It happens too often. I have all three kids fed, dressed, shoes on, teeth brushed. We’ve got our diaper bags packed and ready to go. I’m dressed and ready. We’re about to get in the car. What did I forget? To eat!
In the morning rush, feeding myself somehow always gets passed by. With the start of fall and new routines, I have made it a priority to always eat a good breakfast in the morning. With three kids under 3, I look for things that are easy, healthy, quick to prepare, and require zero or one step in the morning. Here are a few of my go-tos:
Overnight oats are great because they only take a few minutes to prepare the night before and just need a quick reheat in the morning. My base recipe is as follows:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. maple syrup
Handful of fruit
Mix everything together in a container (I use mason jars) and keep in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the morning.
The beauty is that you can change the recipe by adding yogurt, nuts, and flax or chia seeds. You can also change up the fruit, swap out the maple syrup for honey or agave, add a little cocoa powder or pumpkin spice. Since there are so many different ways to prepare oats, I don’t get tired of them.
Hardboiled eggs are super handy in the morning, because they can be taken on the go if need be. I boil my eggs and peel them in advance so it’s just grab and go in the morning. Breakfast egg muffins are also great because they are easy to prepare, and they can be different each time you make them if you change up which veggies, cheese, or seasoning you use. The best part is that my kids like them, too. Again, it’s just a quick reheat and go in the morning.
Sure, you can always buy individual containers of yogurt, which are great to keep on hand in a pinch, but I prefer to put together my own. My favorite combination is this:
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon of honey
Splash of vanilla
Pinch of cinnamon
Chocolate chips (optional)
It may sound like an odd combination, but it almost resembles cookie dough. I mix it up the night before so that in the morning I can dig right in. As with the oats and eggs, you can always keep the base recipe but change up the add-ins, like swapping out the peanut butter for fruit and adding in nuts or granola.
There are some days when even my simple, quick go-tos are still not quick enough. Therefore, I always keep a stash of protein bars or protein powder for those days when I truly can’t get it together. If I know I’ll be in a big hurry in the morning, I may put my Blender Bottle pre-filled with a scoop of greek yogurt in the fridge the night before. In the morning, I just shake it up to blend the yogurt and liquid, add in a scoop of protein shake, and get on the road. It makes for a hearty shake without having to pull out the blender.
When you’re getting kids ready in the morning, every second counts. The internet is filled with so many great breakfast recipes, but sometimes I need to just go with the quickest and easiest option without buying pre-made food, eating my kids’ scraps, or going through the drive-thru every day.