I love breakfast. I love the smells. I love the food. I just love that it means it is family time for us. Of course, that is only on Sunday mornings after church. During the week, we’ve got differing schedules, school and Mother’s Day out. So, no one eats together (so sad – but true).
If you are like me, weekday mornings can be a hectic time for families — especially after having had the entire summer off! The Midwest Dairy Council designed some great tips that will not only save you time, but also help that ensure kids take on the day with a healthy and balanced breakfast:
- Set out cereal boxes and bowls the night before, add milk in the morning, and enjoy
- Divide mini pretzels, nuts, and dried fruit into baggies the night before to sprinkle over yogurt
- Bake a fresh batch of muffins with your kids over the weekend to grab on the way to school
- Stock up on self-serve options such as individual flavored milks and granola bars
- Heat nutrient-rich leftovers for a quick, non-traditional breakfast
- If kids don’t have time to eat at home, take advantage of school breakfast programs
We’ve all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but did you know that skipping breakfast can mean going a total of 15-17 hours without food? In fact, children who skip breakfast don’t typically make up the nutrients they miss at other meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast has also been linked to sustained energy levels throughout the school day, improved attendance, higher math and reading scores, increased creativity and an improved memory.
- A Cool Touch Griddle (valued at $30.00), plus handy kitchen tools
- Dairy Makes Sense recipe cards, including a fall favorite, Pumpkin Pancakes.
- Reusable Dairy Makes Sense insulated grocery bag — perfect for stocking up on milk, cheese and yogurt at the grocery store.
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Penny Pinchin’ Mom received the recipes and tote from the Midwest Dairy Council. All opinions contained within this post are her own and were not influenced by any other party.