Mornings always seem to be chaotic in our house no matter how much prep we do the night before or no matter how early we get up! Then there’s breakfast… how is it that we seem to settle having the same breakfast cereal everyday but we wouldn’t dream of having the same lunch and dinner day in day out. I think we settle because there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do anything else.
We know that some children’s breakfast cereals on the market can offer no nutritional benefit at all and can even be contributing to the nation’s obesity problem. So we’ve worked out a few really quick and easy breakfast alternatives that are tasty and actually really good for your kids (and you).
1. Scrambled eggs
One of the easiest and tastiest things you can offer your child (and enjoy yourself). Scrambled Eggs on wholemeal toast is as balanced as it gets. Yes, it’ll generate an extra mixing bowl and saucepan worth of washing up but your school aged kids can prepare this for you while you’re making the packed lunches. Kids just love cracking the eggs and finding the bits of shell (there’s always some!) in the mixture. When it comes to cooking, we think that any 8 year old could competently cook these for everyone.
2. Beans on toast
Yes it’s not something you would think of having for breakfast but sure why not! All kids love baked beans and if you have any leftover cooked sausages in the fridge, you could throw a few slices of them into the saucepan at the end. Your kids will thank you for it.
Why wait till Pancake Tuesday for these? The secret to being able to have scrummy homemade pancakes mid week is to prep the mixture the night before and leave it in the fridge ready to go. It’ll taste better as the egg has had time to rest. We always make twice the amount so we can have pancakes two days in a row.
4. Eggy bread
Yes it’s eggs again but eggy bread or french toast is super quick and easy and yet again you can get the kids in a production line on this one! One child beating the egg and pouring it into a bowl. Another child dipping the bread into the eggy mixture and another (usually the eldest) to cook them.
We saved the best till last, the banana and oat thickie. It’s called this as it’s like a smoothie but … thicker! This is the ultimate fast food in the mornings. You just need a blender, some milk, some old ripe bananas (doesn’t every house have some of these in the fruit bowl) and some oats! The only thing you’ll have to wash up is the blender jug and the empty glasses!
We still have breakfast cereals now and again but we try not to have them everyday and the kids love love love to get involved in making some of the above. I actually find it’s a great way to get them up quicker in the morning with the promise of helping out!
Let us know what you like to do for breakfast in your house?