When health is on your mind but time is not on your side, reach for these easy meal options to start the day.
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’s a few smart ideas to shake up the cereal routine — and in a way that’s nutritious and quick.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
This creamy 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 1 (32-ounce) container of Greek yogurt (any flavor), 1/2 cup of fresh berries, and 1 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 and 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 8 grams of protein per serving.
A dozen sweet but nutritious cereal balls only takes five minutes to prepare. In a saucepan, combine 1/4 cup nut butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and a dash of salt. Cook over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups whole grain cereal (any kind) and 1 1/2 muesli. (Muesli is a simple combination of rolled oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits.)
Shape the mixture into 12 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 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 1/2 cup berries with a 5.3-ounce 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, along with iron and B vitamins.