FAMILY FEATURES – When the school year rolls around, switching from pool to school means finding simpler ways to kick off the day with healthy and nutritious options.
Preparing feel-good breakfasts can be as easy as picking and putting together the right ingredients, if you know where to buy them. At grocery stores, parents can conveniently find choices they can feel good about feeding their families, including fresh produce and organic, non-GMO and gluten-free options.
After the shopping trip, try these make-ahead breakfast ideas to give busy mornings a boost:
• Homemade energy bars are an easy breakfast option that can keep you fueled until lunch. For simple bars, heat coconut oil and vanilla in a saucepan until combined then transfer to a large bowl and mix with cashew butter, oats, dried fruits and granola.
Press the mixture between two cookie sheets to flatten, refrigerate 2 hours and slice into bars.
• Portion out produce for daily breakfast smoothies. Seal each weekday’s smoothie ingredients in separate plastic bags and simply toss the ingredients in a blender each morning. Enjoy your smoothie in a tumbler or try something new, such as this Blackberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl.
• Use your slow cooker to make oatmeal. Before heading to bed, simply add milk, vanilla and your favorite sweetener to rolled oats and cook on low 7-8 hours.
Include dried fruit to soak up moisture and provide a sweet, juicy addition. Or try these Morning Oasis Overnight Oats for a no-cook variation on traditional oatmeal for a quick, crunchy start to the day.
Make school mornings a breeze with more quick recipes at aldi.us.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Audrey, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes
3/4 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3/4 cup unsweetened original almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 teaspoon organic wildflower honey
2 teaspoons lime juice
Sliced almonds, toasted
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and add garnishes as desired.
Morning Oasis Overnight Oats
Recipe courtesy of Chef Michelle, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus overnight to set)
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/8 teaspoon iodized salt
3 tablespoons organic wildflower honey, divided
1/4 cup organic quinoa, toasted
1/4 cup whole almonds, toasted
1 mango, sliced
1/4 cup chopped coconut
.45 ounces dark chocolate 70 percent cocoa, shaved
.45 ounces dark chocolate 70 percent cocoa, melted
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
In large Mason jar, combine oats, chia seeds, almond milk, salt and 2 tablespoons honey. Refrigerate overnight.
In medium bowl, combine quinoa, almonds and remaining honey. Spread onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Remove, cooling completely and crumbling. Store in re-sealable bag overnight.
The next day, stir oats and pour desired amount into serving bowl. Top with mango, coconut, shaved chocolate and candied quinoa. Drizzle with melted chocolate.