Quick Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, if you’re a busy mom, sometimes that important meal gets skipped while you’re busy making sure the kids eat and get ready for school.
When I was pregnant with my second son, I had to find quick easy breakfasts that I could eat before work while getting my son ready for preschool. These breakfast options have made it into my regular rotation.
Quick, Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Oatmeal in the Microwave
I see a lot of wonderful recipes for overnight oatmeal and crockpot oatmeal, but quite frankly, I’m the only person in my family who likes oatmeal, so those don’t really work for me.
My “recipe” is simple, and the only reason I’m sharing it is because I recently spoke with a 92 friend who mentioned that she misses hot oatmeal but doesn’t have it in her to “cook.” I told her my little recipe and she now eats oatmeal daily and loves it.
- Purchase a tub of any old-fashioned oatmeal recipe – I use Quaker Oats, but I have used generic and it tastes the same
- Measure a ½ cup and put in microwave safe glass bowl
- Pour just enough water to cover oats and a bit more, depending on how wet you like your oatmeal. I like it dry-ish, almost like a cookie, so I only add enough to cover with a little extra
- Add one tablespoon of honey
- Add 1 ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- If you have blueberries, you can add a handful. You can also add bananas, raisins or nuts
- Put in microwave for 1 minute, stir and put back for 1 minute, 30 seconds. Let it sit for a minute or so to cool down
English Muffin Sandwich
My husband started making this for me when I was pregnant to help me eat more protein and it is a great quick breakfast that I still eat regularly.
- Toast an English muffin
- While you muffin is toasting, take a glass bowl and spray it with non-stick spray. Crack one egg into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap
- Place in microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Stay near your microwave, the egg can go from underdone to exploding very quickly!
- By the time your egg is done, your toast likely will be too. I usually add a slice of cheese, place the egg on top and make a yummy sandwich.
My husband got a Magic Bullet for Christmas last year. I never really got around to using it until recently. In just a few minutes, I can make myself a healthy smoothie that tastes great and pumps up my vitamin intake. Here’s how I make mine:
- Put a half cup of plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- A handful of frozen berries
- A handful of frozen pineapple
- Enough orange juice, rice milk or milk to thin it out
- Blend for a minute, and done – a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack!
Since the fruit is frozen, I don’t have to chop and prep anything. You could always add fresh fruit or a handful of spinach or kale, but this is a super easy go-to for me.
Plan Ahead Speedy Breakfasts
If you want to put in a bit of work over the weekend, these are my other go-to breakfast options during the week. Bonus – they are a big hit with kids, as well.
Coconut Banana Muffins
I make this recipe whenever I have over-ripe bananas. I freeze the entire batch and pull one out whenever I need it. I just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Mini Pancake Muffins
I use this basic pancake recipe to make a from-scratch version, but you can also use your favorite box pancake mix or recipe.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Make pancake batter using your favorite recipe or pre-made mix
- Spray a mini muffin tin with Pam or any non-stick spray
- Place 4-6 frozen blueberries or cut up strawberries in each tin
- Spoon batter into tin a little more than half way
- Put it in the oven and keep an eye on it, checking after 10 minutes.
- The tops should be light brown and a knife should come out clean
- Once they’ve cooled, you can put them in a Ziplock bag and freeze. Heat two in the microwave every morning and enjoy
This recipe is a huge hit with kids as well. You can dip in pancake syrup, but I find they are sweet enough with the fruit and just pop them in my purse to eat on the run.