Do you eat breakfast? If you skip breakfast, you’re not alone. In the rush out the door, this important meal is often forgotten. But it’s not just adults either. Studies have found that 40% of Canadian children do not eat breakfast on a daily basis. A shocking statistic considering research has found that having a balanced breakfast helps children concentrate and learn better while at school.
Breakfast can be as simple as milk and cereal with some fruit on the side, but that can get boring if you’re eating it every day. Here are some tips for getting your mornings started on the right foot:
Plan your meals ahead of time so you know what you will be eating each morning. This way you won’t be left standing in front of the fridge each day trying to put together a healthy and balanced meal. When you’re grocery shopping, make sure you have the basics of breakfast stocked at all times. Good items to have handy are fresh fruits, yogurt, granola, eggs, deli meats, cheese and milk.
Eat from your freezer
Prepare a large batch of muffins, pancakes or waffles on a weekend and freeze them for use later in the week. All you have to do is pop them into the toaster or microwave to heat them up. Healthier and tastier than the premade variety that you can find in the freezer aisle.
Prepare breakfast the night before
If you can’t precook items for breakfast during the weekend, you can still help yourself in the mornings by gathering your ingredients for breakfast the night before. Thinking of serving pancakes? Mix the batter the night before. Set the breakfast table. Put everything you need for breakfast either on the table, or all together in the fridge so you’re not left scrambling in the mornings.
Lay it out
Kids respond better when they’re given the opportunity to make their own choices when it comes to food, making it more likely that theywill eat it. Lay out the different components of your breakfast and let your child pick what they want. For example, use a whole wheat waffle as a base and lay out different fruits, toppings and spreads to go with it for your child to choose from.
Be a model for your children
If you don’t eat breakfast, how can you expect your children to do so? They’ll follow your lead. Sit down together and have a quick meal in the morning.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes from around the web, and no cereal (promise!):
- Homemade Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches – A healthier homemade spin on a McDonalds classic. Easy to make ahead and freeze for days when you don’t know what to eat.
- Veggie Omelet – Full of vegetables, you can customize it with whatever you have on hand in your fridge.
- Banana Yogurt Pancakes – Hidden within this breakfast favorite are bananas full of potassium and yogurt for extra protein and calcium. Make a large batch on the weekend and freeze the leftovers.
- Zucchini Breakfast Casserole – You normally think of casseroles for dinner, but that is what makes this brilliant. Especially now that summer is winding down you’ll have plenty of these fresh vegetables hanging around.
- Cranberry Almond Swirl Muffins – These taste as good as they look. Make them ahead and you can grab them on the go on a weekday morning.
- French Toast Sticks – French toast can be time consuming to prepare on busy mornings, but with this variation, just pop them in the oven, get ready for the day, and come back to a finished breakfast.
What is your go to breakfast?