Set yourself up for breakfast success!
If your house is anything like ours, the early morning is often a bit hectic! Having a plan for breakfast is a step in the right direction, but having breakfast already made and ready to grab and go if needed is ideal. I love this recipe for overnight oats because it allows for individual customization (you want peanut butter instead of almond butter, no problem; more strawberries, less blackberries, go for it! Cacao nibs, you bet!) as well as encouraging participation…..everyone gets what they want, including mom—who wants everyone to start their day with a healthy breakfast, but doesn’t want to be responsible for creating it!
If you follow me on instagram you know that I love oatmeal for breakfast, but I certainly don’t always have time to make it. You also know that I rarely miss an opportunity to nourish myself in the morning and try to make sure that everyone in our family has a healthy option available to them. Some morning’s it’s just not possible to physically make breakfast for every(any)one and get myself out the door on time. When I know I have to be out early, I often will make overnight oats and I’ve found a way to customize those oats into individual parfaits. It’s a great way for everyone to get exactly what they like, and a good way to involve your kids in making their own breakfast, at a time that is less hectic.
When we are cleaning up from dinner I try to get everyone to put aside their lunches for the following day before I put any left overs away. Packing lunches the night before is one way to save time in the morning crunch. Organizing breakfast for the next day is another. I often add this to our dinner clean up routine. It’s easy to blend up the oats and while they are resting (and the family is cleaning up from dinner and making their lunches), I set up the add-ins and jars so that everyone can make their own.
Ta-da: breakfast (and lunch) ready to go for everyone. I love a morning that doesn’t involve too many decisions!