As busy parents we need all the energy we can get, and sometimes that isn’t even enough to keep up with the kids. Thats why its so important to fuel ourselves, not only with the right foods, but at the right times so that we don’t burn out. We do our best parenting when our minds and our bodies are able to fully engage in the activity at hand. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but my Mum-shift starts the moment I wake up and doesn’t end until the moment I go to sleep (and sometimes not even then).
Breakfast is important for growing children, but it is just as important for us busy parents to start our days with the calories and nutrients needed to fuel our bodies and energize our minds for the day ahead. Eating breakfast will boost your metabolism, help to stabilize your blood sugars for the day, and increase mental productivity and concentration. But finding time to feed yourself isn’t always that easy.
I surveyed 100 moms about their breakfast habits and was shocked to hear that 3 out of 4 moms simply did not have time to eat breakfast and get through their morning fuelled by coffee, or nothing at all. When your main focus is keeping your littles ones safe, fed, clothed, and entertained it can be incredibly difficult to find the time to feed yourself, let alone make time for any other kind of self-care. It can be even harder when you have a family with different dietary restrictions.
Sabrina from Black Creek, B.C. is a mama to a 3 year old boy named Bodhi, who was born with some medical issues that require him to follow a strict diet (although he has been on a great streak for the past year).
“I do bookkeeping and forestry safety consulting from my home, and I also work for a property management company on a casual basis when I can squeeze them in. I do photography and art commissions on a super casual basis. My husband and I also homestead as much as possible, so depending on the season we’re busy gardening, preserving, baking, foraging, hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything you can think of to produce food. Self improvement and self care have become really important for me and help me keep some sanity, so I also try to workout 5 days a week, eat clean, and journal every day.”
I asked Sabrina how she manages to make time to feed herself on top of all her other responsibilities:
“My favourite way is to wake up before everyone else so I can enjoy breakfast and coffee while I’m journaling. If that doesn’t work out, then I make the same thing for both my son and myself, or I eat something on the go. I always make sure to make breakfast right away before I start anything else, otherwise I’ll probably get caught up and forget about it.”
Ashlee from Kaleden, B.C. is currently a stay-at-home mom to her three year old son and expecting her second child in November. I asked her what she does in the morning to fuel herself:
“Feed my kid, feed myself.. before kids I used to skip breakfast all the time but because I’m making something for my child I might as well have some too!”
Today I wanted to share with all you busy parents my go-to list of easy breakfasts for moms and dads on the go. These options are all customizable to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be enjoyed in a variety of flavours so breakfast never has to be boring.
- Yogurt – Paired with granola or fruit, it’s packed with probiotics, protein, and fats. Yogurt comes in so many options these days, but my favourite is organic vanilla yogurt from Olympic Dairy. (For those avoiding dairy try a soy or coconut alternative such as Daiya)
- Eggs – Despite popular belief eggs are nutritious and super easy to prepare. They can be baked ahead of time in muffin trays with your favourite meats, cheeses, veggies, and seasonings. Refrigerate and eat within a couple days, or freeze and pop them in the oven or microwave and enjoy a protein-packed breakfast on the run.
- Toast – It takes, literally, one minute to pop a piece of toast down and spread some nut-butter, fresh honey, homemade jam, avocado, tomato, or whatever tickles your fancy. And you can switch it up between bread, English muffins, bagels, or croissants. (My favourite gluten-free bread is the seeds + grains loaf from Little Northern Bakehouse.)
- Overnight oats – These take minutes to prepare the night before and are ready in the morning whenever you are! Check out these easy overnight-oats recipes my friend Alex put together. They are super simple and extra tasty!
- Fresh fruit – An apple, orange, banana, pear, berries, or any other hand held fruit is a great source of energy to get you going. Research even shows that an apple will wake you up in the morning better than a cup of coffee! Which is especially great for those avoiding caffeine.
So there you have it, 5 easy to prepare breakfast that are customizable and simple enough for even the busiest of busy parents.
I would love to hear how you make time for breakfast. Share your morning routine and your favourite easy breakfasts with me below!