This week is National School Breakfast week. Hopefully your school is celebrating the week by offering a healthy breakfast option for your kids. If not (or if you just can’t seem to make it out the door for the early morning) here are a few ideas for busy families to incorporate a healthy breakfast.
Whole-grain frozen waffles with a teaspoon of peanut butter. This is a great way to start your day with whole grains and get some protein rather than loading up on sugar at the beginning of the day. Another great thing about peanut butter – it’s easy to transport! (For those of you with peanut allergies, there are lots of great nut butter options out there now – try almond butter or hazelnut butter instead!)
- Are your kids cereal lovers but your morning is hectic? Prepare everything you need the night before. Have bowls of cereal waiting on your kitchen counter in the morning with pre-cut fruit in the refrigerator as a topping. it seems like a little thing, but it makes breakfast so much easier. Make sure you’re choosing whole grain cereals to give your kids a brain boost rather than a sugar boost in the morning.
- Smoothies are a fast favorite. Throw in a cup of reduced-fat yogurt, some frozen fruit and a little reduced-fat milk. (There are many great almond milk and coconut milk subsittutes if your kids are lactose intolerent). Blend it up and you’re out the door!
- Breakfast sandwiches are another great option that can be prepared the night before. Use turkey or chicken bacon or sausage, a whole grain english muffin and a slice of cheese. Pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and you can be out the door with a healthy breakfast.
- For those days when all else fails, keep a stash of granola bars on hand.