No matter how many times I swear, “Tomorrow morning we aren’t going to rush around like this!” my daughter and I still barely make it the door with enough time to get her to school before the bell rings. We have a solid plan. We set the alarms to give us plenty of time. Then something happens to sidetrack us. I get distracted by email or her anxiety takes over and time flies by. Because of this, we rarely have time to eat breakfast at home. I have perfected the art of grab and go breakfasts she can eat in the car. Here are some of her favorites:
I make half a dozen of these on a weekend and store them in the freezer individually in plastic bags. I start with toast, a bagel or an English muffin. I put cooked egg and sliced ham in the middle. With only a minute in the microwave, your child can have a hot breakfast even on the busiest mornings.
Dry cereal and nuts
You could also call this trail mix. My daughter likes cheerios, almonds and raisins. Mix it up with whatever you have on hand. I have about a dozen individual baggies of this ready to go in the pantry at all times.
Yogurt and granola bar
The squeeze tubes are more convenient, but Greek yogurt has more protein. When I forget to grab a spoon, my daughter uses the granola bar as a utensil to get the yogurt into her mouth.
I give frozen banana chunks, yogurt, protein powder and juice a whirl in a portable blender mug. There are hundreds of smoothie variations to try to keep boredom away! When my daughter has leftovers, I pour it into freezer pop molds for after school snacks.
Lunch meat sandwich
This is so easy! Throw your child’s favorite lunch meat, cheese and condiments on whole wheat bread. My daughter prefers either honey ham and mustard or classic PB&J. Sandwiches can be frozen as well. Take one out of the freezer when you wake up and it will be thawed by the time you head out the door.
Peanut butter and banana waffle
Toast a waffle or two. Top with peanut butter. Put half a banana on each waffle. Your child can eat it like a hot dog with one hand. We made this discovery on a day we planed on sitting down to eat, but ran out of time.
- Fill a cup with milk, juice or water for your child to sip in the car.
- Keep napkins and wet wipes in the car to clean up any drips, crumbs or spills.
- Don’t forget to bring in the dirty dishes and trash to avoid ants in your car.
I set my daughter’s “to go” breakfast out on the kitchen counter right next to my keys as soon as I get up. If she has time to eat a different breakfast before we go, it can be stored away for another day. Eating breakfast in the car isn’t my ideal morning routine, but it helps her start her day fueled and without adding additional stress most mornings.
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