Heading back into a school schedule always feels like a whirlwind – your mind is still swirling in summer, there is a huge list of school supplies to buy, time is limited, and planning out a healthy, quick breakfast seems like an impossibility. But with a little bit of strategy, commitment, and creativity, you can easily get in the needed nutrients to kickstart your day!
Here are just a few ways to boost your breakfast:
1. On-the-Go is the Way to Go
Quicker means easier! Choosing a breakfast that you can make in just a few minutes eases the stress of breakfast prep. Using our VIIVA on-the-go packets will ensure that no matter what the morning throws your way, your body will receive the nutrition it needs. Grab a protein base, combine it with a Kiik, and you’re off to seize the day!
2. Plan the Night Before
Planning ahead goes a LONG way. Even by just making a mental note of what you plan to eat, you can save minutes that are critical in the morning hustle. Planning on making a shake? Leave the blender on the counter the night before. Eating on-the-go? Have your disposable utensils ready. Wanting pancakes, eggs, and fruit for breakfast? Prepare the pancakes and fruit the night before!
3. Refuel Your Enthusiasm
Feeling enthused about eating a healthy breakfast is not always easy to do – people don’t normally wake up and cheer “YES! I get to eat oatmeal today!” The best way to remedy the excitement drought is to implement healthy substitutes. Combine protein powder with your favorite pancake recipe, sweeten your oatmeal with a packet of Amazon Superfruits, throw some spinach and tomatoes into the pan with your eggs – the options are limitless! One of my favorites? VIIVA Chocolate Protein Pancakes. Check out our recipe here:
VIIVA Chocolate Protein Pancakes
4 large eggs
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 packet of VIIVA chocolate protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat griddle or skillet to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add eggs, bananas, and oats to the blender. Blend on low for 15-30 seconds until oats are ground and bananas are fully mashed.
Add protein powder, cocoa powder, and cinnamon and blend again on low for additional 30-45 seconds until smooth.
Drop 1/4 cup full of batter onto the pre-heated griddle and cook until bubbles begin to form and edges are just settling. Flip and cook through — about two minutes. Top with berries, almond butter, or honey if desired!
Serve and enjoy!
4. Make Time for Breakfast
When we lie down in a cozy bed at night to set our alarms, the furthest thing from our minds is breakfast. We typically set our alarms so that we have just enough time to get dressed and brush our teeth – in other words, we prioritize sleep over breakfast. But breakfast is just as important as sleep! What you eat determines how well your brain functions throughout the day, your energy levels, and more. Make sure that when you set your alarm, you make time to at least prepare your on-the-go breakfast.
A healthy breakfast on a tight school schedule is possible! It may take some tricks and tweaks but once you develop the habit, you’re set!
– Jesse Craig
Jesse recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a BA in English and a BS in Economics. She loves hiking, writing, cookies, and spending time in the sunshine with loved ones. She currently resides in Utah.