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We know your mornings are super tough, mama. From getting the little ones up in time to brush teeth and get ready for virtual lessons, preparing home-cooked breakfasts can be hard to fit into your already packed schedule. The good news is that getting a nutritious and creative breakfast that the entire family will enjoy is easier than you think.

We've rounded up our favorite delicious breakfast ideas:


1. Easy breakfast yogurt popsicles

Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk with 2 tsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1 cup berries/chopped fruits
Instructions:
  1. Mix together the milk, yogurt and 1 tsp of the honey.
  2. Divide the mixture between your popsicle molds.
  3. Place a few berries into each mold.
  4. Mix the last teaspoon of honey with the granola (you can place the honey in the microwave for 10 seconds if you are struggling to mix it) and top the yogurt with a little granola mixture.
  5. Place a wooden ice cream stick into each mold and place the popsicles into the freezer for at least 4 hours before consuming.
  6. To remove the popsicles, run the mold under a little hot water until they come loose.
Recipe from I Heart Naptime.

2. Chocolate peanut butter banana sushi

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sushi

Serves: 8 bars

Time to cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas still relatively firm
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Instructions:

  1. In a shallow dish, heat up peanut butter for 30 seconds to become easier to spread.
  2. In another shallow dish combine cereal, chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Dip each banana into the peanut and coat fully, using a spoon if necessary to spread peanut butter over banana.
  4. Coat the banana with the cereal mixture.
  5. Transfer the banana to a plate and allow it to set up in the fridge for 20 minutes or freezer for 5 minutes before slicing into 1-2 inch slices and serving.
Recipe from A Mind Full Mom.

3. Smashed blackberry + goat cheese toasts

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsps sugar
  • 3 tbsps water
  • 1 to 2 tsps cornstarch, sifted
  • 8-ounce challah bread, sliced (or your bread of choice!)
  • 4-ounce goat cheese
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan combine the blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, sugar and water (covered) over a medium-low flame. Once simmering and the fruit begins to burst (about 5 minutes) gently mash with a fork or potato masher, then whisk in the cornstarch until well incorporated. Cover once more and simmer over a low flame until needed.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the challah bread as desired.
  3. When ready, smear each slice of challah bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, then spoon over with the smashed blackberries. Garnish with mint, then eat!
Recipe from Wrytoasteats.

4. Avocado toast with cottage cheese + tomatoes

Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese + Tomatoes

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices hearty whole grain bread
  • 2 cups cottage cheese low fat
  • 1 ripe California avocado sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Lay bread slices out on a large cutting board and top each one with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Top cottage cheese with avocado and tomato slices then season with another pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cut bread slices in half and serve.
Recipe from The Lemon Bowl.

5. No-bake breakfast bars

No-Bake Breakfast Bars

Serves: 8 bars

Time to cook: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup yogurt chip, save 1/2 cup for melting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, optional

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix honey with peanut butter.
  2. Microwave for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, or until melted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oat cereal, 1/2 of the yogurt chips (save the other half for later), chopped almonds, and dried cranberries.
  4. Pour the melted honey mixture into the bowl and stir until well mixed.
  5. Pour into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper, and gently flatten the mixture evenly around the pan.
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the mixture has hardened enough, cut it into 8 pieces.
  8. Melt the other half of the yogurt chips in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, until melted. (Optional: adding 1 tsp of coconut oil will help with the melting process)
  9. Dip the bottom of the bars in the melted yogurt chips and place on a piece of parchment paper. Freeze for another 15 minutes.
Recipe from Tasty.

6. Fig chia pudding

Fig Chia Pudding

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons whole chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt or natural yogurt
  • 4 tbsp granola
  • 4 figs

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the chia seeds, milk and vanilla extract. Stir well, cover with a lid and soak in the refrigerate for at least two hours or preferably overnight.
  2. Before you are ready to serve, peel 3 figs, discard the peel and mash the flesh with a fork until it turns into a jam-like texture. Cut the remaining fig into a few slices, chop the rest into quarters and use as decoration.
  3. Take a nice jar or glass and begin to assemble, start by pressing the fig slices against the inside of the jar until they stick. Then fill about 4 tbsps of the chia pudding into the bottom of each jar followed by a layer of granola, fig mash, coconut or yogurt, top with the remaining chia pudding and finish with a sprinkle of granola.
  4. Decorate with the remaining fig quarters and enjoy.
Recipe from The Healthy Tart.

7. Breakfast panzanella

Breakfast panzanella

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • Panzanella, about 1 cup per person
  • 1 to 2 fried eggs per person
  • Sliced fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Take the panzanella out of the fridge. Transfer about 1 cup to each plate and let it come to room temp while you make the eggs.
  2. Fry the eggs and top them onto the plates with the panzanella. Add freshly sliced basil and pinches of salt and pepper.
Recipe from Love and Lemons.

8. Stewed peppers + tomatoes with eggs

Stewed peppers + tomatoes with eggs

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/12 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Crusty bread, optional

Instructions:

  1. Warm oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion, sprinkle with salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and continue to cook, 5 minutes longer. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, red pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, until vegetables are very tender, about 3 minutes longer.
  2. Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Stir into vegetable mixture, cover, turn heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Carefully crack an egg into each quarter of the pan. Cover and cook until egg whites are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.
Recipe from My Recipes.

9. Instant pot french toast

Instant pot french toast

Serves: 6

Time to cook: 1 hour 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 brioche or Challah loaf, cut into 1 inch cubes, preferably day old
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Berries

Instructions:

  1. Grease a 7 inch round baking dish with cooking spray. Place trivet inside Instant Pot and pour in water. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add bread and gently toss to combine. Pour mixture into prepared dish and cover tightly with foil, then place inside Instant Pot.
  2. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for quick release. Remove baking dish from Instant Pot and let cool 10 minutes.
  3. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.
Recipe from Delish.

10. Breakfast apple nachos

Breakfast Apple Nachos

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, microwaved for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup chopped stawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Raisins, for topping
  • Honey, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with desired toppings. Finish with a drizzle of honey.
Recipe from Delish.

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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