Quick healthy back to school breakfasts
Back to School Time (or any time!)
As parents rejoice and children breathe a heavy sigh, schools are beginning to open up for a brand new school year. Along with packing the kids off to school every day will come the breakfast dilemma. There isn't always a lot of time in the mornings before school but you want the kids to have a fairly nutritious breakfast to start their day. I've got you covered. Here are some recipes, tips and more to get your child's school year off to a good start.
Healthy Breakfast When You Absolutely Don’t Have Time to Cook
Even when you’re in a hurry to get out the door in the morning, feeding your family a healthy breakfast is still important to you. I know because I am a mom (and a Grandma!) and as mom’s it’s our job to make sure our families eat healthy. Instead of going through the drive through though, here are some suggestions you can use that are quick and healthy, on the go breakfast ideas.
The first thing to do is plan ahead. Planning makes any meal time so much easier, especially when you’re in a hurry. Healthy items to have on hand and that are easy to grab and go are:
• Healthy cereal bars
• Granola bars
• Baggies of whole grain cereal
• Graham crackers
• Sliced Cheese
• Sliced ham
• Sliced Fruit
• Flour tortillas
• Sliced whole grain bread
• Seedless Grapes
• Peanut butter
• Raw veggies such as celery stalks and baby carrots
When you have the above items on hand, you can either eat them alone or you can combine them quickly for a fast, healthy breakfast.
• Spread some cream cheese on graham crackers or bagels.
• Make a cheese sandwich
• Toast some bread and top with cream cheese and sliced fruit
• Spread some peanut butter over saltines
• Cream cheese on saltines is also good
• Celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese and raisins
• A slice of cheese and ham rolled together
The point is you don’t have to skip breakfast when you don’t have time to cook. And you don’t have to skimp on health by running through a drive through. Save time and money simply by using your imagination and with a little planning. Your kids will like the new ideas and may even begin to eat breakfast better.
Remember; don’t ask your kids what they want. Simply make it and hand it to them. They may think it’s weird at first, especially if it’s not a typical breakfast food. However, they will most likely think its fun to eat something a bit out of the ordinary. Make a game out of it and they’re sure to “bite.” Pretend you are on a deserted island or on a ship lost at sea. It’s the only food left on earth and you have to eat it or you won’t survive.
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Toast: An old standby
More than Just Toast
Toast is one of the most popular of breakfast foods because it is easy to make and eat on the go. You can pop some bread down in the toaster while you’re applying your makeup or blow drying your hair. Your kids can even learn to make toast when they are old enough to remove it without getting burned. But, having boring old toast every day with butter can get old, so here are some suggestions to spice up an old standby.
Prepared in a toaster oven is the best way to make pizza toast. Before placing bread in toaster oven, top with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Of course you can top with whatever pizza toppings you have on hand. Broil pizza for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Not very breakfast-y, I know, but my kids love it and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus it’s easy to eat on the go. Just make sure you don’t put too much pizza sauce, and take napkins.
Toasty Fruit Pizza
A twist to traditional fruit pizza is to use toasted bread for the crust and it makes for a healthy breakfast. Spread with cream cheese and your favorite slices of fruit for a healthy meal on the go. It helps save time preparing to have the fruit already sliced.
Easy Breakfast Sandwiches with toast
When you have leftover bacon or sausage, make quick and easy breakfast sandwiches by placing a piece of cheese and meat between two pieces of toast.
Some other toast-topping suggestions that aren’t so traditional include:
• Cream cheese instead of butter
• Apple butter
• Peanut butter and bananas
• Peanut butter and apples
• Peanut butter and honey
• Cheese and mayonnaise
• Lunchmeat and cheese
To make toast the healthiest possible, choose breads that are whole grain. Also, choose spreads that are low in sugar and fat.
Next time you get stressed out about making breakfast, just think “toast” and all these wonderful suggestions to make toast a bit more exciting!
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