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My regular readers will know that I am a mom of four. Moms of big families will attest that morning breakfasts before school are difficult (to say the least)! Two of my children are early birds and love breakfast, while one needs a full hour to be awake before he’s even hungry. Over the past few months since school began, I think I’ve tried dozens of different ideas to get the kids out the door during the week. The school year is almost halfway over, but I’ve finally honed in on my methods to get all of the kids up, dressed, and to school on time, breakfast included! Hey, better late than never, right? Today I’m partnering with Smithfield® and Walmart to share 5 tips on how we take the stress out of school morning breakfasts.
It may sound ironic, but a smooth morning often begins the evening prior. Preparation is key, and the points below all have a common theme of prep.
#1 Prep beverages the night before. Grab a cup with a lid and pour your kiddos’ beverage of choice the evening before.
#2 Go for easy to make foods on those especially busy mornings. Smithfield Southern Style Breakfast Sandwiches are tasty biscuits made from real buttermilk for a made-from-scratch taste. There’s no need to crank up the oven; these individually wrapped biscuits are already fully cooked and are microwaveable. Smithfield Breakfast Sandwiches come in a range of varieties (Hometown Original, Maple, and Country Recipe) to please everyone in the family’s palate. In a matter of minutes, a hot breakfast is ready to serve.
All of these varieties are available at select Walmart locations. Grab them in store or utilize Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup to grab them after school or work to prep for the next morning.
#3 Include breakfasts on the menu plan. Do you make a weekly menu plan? I know many families who create weekly or even monthly dinner plans, but breakfast plans are not always included. Adding breakfasts on menu plans does two things for me. One, it allows me to know what items to pick up at the grocery store so that I’m not caught off guard at in the mornings while I’m still rubbing sleep out of my eyes. Secondly, the kids know ahead of time what to expect for breakfast, leaving them less likely to whine “I didn’t want that” before I’ve had my morning java.
#4 Lay out any cutlery or plates the evening before. Grabbing a plate out of the cupboard may seem like a small thing, but sometimes every second helps on those busy mornings!
#5 Dice and wash fruit the night prior. Strawberries and oranges are great morning fruits that help kids jump start their day. Wash and cut them the evening before to save time. Walmart also has pre-cut fruit in their produce department to gain a few more extra minutes.
Find items to make school morning breakfast time a breeze at Walmart. Save time with Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup. This convenient service allows customers to pull into a designated pickup area to have their groceries delivered straight to their car.
Ok, mamas of big families, what are your time saving tips for school morning breakfasts?