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Contributor post written by Renee from Raising Generation Nourished
It never fails.
That alarm on my phone hits 5:30 a.m. and as soon as my feet hit the floor I’m thinking of the 247 things I didn’t get done the day before.
The basket of unfolded laundry. The dried up banana on the baby’s tray that didn’t get wiped. The pile of blocks that got missed from pick up time. The puzzle on the table that didn’t get finished before bedtime.
That endless to do list usually gives me a few tasks to get done before little feet pitter patter my floor, and before I know it I’m hearing…“Good morning Momma…what’s for breakfast?”
On the weekdays I like to have breakfast mostly done in advance, waiting for me in the freezer, or already thawed out on my counter. With 3 little ones 5 years old and under, and just one of me, as my husband heads out the door at 6:00 a.m., my hands are busy with diaper changes, hairbrushes, potty wiping, and helping with backwards shirts, all before we have to be in the car before 8:00 a.m. to get to school.
In all reality, I am *not* a morning person. I honestly can’t think more deeply than making sure the girls’ clothing matches before I have my cup of coffee, let alone getting breakfast on the table.
My routine is typically making large breakfasts on the weekends that will give me leftovers to freeze for later in the week, or another time. That way I can still ensure my family is headed off to work and school with bodies that have been nourished and re-fueled to get through their day.
7 Breakfasts You Can Make and Freeze
1. BREAKFAST MUFFINS AND BISCUITS: These are so ideal because you can individually wrap them and even take them on the go with a hard boiled egg to eat in the car if you are running late. Some of our favorite morning muffins are cinnamon raisin zucchini muffins, blueberry muffins, banana bread muffins, strawberries and cream muffins, and sweet potato muffins. Double or triple the batch, and after they cool wrap them up individually and then into a freezer bag.
2. SMOOTHIES: Get an assembly line going with your kids and have them stuff some freezer bags with their favorite smoothie ingredients – all you have to do in the morning is add them into the blender with your liquid of choice and done! Find five freezer smoothie pack recipes to get you started here.
3. BAKED OATMEAL: I actually make a large pot of soaked oatmeal on the weekend to warm through and flavor different ways during the week. But you could also make a large pan of baked oatmeal for a weekend breakfast, and then freeze off individual portions, and into a freezer bag. Warm through in the oven or pan fry them in butter or lard when you are going to have them on a quick school morning.
4. HOMEMADE SAUSAGE PATTIES: These sausage patties are a great way to take advantage of lower priced, plain ground pork, and a handful of seasonings you probably already have. Make a tray of patties, freeze them up flat for an hour, then into a freezer bag. You can pull them right out of the freezer and onto your skillet to make sausage and egg sandwiches quick. This is also a good way to avoid junky fillers and MSG in pre-packaged sausages. Need more than just a sausage patty? Make homemade sausage and egg burritos for a quick grab-n-go breakfast.
5. BREAKFAST COOKIES: Similar to the breakfast muffins, these breakfast cookies individually wrap so nicely and are great for on the go breakfast. They are quite filling and just a cup of raw milk or yogurt would finish this breakfast off! Or try a carrot cake version.
6. EGG MUFFINS OR OMELET CUPS: Double or triple batch of egg muffins or omelet cups on the weekend, and then after the leftovers cool, you can individually wrap them up and then into a freezer bag. Just pop them into the oven to warm while you help the kids get ready for school and they can have a warm breakfast before they leave.
7. PANCAKES or WAFFLES: Pancakes pop in the toaster so easy! Make up this big batch of oat pancakes on the weekend and freeze the rest in freezer bags. Just pull out what you need straight from the freezer into the toaster! We like using coconut butter, real butter, or peanut butter on top! I usually serve them with fried eggs or bacon and raw milk as well.
It might take a little forethought to plan some bigger breakfasts on the weekends. But in the end, you get to skip the majority of breakfast making on the weekdays, and more importantly, you know you are getting some real nourishment into your family before they start their day.