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September is here and the hustle and bustle of returning to routines and rushing out the door for the school run is back.
We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when life gets busy and trying to round the herd out to get to school on time dressed, washed, groomed, with packed lunch, pe kits, book bags and not to mention Charlie’s trumpet and Isla’s ballet bag is exhausting! Many of us end up grabbing toast or a bowl of soggy cereal much to our children’s distain. Level up your breakfasts and give your kids the best start the day, and the mental edge at school!
Here’s our 5 top Breakfast Ideas you can make in advance:
1. Baked Oats
Always a hit, tastes like cake and can hide a multitude of nutritious ingredients like blueberries and chia seeds, and even the fussiest of kids will love them! You can make the batter in advance and bake in the morning, or even bake in advance and simply reheat when needed. Baked Oats also taste good straight from the fridge, meaning your kids can even eat them in the car on the way to school for those super late mornings. We like ours best served warm with Greek yoghurt and berries.
2. Egg Muffins
A great source of protein and a great way to use what you have in the fridge. Simply whisk eggs and add in your choice of vegetables, cheeses, meat, or Quorn, (to name just a few ideas). Pour the mix into silicon muffin cases and bake until golden. The muffins can be enjoyed hot or cold, alone or served with other breakfast classics such as beans and tomatoes. We love ham and mushroom or smoked salmon and cream cheese versions.
3. Overnight Oats
These have soared in popularity of the years due to their versatility and ease. A quick search on Instagram brings over 200,000 versions, so there are endless flavour ideas and combinations! Simply layer oats with yoghurt and berries and leave in the fridge overnight. We recommend using frozen fruit as the juices will soak into the oats for a delicious flavour and texture, plus it’s cheaper than fresh fruit. The kids will love to get involved making these and take ownership in creating their own flavours. Our favourite flavours are carrot cake, where you add in finely grated carrot and cinnamon and for those dairy free, lashings of coconut yoghurt with frozen cherries are delightful!
4. Breakfast Frittata
Frittatas aren’t just for dinners! Pack them with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, bacon (with the fat removed) or Quorn, for a twist on the Spanish classic. A Frittata is perfect for a filling breakfast you can make the night before and reheat or enjoy cold and is a great way to get their 5 a day off to a flying start.
5. Breakfast Bars
Looks like flapjack, but cleverly packed with seeds, nuts and fruits. Make a batch for quick and easy breakfast on-the-go or layer with berries and Greek yoghurt, one the whole family will enjoy! Also makes for a nutritious breaktime snack.