Many experts are in agreement that the most important mealtime each day is breakfast; this is especially true for kids. If you are a busy parent that wants to provide your children as well as the rest of your family with a delicious and healthy breakfast, there are some tips to help you speed up and ensure that the meal prepping process runs smoothly.
It is a good idea to have a meal plan prepared in advance so that you know what to prepare and when, which is a great benefit on days when you are so busy you do not have time to check what’s in the pantry for ideas.
By planning breakfast for your whole family in advance your morning will run more smoothly and help you avoid any hassle from being disorganized. This will also make you feel better knowing that you have provided your family with a healthy meal that provides all the fuel they need to perform that their best at school or work.
For a delicious and healthy breakfast that will tide your family over until their next meal utilize ingredients such as low fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and protein. The benefits of having a well-balanced breakfast include being more productive, increased alertness, and avoid the need to utilize a fast food drive thru.
The first step for planning and prepping your breakfast is to get yourself some bags and containers for storage, good quality containers that are FDA approved are recommended. Now spend a few minutes planning a breakfast your whole family will find delicious and enjoyable.
Planning your meal will help you tremendously when you are grocery shopping for the ingredients. Put together a list of all the ingredients required for your chosen recipes and while in the store pay extra attention to the staples that can be purchased in bulk and also on any item you need that are on special offer.
Depending on the preparation time required for the recipes, putting aside one day or an evening will be more than enough time to prep your breakfast meals in advance. The prepping time may include washing and chopping fruits, boiling grains like oatmeal or cooking complete meals ahead of time that will only require you to add items such as fruit to make them complete.
A great suggestion for a breakfast meal that can be prepped quickly and grabbed as you are leaving the house in the morning is baked oatmeal, which is an excellent source of fiber and good for helping to lower cholesterol.
Select a variety of different breakfast recipes and prep them in advance. Utilize a blender to create fruit smoothies that are absolutely delicious using fresh fruits like blueberries, bananas, pineapple and mango. To increase the nutritional values add vegetables like cucumber with coconut milk or yogurt to make the smoothies creamy.
Another excellent choice for breakfast is bagels. To make them more delicious add a spread that is low in fat to increase the nutritional value or better yet, add turkey bacon, spinach plus an egg to make them filling and very tasty.