By the time you wake up in the morning, it may have been about 12 hours since you last ate. Unfortunately, many people forgo breakfast due to lack of time, despite the fact that research has demonstrated the importance of breakfast for both children and adults. You can shave precious minutes off your morning routine and still give your body the nutrition it needs to get a good start by using frozen breakfast foods.
Frozen Waffles and French Toast
Whether you buy premade frozen waffles and French toast or whether you freeze your own homemade versions, these items make fast breakfast ideas for families on the go. Simply pop them into the toaster and wait for them to reheat. For larger quantities, it can be faster to reheat the waffles or French toast in the oven. Top these breakfast treats traditionally with butter and maple syrup. Or, for a healthier option, add some nuts and berries or sliced fruit. If you're really in a rush, place the reheated waffle or French toast in a plastic bag and add your toppings. Seal the bag and give it a good shake. Eat the waffle or French toast from the plastic bag.
Frozen Sandwiches and Wraps
Frozen breakfast sandwiches and wraps are commercially available. They are also quite easy to make yourself. Use English muffins, biscuits or tortillas, and add scrambled eggs and cheese. For meat lovers, add sausage or bacon. These items reheat fast in the microwave, and you can make them healthier and tastier by adding some spinach or tomato to the reheated product and spreading it with creamy dressing.
Frozen Breads and Muffins
If you have a spare minute on the weekend, make an extra loaf of breakfast bread or an extra batch of muffins. Wrap them in single serving packages and store in the freezer. Each night, transfer the number of servings you need to the refrigerator. By the morning, they will be thawed and ready for a quick zap in the microwave. If you have time to sit down and eat your breakfast, serve the bread or muffin with yogurt and some fresh fruit.
In the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal, you can prepare a delicious smoothie from frozen ingredients. Freeze fruit juice or green tea in ice cube trays and sliced fruit in freezer bags. Pop the ingredients in a blender with some yogurt, dairy milk, soy milk, almond milk or refrigerated fruit juice. Add flax seeds, bran or wheat germ for a good source of dietary fiber. These ingredients leave almost no taste, so your kids won't even know it's there. Serve the smoothie in a thermos or a glass with a lid if you're racing out the door.
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