Apple Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
School is back in session and your schedule is probably as packed as ever, right? It can be so hard to get back into the swing of things after a relaxing, lazy summer. And sometimes the pressure of those packed calendars means healthy eating flies out the window. Who has the time to cook a healthy breakfast when you’re rushing to get to work and get the kids out the door and juggling a million other responsibilities?
But the fact is, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And that is a cliché for a reason—it’s true. Eating a healthy breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and sets you up for a healthy remainder of your day. A healthy breakfast helps with your concentration in the office and your kids’ concentration in the classroom. Counter to what you might believe, eating a healthy breakfast (instead of skipping it all together) actually helps you lose weight. Studies have shown that folks who regularly eat a healthy breakfast actually eat less calories total during the day—resulting in weight loss.
That’s all well and good (and you probably already know all of this) but those facts don’t mean a thing when you’re running late and rushing out the door. Here’s the solution: accept that weekday mornings are going to chaotic and prepare for it. By pre-planning what your family is going to eat for the week, and spending a little bit of time prepping healthy goodies over the weekend, you can get out the door a whole lot quicker and easier each morning AND with breakfast in hand.
Take these breakfast cookies for example. They take about 30 minutes to make a batch over the weekend (you can carve out 30 minutes this weekend, can’t you?), and they are packed with healthy fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are just sweet enough to be tasty, but not so sweet you feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast. Kids and adults alike love them. And they are the epitome of an easy, grab-and-go, weekday morning breakfast. Pair the cookies with other speedy breakfast foods like smoothies, hard-boiled eggs, single-serve yogurts, and fruit for a well-rounded, quick breakfast. Enjoy!