In our house one person is an early riser and one is not. I am not. One is a early breakfast eater and one is not. I am not.
Thankfully my husband takes on the breakfast duties at our house on school mornings. I am VERY thankful of that!
We try to stick to fresh, wholesome breakfasts with nothing processed from a box. We were never dependent on cereal for breakfast but we did fall into a rut a few months ago where it became habit for a few weeks. It’s SO easy, and it’s an easy habit to fall into. But it’s not an easy habit to break.
Yes there are cereals that are not loaded with sugar and empty carbs, which can be healthy with good wholewheat grains, granola and whole milk. But we believe our kids need more protein for breakfast to prevent blood sugar crashes as we are sending them off to school. I just feel better when it’s homemade. Like I’m doing someone warm and fuzzy for my kids – even if they’d really be eating cereal.
So what’s for breakfast?
1. Eggs or smoothies every morning. I don’t think our sweet six chickens will ever be able to produce enough eggs to keep up with our egg consumption. Mostly the girls eat them scrambled and sometimes boiled. I like mine fried or poached. My breakfast chef husband will eat them any way.
2. Smoothies are a huge staple for breakfast here. I buy bags of organic frozen fruit by the case at our food co-op when they are on sale and keep my freezer stocked with them. I’ve written lots about making smoothies and popsicles. In short, the smoothies include frozen fruit, homemade yogurt, protein powder (I just found a whey one made from goat milk and only five ingredients that I’m super excited to try) and orange juice or milk. This winter the smoothies have all had a bag of antioxidant berries in the them and no one has gotten sick (YET, because I’m sure it’s still coming).
4. Toast from fresh baked bread by local bakeries.
5. Bacon. There are two bacon eaters in out house and it sure is handy to stick in lunches after breakfast is done.
6. Turkey sausage. I don’t eat meat but if my kids want to, and its a from a good source then I’m okay with it. And I even made it recently on the weekend ahead of time!
7. Stovetop oatmeal. We use quick oats bought in bulk and cooked in whole milk, drizzled with honey or maple syrup.
8. Homemade biscuits. My husband is the biscuit king, having learned from his grandmother. It’s mostly a weekend breakfast but sometimes there are leftovers for school mornings.
9. Left over pancakes or french toast from the weekends heats up nicely and for school mornings when time goes quick.
10. Breakfast sandwiches. The girls are not so much a fan but I make them once in a while on the weekends as a thank you for my husband being the one willing to wake up early and have a homemade breakfast ready for the girls at 7:00.
SO, with a little team effort making a good wholesome breakfast is totally doable on school mornings.
While the kiddos eat, I start pack lunches. The girls help pack their own lunches when they are done with breakfast, if there is time.
It’s a joint effort all around.
And the goal of eating breakfast and getting dressed in a timely manor is that I help you with your hair for the day. With girls, the offer works wonders!