By the time you’ve woken the kids up, dragged them out of bed and got them dressed, breakfast can often feel rushed. Yet it is important to send them off to school full of energy and ready for a day of learning.
Prepping in advance and having nutritious snacks on hand for grab-and-go emergencies can save you time and reduce last-minute panic.
These clever ideas from HelloFresh won’t help to get your children up earlier but they should help make your mornings a little smoother – and more delicious.
1. Almond flour pancakes
Here’s how to win perfect parent status, if only for one morning: whip up a batch of fluffy, American-style pancakes on a school day. They’ll wonder how you managed this morning miracle, but it’s actually pretty simple – and sneakily packed with protein. Make the batter the night before, mixing 1 cup of almond flour, 2 eggs, ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp pure vanilla extract and 1 tsp cinnamon. Refrigerate. Next morning, simply cook spoonfuls in a lightly oiled griddle pan, frying each side until golden brown. Serve with handfuls of berries and a drizzle of honey.
2. Overnight oats
Packed with fibre and other good stuff, overnight oats are surprisingly simple to make and will ensure you always have something quick to feed children on busy mornings. For each serving, combine ½ cup oats, 1 cup milk and 1 tsp chia seeds in a mason jar; shake vigorously and pop in the fridge. The next morning, put out a selection of toppings and let the kids choose their favourite combos. Think nuts, seeds, dried fruit, apple chunks, berries, yoghurt and honey.
3. Toast toppers
Here’s another way to get the kids to help make breakfast and get their brains in gear for the day ahead: toast. We’re not talking buttered toast with jam. Try prepping more unusual toppings on sweet potato and turn those humble slices into a nutritious, appealing brekkie with amazingly little effort. Our favourites include ham slices, hard-boiled eggs, cream cheese, tomatoes and smoked salmon. Satisfy sweet teeth with Greek yoghurt, berries, bananas and honey. Prep what you can the night before and just lay out the toast and toppings for the kids to get creative.
4. Start-right smoothies
These are a breeze to make with frozen berries and whatever you have in the fruit bowl or fridge – experiment to find their favourite. Another favourite is blitzing a banana with a handful of spinach, 2 handfuls of frozen berries, a cup of almond milk and 3 tbsp oats. Pour into a tumbler and swirl in a little peanut (or other nut) butter for a fun marbled effect.
5. Back-to-school bircher
Similar to overnight oats, this is one of those stealthy breakfasts that packs in the vitamins and fibre kids need for optimum energy and concentration levels. Yet it’s so tasty and easy to eat, they’ll devour it like a pudding. Grate an apple and mix with 100g dried fruit, 200g oats, 1 tbsp of flaxseeds and 500ml milk. Refrigerate overnight, stir and serve topped with yoghurt and banana slices.
6. Easy banana pancakes
These fluffy pancakes are made with just three ingredients so they are simple to whip up. Simply blend 2-3 mashed bananas with 2 eggs to make a thick batter and stir in 25g blueberries. Add a little butter to a medium-hot pan and then add 3 tbsp of butter, frying for around a minute each side until lightly browned. Stack up and serve with more berries, sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
7. Dippy egg bagel
They might not come along very often, but sometimes a miracle occurs and everyone has time to sit down and savour breakfast, like this tempting sandwich. Place bagel tops cut side down to a large frying pan, crack an egg into each hole and cook for around 10 minutes, finishing under the grill. Layer lightly toasted bagel bases with guacamole and maple bacon rashers, and top with the eggy bagels. If it isn’t one of those perfect, stress-free mornings, give them the bun on the run for a nutritious breakfast to go.
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About 45 per cent of parents make more than one evening meal to appease fussy eaters.
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