Imagine a scene that encapsulates the feeling of kids and moms on mornings during the school year. Doubtless you envisioned a busy household, a kitchen on the brink of breakfast disaster, and several children stuffing granola bars into their pockets as they’re pushed out the door to catch the school bus. It’s not entirely inaccurate, because quick and healthy breakfasts are one of the biggest challenges parents (and kids!) face from September to June. Here are some quick fix, easy-prep breakfasts that hit the marks both for filling bellies, and meeting school bells!
You-Do-It Yogurt Snack Bar
Offer a selection of yogurt toppings in easy-to-open containers at a kid friendly height – you can even put small individual containers in a basket and keep on the counter for ease. Yogurt can be portioned out in servings in small clean jars with lids in the fridge for the week – and the jars allow you to leave plenty of room “up top” for delicious fillings. Here’s a list to get you started in building your yogurt snack bar: dried cherries, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, granola, sliced almonds, walnut pieces and maple sugar sprinkles. These toppings also work well on steel-cut oatmeal – which you can cook in the crockpot overnight for easy mornings!
Wonderful Waffle Sandwiches
Store bought freezer waffles are filling and economical, and waffles can be eaten by hand when turned into sandwiches! Add fillings like nut butters or cream cheese and sliced fruit such as bananas, strawberries, of kiwi, and top off with a sprinkle of chia seeds and a dollop of yogurt before adding the top waffle. Wrap in a paper towel, and presto! A filling and healthy breakfast meal your kids can eat on the go.
Excellent Egg Wraps
Cooked eggs freeze beautifully. Beat eggs in a bowl and add favourite fillings like chicken deli, shredded cheeses, chopped peppers, or onions with salt and pepper. Cook omelet style in a small pan in thin layers. Stack each egg “round” on a tortilla shell and roll up, before sealing with plastic wrap and freezing. On busy mornings, unwrap plastic and transfer to paper towel lined plate. Microwave for 45 seconds for a grab-and-go high protein breakfast.
Homemade pancakes, waffles, and French toast are not just for weekends anymore! Double cook a large batch when you have time, and freeze in freezer zip-style bags for delicious school day breakfasts. Pop in toaster, add some fruit and syrup and all of a sudden, Wednesday feels like Saturday! Slice waffles and French toast into “sticks” to make dipping fast and easy just in case it’s one of those “eat in the car” kind of mornings.
Drinkable breakfasts are super-fast and a saviour some days. Freeze fruit, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a bit of fruit juice in single size portions in labelled zip-style freezer bags. Kids can pop the frozen contents into a blender with some fresh milk (cow, almond, coconut, or soy) to quickly whirl up an incredible, sippable morning meal.
Spend an hour on Sunday prepping some meals to get you through your hectic week a little more smoothly. Enlist your kids to help and cut the work time in half, as well as building some independence skills!
Written by: Jen Marinucci, YMC.ca