One of the things I have to get used to this fall is hustling my daughter out the door for kindergarten. Our preschool day always started after lunch, so this early-morning routine will be new to us. My plan, I hope, is to have breakfast ready for her each morning so she can eat a nutritious meal before getting in the car. But let’s be honest: That isn’t always going to happen. I have to have a stash of breakfast on the go ready for her just in case. Here are a few of my favorites for the those mornings when the kids need to eat fast!
8 Ideas for Breakfast on the Go 1 of 9
Click through for 8 great on-the-go breakfast ideas!
Peanut Butter & Honey Crackers 2 of 9
Peanut butter and honey is an all-time favorite in this house. Swipe the crackers, sandwich them together, pop 'em in a bag, and out the door you go!
Yogurt Parfait in a Bag 3 of 9
Parfaits are delicious and hearty, and you can pack them with healthy things like granola, yogurt, and other treats — like my family's favorite, Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. For a sweet flavor, try the apple cinnamon variety. I often layer the ingredients in a Ziploc bag, hand my daughter a spoon, and we're out the door! Trust me: This on-the-go idea is a life-saver!
Waffle Sandwich 4 of 9
Waffles are a huge hit in our house. To eat them on the go I simply toast them, cut them in half, and swipe them with butter and syrup. This way, your kids can eat them like sandwiches — without dripping the ingredients all over their clothes or your car!
Homemade Fruit Smoothie 5 of 9
Smoothies are one of my family's go-to snacks! When I whip them up at home, I blend yogurt and berries, or a big squeeze from a Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezer, and pop them in the fridge. For breakfast, I pour them into a stainless steel water bottle so they can be sipped (mess-free!), on the way to school.
Dry Granola 6 of 9
Dry granola in a bag is always an acceptable breakfast in our house. And why wouldn't it be? It's easy to pack, doesn't get all over your clothes if you spill, and is totally portable. Sometimes, I'll pair it with a box of milk, and it's just as good as cereal in a bowl at home.
The Fruit Burst Squeezer Game! 7 of 9
Here is a fun one for the days when your kids are cranky-pants in the morning. Pile a whole bunch of Fruit Burst Squeezers in a bag, and let the kids pick one while their eyes are closed. It's a Fruit Burst Squeezer grab bag! These squeezers are great because they contain natural fruit purees and juices, and, in some cases, veggie purees. With more than one and a half servings of fruits in each pack and no high fructose corn syrup, your kids and you can feel good about this meal.
Watermelon Skewers 8 of 9
How do you eat watermelon in the car without making a huge mess? On skewers, of course! Spear the fruit the night before, and place it in a freezer bag. Grab it on your way out to the car when you wake up (too easy!).
Cereal "Trail" Mix 9 of 9
Yes, yes, I know: Real trail mix features all the fixings: nuts, dried fruit, and more. But when you're in a hurry, there's rarely time to whip up even that. As a solution for the time crunch, I simply make my own mix to blaze the trail to school — often with dry cereal, pretzels, and maybe a couple of chocolate chips for a sweet touch. The kids won't know the difference, and they'll get to nosh on a healthful breakfast! Genius.