I can't believe we're already talking about everything "back-to-school"... where in the world did this summer go!? I don't have school-age kids yet, but I can see how intimidating it would be to go from a more flexible and relaxed schedule to those busy, crammed mornings again. I know getting in a healthy breakfast is a challenge for many when they're crunched for time, and so let me share you some tips that have helped me...
1. Kodiak Cakes
Holy cow, I feel like this company was made for me. They make my mornings SO simple. Not only is their flapjack + waffle mix the easiest to whip up (and you can store it in a pancake pen for a couple days to have on hand), but now they have all these quick and ready-to-go options.
One of my favorite products of theirs is their Cinnamon Oat Flapjack and Waffle Mix and also their Double Dark Chocolate Muffin Mix. With the Cinnamon Oat Flapjack and Waffle Mix, you HAVE to try the recipe on the back of the box for the muffin version.... it is DIVINE. Both of those muffin recipes are family faves. Not only do they yield a bunch of great protein to stay fueled, but after making them I freeze them. On a busy morning, I whip one out, pop it in the microwave for 20-25 seconds, and I'm good to go! Easy peasy!
2. I like to prepare other things to have on hand that require no thinking:
-fill ziplock baggies with all your smoothie contents so you can quickly drop them into the blender
-fill ziplock baggies with cut up veggies to have on hand for omelettes
-have hard boiled eggs and cut up fruit on hand
-prepare yogurt parfaits ahead of time in a tupperware. I love getting frozen mixed berries and putting a bunch in the bottom of a tupperware. Then I put Plain Greek Yogurt over top and let it sit in the fridge overnight. By morning, the berries are defrosted just enough to mix in and make your plain yogurt taste delightful! Sprinkle some granola over top, and your kids will be begging for more!
All of these things are fool proof! The key is taking a little bit of time in the evening to prepare a few easy things, and then your mornings will go smooth. For those that haven't tried Kodiak Cakes, RUN!!