Brooke recently emailed me about her breakfast concerns. School is starting once again and the rush to get the kids out the door with a nourishing breakfast can be a challenge.
Brooke said, “I have a plethora of parenting magazines thanks to dirt cheap Groupon and Mamapedia online deals, but am not finding a good selection of healthy, whole breakfasts to serve my kids. I know the breakfasts I serve my kids are quick and – well, they deserve better. By better I mean more protein and overall nutrients. I know my lifestyle enough to realize it’s not entirely realistic for me to turn on the oven or stove in the morning before we leave, so any baking or cooking would have to be done ahead of time.”
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and usually the most rushed. According to the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, more than 25 percent of kids, aged 11 to 18, skip breakfast altogether.
Angel gets a good start to her school day,
by eating breakfast.
If you are trying to get out the door yourself it’s tempting to rely on processed foods. Brooke knows in order to have a nutritious breakfast, it will take some preparation. But how do you manage a hearty breakfast without spending a lot of time in the kitchen? There are ways to make the morning meal nutritious and fast.
- First, we have to get over the idea there is only some food is suitable for breakfast. In other parts of the world, eating salads for breakfast is commonplace. What could be easier?
- Make a breakfast sandwich. Peanut butter (or any nut butter) and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread gives a substantial start to the day. Egg salad sandwiches made with toasted bread is a more traditional breakfast sandwich.
- Eggs are always quick. But if you don’t have time to cook them in the morning, you can hard-boil a dozen for the week, then there is NO cooking in the morning, just grab a boiled egg or two from the refrigerator. Click Here for a fail-safe recipe.
- Fruit smoothies require no cooking. When you supercharge them, your kids will have a solid meal. Click Here for a Super Smoothie recipe.
- Oatmeal only takes five minutes. Cook more than you need on the weekend when you have more time and store it in the refrigerator. The same goes for Quinoa (although it has a longer cooking time); each will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator. Just add a little water and heat up. Change the toppings for variety. One morning it’s raisins and walnuts, another it’s blueberries. Click Here for my oatmeal recipe.
- Whole wheat toast with a nut butter, a piece of cheese and fruit makes for a quick breakfast.
- If you want a boxed cereal, be sure it’s jam-packed with whole grains. If your children are used to eating sugared cereal, a whole grain cereal will not go over too well. Expect a period of transition. I especially like Ezekiel 4:9 Original, purchased from a whole foods store. I always add sliced almonds and either blue or black berries.
- Try these Blueberry-Bran Muffins (Click Here). Make them ahead and heat up in the morning.
For a synopsis of Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater, Click Here.