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My kids told me something the other day that hurt my heart. They said they’d been skipping breakfast at school because the options weren’t very good. We live in the best school district in our state and they’re serving sugary cereal, toaster pastries, fruit and milk for breakfast. I was under the impression the high school served a full hot menu with eggs, oatmeal and grits, but the kids said that would be incorrect. Since the start of school I thought they were eating a filling breakfast, but they’ve been eating toaster pastries or skipping breakfast all together.
Skipping breakfast is not a habit I want to encourage so I asked them what they wanted me to add to this week’s grocery list for breakfast. They both agreed on Smithfield® breakfast biscuits and fruit. They wanted something they could make fast and they could take out the door with them. Smithfield®’s new breakfast sandwiches are available at select Walmart locations and come in three varieties so there’s something both my daughter and son like.Walmart now offers Smithfield Southern Style Breakfast Sandwiches in Hometown Original variety and the Country Recipe variety which include four buttermilk biscuits per box. The biscuits are large enough the tackle their morning hunger, but small enough to heat and take out the door too. Each biscuit is individually wrapped and hot in under a minute. My kids barely want to drink a cup of water in the morning which I also encourage so I knew breakfast had to be something fast and simple for them.
I now need to plan on including easy-to-grab breakfast options at home for the rest of the school year, so l’m saving these to my Walmart Grocery Pickup favorites. In addition to ordering easy breakfast options for my kids I have a few more ways to ensure they eat before they leave for school.
5 Kitchen Strategies to Ensure My Kids Eat Before School
1- Add fresh fruit to the grocery list and keep them in bowls on the counter, buffet and dining room table. 2- Add bottled water and other beverages to the grocery list. Bottled option make it easier for the kids to grab and go when running late.
3- Plan pre made breakfast options to the grocery list and weekly meal plan. Homemade egg and sausage burritos, pancakes and Smithfield®’s new breakfast sandwiches are freezer friendly and are hot in under a minute.
4- Keep a microwave and toaster oven out for the kids to heat their breakfast.
5- Create a breakfast station that has paper towels, wax paper for wrapping hot breakfast on the go, disposable cups and other items your kids may need to make breakfast run smoother.
Carving out a few minutes this weekend to plan breakfast for my kids was super rewarding and didn’t require much effort. It took me about 20 minutes to stock the kitchen and freezer for the start of the school week and make sure my kids have some quick breakfast options to choose from.
How do you do school mornings? Share you families before school breakfast routine.