Breakfast on the Run
by Karen Bakies RD LD FAND
If you are like many families in the morning, you are running out the door going through the list in your head to be sure you have everything: Backpacks? Check. Briefcase? Check. Phone? Check. lunch? Check. Breakfast? Whoops!
While 93% of us consider it the most important meal of the day, just 38% of us eat breakfast. For well intentioned, busy families it can be the most challenging meal to get in during the day.
As a registered dietitian and mom, here are my tips:
- Plan ahead – pack breakfast right along with lunch the night before and have it sitting next to the door ready to go in the morning. (I have been known to even put breakfast in my car the night before for those early morning out the door days!)
- School Breakfast – does your school have a breakfast program? Check with your school food service department and learn about breakfast options at your child’s school. This can be a life saver in the morning and the closer your kids eat to the academic day the better attention they will have in the classroom.
- Role Models – moms, dads, and caregivers are role models to children, so be sure to model good behavior and eat breakfast too.
Some out the door ideas:
- Whole grain cereal in a baggie, banana and single serve milk (or pour milk in a to-go-cup)
- Whole grain crackers, cubed cheese and grapes
- Smoothie made with yogurt and fruit, and a bagel
- Cheese wrapped in a tortilla and orange wedges or an apple
- Hardboiled egg, fruit and yogurt
- Overnight oatmeal
- Whole grain cereal bar, yogurt cup and fruit
Looking for more ideas? Check out these Breakfast Basket Ideas.
As you leave the house in the morning be sure to add breakfast to your list – CHECK!