Mornings can be a bit tricky here. My husband works night-shift and I usually try to stay up to visit with him a little bit. My children, despite all efforts to the contrary on my part, appear to be very much Morning People at this stage of their lives. So the mornings usually find me bleary in the kitchen, trying to slurp down Black tea with lemon (coffee does not work for me) and trying to get food to my hungry little people as quickly as possible. If my husband ever ends up with a day schedule, I might be the type of mother to wake up half an hour before the children do and make breakfast (no promises, it’s just a possibility). Right now, though, I borrow every snatch of sleep I can in the mornings and don’t wake up ’til the two-year-old is by my side, saying (and signing) “Mi! Ee!” (“mommy! Eat!”).
Not having much time does *not* mean they don’t deserve a healthy and filling breakfast, though, and here are some of my favorites:
1) Plain, Whole Milk Yogurt. Stir fresh fruit, cinnamon, and/or a tiny bit of maple syrup in this and you’ve got one of The BEST meals in the world, according to my toddler. Add in oats and you’ve got a yogurt parfait; check the price of *those* next time you’re at a grocery store deli. You’ll have a small heart attack and demand a raise.
2) Fried Eggs. These take almost no time to prepare and are a perfect type of fat for little bodies. Smear some avocado or spread some cheese on them and serve with some fruit and bread and you’ve got a phenomenal breakfast. Scrambled eggs also work very well (or you can make breakfast burritos for the freezer).
3) Oatmeal. Uusally I start this cooking on the stovetop while I do the diaper change/getting the children clothed routine. Tip: To help it cool down faster, put frozen fruit in it. This thaws the fruit, cools the oatmeal, and sweetens it all at the same time. Mix in some milk or coconut oil for additional good fats.
4) These amazing pancakes. 1 banana, 2 eggs. And that’s it. Really! Add a touch of cinnamon if you want and then cook them in some coconut oil. So perfect for little hands!
5) And while we’re on the subject of amazing pancakes, let me also highly recommend these high protein pumpkin pancakes (that’s what the kiddos are eating in the photo). These do need to be blended quite well, and I also really recommend using a Tablespoon when pouring them, like the recipe suggests; if you do it otherwise, they have a hard time cooking all the way through. I also used coconut oil rather than canola (of course). When I make a double batch of these, I’ve got enough for snacks and/or breakfast the next day.
6) I blogged about this before, but want to send a shout out for it again: Barley Apple Crockpot Cereal. We end up with lots of leftovers and the Striderling happily ate it for breakfast every day for a week, which made his mommy very happy.
What are some of your breakfast favorites?