Breakfast: the most annoying meal of the day


Mornings are crazy in houses all over the world, there are partners to get out the door, school lunches to pack, backpacks to ready, school projects to wrestle into the car, bums to wipe, teeth to clean, shoes to tie, work outfits to throw on, and the exhausting list goes on. 

What can get left behind in all that rushing is “the most important meal of the day” – breakfast. In my house, the kids are always lovingly fed, but I’m often too busy to take care of myself.

I wish I could be like those zen Pinterest mums who “just get up 30 minutes earlier” so they can expertly prepare themselves some organic vegan souffles with a side of extra virgin smashed avocado.  But my life isn’t like that. If I woke up 30 minutes earlier I’d murder everyone due to lack of sleep.

So what’s a mum to do?  Skipping breakfast IS NOT a good plan. It leads to more exhaustion, naughty snacking, overreliance on caffeine, and generally being a grumpy nightmare.  

Instead, here are some quick options that allow you to take care of your body WITHOUT overcrowding your already busy morning.  And the best thing is these meals can all be eaten on the train, in one hand, or in the carpool line!

1. Smoothies

Invest in a good quality vegan protein powder (there are really yummy versions – not all have that hideous aftertaste). Throw your powder, some fruit, ice, and milk of your choice into a blender and hit go.  It takes about one minute of prep and two minutes of blending and you can pour it in a cup and be out the door. I also often pre-make my smoothies the night before (especially as my husband leaves the house at 6:15am and we don’t want to wake up the whole house with the blender).
For smoothie recipes check out these links:

Cherry Choconut Smoothie

Dragonfruit Cheesecake Smoothie

Apple Pie and Vanilla Smoothie

2. Overnight Oats

These are delicious, filling, and you can make a big batch and put into single-serve containers that will last at least three days.  Essentially all you need is oats, yoghurt and/or milk, chia seeds, fruit, and flavouring of your choice. Stir and leave overnight.

Check out this idea and then you can make variations of your own:

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

3. Breakfast Muffins

The ultimate grab and go! When I have half an hour on the weekend I’ll whip up a batch or two of muffins (it makes a nice mummy-kid activity) and freeze them for the week ahead. Here are a couple of options for you:

Lunchbox Friendly Breaky Muffin

Egg Muffins

4. Breakfast Bars

Not going to lie, I have been guilty of buying those sad, dry breakfast bars from the supermarket.  As you may have discovered for yourself, they are heavy on calories and light on flavour. But there is a way to DIY bars and the prep is done in less than 20 minutes! 

Try these recipes to get you started: 

Apple Pie Breakfast Bar

No-bake Chocolate Cherry Breakfast Bars

Healthy Granola Bites

It is hard to make time for yourself, but hopefully with all these ideas you’ll be able to fill your tummy and still get everyone where they need to go!

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