It’s the time of year when many families are settling into their back to school routines and adjusting to changes and transitions in schedules.
One of the non-negotiables in my house, that helps our transition times go more smoothly, is eating a nutritious, energizing, brain boosting breakfast. Children and parents alike need to fill their gas tanks with quality fuel to run smoothly for the busy school and work day. Teachers appreciate starting their days with children who are energetic, focused and ready to learn. And most bosses are appreciative of the same characteristics in their employees.
Breakfast preparation does not need to be complicated and time consuming. In fact, it can’t be at my house. There’s limited time to rise, shine, and get out the door by 7:30am for school (and the gym).
Thankfully, there are many quick, healthy options that you can customize for breakfast in your home.
A few of our kid-friendly favorites include:
+ Sprouted toast with homemade nut butter and honey/jam
+ Scrambled eggs with a side of broccoli (or other veggies)
+ Homemade muffins (which are always already prepped and ready to be taken from the freezer the night before)
+ Oatmeal with nuts/berries
+ Sprouted bagel with organic cream cheese
And I’m working on trying out more breakfast burritos with eggs, spinach, peppers and onions. Still searching for the “perfect tortilla” that everyone enjoys and will roll nicely. (Best luck so far with brown rice wraps.)
I do enjoy most of the kid-friendly options listed above, but in addition, my energizing mommy breakfast may include:
+ Sprouted toast with avocado, tomato, onion, lime and cilantro
+ Scrambled eggs with onions and kale
+ Plain, organic Greek yogurt with nuts/berries
+ Low glycemic smoothies
I often save homemade waffles and pancakes for the weekend since they are more time consuming. UNLESS I have extras which have been frozen and I can thaw them out the night before we want to use them.
One rule of thumb I try to follow for breakfast is combining a protein, fiber and healthy fat at breakfast as I have found it truly keeps me, my children, (and most of my clients!) satiated, our blood sugars balanced and our energy and moods elevated until our next snack or meal. For example, nut butter with sprouted toast and berries is a perfect combination. Or eggs with broccoli and a half a slice of sprouted toast with butter. Oatmeal mixed with nuts and berries would fit the combination too. Protein. Fiber. Fat. A winning combination!
There are so many simple, nutritious and delicious breakfasts out there that may be good for your back to school morning routine. Please feel free to share a few of your family favorites below.
Good luck getting back to school! Do it with energy and a smile 🙂