Operation: Breakfast

How you can make breakfast one of the day’s top priorities.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

You’ve heard it a million times, and you’ve said it even more times. But sometimes, getting the most important meal of the day into your routine seems virtually impossible. What can you do to change breakfast from a chore to a priority? Try these tips out and see if it gets a little easier to make breakfast a way of life for you and your family.

Make It Easy

Think you’ve got to cook up a gourmet feast for breakfast to be beneficial? Think again. One of the biggest deterrents to eating breakfast is fear that it needs to be a big ordeal. Unless you’re planning on waking up an hour earlier than usual, breakfast cannot be a big ordeal. Rather, it needs to be a meal that you can get ready with ease. In fact, when push comes to shove, some breakfast – any breakfast – is better than no breakfast.

So instead of worrying all day about whether the breakfast you ate and fed your kids was healthy enough, take heart knowing you at least gave them something to get their day started. Of course, you don’t want to chow down on doughnuts and candy bars every morning, but even a doughnut every once in a while will help kick your system into gear after a night of sleep.

Get It on the Go

While it’s not always a good idea to eat and run, you may have to make an exception for breakfast. The next time you don’t have time to sit down for a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, don’t sweat it. Grab something and get moving! Good choices for breakfast on the go include a bagel, cup of yogurt, piece of fruit, or granola bar.

Make it even easier to get breakfast in the morning by setting your food out the night before. Put it right by your front door or beside your keys, and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to eat breakfast again.

Eat It at Your Destination

Ideally, you’ll eat breakfast at home or on the way to work and your kids will eat before leaving for school. But as you know, life isn’t always ideal. Instead of completely missing out on breakfast on a regular basis, keep breakfast foods at work so you can get a little something to eat when you arrive at work.

In the event your children don’t have time to eat breakfast before doing to school, send some breakfast foods with them to eat on the bus. Or if your child’s school offers breakfast, send money with your child to eat breakfast at school. Typically, school breakfasts must meet certain health regulations, so they should provide a balanced meal to get your child’s day started the right way.

Feeding the Picky Ones

If you’re a parent, getting your kids to eat breakfast may not be about having enough time to do so. Rather, you may be dealing with a picky eater who simply isn’t interested in whatever foods you provide at breakfast time. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to get your child to eat breakfast every day – even if he or she is picky.

Try the following to get your pickiest to eat in the early morning:

  • give your children small portions of food that can be eaten even if they claim to not be hungry
  • set a good example by eating breakfast every day with your children
  • keep your kitchen full of kid-friendly breakfast foods that don’t take much effort to prepare
  • encourage your children to make their own breakfasts (this is easy with cereal, toast, yogurt, and/or fruit)

In the event you don’t have enough time to feed your little ones in the morning, the best solution is to wake up a little earlier. It may pain you to think of such a thing, but the benefits of a healthy breakfast far outweigh any dread you feel over hearing your alarm clock earlier than usual.

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