You want your family to wake up to a breakfast packed with whole grains and healthy nutrients, but you also want to get everyone out the door on time. Here are a few smart ideas to shake up the old cereal routine, and in a way that?s equal parts nutritious and quick.
Frozen yogurt bark
Like little ice cream bars, only much healthier, this creamy but bar-like breakfast also doubles as a protein-packed snack. Ten minutes before bedtime, whip up a tray for the morning. All it takes is one (32-ounce) container of Greek yogurt (any flavor), a half cup of fresh berries and one cup of whole grain cereal. Line a sheet pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper and spread the yogurt into the pan. Sprinkle on the fresh berries and cereal then freeze the pan overnight. For breakfast, break it into large pieces and serve. Leftovers can be stored in a freezer bag or airtight container in the freezer.
Nutrition note: A batch of frozen yogurt bark serves about 12 and provides around eight grams of protein per serving.
No-bake cereal balls
A dozen sweet but nutritious cereal balls only take about five minutes to prepare. In a saucepan, combine a quarter cup of nut butter, a quarter cup of raw sugar, a quarter cup of honey, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of salt. Cook over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in one and a half cups of whole grain cereal (any kind) and one and a half cups of muesli. Shape the mixture into balls, placing each one into a paper muffin wrapper. Store any remaining cereal balls in an airtight container for up to three days.
Nutrition note: Using whole grain cereal fortified with vitamins and nutrients makes these cereal balls, two per serving, an excellent source of iron and a good source of vitamins A and C.
This three-ingredient breakfast requires no planning ahead. Just mix a half cup of berries with a container of Greek yogurt and top with a package of BelVita bites (any flavor) or a package of crushed BelVita biscuits.
Nutrition note: One package of BelVita Bites provides 20 grams of whole grains per serving and a good amount of iron and B vitamins.