School has been in session and I know that many parents and kids are in a rush in the morning, leaving little time for breakfast. I'm tired of listening to all the excuses for not eating breakfast.
If you're bored of cereal with milk or don't like breakfast food, here are some unique breakfast ideas that can be prepared in five minutes or less. Remember, for weight management, eating breakfast can help control your appetite for the rest of the day, and keeps your brain working until lunch.
Two-minute scrambled eggs in a cup: Spray a mug with non-stick spray. Pour in 2 beaten eggs mixed with 2 tbsp milk. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving small gap for steam. Microwave on medium-high for 1 minute and 30 seconds to 1 minute and 45 seconds, stirring several times during cooking. Cover and let stand for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve with whole-grain toast, whole wheat wrap or English muffin
Breakfast to go: Fruit smoothie in a to-go cup. (Use plastic cup with a straw.) Or whole wheat toast or English muffin with almond or peanut butter and apple slices.
Lunch for breakfast: Turkey or tuna with chopped lettuce stuffed
into 1/2 of a whole-wheat pita. Add a fruit if you have time.
Make-ahead breakfast: Hard-boiled egg (they keep for a week in the refrigerator with the shell on).
French toast, pancakes or waffles: Make extra on the weekend and freeze. Defrost in the microwave or pop into the toaster. Heat frozen berries in the microwave with a little maple syrup for a topping.
Make-your-own yogurt parfaits: Toppings can include pecans, walnuts, dried
cranberries, cherries or chopped apricots, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, any chopped fresh, unsweetened frozen or canned fruit, dry high fiber cereal, granola, Organize toppings the night before.
Dinner leftovers: Reheat and add a glass of milk and/or piece of fruit.
CBLT sandwich: Canadian bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato layered on a whole-wheat English muffin
The ideal breakfast should include protein, milk and a whole grain to help jump start your metabolism and keep you full through the morning. It is especially important for kids to eat breakfast to fuel their minds and growing bodies. These are all good reasons we should make time to eat in the morning.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy school year!