September is National Breakfast Month! It couldn’t have come at a better time since today is my kids first day back at preschool. I am getting back into the swing of quick, easy, and healthy breakfasts that will get us out the door on time. I don’t know about you, but we get in a “breakfast rut” even with all the options at the supermarket. Getting your kids to eat breakfast is a whole other battle that changes daily.
Why should you or your kids eat breakfast? Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have better concentration, memory, and alertness and eat less throughout the day than people who skip breakfast. Here are some “out the door” offerings that you can even eat at home or take in the car. Let me know your ideas too.
1. 100% whole wheat bagel thins, bagel, or mini bagel with meat and cheese, a pear, & milk
2. Mini pancake sandwiches with peanut butter or cream cheese & low sugar jelly, milk & fresh berries (Aunt Jemima has mini pancakes that is free of yellow dye unlike other brands.)
3. Low sugar yogurt smoothie, cereal bar, & grapes
4. Instant Oatmeal with walnuts, banana & milk (Three Sisters & Better Oats packaging helps you measures the water but there are other great ones too.)
5. Greek yogurt with 100 calorie nut pack mixed with low sugar, high fiber cereal, & dried fruit
6. Lara Bar, banana, & light yogurt
7. Muffin, Vitamuffins or Tops, or Van’s Muffin Crowns, milk, & sliced apples
8. Lower sugar granola bar & apple slices with cheese stick or Jif to Go peanut butter (My fave granola bars are Cascadian Farms or Kashi. CF also have the kid sized granola bars.)
9. Whole grain, high fiber cereal with banana & milk
10. Scrambled eggs with low-fat cheese & chopped bacon in a whole wheat tortilla with orange slices and milk
*Gluten Free options can be substituted. Look for GF cereals, cereal bars, waffles, pancakes, breads, tortillas, & oatmeal.