What are some healthy and quick breakfasts?
I have 45 minutes between when my kids get up and they have to be dressed and in the car on the way to school. Here are 4 quick, low sugar breakfast recipes I can have ready by the time they get dressed (about 15 minutes).
Stove-cooked, steel cut oatmeal.
This particular oatmeal (bought at a super market) itself has no sugar so you can adjust how much you want to put in on your own. Our kids don’t react well to a ton of sugar in the morning, so this is pretty important for us.
- The ingredients are simple: 3 cups of water, 1.5 cups of oatmeal, and a quarter teaspoon salt.
- Boil the water, dump in the oatmeal and salt, and stir like once every few minutes (I like to let the kids do this, or I’ll take this time to finish off dishes, etc. This is the easiest breakfast we make.)
- For serving, I like to give them a half teaspoon of brown sugar (about 2grams of sugar) and some honey. Served with some milk, this is a lot of protein, steel cut oats, and less than half the sugar of a bowl of Cheerios.
Eggs in a Basket
If you think eggs are a superfood and want your kids to eat more of them, this is a fun meal for them to have. There is no sugar other than whatever is in the kind of sandwich bread you use.
- Start with one egg for each piece of bread you use. My kids (6 and 3) can eat a couple of these each on a good day.
- Cut a hole in the bread. The way I do it is just press a cup into the bread to stencil out a hole in the center.
- Tricky part: on low-medium heat, you drop the bread on your skillet, then *** an egg and drop it into the hole. The bread will keep it from escaping! Cook for about two minutes per side. When you’re done with the slices, you can quickly cook all the middle pieces at once.
- That’s it! After both sides are cooked, slide them on a plate with one of the middle pieces and serve hot.
Scrambled eggs and banana pancakes
This is the most traditional and best known thing I make. Made correctly, it can also be served really quickly and includes very little sugar.
- Start with a bunch of eggs (and if you’re old school) a little milk. Beat them furiously. Do the same to some pancake mix. I just use off the shelf batter mix and add water, and one whole banana per serving (2 cups of water/1 cup of batter).
- I cook both on low, pancakes til they bubble, eggs til they’re firm.
- My kids need to eat their eggs first before they get pancakes, which works out because your eggs should be done a few minutes before you’re rolling out your full pancake spread.
The best thing about this is that its mobile. When my daughter was getting up at 6am for swim practice we were making these and taking them in the car. Still awesome!
- You need a tortilla, an egg, and some cheese if you’re like me and see this as a sneaky way to get the kids onboard with trying an omelet, for each one you’re going to make. For my two kids and wife, I start with four eggsadillas. They take about 3 minutes each but are worth it.
- After you’ve gotten your scrambled egg in the pan, let it cook on low for about 30 seconds, then drop a tortilla on top of it. Lightly press all corners of the tortilla to make sure it’s on the egg. Let this cook for about a minute and a half.
- Here’s the tricky part: you have to flip the egg and tortilla out of the pan and into a plate so you can put any other topping on it (in my case, cheese) and fold it over like a taco.
- Once folded, put the whole thing back in the pan for about 20 seconds a side.
- Once it’s out, you can cut it up into pieces to make it easier for the kids to eat. There’s no sugar, some healthy fats in the egg and tortilla, and a bunch of good protein.
What I like about all of these is that they only take one or two small mixing bowls, no more than two non-stick pans, and nothing else. Cleaning up after takes about 3 minutes and is typically done during food prep. My wife likes it because the kids are eating well, they like it because all of these taste great, and I like it because they’re simple, easy and don’t take more than 15 minutes to get done from start to dishes in the sink.