Updated: Feb 10
If your kids are in school, then you know that mornings can be pretty exhausting: packing lunches, checking homework folders, and kindly reminding your kids that they only get 2 gummy vitamins a day (okay, maybe not so kindly).
Luckily, there are some quick things that you can do that your kids (and their pediatrician) will appreciate.
Breakfast is important for increased energy, healthy weight, and an overall more productive day.
But if you don't have time to make whole-grain banana pancakes sprinkled with chia seeds and local clover honey, what do you do?
Luckily, the Mayo Clinic describes the 4 basics of a healthy breakfast. Following these guidelines, I have put together 5 weekday breakfast upgrades for your family.
1. Oatmeal with 1/2 cup of fresh fruit.
Use stove-top if you have the extra 10 minutes otherwise just throw some water and oats into the microwave, toss in some berries and you're good to go.
2. Whole-grain toast with nut butter and a banana.
Use whichever bread or bagel you like as long as it is whole-grain. If gluten-free is more your thing, just make sure it doesn't include a lot of artificial ingredients. Look for things you can pronounce like millet, oat flour, or teff flour. Find some healthy bread recipes HERE
3. Non-dairy yogurt with blueberries and chopped nuts.
I personally can't do too much dairy, so I often go for coconut yogurt, but use whichever type suits you and your kids. Be careful though, yogurt can contain tons of added sugar. Opt for plain yogurt and add in the goodies yourself like berries, nuts, and granola.
4. Organic toaster waffles drizzled with honey.
Literally have 5 minutes to spend on breakfast? Fear not! Throw some healthy toaster waffles in the toaster and you're good to go! You can spruce them up a little with sliced banana and honey if you're feeling fancy.
5. Healthy cold cereal with a piece of fruit.
This is one breakfast that is fast and easy (assuming the cat doesn't jump on the table and knock the bowl over). Use whichever milk suits your family. I personally love to use unsweetened oat milk.
Try out 1 or 2, or try them all! Here's to an easier morning, and healthier living!