At The Breakie Bunch, we know that parents are some of the busiest people in the entire world. Between coming up with activities for the kiddos, cooking meals for yourself, and everything else, it can be easy to skip a meal. Thankfully, there are dozens of quick and easy ways you can make breakfast meals on the go that fit your schedule and lifestyle. We’ll share some of our favorite ways we stay energized and ready to take on the day.
- Protein smoothies
- Breakfast pizza
- Bacon Frittata
- Ham and cheese egg cups
- Breakfast burritos
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, which is why we love protein shakes and smoothies. Although it’s easy to mix up a plain smoothie with fruit and your favorite milk, it’s essential to add whey protein to whichever smoothie you decide to make. Protein is a building block of the cells within our bodies, and whether or not our bodies have enough of it depends on our overall health and energy.
- Birthday cake protein shake: To make this protein-filled shake, freeze one cup of banana chunks with half a cup of the milk of your choice. In the morning, add one teaspoon of vanilla extract, a few drops of almond extract, and a teaspoon of maple syrup to a blender. Then, add your favorite vanilla protein powder. Use more or less milk depending on how thick you enjoy your shakes.
- Iced coffee protein shake: Coffee keeps us going, which is why this coffee protein shake is one of our favorites. Add two cups of ice with three-quarters of a cup of your favorite milk in a blender. Then add one cup of cold coffee and one frozen banana. Add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder and blend!
- Apple pie protein shake: This shake reminds us of the holidays, and it’s wonderful for colder mornings. Core and peel one apple. Place the apple, one-quarter cup of uncooked oats, one cup spinach, six ounces of water, and six ounces of vanilla yogurt in a blender. Add one scoop of vanilla protein powder and then ice until the thickness is to your liking, and then add a dash of cinnamon. This recipe makes approximately 24 ounces, so it’s great for breakfast or lunch.
- Banana protein shake: This simple protein shake can be customized as a base to any of your favorite fruit protein shakes. Mix one banana, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, one cup of your favorite milk, and one tablespoon of vanilla extract in a blender. Add ice until you like the thickness, and then enjoy.
Don’t we all love a good slice of pizza? This make-ahead recipe for breakfast pizza will be a staple for your breakfast routine and will give you the protein you need to get through the day. You can mix and match your toppings depending on what you like, which is a fantastic way to change up the taste to suit your family.
The frittata is underrated, in our opinion, and we love the flavor this recipe brings to the table. Like the breakfast pizza, it can be made ahead of time and reheated whenever you need a quick punch of protein in the morning.
To make this frittata, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a glass pie pan or a nine-inch baking dish. Cook five slices of bacon until crisp, and then crumble into a small bowl. Mix six eggs, one cup of milk, two tablespoons of melted butter, and half a teaspoon of salt and pepper, and pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle the mixture with the crumbled bacon, chopped green onions, and one cup of mild shredded cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife stuck into the center comes out clean.
Ham and Cheese Egg Cups
If you’re a fan of ham and egg breakfast sandwiches, you will love this quick and easy take on a breakfast favorite. Plus, they couldn’t be easier to make! Place slices of sandwich ham into each cup in a lightly greased cupcake pan, like you would a cupcake liner. We think the round or square slices of ham work best for this. Then, break one egg into each ham cup, and mix lightly. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then top with shredded cheese.
How long you bake these eggs depends on your yolk preferences. If you prefer a super runny yolk, cook these eggs for 10 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees. For firmer yolks, cook for 15 minutes. When you remove the muffin tin from the oven, allow the muffins to cool before attempting to remove them from the pan. During this time, the egg cups will continue to cook, so take that into consideration with your yolk. Although these may take a time or two to perfect to your liking, they’re one of our favorite go-to breakfasts for mornings when we’re late on time. The best part? They reheat perfectly in the microwave!
For a full breakfast on the go, there’s nothing better than a breakfast burrito. We love that you can customize these burritos based on the flavors and foods that you choose. Breakfast burritos are also a fantastic way to enjoy breakfast for dinner any day of the week!
To make, select your ingredients — we’re fans of breakfast sausage, eggs, avocado salsa, and cheese — and arrange them on the counter. Once you’ve prepared your avocado salsa, place it in the center of a medium tortilla. For smaller or larger portions, use different size tortillas and adjust as necessary. Next, add your protein of choice and top with scrambled eggs and cheese. Fold two sides in, and then roll one of the flaps around the mixture to create a burrito.
If you’re taking your burrito on the go, we recommend wrapping it in parchment paper or aluminum foil and then slicing. Cutting your burrito before wrapping can make it a bit more difficult to keep everything contained, and spills are no fun.
No matter how you choose to power your mornings, we hope these recipes make it a bit easier to start your day off on the right foot with the energy to keep up with your little one — wherever life takes you!