I know it’s easy to sleepwalk through breakfast, especially for busy moms or teenagers. But c’mon, people. With a little planning, and very little effort, you can have a power packed breakfast, full of “good brain food.” My friend, Natalie, of Life Success For Teens and I combined on this effort, to help teenagers get out the door well-prepared for a productive day.
Cinnamon Cocoa Overnight Oats:
My inspiration here are those “tall mocha, extra whip” type drinks with TONS of sugar and too much caffeine. This recipe will fuel you just the same, and scratches that itch, without all the unnecessary sugar. SUPER FOOD: almonds
1/2 c. rolled oats, 1 c. almond milk, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 T. cocoa mix, 1 T. chopped almonds. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, stir. Refrigerate overnight.
It’s hard to believe there is cottage cheese in this recipe, packing these pancakes with protein. And you don’t miss syrup if you want to just grab them and go. SUPER FOOD: blueberries.
I use the Blender pancake recipe from Katie Lee and add blueberries. Combine 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 cup rolled oats, and 2 eggs in a blender. Blend until smooth. Heat skillet (or griddle), and add butter. Pour batter onto skillet (about 1/2 cup) and drop a hand full of blueberries onto the pancakes. Cook until you see bubbles forming on the sides. Flip and cook another minute or so. Top with syrup, or powdered sugar. (But it might be sweet enough for you with the blueberries alone) You can also sub smashed bananas for the cottage cheese (and add peanut butter).
These are portable and popable, perfect for the bus ride to school or the carpool. Don’t make them too big, or they’ll melt in your hands. For an afternoon snack instead of breakfast, use trail mix instead of cereal. SUPER FOODS: cranberries and almonds.
1/2 c. peanut butter. 1 T. honey, granola, raisins, craisins, and leftover cereal.
Mix the peanut butter and honey, then freeze for about 20 minutes. Remove from freezer and roll into balls (a small spoonful each) Pop them back in the freezer for a few more minutes, as they’ll get warm from your hands. While those firm up, combine granola, raisins, craisins and any leftover cereal you’ve got in the house, like Cheerios, Rice Krispies, etc. Roll the peanut butter balls in the mixture to coat completely. Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
Avocado English Muffin:
I will eat just about anything if it has avocado in it. But they’re not cheap. So adding cream cheese will make them stretch, and feed a couple teens, or you. And adding spinach will sneak in a vegetable serving before the bell rings. SUPER FOODS: avocado and spinach.
1 Whole Wheat English Muffin, 1 avocado, 1/2 c. fresh spinach leaves (finely chopped), 1-2 T. cream cheese, kosher salt to taste.
Toast the English muffin. Slice the avocado and remove the fruit. Combine the avocado with the cream cheese, a pinch of salt and spinach. Spread over the muffin.
If you really want your teen to be well-prepared this fall, check out Life Success for Teens. Natalie has an upcoming workshop, boot camp style, that will help optimize a teenager’s performance at school. Click here for information.