help it thicken up), maple syrup, cinnamon and whatever fruit I have on hand. Packaged up in a cute little mason jar, just to make me feel fancy.
Meal Prepped Omelette
I have gotten really into Omelettes as of late (we go through A LOT of eggs in our house). I have been really enjoying making omelette kits for the week. This can literally be anything you like. My favorite combos have been: peppers, onions and baby kale or spinach, or mushrooms, peppers and feta and/or broccoli, kale and cheddar. I cut everything up Sunday night so I can just use it as I need it. I have also really liked having bulk chicken sausage cooked and ready in the fridge so I can just throw it all together in the morning. I like topping with a little salsa, or plain Greek yogurt to make it a little special. This can also all be done with tofu and meat substitute for all our vegetarian/vegan/non-egg eater friends.
I don’t always feel like eating in the morning, and while I am not a big propionate of skipping breakfast, sometimes I opt for my version of a protein coffee drink. I like mixing hot coffee, or sometimes cold brew, with collagen peptides—adds 10 grams of protein without any taste- a little sweetener and milk (usually oat or almond milk for us). If I am feeling like I need a little most sustenance I also add some healthy fats like MCT or coconut oil. This can really be catered to whatever your taste is. Side note: Amazon has some really great organic barista style sweeteners in a lot of different flavors, just to make things a little more special.
With the new school year upon us, hopefully this helps gives you some inspiration to make your mornings a little easier. What are some of your favorite go to breakfast meals?