Mornings get hectic, especially during the school year when just about every member of the household, except the cat, has a place to be. Getting a healthy breakfast on the table sometimes seems like a daunting task at best. But, with a little advance prep, it can be done. Promise.
During my years teaching at the middle level, I often saw students arrive with sacks of doughnuts and/or large sugar-laden drinks, sometimes coffee even. While that was a quick, drive-thru solution, it was not a wise one. The temporary high from the sugar most always gave out within an hour or two and those students were either hungry or just too tired to concentrate.
And school breakfasts are sometimes not much better. When kids have the choice of French toast sticks soaked in syrup–and not even maple syrup–over a hard boiled egg and whole wheat toast, what do you think they will choose? Yes, there have been strides made in providing more nutritious options, but all too often right beside those healthy choices are those far more tempting poor ones.
So, what’s a parent to do?
And this is where I get on my soap box. Plan. Plan. Plan. And get your kiddos involved in that planning and even in the advance preparations.
Many good breakfast options can be made ahead completely or, at least, prepped ahead so that little time is required for completion. Skipping breakfast, by the way, is NOT an option.
- Strive for protein options. Protein is what fills us up and stays with us the longest. Protein doesn’t have to be bacon and sausage either. What’s wrong with a turkey sandwich for breakfast if your child loves turkey sandwiches? Just make sure that sandwich is made with a whole grain bread.
- Does your child love fruit? Peanut or other nut butter? Make a fruit and peanut butter pizza or roll.
- How about cheese? Grilled cheese or cheese toast? Quick and filling to be sure.
- Cereal? I’m okay with that as long as it’s not presweetened and is made from a complex grain. However, cereal as an everyday option, I believe should be avoided. How about oatmeal, quinoa or brown rice instead?
- Save those doughnuts and biscuits and gravy for a weekend special splurge.
My segment on THV11 This Morning this week is all about make-ahead options for breakfasts. I’ll post the link to that segment as soon as the station does. I will also have a post coming out this week for additional prepped-ahead breakfast options. Come back and check those out.
In the meantime, make up a batch of these Tropical Breakfast Cookies. They are healthy and nutritious and can be made ahead and frozen.
What kid, or adult for that matter, doesn’t love the idea of eating cookies for breakfast? Shhh. Just don’t tell anyone that they are good for you.