Quick breakfast ideas for back to school!
Can you believe it? It’s that time again! Yep, you guessed it, back to school. This time of year can bring with it an overwhelming list of things to think about and plan for. From school supplies to lunch ideas, after school snacks to that new pair of “must have” shoes. All of this could easily send any parent into a tail spin.
How do you get it all done and still enjoy what is left of your summer? Simple, break it all down and take it one step or item at a time. The only way this busy mom of four gets anything done is by making lists. Between my calendar and my lists, I manage to get most things taken care of.
One big item on my list for back to school is breakfast. Let’s face it, getting back into the routine of the school year is often a crazy time. Whether you send your kids off to public or private school or even home-school like we do, starting off the morning right will set the tone for your day. Having a stress free and nutritious breakfast is a good place to start.
When we first started on our Gluten-free journey, breakfast was a big concern for me. Trying to balance a good healthy breakfast with the need to avoid gluten was overwhelming to me. What do I feed these kids? How do I avoid just filling them up with carbs? I soon found that it wasn’t as hard as I had imagined. All I had to do was do a bit of careful planning.
Even on your busiest of mornings, a nutritious breakfast is not hard to achieve. One of my kids favorites is a smoothie. So easy to whip up and loaded with everything they need to start out their day.
Our most requested flavor is banana and strawberry. Our freezer is almost always stocked with frozen bananas and many kinds of berries just for this purpose. Smoothies are so easy, simply take a bit of plain yogurt or kefir, add your fruit and a bit of honey and blend it all up. Add ice if you’d like, we generally skip this. Another way to boost the protein in this tasty treat is to add a spoon full of peanut butter. So tasty!
Taking the time to plan ahead will save you many headaches on busy mornings. When you make gluten-free biscuits or rolls, pop a few in the freezer for a quick egg sandwich.
Another favorite in my house is French toast. Easily made from your favorite gluten-free bread or even quick bread. Whisk together a couple of eggs, add a bit of milk (or non-dairy substitute) and dip your bread of choice into it. It will cook up quickly and give your kids a great start to their day.
Even German pancakes can be quick and easy even on a busy morning. Whip it up when you make your morning coffee and it’s ready by the time the kids are coming down the stares for breakfast.
As with everything, balance is key. Try to have a good protein in your breakfast for the best start. Gluten-free choices can be so heavy on the carbohydrates, making an effort to balance those carbs with some good lean protein will help you and your kids feel better on those busy mornings. Find a good lean Ham, Bacon, sausage or even peanut butter to pair with your meal. One of my kids loves peanut butter, it goes on just about everything. Makes my job easy!