5 Healthy Take-to-School Breakfasts

Apple Muffins; Ellie Krieger

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Getting back into the swing of the school year takes time. Just getting the kids out the door with their teeth brushed, shoes on and homework in tow is an ambitious feat to pull off every day — and you better bet sitting down to a nice family breakfast straight out of the movies isn’t about to become a daily ritual either. Make busy mornings a whole lot easier by dropping the kids off at school — or the bus stop — with healthy take-to-school breakfast recipes that will keep them full and focused until lunchtime.

Take the stress out of mornings by baking at night or during the weekend. Ellie Krieger’s easy, no-butter Apple Muffins are made with whole-wheat pastry flour and loaded up with nourishing pecans and chunks of Golden Delicious apples. Ellie swaps the butter out for applesauce, which keeps the muffins moist and fruity without adding fat. Send your little ones off with these muffins and they’ll be set for the morning.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Gone are the days of cooking oatmeal over the stove. Healthy Overnight Oats come together by soaking old-fashioned rolled oats, good-for-you sweeteners, and other add-ins like fruit and nuts in milk overnight in a jar. In the morning, your kids will have a spoon-ready oatmeal they can grab from the fridge, and you’ll have a hands-off morning that you could get used to.

Opening up a lunchbox to find a homemade sandwich is pretty common at lunch hour, but our favorite hand-held option doesn’t have to be restricted to the midday meal. Send your kid off with a Healthy Breakfast Sandwich: an English muffin stacked with an egg omelet, Canadian bacon and tomato slices.

Repurpose the glass jars in your kitchen to be no-brainer food containers for on-the-go eating. That way, you can pack up a simple Mixed Berry and Yogurt Parfait and screw a lid on it for a creamy, crunchy and fruity morning start your kids will dig.

With a straw and a portable cup of Ina Garten’s Orange-Banana Smoothie in tow, your kids will be ready to start the day with the very first slurp. Ina’s refreshingly fruity smoothie is a simple blend of orange juice, strawberries, bananas and a splash of lime juice.

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