Mornings are not a Mom’s best friend. No matter how prepared I think I am when I go to sleep at night, some how we still end up frantically searching for one shoe or a misplaced library book in the morning. The minutes just keep ticking along until suddenly you HAVE TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW THIS MINUTE SO JUST GET IN THE CAR. Or is that just me?
I think it’s a universal worry among Mothers that their children will go to school hungry, and therefore become one of those statistics the cereal commercials are always quoting. I know I do. So how do we make sure those commercials are wrong while still getting everyone, including ourselves, presentable and prepared for the day ahead? All you really need is a well-stocked kitchen, and from time to time, perhaps a flexible interpretation of the term “breakfast food”.
Here are a few of my favorite strategies you can use to make sure there’s always something nutritious you can grab as you run out the door.
1. Keep the fruit bowl full of bananas and apples – These are some of natures perfect on the go foods. Add a piece of all natural string cheese and a handful of nuts, and you’ve got protein, calcium, fiber, and a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals covered. And a big bonus, it can be eaten in the backseat without worrying about having to change shirts by the time you reach the carpool line.
2. Yogurt, Granola, and Fruit Parfaits - these are loved by both kids and adults. Open a cup of all natural, vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with a few spoonfuls of your favorite granola from the market. Add berries – blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are some of my favorites because they require no chopping or slicing. That’s it. Really. Swap regular yogurt for Greek yogurt and you’ll be serving the same amount of protein as an egg.
3. Cook more than you need - We usually eat pancakes at some point during the weekend. I just make a few extra and keep them in the refrigerator for a super quick, super kid-friendly breakfast during the week. If it’s one of those mornings where you don’t have time to sit down to eat, these are still a perfect choice. Slather on peanut butter, almond butter, or cream cheese with sliced fruit or jam between two pancakes for a tasty breakfast sandwich.
The same theory of make more than you need applies to muffins as well. When you have extras leftover, pop them in the freezer (using a zip top freezer bag) and pull them out whenever you need them. Either let them thaw overnight, or put them straight into the microwave for a few seconds to defrost.
4. Smoothies – everyone loves a good smoothie, especially kids. We call them “fruity milkshakes” to make them even more appealing. The best thing about smoothies is that frozen fruit works just as well as fresh, so keeping the ingredients on hand is easy. To make things even speedier in the mornings, add all your ingredients to your blender’s pitcher and pop it in the fridge before you go to bed. The next morning just add ice and give it a whirl. Be sure to stock up on straws – they’re a must.
5. And the final no-cook breakfast idea: Leftovers. – I can’t tell you how many times my kids have eaten leftover pizza for breakfast. Or chicken fingers. Or even meatloaf. If it’s in the refrigerator and needs nothing more than a quick re-heating, I’m probably going to offer it up for breakfast. In my house, if it was good enough for dinner then it’s good enough for breakfast. Just be sure to add some fruit and a glass of milk. Because for some reason the addition of those two things can magically transform anything into an appropriate breakfast.
Now it's your turn - what are some of your favorite no-cook breakfasts?
Susan is a mom to two young children, with a full time job and a hungry husband. Her blog, Our Family Eats, began from a desire to help other overwhelmed families find easy and inspiring ways to get fun, wholesome meals on the table fast. She loves old school cameras, documentaries about useless information, and Bundt cakes, but she won’t tolerate chaos.
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