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If you’ve got a day of skiing planned, what you eat matters A LOT! A bowl of cereal, donut, or slice of toast isn’t going to be enough to fuel you the way that your body needs. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite ski breakfast recipes to help you get your day started off RIGHT!
If you’re planning on skiing for a full day, don’t be surprised if your body needs over 3,000 calories to keep up with your activity level. Skiing is the ultimate HIIT workout…with a 5-7 minute lift ride “rest session” between each interval, repeated from 9am until 4pm. Not only that, when you ski, your body uses different muscles than you do in everyday life. Long story short? If you don’t give your body the best FUEL for skiing, your performance and energy will suffer.
What Should I Eat For Breakfast Before Skiing?
There are several different factors that can make skiing hard on your body. The altitude increases your metabolic rate, and causes extra strain on your body. Here are our top tips for what to eat before skiing:
A combination of fats and protein slows down the release of energy so you can go LONGER. Whole grains over white, since they release energy slower. Minimal fruits and sugar to avoid a sugar spike. Remember to keep things in moderation!
Remember, you want a good protein source combined with a slow-burning carb source.
While we enjoy a full breakfast sometimes, the reality is that we can’t do that daily. Here are some of our go-to ski breakfasts that are easy to prepare and quick to eat:
Oatmeal with peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon.
Whole wheat toast with scrambled eggs and a side of avocado.
Peanut butter and banana rolled in a whole wheat tortilla (perfect for kids on the go).
We almost always pair these with a pre-workout protein shake. We can feel how these fuel our body and the kids think they’re getting some nice thick chocolate milk for breakfast!
Best Ski Breakfasts For Kids
We’ve included some of the best ski breakfasts below, but finding the best ski breakfast for kids can sometimes be a little bit tricky. When picking a pre ski breakfast for kids, the most important thing is that it’s something they’ll actually EAT! If you have picky eaters, look for ways to substitute healthy ingredients for their go-to favorites.
Maybe instead of regular pancakes, you make them Kodiak cakes with added milk and eggs for protein, and top them with yogurt and fruit instead of syrup. A few of my kids aren’t oatmeal lovers, but if I stir in a few chocolate chips into their bowl, they’ll eat the whole thing up (and it doesn’t add too much sugar either).
Whatever ski breakfast for kids you choose, make sure that your kids get FULL, or you’ll probably end up with tired, grouchy kids a few hours later. If your kids get hungry easily, throw a couple of these in their pocket to eat when their energy levels are getting low (these are HANDS DOWN my kids favorite!).
Ski Breakfast Sandwiches
Every skier needs a few good breakfast sandwich recipes for skiing. We love breakfast sandwiches to eat on the way up to the ski hill and keep up full all morning. Make sure to make your grains whole wheat for maximum energy!
This recipe for Instant Pot Egg Bites is such a great breakfast and meal prep solution. You will looooove how easy it is to make perfectly light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth egg bites. Just the thing for eating on the go on the way to the ski hill!
Made with baked eggs, melted cheese and various breakfast meats all stacked together on hearty English muffins, these make-ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches are an easy, delicious option to get a hot breakfast on the table before heading out for a day of skiing!
Ski Breakfasts, Oatmeals
Oatmeal before skiing is my all time FAVORITE! No, not the mush that grandma used to make, I'm talking SUPER FILLING and DELICIOUS oats. Check out these great oatmeal recipes that will make you fall in love with oats for a ski breakfast!
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is a simple make-ahead breakfast recipe that is perfect for ski day breakfasts! Gluten free, easy to make, and packed with flavor! Make them vegan, into baked oatmeal cups or add other fruit like bananas – this recipe is versatile and yummy and perfect to eat at the beginning of a big day of skiing!
Mashed bananas, peanut butter, oats, and sweetened almond milk are the base of this kid-friendly overnight oats recipe. Packed with fiber, this is a go-to breakfast recipe the whole family will love before a big ski day!
Create your own hearty quinoa breakfast bowls with fresh seasonal fruits, all year round. Vary it with other whole grains — oats, brown rice, and more. All those whole grains are perfect to fuel you through a long day of skiing and taste great too!
The BEST chocolate overnight oats recipe—satisfyingly rich and deep chocolate taste with creamy vanilla goodness.The BEST chocolate overnight oats recipe—satisfyingly rich and deep chocolate taste with creamy vanilla goodness. The perfect ski day breakfast for chocolate lovers!
Ski Breakfast Casseroles
Ski Casseroles for breakfast are one of our family favorites before we hit the mountain when we're skiing with a crowd. They're easy to prep in advance and let cook while everyone is getting their ski gear for the day ready. Best of all, they're usually full of energy packed nutrition that even keep our teen full until lunch!
All the flavors of your favorite diner breakfast staple in a make-ahead freezable breakfast egg muffin! Easy to make, easy to transport, easy to reheat! Perfect to grab and go to eat on your way up to the ski hill!
Update your classic egg casserole with an eggs benedict twist! It's upgraded with toasted English muffin bread and topped with a deliciously creamy hollandaise sauce! Even better, it can be made at night and reheated in the morning for a quick, filling breakfast.
Make sure your family has the energy for a day on the slopes by starting out with filling, easy to make breakfast. These Breakfast Casserole Bites can be made ahead of time, and are easy to grab and go!
This maple bacon casserole is not only healthy, but incredibly simple to throw together! Using any bread you have on hand, you can whip up this delicious casserole with very little prep so that you've got a graet french toast casserole for your next ski day!
These keto egg muffins are a quick and easy high protein meal that can be made ahead, heat up quickly and be taken with you whatever you as you head out skiing. One of the best grab and go breakfasts ever!
This easy French Toast casserole can be made the night before and popped in the oven to cook in the morning. It features a bounty of fresh tropical fruit for vitamins and eggs for protein to take you through a full day of skiing.
Breakfast Cookies For Skiing
Ski breakfast cookies may not have all the nutrition that you need to fuel your ski day, but they're a great place to start. We love these for fast mornings when you need a grab and go ski breakfast, and they're perfect because you can make a batch in advance. Pair these with a protein shake to fuel your mornings. These ski breakfast cookies are also perfect for kids who are picky eaters!
Banana and peanut butter are a classic combination, and are delicious together in these chocolate chip oat cookies that are a great little ski breakfast if you've got a sweet tooth! These 'cookies' are super easy to make, with limited sugar - just a touch of honey (1 Tablespoon), and the sugar in the chocolate chips.
These high-protein chocolate peanut butter breakfast cookies are easy to make, require no baking, will keep well in the refrigerator for weeks, are gluten and dairy free, and are packed with high energy nutrition. These are perfect for making ahead and eating on the way to the ski hill!
Strawberries and Cream Energy Balls are a healthy snack both kids and adults will love for a ski breakfast treat. Vegan, Paleo, and free of refined sugar, these tasty treats come together in just 10 minutes and are freezer-friendly.
Written by Jessica Averett
Hi, I'm Jessica! After meeting my husband on a chairlift, we now live in the mountains of Utah with our 5 kids. As a former ski instructor and mom, I'm here to help you make your family ski trips as easy, and FUN, as possible!