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Fast and Healthy Family Breakfasts for Cold Weather Mornings

Serving your family easy healthy breakfast in the summer is simple: some combination of fruit, yogurt and granola or cereal is sure to please even picky eaters. But once the weather turns colder, and school is back in session, weekday breakfasts seem like a chore, and the easiest solution is boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk.

Occasional cold cereal is fine for breakfast: but it takes just a few extra minutes to start your family’s day with a hot and healthy breakfast.

Healthy and Hot Breakfasts for Cold Weather Mornings

1.  Healthy Make-Ahead Crockpot Breakfasts

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Your crockpot isn’t just for easy family dinners: a slow-cooker also makes easy healthy breakfasts. Here are 3 healthy crockpot breakfast recipes to get you started (from MotherNatureNetwork.com)

  • Crockpot Breakfast Risotto – Apples, brown sugar and spices get mixed with Arborio rice and slow cooked overnight for a creamy morning nourishing breakfast. Dried cranberries or blueberries and chopped nuts add extra protein.
  • Slow Cooker Baked Apples – Raisins, honey and cinnamon simmer all night with green apples to make a sweet, healthy breakfast
  • Breakfast Burrito Filling – Lean pork, eggs, vegetables and spices cook overnight and are ready to fill a tortilla for a fast breakfast

tip: if you use your crockpot frequently for dinner meals, invest in a 2nd smaller slow-cooker to use for breakfasts

2. Toasted Sandwiches

toasted cheese sandwich

Toasted cheese sandwiches aren’t just for lunch! A hot toasted cheese sandwich is easy, healthy and quick to make and the kids will love them! Add a slice of tomato and bacon (that you cooked and froze ahead of time) or some shredded chicken and you’re adding an extra extra burst of protein that will carry everyone through the morning.

Other healthy toasted sandwich breakfast ideas are:

  • peanut butter and banana on toast
  • fried egg and avocado
  • cheese with sliced apples or pears

3. Loaded Baked Potatoes

Stuffed potatoes

Baked potatoes stuffed with your favorite toppings are a quick dinner - and just as easy and healthy for breakfast. Top baked potatoes with healthy proteins:

  • cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped tomatoes
  • chopped chicken, broccoli and yogurt
  • diced egg, avocado and salsa

tip: bake potatoes in the microwave: just wash, pierce with a fork, and cook on Hi for 3-5 minutes, depending on size. The potatoe skin is extra nutritious!

Busy family mornings don’t have to rely on prepackaged cereals. 5 minutes planning your ingredients the night before, and just a few minutes more whipping together easy hot healthy breakfasts will start eveyone’s day off right!

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