It’s hot outside. Nobody wants to get up and turn on the stove first thing in the morning. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to eat breakfast, though. It’s still the most important meal of the day. If you want to serve your family a chill breakfast that’s more creative than cereal, here are some great ideas.
1. Overnight blueberry oats
Overnight oats are the perfect breakfast. Easy, nutritious and you don’t need to get up an hour earlier to make them. Overnight oats are made, you guessed it, the night before! You need to stir half a cup of quick-cooking oats in half a cup of milk. You can use any kind of milk you want, even almond milk, for a dairy-free version of this treat. Add in three tablespoons of brown sugar and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Once you have an even consistency, fold in half a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries. Leave covered in the freezer for at least five hours, but it’s always better if it’s for a full night. Serve in two bowls, drizzle with honey and sprinkle some pecans on top. And that’s it. An easy, fresh, healthy breakfast that took you five minutes in the morning.
2. No-bake chocolate energy bites
Every kid loves chocolate and these energy bites are just as satisfying as a candy bar, but way healthier. They are perfect to grab on your way out on those mornings when it’s already late and you don’t have the time to sit everyone around the table. Mix half a cup of no-stir almond butter, a quarter cup of honey, one teaspoon vanilla extract and three tablespoons of cocoa powder. If the mixture is too thick, add two teaspoons of warm water to thin it and make it easier to stir. Add one cup of raw old fashioned oats, three quarter cups of toasted coconut, half a cup of flax seed meal and six tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you have trouble getting the mixture to stick, add up to two more teaspoons of warm water. Put the mixture in the refrigerator or freezer until it’s set and easier to handle. Take it out and use your hands to shape into 1-inch balls. You can enlist your children’s help for this step. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy.
3. Bagel fruit pizza
No kid is going to say no to a bagel in the morning. Especially if it looks as colorful and appetizing as this fruit pizza. Mix 8oz of softened cream cheese, two tablespoons of ricotta cheese, one tablespoon lemon zest, one teaspoon vanilla extract and three tablespoons of sugar. Beat together until even consistency. Spread the mixture on whole-wheat bagel halves and top with fruit slices. You can use whatever fresh fruit you have at home and arrange it to form a colorful pattern.