This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods. I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples and all opinions are my own.
You’ve heard it time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I think all meals are created equal (and are all important) but breakfast is my favorite. I usually wake up in the morning excited for a delicious breakfast. One of the challenges with breakfast is having enough time in the morning, particularly for heading off to work and for everyone heading back to school.
To celebrate modern moms and make her life a little easier, Van’s is hosting a Back-to-School giveaway for a year’s worth of free waffles (52 coupons) and three signed cookbooks from celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author Joy Bauer! Quick, wholesome options like Van’s waffles offer protein and whole grains that are so delicious moms feel great about serving them and kids love eating them. Nearly 70 percent of moms said they feel better about themselves when they serve a hot breakfast, and they count protein, whole grains and kid-friendliness as the lead factors for making good choices for their families.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and check out some other delicious quick and easy breakfast options below!
- Overnight oats
I have a recipe here that I used to make all the time but lately I’ve been making mine with oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, maple syrup and milk. I let this sit overnight and then heat it up in the morning until the milk has all be absorbed.
- Hard boiled eggs
These are great for making ahead for food prep and can be eaten easily on the go. Although I will definitely confess I struggle with finding the perfect cooking time so they are just boiled through and the yolks aren’t completely hardened.
Lately I’ve been a fan of the smoothie bowl- someone recently asked me why a bowl? The answer is that it’s more fun to eat from a spoon (and enjoy a thicker smoothie) plus toppings! I haven’t shared a smoothie bowl on the blog yet but any smoothie can be made into a bowl- just add less liquid. For smoothies I generally use half a frozen banana, assortment of frozen veggies, protein powder, and milk but you can definitely get more creative.
- Yogurt or chia pudding parfait
This is something I really should eat more in the morning, in general I prefer yogurt as a snack. Try to pick a yogurt with a small ingredient list, make sure there are lives and active cultures, take a look at the added sugar vs naturally occurring sugars, and opt for plain and sweeten it yourself. Add a little granola for crunch and fruit for fiber to make it more satisfying. Recipe for a chia pudding parfait can be found here and it’s actually one of my favorite recipes right now!
Van’s offers a variety of options for all types of eaters, from kid-favorite Van’s Minis (with 27 grams of whole grain per serving) to Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles (free of gluten, dairy and egg) and Van’s 8 Whole Grains Waffles (with 7 grams of fiber). I like topping them with some nut butter and cinnamon and eating on the go but when I have more time an over easy egg and splash of maple syrup is perfection. Van’s waffles are available at grocery stores, mass merchandisers and natural food retailers nationwide. To find Van’s waffles in a store near you, visit: http://www.vansfoods.com/store-locator
Do you have a favorite quick and easy breakfast for busy mornings? Have you ever tried Van’s waffles??