On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas for Busy Working Families
Yesterday, in a discussion about the most challenging times of day to be a parent, many of our Family Room bloggers confessed that they and their kids are just not morning people. Weekday mornings can be high stress times for working parents, so any strategies for making the morning rush a little bit smoother are always welcomed!
Today our bloggers are sharing some ideas about how to make one component of morning stress – breakfast – a little faster. Check out these ideas for quick and easy on-the-go breakfast ideas for kids and busy families.
Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids & Busy Families
Allison: My daughter is not a morning person and doesn’t like eating right when she wakes up. Actually, she would skip breakfast entirely if I let her. She usually isn’t hungry until a few minutes before it’s time to leave for school, and sometimes, not until she gets settled in the car. I’ve had to get creative with meals that require little prep-time and are easy to take. Some of her favorites include: banana oat cookies, vanilla yogurt with her choice of fruit (usually cut up strawberries, raspberries or blueberries) or zucchini carrot apple muffins (which require a bit of prep/bake time, but once they’re made you can freeze some to last you).
Kate: I have some make-ahead breakfast recipes that are healthy and great for busy weekday mornings. Granola, cold oatmeal, smoothies and egg cups are all favorites in our house.
Mary: There’s the obvious choices like granola bars or dried cereal in a bag. The not-so-obvious grab-and-go breakfast idea is to make eggs and have them eat them in the car (or a homemade wake-up wrap). We don’t do this often but it’s not unheard of!
Amy: Usually on-the-go breakfast includes whatever the kids didn’t finish eating at home that can be reasonably transported to the car. Here are some breakfast foods that typically end up in the car with us on weekday morning: cereal bars, dried cereal or granola, muffins, egg sandwiches, bagels.
Media Mom: We try to keep our freezer stocked with frozen waffles and French toast from Trader Joe’s. They can be heated up in a minute or two, and in a pinch I let my kids take them in the car. We also keep Clif Kidz bars in the house, and, of course, fruit.
Heather: My daughter is not a great breakfast eater. When we have breakfast on the go it usually includes silver dollar pancakes (Trader Joe’s frozen pancakes are delicious!), a pre-made yogurt fruit smoothie, and an applesauce pouch. Easy and portable.
Kris-Ann: Easy-to-freeze muffins are great to grab on the go on busy mornings.
For those of you also trying to find ways to beat the busy morning rush, have you come across any tips for making the morning routine go more smoothly? Have any additional on-the-go breakfast ideas to share? Leave your ideas in the comments area below.
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