Real Food Tips: 22 On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

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School started for us this week so it’s time to say goodbye to our leisurely summer breakfasts or even eating breakfast together at all…at least in my family. There is no way I could stomach food at 6 A.M. in order to eat with my daughter, but if she’s going to have a good day at school she has no choice. According to Parade Magazine, “Children who eat breakfast perform at nearly a grade level higher than those who do not.” So don’t even consider allowing your kids (or yourself!) to skip and instead implement some of these non-processed “on-the-go” breakfast ideas, which have been broken down into three categories:

Make, Freeze, Reheat…

There are quite a lot of breakfast foods you can make in advance, store in the freezer between sheets of wax paper, and then quickly reheat on a busy weekday morning. Just be sure to supplement these homemade breakfast ideas with some fresh fruit!

  1. Whole-grain banana pancakes

    Whole-Wheat Banana Bread…Yum

  2. Whole-grain waffles (make it into a waffle sandwich with cream cheese, raisins, & cinnamon in the middle!)
  3. Whole-grain biscuits with pieces of cooked bacon & cheddar added to batter
  4. Homemade breakfast burritos (with scrambled eggs and cheese on whole-wheat or corn tortillas) frozen in individual bags or containers
  5. Whole-grain breakfast cookies made with pecans (or pumpkin seeds as a nut substitution)
  6. Whole-grain fruit muffins or zucchini muffins
  7. Whole-grain banana bread (pictured)
  8. Smoothies frozen in reusable freezie pop holders (these are an exception in this list because they don’t have to be heated up!)

Prepare Night Before…

With a little preparation the night before these breakfast ideas could come together fairly quickly before running out the door.

  1. Hard boiled eggs
  2. Little baggies of fresh berries, sliced apples or other fresh fruit
  3. Homemade granola bars
  4. Fruit smoothies (with or without peanut butter) that you can store in an insulated Thermos cup in fridge
  5. Oatmeal that you reheat in morning
  6. Cereal with milk if you set out all the supplies at night including bowl, spoon, napkin, cup and a whole-grain cereal like homemade granola
  7. Individual portions of homemade trail mix (nuts, seeds, raisins, dried apple rings, and dried apricots)
  8. Little baggies of whole-grain cereal like store-bought corn puffs or shredded wheat

Grab and Go Morning of…

These are some great pre-packaged “real food” items to have on hand for those mornings where there is literally not a second to spare. Hopefully these ideas will convince you to leave those highly processed “milk and cereal bars” at the store!

  1. Lara Bars (pictured – these bars have no added sweeteners and the “cashew cookie” variety only has two ingredients!)
  2. Bananas or apples (with or without those store-bought individual packets of peanut butter)
  3. Little boxes of raisins
  4. Individual pre-packaged bags of freeze dried fruit (like Funky Monkey brand from Target or Crispy Green from Earth Fare)
  5. Small prepackaged bags of nuts found in baking aisle
  6. Applesauce squeeze packets

For some “real food” school lunch ideas check out this link:

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128 comments to Real Food Tips: 22 On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

  • Evelyn

    Any ideas for non wheat non corn non potato flour non gluten non soy breakfast. My toddler has allergies to these products also no red for blue fruits or vegetables. No Garlic or onions . I’m very challanged

  • Karan

    I have issues getting enough food throughout the day (especially now that I am breastfeeding.) Now because I’m in a downward cycle, the energy just isn’t there. All of the energy I have is consumed by my 4yr,2yr old and newborn. Everyone always suggests nuts as a quick snack but I’m not a fan of nuts (except peanut butter)With my first son our rule was eat as close to how God made it as you can..pretty much real food. We weren’t as strict as you are but we were much healthier and felt great. Now I just can’t seem to get on track and with no energy to make ahead or prep, it seems we live off of pb/J, chocolate milk and spaghetti…any thoughts or suggestions?

    • Sally

      I agree so much with Amy on the 10 minute walk. I had awful PPD & still struggle. But even just a slow stroll to the mailbox helps you clear your mind & refocus. :)

  • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi there, Karan! First of all give yourself a break. A newborn requires pretty much everything we have to give and then 2 other little ones on top of that pretty much guarantees exhaustion! Here is a list of healthy snacks which can go a long way to fuel you and your family when full-on meals becomes a challenge: And here are some very simple go-to meals that you can throw together pretty quickly:,, and Also, and this is coming from a mom that had some serious baby blues, a quick brisk 10-minute walk can completely energize your day…even, and perhaps especially, on days that you can barely muster the energy to breathe. Be kind to yourself. :) ~Amy

  • I love Lara Bars – especially for traveling. It’s great to have a packaged snack with ingredients I recognize. The pecan pie flavor is my favorite.

  • Kathryn Diamond

    Thanks for putting this together! Mornings are definitely challenging in our family!
    One thing that we find works well for our no-time-gotta-dash mornings is frozen French toast:
    Whenever I make a batch of FT I purposely make lots extra and freeze the extra slices in gallon freezer bags with wax paper separating the slices to prevent them sticking together. Pop the frozen slices in the toaster on the ‘defrost’ setting and then spread with all-fruit jam. I make it into little sandwiches and my kids eat it on the way to the bus or in the car on the way to school. Because I’m making the FT rather than using store-bought it’s totally customizable to our family’s needs. Just choose your favorite loaf of homemade or store-bought bread and dunk each slice in a mixture of beaten eggs and cinnamon. Cook in a lightly greased frying pan until each side is lightly browned and done! You can swap in gluten free bread and play with the egg mixture until it suits your taste buds.

    • Muriah

      I do this too and it works great! Our toaster doesn’t have a defrost setting but they warm up just fine in the microwave. One thing I do is keep an eye on the reduced price bread shelf- when they have a loaf there with good ingredients I buy it and make the whole loaf into french toast- stale actually is better for FT, and I feel like I’m helping reduce waste and save money :)

  • Missloopy

    Trader joes has little prepackaged bags of almonds, cashews, and a trail mix I think. Called “just a handful”. They are not the most Eco friendly choice, but they can’t be beat convenience wise. I also find they stay fresh a lot longer in my purse/backpack as an emergency backup snack than ones you package yourself.

  • Cathy hillhousecarter

    I used to make peanut butter cookies that were just whole wheat flour, p.b., butter and honey. Must have been an egg or a few other little things. Super easy. ..Think the recipe was in an old family circle mag…might be able to find it online.

  • Silvia

    I love this hearty gluten free breakfast bread-
    sift together
    1 cup gram flour, 1/2 cup ground almonds, 1/4 cup ground flax, 1/4 coconut flour, 1 tsp sat, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    4 eggs, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
    Bake in a 9″ bread pan for 30 – 40minutes at 350.
    Its rich and nourishing but wont give you a sugar hangover.

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