Monday, August 5, 2013

Make it Monday: Back to School Breakfast

Sadly summer is coming to an end and it's back to school time for the kiddos. Lazy days of summer are over and for my family, it's back to a schedule. Having to get the kids out the door early can make breakfast time hard, but starting your day off with a healthy breakfast is so important. It truly is the most important meal of the day. Planning ahead can certainly help you make breakfast time one less thing you have to worry about. Finding a matching sock or the lost homework, I can't help you with, however, making breakfast the night before or having healthy options on hand will certainly help make your morning less stressful! 
I like to make a few recipes the night before or even some I can throw in the freezer and just pull out that morning. For example the Banana Blueberry Pancakes, seen here, I will make a batch, store them in the freezer and they are good to go.
Here is a quick and easy recipe I made tonight for breakfast in the morning, Apple Cinnamon Muffins. An apple a day, see we are already starting off right!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins  

Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2-3 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 T honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil.
  3. Put all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix with in a blender or whisk until well mixed.
  4. Let sit 5 minutes.
  5. Use ⅓ cup measure to spoon into muffin tins.
  6. Bake 12-15 minutes until starting to brown and not soft when lightly touched on the top.
  7. Let cool 2 minutes, drizzle with honey (if desired) and serve.

Other quick options when you're in a hurry: apples and yogurt, granola and yogurt, Larabar and a glass of milk, or a banana drizzled with PB2. 

Mornings don't have to be stressful, plan ahead and send your babies off with a full tummy. Studies have shown kids and teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and are less likely to get irritable, restless, and tired. Your kids will thank you and so will their teachers!

Happy First Day of School! 


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