We are not a family who sits together for weekday morning breakfast, although we do fit in a nice snuggle with the children each morning. Even with preparation and planning, we are always up and down flights of stairs, as we get everyone ready to be where they need be on time and hopefully with a little bit of grace.
Recently, I spoke with the owner of Logan & Finley, Julie Skirving, about how busy weekday mornings are for the adults of our house, especially when school is on. I'm so guilty of skipping breakfast and snacking too much later, stopping to grab a coffee and a muffin to go, or eating only a banana. We agreed that the need for an on-the-go breakfast was a common dilemma.
So, I decided to put forth as much effort in meal planning a healthy start to my day as I do for my children's school lunches. Julie recommended I use Weck Jars and Abeego, key items in a sustainable kitchen, to help me with my on-the-go breakfast food prep; and as an urban general store, Logan & Finley carries these as staple items!
Healthy Breakfast Recipes
I made all of these breakfast recipes (and much more) in 45 minutes and then stored them in my Weck jars right in the fridge or on my countertop covered in the reusable food wrap.
After learning how to make my own granola, there was no going back. Granola is basically oats, seeds, some maple syrup baked in the oven and then mixed with dried fruits. I followed my matcha homemade granola recipe, without the matcha this time.
I started with the granola in my breakfast food prepping hour so that it would be cooled and ready to store away in my large Weck Jar when I was complete.
Using the medium jars, I made a few granola and coconut yogurt parfaits, topped with bananas. I stored these with the lids on in the fridge for two days, and while the bananas were slightly brown, which doesn't bother me, by the time I reached for one to eat, the granola wasn't mushy.
Overnight oats are one of my favourite on-the-go breakfasts, especially when stored in a Weck Jar. They can be eaten straight out of the fridge or if stored in the glass jars, warmed up in the microwave for a hot oatmeal experience. This is so nice on a cool morning.
To make overnight oats simply follow a 1-1 recipe, and sweeten to taste (1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup should do it). One cup of oats to one cup of liquid poured into the jar and stored in the fridge with the lid on. I use steel cut oats as they are firmer along with almond milk.
In the morning, I pour a few splashes of almond milk into the jar and toss on some fresh fruit. Peaches are in season right now, so I used those. Put the lid back on and take it with you. When you're ready to eat the oats, give the whole mixture a stir and enjoy.
Once you've tried a chai pudding, you'll see just why much like the seed itself, it's a versatile recipe. You can eat it for breakfast, a snack, a dessert, whatever you prefer. My chia pudding recipe makes a lot! I made the three jars below plus I had a large container in the fridge that four of us ate for dessert with leftovers.
My favourite way to eat chia pudding is to top it with fresh seasonal berries like blackberries and blueberries. They are juicy and full of natural sweetness which adds to the plain chia pudding.
Add the fruit the night before you need it and seal so it's ready to go in the morning rush. Try my basic vanilla chia pudding recipe or for a special treat, add in some cocoa powder if you want a healthier fix to a chocolate craving with a cacao chia pudding recipe.
Two-Ingredient Breakfast Cookies
Made with banana and oats only (although you can toss in your favourite cookie addition), this two-ingredient recipe makes the perfect replacement for a morning muffin. They stay soft for at least 3-4 days when covered with an Abeego wrap which lets them breathe.
I like to wrap them up using the small or medium-sized wraps the night before so they're ready to grab and go; this is an easy breakfast to eat on your commute and to have on hand to simplify your morning routine.
I love these reusable food wraps act as a lightweight plate to eat on, and any crumbs can be wrapped up it in, and tossed into my bag to be washed later. Here's the full healthy cookie recipe.
With a little bit of planning and less than an hour of prep, you can have on-the-go breakfasts made for the whole week for the adults. Don't be surprised if your kids want to eat them, too!
Do you have a favourite on-the-go healthy breakfast recipe? I'd love you to share it below!