Back To School Fuel

School is back in session! Whether you are sending your tike off to pre-school, half-day kindergarden or 2nd grade you want to make sure they are ready to start the day. You don’t have to make a gourmet breakfast to fill up with the essential nutrients for prime learning, you just have to get creative. Check out some healthy, fun (and easy!) ideas below!

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Mug Cakes – What child wouldn’t want cake for breakfast? And guess what the best part is? It is filled with whole grains and protein with no added sugars so their brain is ready to work! Perfect for those hectic mornings we all have, it can also be taken on the go!

Try this chocolate nut butter mug cake (YUM!). Mix the following ingredients together:

  • 3 tablespoons oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond/coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • PINCH of salt
  • 1 egg white OR 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons almond/soy/coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite nut butter

Once mixed, poor into greased mug (I usually spray some coconut oil) and microwave for 1-1:30 min. Eat out of the mug or slide it out onto a plate to make it fancy. Feel free to top with chopped nuts, berries and/or some greek yogurt!

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English Muffin Breakfast Pizza – A great way for your kids to create their own breakfasts! Toast an Ezekiel english muffin and top with whatever their little hearts desire! To get even more flavor, feel free to pop these bad boys in the oven until they are toasted to your liking! Some ideas to get you started are below.

  • Peanut Butter, Bananas, and a drizzle of honey
  • Cream Cheese, Apricot Reserves, and Almonds
  • Nutella, Strawberries, and Raspberries
  • Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Peaches and a sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Flavor Burst! Avoacado, Tomato, and Arugula topped with crumbled Feta and a touch of balsamic glaze

What are some fun ways that you play up breakfast in the morning? Let us know!

Written by: Leana Varvella

Photos: thenovicechefblog.com, chow.com

Overnight Oatmeal

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With the temps soaring and endless vacations, play dates, and activities happening each day, preparing a hearty breakfast for the little ones each morning might be somewhat challenging.  Overnight oats are great because they not only require little to no preparation, but you can get the kids involved by having them help select and prepare their own combination!

1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1 cup whole milk, rice, soy or almond milk
1 cup plain greek yogurt
3 tablespoons honey

Add any combination or make up your own of each of these: 1/2 a banana, mashed or sliced, mashed or chopped berries (this works great with frozen berries too) ,flax seeds, chia seeds, a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, dried fruits, chopped, almonds, walnut, cashew or pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Preparation
1. In a bowl, stir together the oats, milk, yogurt and honey. Pour into small mason jars and stir in desired accompaniments.
2. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Serve chilled.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Makes The Perfect Addition To Mother’s Day Brunch!!

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What better way to show Mom how much you appreciate her than by making breakfast for her?!?  This recipe is easy to make and is a perfect recipe to let the little ones help with the preparation!!

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced

Optional Toppings

  • brown sugar
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries
  • chopped almonds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat an 8-by-8 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, applesauce, butter, egg whites and vanilla.
  • Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until combined. Gently stir in diced apples. Pour oatmeal mixture into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until oatmeal is golden brown and set. Remove from oven and serve warm. Add additional toppings to baked oatmeal, if desired.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

Warm Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Earlier this week we told you about the amazing health benefits of quinoa and today we have a great recipe that makes the perfect alternative to traditional oatmeal.  Even better is it contains more protein and fiber which will help keep your little ones fuller longer!!

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups plant based milk (almond and coconut milk work well)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • handful of fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon dried, raw coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

Preparation:

  1. Rinse the quinoa and strain well. Add to sauce pan, turn on heat.
  2. Let quinoa lightly toast for about a minute, being sure to shake the pan now and again so it doesn’t burn.
  3. Add the milk and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add cinnamon, raw cane sugar and dried goji berries.
  4. Cook covered for about 15 minutes, turning the heat down as low as possible. Once the quinoa is cooked, turn off heat.
  5. Add the blueberries, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes. Let stand covered for 5 minutes.
  6. Before serving, add add a bit more milk and the raspberries.

Adapted From: http://www.happyofferings.com