I have two children. Miss 11 is an early riser and ready for her day to start about thirty minutes later. Miss 6 on the other hand, is my morning sloth.
The breakfast battle begins
Miss 6 has always loved her sleep, and if I left her to it she would roll out of bed on a weekday around 9am. Of course, with her school morning starting at 9am, this is just not possible. We wake her up around 7:30am, and then the battle begins. She needs food, a drink, clean teeth, shoes on and hair brushed before we have to get her out the door. Eating breakfast is the biggest time sink with her. She’d nurse a bowl of cereal for an hour if she could.
“I am eating”
… “You aren’t, I can see you.”
Finding quick and nutritious breakfast foods can be hard and often requires extra prep on my part. I work full-time so the last thing I need is more food prep to fit into my evenings. So here are my top quick breakfasts for a slow, even sloth-like, eater.
The humble sandwich
A sandwich with two pieces of bread is easy to hold, and easy to eat. You have the same range of toppings available, as with toast. Miss 6 enjoys peanut butter but you could also try Vegemite. I use either wheatmeal bread or a vitamin-enriched white bread. Don’t forget a piece of fresh fruit!
This one is pretty simple too. Grab a piece of bread, peel a banana, and then wrap the banana in the bread. You could even use a wrap if you have one left over. You could add a little honey to make it more interesting as well.
Boil an egg and peel the shell away. Eggs are surprisingly filling for little tummies. They also travel okay in the car, if you are really in a rush. Just make sure that you have hard-boiled the egg. A runny yolk and car interiors do not mix! Add a piece of toast or bread, plus a piece of fruit.
Banana oat bites
I make a batch of these on a Sunday. Miss 6 can even help, it is so easy.
In a bowl mix together:
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2-3 mashed bananas
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- and a squirt of honey
You can put some raisins in too if you like. Spoon the mixture into some patty cases and bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes. They’ll be golden brown when ready. These are good and filling. Plus they are perfect if your kids keep bringing home brown and uneaten bananas!
MILO with trim milk
I recently received two tins of MILO powder from Nestlé as part of a review. When I hand Miss 6 a mug of warm MILO with trim milk, I get my first morning smile. The addition of a glass of MILO with milk with any of the above quick breakfast options is going to mean more of a morning nutrition boost for her. Adding MILO to milk provides more protein, more calcium, more iron and more vitamin D. I feel a little more confident that she is starting her morning right.
Do you have a battle at every breakfast? What does your child eat in the mornings other than cereal or toast? Join our discussion in the comments below.
This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. These views are the personal views of Kym and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.
Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.
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