When I was growing up, nearly every morning my mom was up making us a hot breakfast before sending us out into the world to expand our young and already well-nourished minds. I definitely did not truly appreciate her efforts until I had kids of my own to feed and get off to school. I'm not really a morning person so thus far I have opted, mostly, for cold cereal, which my kids love.
But, they are the SLOWEST cereal eaters on the planet which means we have to get up extra early for them to finish eating and still have sufficient time to get dressed, brush teeth, put on/find shoes and make it to school on time. The best days are when we have leftover waffles or pancakes from the weekend or day before and they eat one in the car on the way -- we're never late those days. However, they get bored with that after awhile and I feel guilty about not making fresh eggs and bacon or french toast or hot oatmeal. And, on days when breakfast is a pop tart? Well, let's just pretend we never have days like that.
I am convinced there is a better way. I just know someone out there has found the perfect solution to this morning dilemma that is not going to force me to rise pre-dawn to assuage my guilt, but still fill their tummies with something other than pure, refined sugar.
So blogging universe I am coming to you seeking wisdom and brilliance or at least affirmation (please say it ain't so) that there is no short-cut on this one.
What's your school day breakfast routine? Are you up with or before the sun every morning over a griddle making free-hand pancake shapes of dinosaurs and Mickey like my mom was? Do you go the cold cereal route too? Have you found some happy medium? Do you have some go-to portable but nutritious foods that are quick and easy (and can be made ahead of time) that your kiddos just can't get enough of? Is there a miracle muffin or granola recipe out there that I just haven't happened upon yet?
Please enlighten me. I'll be eternally grateful and my kids will love you forever.