Life is crazy, right? For mothers of small children or any aged children for that matter, life tends to come at you fast. Between driving kids to school or school-related events, getting chores done, running errands, working, and everything else you have on your plate it can be hard to fix good healthy meals especially breakfast.
Well, you’re in luck.
We’ve joined with Alligator Pediatric Dentistry, a kids’ dentist in Idaho Falls, to compile this list of 5 super healthy and simple meals for you busy parents out there.
You can’t make breakfast much simpler than a smoothie. Simply toss a bunch of your child’s favorite fruits together – strawberries, bananas, peaches, apples, pineapple, oranges, pears – and blend them up with ice and yogurt for a delicious and quick breakfast.
Smoothies are great because you can sneak veggies into them too, like kale, spinach or carrots, and your child won’t be able to tell the difference – except maybe in color. Another great item to add to smoothies (especially chocolate banana smoothies) is avocado; it’s a great source of healthy fats.
To make this simple breakfast an on the go meal, get disposable cups and straws to put the smoothies in, and then your children can take them on their way out the door.
Now we’re not talking just a plain English muffin, but one that has some added nutrients to it. Toast an English muffin and add peanut butter or almond butter to it with berries and bananas to top it off. To make this breakfast even quicker, keep a mix of fresh berries ready in the fridge for busy mornings. Berries are great for metabolic health. And the protein in the nut butter is the perfect boost to start the day.
With plenty of options out there for this diverse breakfast, you might even make this a new favorite. A quick and easy option for this meal is to spread peanut butter onto a whole wheat tortilla, layer slices of bananas on it, and then roll it up. You can even add other favorite fruits to this fun meal.
If you have a little more time, you can scramble some eggs with a handful of spinach, and wrap them in a tortilla with cheese. Add a little salsa for extra flavor.
Everyone loves a parfait, right? Simply toss some vanilla Greek yogurt with berries and granola, maybe even some semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. A little chocolate never hurt anyone.
With this breakfast idea, you can simply give your kids a bowl of yogurt and layout the toppings buffet style for them to serve themselves. Less complaining about what you put in their breakfast, and you can take an extra few minutes to get yourself ready while they chomp down.
This one might take a little more time, but maybe you have one day that you can spare a couple extra minutes. Whip up some fried eggs, and then put them on whole-wheat toast with deli meat, avocado, tomato, and cheese.
Pro tip: We suggest cracking eggs into a muffin tin so that they can cook while you are getting ready or even getting the kids ready in the mornings. Preheat the oven while you are cracking the eggs to 350 degrees. Then pop the muffin tin in the oven for fifteen minutes. Pull the eggs out of the oven and finish prepping your favorite breakfast sandwich. You can also prep the breakfast sandwiches in advance too. It is even possible to put them in the freezer so that you can make a quick, healthy breakfast in the microwave.
Prepping some of the fix-ins the night before can help cut time on this delicious meal.
Breakfast is an important meal for everyone, it’s what gets us going in the morning. So start it off right with a quick, healthy meal.