What are some things that you want to improve on this year? Are there areas of your day to day life that just get a little crazy if you are not in your groove? Me too! I know exactly what you’re talking about!
Over the next few weeks I am going to share with you some tips that I work hard to implement at our house so that I can stay in my groove.
Breakfast is likely the natural place to start. I really like to give my kids a hot meal in the mornings before I take them to school. I always hope that what I feed them for breakfast will stick to their bellies and keep them full until lunch.
Believe me, I fail. And when I do, my mom groove goes right out the window. If we oversleep in the mornings, or if the kids are not cooperating, or if I have not made an effort to plan ahead a little, we end up resorting to cold cereal (which is not horrible, my kids do love it) or swinging by the donut shop on our way to school (ugh!!).
The solution? Make a list of easy, hot, breakfast ideas that are made without tons of effort (as I am usually directing chaos in the mornings in between breakfast duty). Like my meal planning, I need for breakfast to be quick and easy.
1) Cheese Toast- super simple! Pop it in the oven, manage the chaos of the morning routine, come back in about 5-7 minutes and breakfast is done. (Melted cheese does not photograph well, does it?)
2) Malt-o Meal- all of my children LOVE this! It cooks in minutes, the longest part is the water boiling. And how long does it really take 2 cups of water to boil? This is high in folic acid and keeps their bellies full for a long time.
3) Oatmeal- this is a flexible hot breakfast option. You can add lots of things to it (nuts, dried fruit, flavors, etc.) and you can buy instant/quick cooking oats. And you have options when it comes to cooking methods- stove top or in the microwave.
4) Frozen Pancakes- my kids love these. I heat them up in the oven because I can do many at one time and the oven prevents them from getting soggy while cooking, unlike the microwave. Pop them in and walk away for 5-7 minutes. I like to purchase the pancakes with blueberries added and then I spray them with butter (love the simplicity of spray butter). The butter and berry combo make for a yummy semi-sweet breakfast that does not require any syrup.
5) Frozen Waffles- again, I love to buy them with berries and heat them in the oven opposed to the toaster. In the oven I can cook 6-8 at a time (or the whole box if I use two cookie sheets). Spray with butter once done and they are an easy on-the-go breakfast. For a little added sweetness without the syrup, some of my kids like to top their waffles with peanut butter (protein) or Nutella.
6) Instant Grits- I love these. They cook fast and you can add cheese or bacon bits for a more protein packed hot meal. You can also add a little butter and sugar for a sweeter tooth.
7) Muffins- mix them up the night before and store them in the fridge. You can even line your muffin tins the night before, too. Then fill your muffin tins in the morning and pop them in the oven to bake. While you’re managing the morning routine, breakfast is cooking. You could also batch cook a bunch of muffins and store them in a ziplock bag once cool. Then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds when you’re ready to eat them.
8) Scrambled Eggs- another flexible hot breakfast item that can easily be partnered with any of the breakfast ideas I have listed. You can add things like cheese or veggies. And, for a super quick method, you can make them in the microwave.
It is also easy to add a banana, apple slices or orange slices to any of the ideas I have listed.
Start your day off with your mom groove going and it will likely carry on through the day! After all, good makes more good. Does that make sense?
What are some simple, hot, breakfast ideas you would like to share?