It’s no secret that getting the whole family up, dressed, packed, and fed in the morning is a marathon sport. Between organizing lunches, finding soccer uniforms, and making yourself look presentable, healthy homemade breakfasts are often last on the list. Given the morning rush, it’s understandable why busy families reach for processed and packaged foods in the morning—but, we don’t have to! Below, Sarah Waldman, recipe developer and author of Feeding a Family: A Real-Life Plan for Making Dinner Work, shares her top ten tips on how to get out the door with a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, every day! With just a small amount of planning, you can have a variety of healthy breakfast options ready or prepared ahead of time that your whole clan will enjoy, and will leave you feeling like Super Mom.
1. Once a week, make a menu schedule including 3-4 make-ahead breakfasts for the week. Think muffins, quiche, overnight oats, and homemade bars.
2. Ask your family for input. When kids help pick out recipes, they are more included to eat and enjoy them.
3. Choose recipes that can easily be packed and transported for breakfast in the car, a tasty lunch addition, or an afternoon snack.
4. Make cooking a priority. Look at your calendar and block off a time to shop, prepare, and store healthy breakfasts for the week ahead.
5. Look for recipes with options. Kids like to feel in control of their food and make their own choices. Let them select oatmeal toppings (fruit, nuts, honey, maple syrup, unsweetened coconut), muffin spreads (nut butter, jam, butter), and smoothie ingredients.
6. Ask around. See how your friends handle breakfast on busy weekday mornings and steal ideas from them.
7. Have back-ups. When all else fails, hard-boiled eggs, whole wheat toast spread with nut butter, or a simple bowl of yogurt and berries does the trick. Just make sure these things are stocked in the fridge.
8. Prepare breakfast when you feel your best. Are you a night owl or an early bird? Pick the time of day when you feel your best to work in the kitchen. You will have more fun and be more productive.
9. Select recipes that appeal to both kids and adults. Mom and dad are just as guilty of running out the door without a proper breakfast so make something that will inspire everyone to fill up healthfully.
10. Let breakfast set the tone for the day. When you start the day with a healthy breakfast your blood sugar is properly regulated and you are more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day.
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