School mornings are hard. You have to get up early, get everyone ready and get out the door on time. You also need to eat! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be hard to find a spare moment while rushing to get to school and work on time. These easy ideas are sure to help you make time to eat every single morning.
Idea #1: Meal Prep!
You might not think of breakfast foods when you think about doing meal prep for the week, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure that your family eats in the morning. Start simple, with overnight oats or egg cups.
You can make your overnight oats the night before or make a batch of eggs cups on Sunday for the week. Both are versatile. You can add whatever you want to your oats; fruit, nuts, chocolate. And egg cups are a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your children’s diets. You can add mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, kale and whatever else you might want. Try incorporating cheese or bacon to up the “yum!” factor.
Extra Tip: You can take both of these breakfasts with you in the car in the morning if you need to. Just make sure you have a spoon for your overnight oats and napkins to clean up any potential spills.
Idea #2: Keep it Simple
Choose meals that are quick to eat and can be taken on the road in a pinch. Some great options are yogurt parfaits, oatmeal or avocado toast.
These simple breakfasts are easy to put together in the morning, especially if you prep some of the items the night before. You can wash and cut your fruit for yogurt parfaits or for topping your oatmeal and store it in a container in your fridge for easy use in the morning. You can also mash your avocado toast mixture and store it for the morning—just make sure your container is airtight to minimize browning.
Extra Tip: You can spice your avocado toast up with red pepper, feta or goat cheese.
Idea #3: Grab & Go
Always have a backup! Some mornings, you’re just not going to have the five minutes you need to make your avocado toast. Or, as after-school commitments gain steam, you might not have the time to meal prep after school.
Don’t stress over it! To avoid anyone skipping breakfast, have some quick grab and go options for your kids. Great options are whole fruits, breakfast biscuits or granola bars. Look for low-sugar versions of old favorites for a slightly healthier morning.
Theron Pickett is currently a junior at Georgetown University, majoring in Government. She hopes to attend law school sometime after graduation.