three efficient breakfasts for the beginning of college

Back to school is a busy time of year and often leads to morning chaos. While getting kids out of bed and organizing lunch, breakfast can be overlooked. Most parents would agree that starting their child's day with a healthy meal is important, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is time to prepare something fresh and nutritious.

Instead of getting into a morning rut, plan ahead so you have less to worry about over breakfast. Check out the recipes below for some crowd pleasers to prepare the night before to make sure you get yourself and your little ones fueled.

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French toast Blueberry Bake

French toast Blueberry Bake

Servings: 9 Calories: 195

Protein 4.8 G | Carbohydrates 33.8 G | Fat 8.6 g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 loaf of challah bread
  • 6 whole eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup of Truvia
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups of blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Spray a 13 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and place in the baking dish. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, half and half, Truvia, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the bread and brush the bread cubes evenly. Mix 1 cup of blueberries into bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Take the bread mixture out of the refrigerator and let it sit for 5 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 F. Bake the casserole for 45 minutes. After 30 minutes in the oven, top the casserole with the remaining 1 cup of blueberries and return to the oven for the remaining 15 minutes. The top of the baking should be golden brown. Enjoy!

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Ham and cheese croissant casserole

Ham and cheese croissant casserole

Servings: 6 slices Calories: 292

Carbohydrates 19 g | Protein 17 g | Fat 15 g

INGREDIENTS

  • I can do Pillsbury Crescents
  • 6 whole eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 5 ounces diced ham or turkey sausage

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray the pan with cooking spray. Roll out the croissants in the pan and press the seams together. Put the pan in the oven and cook the flattened buns for 10 minutes. While croissants are cooking, whisk the eggs and cream together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to the egg mixture. When the croissants are ready, pour the egg mixture over them. Scatter ham and cheese on top. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until everything is cooked through.

Apple Cinnamon Steel-Coat Oat Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Steel-Coat Oats

Apple Cinnamon Steel-Coat Oats

Servings: 3 Calories: 275

Carbohydrates 42 g | Protein 19 g | Fat 7 g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1½ cups of water
  • 1 cup of steel cut oats (oat groats)
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup chopped apple (leave skin on)
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Add 2 slices of turkey bacon

DIRECTIONS

Brush the inside of the Instant Pot with cooking spray (my favorite is Trader Joe's coconut oil spray). Add everything except syrup and turkey bacon to the saucepan. Mix well and secure lid and click into place. Let cook for 4 minutes (manually or under pressure cooking). Serve with turkey bacon on the side.

If you don't have an instant pot, you can cook it on the stove for 30 minutes or until the oats are tender.

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