5 Fast Clean Eating Breakfasts for Busy Weekday Mornings
I am not great at getting up early.
I’m more of a ‘hit the snooze button a couple of times’ morning person. I try. I really do, but once I get the kids into bed at night, it’s too tempting to enjoy the peace by staying up a little later than I should. This little indulgence hits me hard in the morning.
But, on the up side. My lazy morning nature means I have busy weekday mornings organised to a fine tuned art. My routine is broken down to the minute. It drives my husband crazy because there is no room for error. This routine includes pulling together some fast, healthy breakfast options for my family.
Eating a healthy, nutrient rich breakfast will improve your performance, increase your energy levels and keep you and your kids from over-eating or reaching for unhealthy mid morning snacks. It’s a habit that our kids should learn early to maintain a healthy lifestyle later on.
Pre Cleaning Eating, I would have a stash of cereals lined up in the cupboard. Breakfasts were sugar coated and the only thing I worried about was whether the milk was sour. We went through quite a few trial and error weeks trying to find fast and easy breakfasts that everyone in the house wanted to eat. The kids were still missing chocolate coated crispy cereals, so I had some tough critics. And I didn’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen preparing breakfast either so we got off to bit of a rocky start.
These days Breakfast in our home has had a makeover. Once you put together a Master list of some of your family’s favourite breakfast options, Clean Eating is a breeze.
So, to save you a little time and loads of wasted food, here are our top 5 Clean Eating Breakfasts that we like to eat during the week.
1. One Pot Creamy Oats
Perfect for cold mornings. In a large Pot, simply mix 1 cup of oats with 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of almond milk 9or other milk). Bring to the boil on the stove top then remove from the heat. You can add more milk or water if you like it a little thinner consistency. Serve with butter, cinnamon and a swirl of maple syrup. This makes enough for all 4 of my children.
2. Breakfast Smoothies
These are a fast and easy way to get your kids to eat a load of good stuff without a fuss. They are delicious and creamy and very fulling.
3. Creamy oat and vanilla Chai Seed Pots
I’ve got a little obsession with these at the moment. They are delicious, but do need to be prepared the night before. It takes all of 30 seconds to prepare them. I know for my blog I have individual pots prepared, but in Real life, its not that pretty. I make up one large jar and everyone just spoons a helping out of it.
This is my substitute for cereal. I keep a basic granola mixture in my pantry which we eat instead of cereal. Its always ready to go and packed with oats, seeds and nuts.
5. Breakfast Bars
These little guys combine the wholesomeness of granola with the convenience of a bar. It also means it can be eaten on the run, in the car (or on the bus) if mornings don’t go to plan.
And Some More.
Over the past few years, I have added to this breakfast list quite a bit. Here are 4 more breakfast options that are too good not too share.
We have a little family of backyard chickens, so our 6 feathered ladies provide us with an abundance of eggs on a daily basis. Boiled, Scrambled or whipped into an omelette, Eggs play a big part at breakfast time.
I wasn’t sure whether to include these in my list as technically they aren’t fast because they need to be made ahead. However, once you master the basic breakfast muffin, it’s worth having a batch of them in your freezer at all times.
Wholemeal Toast with Peanut Butte
There are a lot of healthy breads on the markett. I look for clean ingredients, with plenty of wholegrains and seeds. If your family is used to eating white bread then this will be a bit of a shock to them. Start by serving it toasted. It’s surprising how quickly they adjust to the change.
Curries and Casseroles make excellent leftovers for morning meals. If I make a dinner that I know the family will love the next morning, I always make sure to make a little extra. We normally serve leftovers on toast in the mornings. For some reason it just seems more ‘breakfasty’.