Who can relate to this? You have 10 mins left until you absolutely have to leave the house, your little ones are dragging their feet and you’re still trying to grab everything you need for the day. But wait, no one has had breakfast yet! What to do!? For anyone whose experienced this, here’s a list of time saving options that you can either prepare very quickly in the morning or the night before to allow you to simply grab and go when you just don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s very true. Research has shown that eating breakfast reduces overeating later in the day and allows children to perform better throughout their day.
These are quick and easy to prepare ahead of time. An option to ensuring you meet your child’s daily fruit and vegetable intake needs is to blend them together and add milk (if your child is lactose intolerant, consider using almond or soy milk instead) or yogurt (depending on the fruits and vegetables of choice) as a base. Put their smoothie in a cup with a lid and you can head out the door confident that they’ll be hydrated and satisfied until lunch time.
Fruits to try are blueberries, strawberries or banana or vegetables such as kale or spinach. Add sweetness naturally with honey.
This is another quick and easy option. If you’re on the go, you can easily grab a prepackaged cup or 2 (Miss O enjoys Minigo from Yoplait) or add to a bowl and top with fruit or granola for more substance. In addition to its great taste, yogurt is a fantastic source of protein, calcium and vitamins.
Avocados on Toast
Chock-full of fibre, avocados are great for both you and your little ones. Simply mash or puree and spread on toast for a quick, nutritious breakfast.
If you just don’t have the time to prep breakfast ahead of time, stock up on fruits instead. A banana, clementine or apple are great because you can grab and go. In addition to their natural sweetness, additional benefits include fibre and vitamins that help to protect against a range of diseases and promote optimal health. Granted, a single piece of fruit may not be filling but it’s a good start to the day and much better than not eating anything at all.
A quick solution when you’re out of ideas. Cereals such as Cheerios are full of oats which provide a great energy boost throughout the day. With such a large selection of cereals out there today, you’re bound to found something your little ones enjoy. Additional benefits include excellent long term storage if needed, easy to throw in a small plastic container and go and are enough to sustain your child until their next meal. Be mindful of the sugar content of some of your child’s favourites.
A new fad I’ve encountered is overnight oats. Simply add the ingredients you want (the main ones being oats and milk) to a glass mason jar or tall plastic container (really, any container that can be sealed tightly) the night before and store it in the fridge. When you’re ready, put the contents in a bowl, warm, top with fruits if you choose (ex. bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) and and presto, breakfast is served. Great for when you and your kids have some time in the morning to sit down before dashing out the door. The best part about this is you can get creative with the toppings and ingredients. A major benefit of starting the day with oatmeal is it will boost your child’s energy levels (based on its carbs and protein content) and enable them to push through their active day.
Hopefully these options have given you a few ideas for a quick breakfast on the go. As parents we’re busy doing so much, so if we can make anything easy for ourselves, why not? Now it’s your turn, what breakfast options have you tried in the past and what has worked for you?