Mornings can be a hectic time, especially during the school year. Trying to get your little ones ready for the day and out the door on time can be a daily challenge, so anything that can save time during your morning routine is a welcome addition. Many busy parents are tempted to skip breakfast in order to get the kids to school on time. However, studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast perform better in school, get more of the daily nutrients they need, and typically have more energy. But how can you ensure your children get the morning fuel they need when you’re in such a rush? We’ve rounded up a few tips for healthy breakfasts you can quickly prepare to eat both at the breakfast table and on-the-go!
1. Make-Ahead Meals- One way to save time on weekday mornings is to prepare ahead over the weekend. You could even get the kids to help for a fun weekend project! Try a batch of healthy banana oatmeal muffins, or homemade granola bars. Both of these would be a great option for mornings when someone oversleeps and you have to combine breakfast time with your morning commute to school!
2. The Freezer is Your Friend- This tip takes preparing ahead to the next level. Have a busy week or two coming up? Make a bunch of breakfast burritos that can be zapped in the microwave but still provide your family with a hearty, nutritious breakfast. Also, look for frozen smoothie packets in your grocery store that can be blended up in seconds for your kids who aren’t very hungry in the mornings.
3. Yogurt Bowls- One healthy breakfast option is yogurt, but on it’s own, it may not be too filling. Throw a handful of fresh or frozen fruit, granola or cereal, and maybe even a few chocolate chips into a yogurt cup for an easy, delicious, and nutritious morning meal. Check out this recipe for breakfast parfaits for a make-ahead option!
4. On-the-Go Stash- Some days, breakfast at home just isn’t going to happen (Monday, we’re looking at you). These days, it’s good to have pre-packaged options on hand to grab and go. Some great options include Go-Gurt tubes, applesauce pouches, granola bars, bananas, packages of apple slices, or even PB&J sandwiches. Keep these in a handy bin in the fridge or pantry for easy access. Hopefully these tips and tricks will make it easier for you to make a healthy breakfast a reality in your busy schedule! If you have any other tips we missed, let us know- we would love to hear from you!