Four Ways to Win The Morning Breakfast Routine Battle

Four Ways to Win The Morning Breakfast Routine Battle

Kristin Schell

Kristin Schell

September 7th, 2018

Four Ways to Win The Morning Breakfast Routine Battle

Judging from the chaos of our morning routine, the first week of school was a disaster. Despite my best intentions to be fully prepared, organize, and cheery, the first day arrived in a colossal sneak attack. School started without me.

On a wing and a prayer, we managed to get everyone out the door and dropped off before the bell rang. When I arrived back home to a battle weary kitchen, I was determined not to let the false start get the best of me. This ain’t my first rodeo, friends, I’m the mother of four and this month marks my 18th back-to-school. Clearly, I should know better.

Perhaps September brings transition for you, too? Back-to-school, new job, recent move? We all want to start the day off strong. Mama’s right, you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

There’s no doubt about it weekday mornings are hard. You’re pulled in a thousand directions before your feet even hit the floor. All you really want is to hit snooze and ring for room service.

We’re not aiming for five-star perfection, but with a little bit of planning and minimal prep, we can minimize the chaos, fill our bodies with healthy goodness, and cry victory over the morning breakfast routine.

4 Quick Back-to-School Breakfast

Wake Up to Coffee

Minutes in Your Morning Routine: 0
What You Need: your favorite coffee, a programmable coffee maker

So it’s not room service, but this life-hack will chart the course for your entire day.

Before you go to bed, set your coffeemaker to brew for the time you normally wake up. If you’re afraid you’ll forget, set a reminder on your phone. Repeat to yourself: brush teeth, set coffee maker.

You’ll save a few crucial morning minutes, not to mention wake up to the rich, glorious scent of brewing coffee.

Power (the people!) Toast
Avocado Toast Recipe

Minutes in Morning Routine: 5
What You Need: bread, toaster or toaster oven, favorite healthy toppings: avocado, lime, salt, peanut butter, bananas, honey, strawberries, etc.

Calling this a “recipe” is a bit of a stretch, but you definitely need power toast in your morning rotation.

While your bread is toasting, mash an avocado in a bowl with lime juice and salt. Or, slice a banana to top a healthy smear of your favorite nut butter. The healthy combos are endless and your rumbling tummy will thank you.

Acai Bowls

Minutes in Morning Routine: 5
What You Need: frozen acai berries, blender, favorite flavor add-ins: frozen strawberries & blueberries, frozen pineapple, frozen zucchini, fresh spinach, protein powder, collagen peptides, yogurt, nut milk, etc.

We fell in love with acai bowls on a trip to Hawaii a few years ago and my girls have been addicted ever since. It’s a good thing! Acai berries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, so bring on the beautiful breakfast bowls.

Wanna know a secret? I add frozen zucchini to our power bowls. I know, right? Zucchini blends like bananas, but with much less sugar. Like spinach, zucchini won’t affect the taste and let’s all shout “hoorah” for extra servings of vegetables first thing in the morning.

Favorite Acai Bowl Recipe:

1 frozen acai berry packet
¼ cup frozen zucchini
¼ cup frozen mixed berries
¼ cup frozen pineapple
¼ cup frozen or fresh spinach
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 scoop of collagen peptides
¼ - ½ cup coconut milk (we like canned, not carton)


Blend with a powerful blender until thick and creamy. Pour into a bowl and top with healthy favorites: drizzle of honey, nut butter, coconut flakes, fresh fruit, nuts, etc.

Breakfast Egg Muffin Cups

Minutes in Morning Routine: 1
What You Need: eggs, milk, spinach, cheese, bacon or ham, veggies of your choice, muffin pan

Favorite Egg Muffin Recipe:

12 eggs
¼ cup milk
½ cup shredded cheese (pick your favorite!)
1 cup fresh spinach
¼ cup ham or bacon, diced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan, or silicone baking cups, with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, spinach, and ham.

Pour mixture evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until eggs are firmly set. Remove from oven and allow egg muffins to cool completely.

Place egg muffins in a freezer-proof container or storage bag. Egg muffins will keep in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to eat, simply defrost overnight in the refrigerator, or pop in the microwave until warm.

Call me crazy, but I believe we can conquer our morning routine and send our people and ourselves out into the world to live our best lives.

May your coffee and your morning game be forever strong!

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