Breakfast Power Plays

Breakfast Power Plays
Posted on 09/12/2018
Person Eating

School is back in session! Let’s jump-start the year by eating a healthy breakfast each day. Feeling too crunched for time in the morning? The Breakfast Power Plays won’t slow you down. In fact, these quick meals will boost alertness and brain power, which can lead to better school performance. Step up to the plate and try these out!




Oatmeal JarsBreakfast Power Play #1: Oatmeal Jar

Prep day: Fill mason jars with old fashioned oats and your choice of mix-ins (freeze-dried fruits, nuts, seeds, protein powder and honey for a sweetener). Click link for recipes.

Game day: Pour boiling hot water or milk into jar. Let sit for 10-20 minutes, as you get ready for school. Grab and enjoy a healthy breakfast on the go!

Oats are an important source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and soluble fiber. This whole grain power food keeps you feeling full longer, so you can focus on school and not your grumbling stomach.

Egg CupsBreakfast Power Play #2: Make Ahead Frittata Muffins


Prep day: Combine eggs and your choice of veggies (spinach, peppers, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, etc.) and pour into muffin pan cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Keep in refrigerator for the week or freeze.

Note: Some recipes call for grated/cubed potatoes, cheese, whole milk and processed meats, which add calories, saturated fats and sodium. Use these add-ins in moderation and find low-fat, low-sodium options.

Game day: Wrap a frittata muffin (thaw overnight, if frozen) in a paper towel and re-heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds on high.  

Frozen FruitBreakfast Power Play #3:  Smoothie Packs

Prep day: Freeze 1½ cups of fruit (fresh or frozen) and 2 cups of greens (spinach, kale, etc.) together in a Ziploc bag. Portion out “dry” ingredients (1 Tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp flaxseed, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa, or protein powder) for individual smoothies and store in pantry.

Game day: Toss the frozen fruits/greens and dry ingredients in a blender with 1 - 1½ cups of dairy or soy milk. Blend and run!


Supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health and Dakota County Public Health Department.