Here Are Some Real Life Mom Hacks for Starting Your Day Right
Until 2002, I was a third generation mother who worked full time outside the home. My Nana, who went back to work in the 1940’s after my grandfather’s grocery store went out of business, was the queen of organization. Not only was dinner prepared before she left the house for work, she even had the table set for dinner.
My mother returned to work in 1971 because being a stay at home mother was not her thing. She worked as a substitute teacher, and because she was so good at her job, she got called almost every day. Each night before we went to bed, she had our lunches made, and my brother and I had to pick our clothes out the night before so there would be no rushing around or drama.
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I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, especially after having a sixteen month leave of absence from my teaching position after the birth of my oldest daughter. But for a while, I had to return to work. In order to save the most out of my paycheck and to make sure our morning time together was not rushed, I learned all kinds of breakfast time savers so our mornings together were more enjoyable.
Even now as a stay at home/work at home mom, I use these time savers to get my younger children out the door so we can start the day off on the right foot. With middle school starting at 7:20, my kids need to be fed and out the door by 7:00. They need to eat!
Why is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?
After sleeping for eight or ten hours, your body needs to refuel itself. This is especially true if you are a person who eats nothing or very little after dinner. By eating breakfast, you are providing the energy that your body needs to move and think.
As a classroom teacher and a mom, I know how important eating a good breakfast is. My students who did not eat before they entered my classroom could not wait for snack time. They were hungry and could not concentrate as their stomachs were growling and they lacked the energy they need to tackle the day's work.
Vintage Public Service Announcement About Eating a Good Breakfast
Make Ahead Meals for the Morning Rush
I have often wondered why the best tasting and most filling breakfast foods have to be cooked. My kids have always loved waffles, French toast, and pancakes.
Sure, you can buy them prepared in the frozen foods section, but they are overpriced and unless they are organic, they are filled with all kinds of preservatives and food coloring.
The simple solution to that is to make them ahead and freeze. For example, I take an entire loaf of bread and make French toast and I wrap them in portions that my kids eat. When they are hungry, they take them out of the freezer, pop them in the toaster oven and in a few minutes they are hot and ready to eat. They can eat these in the car on the way to school when they are running late and finish them before the homeroom bell rings (our principal is good about things like this!).
During our weekend waffle making, I make extras for our weekday breakfasts. Anything not eaten early in the week gets wrapped up and placed in the freezer. These reheat well and my kids love to top them with chocolate chips and watch them melt in the toaster oven as they heat up.
The Bella Rotating Waffle Maker is the one I own and use all the time. It makes waffles quickly and my twins, who are almost thirteen, now can make waffles on their own for an afternoon snack using this kitchen tool. Their friends like to have these as a snack as well!
Lots of nutrition in a small bite!
Another great make ahead breakfast is muffins. They are easy to prepare and cheap to make. In addition, you can make them as healthy or decadent as you want. My family loves to eat muffins and I often make double batches so there are extras in the freezer ready to defrost. When I bake alone, I can substitute and sneak in healthier ingredients, as my younger daughter is a very picky eater and I need to boost up her caloric intake. (Shhh! Don't tell!) There are many healthy recipes that can help pack a lot of nutrition into a quick bite.
For younger children, you can bake mini muffins which not only look adorable, but are the perfect bite size for little ones. If you are running late, they can be thrown in a baggie and eaten on the way to preschool. Older kids can do this as well, but you will need a lot more muffins to fill their stomachs!
Muffins are a quick and easy item to have on hand for breakfast, served with a glass of milk.
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