School Daze: Morning Mayhem

August 18, 2019

School Daze: Morning Mayhem

The lazy days of summer are over, and the crazy days of the school year have begun.

This year's intention is to foster independence. And that means, in my family, my youngest has to get her own breakfast.

I'm gonna fill you in on a few go-to breakfasts that work nutritionally and in a time-crunch.

Sound good? Here we go.

  1. Pudding - it's not just for dessert!

I love chia pudding in the morning, particularly when it's topped with nuts, Farm&Oven bakery bites and a little drizzle of honey.
I make it the night before and refrigerate it so it hangs together. Here's my go-to recipe:
2/3 cup chia seeds
3 cups nut milk (I'll use coconut milk or walnut milk)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3 T honey
Whisk the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, I scoop some out and put it in a bowl. With this recipe, I love the Carrot Cinnamon bakery bites or the Pumpkin Maple Pecan bites crumbled on top. A little sliced up apple, a few crumbled pecans, a drizzle of maple syrup, and you're good to go!
This pudding gives you protein and fiber. With the Farm&Oven crumbles, you also get your veggies.
And seriously, it's so easy, I just wrote out the recipe from memory.

2. Smoothies - prepared and frozen ahead

When I first heard this idea, I was struck by how genius it is!

So, here's the trick.

Freeze your single smoothie ingredients together in one baggie. So my single serve smoothies have:

    • Frozen fruit (berries, bananas, peaches)
    • Juiced spinach (1-2 T.)
    • Greek yogurt
Imagine having 10 of these ready to go!
In the morning, I take one of the single-serve pouches, throw it into the blender, add almond or coconut milk and a little protein powder and mix it up.
What an easy breakfast you can take on the go! And it gives you fruit, veggies and protein. What a win!

3. Farm&Oven bakery bites!

My daughter loves these as a "side dish" to her yogurt or alongside her cereal and milk.  

Our bakery bites have as much fiber as a FiberOne bar, so they keep her feeling full until lunch time. They also give her 2 servings of veggies - and that's a great way to start the day.

Not to mention the 1 billion probiotics that I'm praying will help bolster her immune system and keep her healthy this winter!

I know in the morning, breakfast HAS to be easy and delicious... and even portable for the extra crazy days.

Nobody wants to start the day in a tizzy, on a sugar high or being furious with each other.  I've found that a teeny bit of preparation goes a long way to starting the day right and fueling the morning well.

Best of luck!

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