I Love You-Every Day of the Week

Being a full-time working mom, sometimes life gets me a bit frazzled. From helping kids with homework, getting papers signed, taking the boys to karate and soccer practice, getting everyone to doctor, dentist and eye appointments and barely finding time to get the house cleaned and laundry done, I’m surprised I find time for myself!  (As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the car with the boys waiting for daddy to get off work.)
But one thing I never forget is to nourish my family at meal times.  Food is a huge priority in our home.  It brings the family close and teaches us that keeping ourselves fed and fit leads to a long and healthy life.  And I love them.  
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I fully encourage my kids to eat before beginning their day.  It jumps starts their metabolism, gives them energy for their day and keeps from over eating or becoming sluggish later in the day. 
But…being a working mom and getting the kids up and fed before it’s time to leave to take them to school is tough. I like them to get as much sleep as possible and I basically wake them to dress, wash up and head out the door. 
Here’s where these quick breakfasts come in.  They all take less than 5 minutes to put together or cook.  I have all my boys chug a glass of milk, then I pass these out in an assembly line and have them chow down in the car on the way to school. 
Breakfast Monday through Friday
 
Food: Apple jacks and a piece of banana. 
Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals, Carbohydrates and Potassium 
Great for: A regular day at school

Food: Quaker Instant Oatmeal with 1 Tb ground flax
Nutrition: Iron and Fiber, Protein and Healthy Omegas
Great for: A busy day at school
 
Food: A lightly salted hard boiled egg, a couple apple slices and a frozen hash brown patty with a dab of ketchup.
Nutrition: Protein, Vitamin C, Iron and Fiber
Great for: An active day at school
Food: Multi-grain Cheerios, peanuts and apple slices
Nutrition: Whole grains and Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals, Protein and Iron and Healthy Omegas, Vitamin C
Great for: A test day at school
Food: A whole grain hot dog bun half topped with an omelette style egg, sliced deli ham, 1/2 Kraft Single cheese slice served with a frozen hash brown patty
Nutrition: High protein, Whole grain, Iron, Calcium
Great for: PE or Sports day at school
Some other quick options are:
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Pancakes from the freezer stash (make extra on the weekend) with an applesauce
  • Chocolate milk and a granola bar
  • Whole grain toast or apples with peanut butter
You get the idea.  Well that’s how we do breakfast every day of the week in our house.
You got this moms (and dads)!

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