I am NOT a morning person. I’m not a night owl either, but I’ll stay up. But get up early, well…that’s just the worst. I hate it. And getting my youngest up for school? Total torture. Not only do I want a little more shut eye, just five more minutes, please, but he wants ten. Hours. Usually we’ve got about 15 minutes to get organized, breakfast consumed and the lunch made and bagged up before he’s off.
It’s like a breakfast rodeo, only instead of roping a bull I’m roping a teenaged boy. Into hurrying up.
Talk about creating my own stress.
Now I know what you’re going to say. Let him get himself up. He’s 15 – why are you making his breakfast? His lunch?
It’s because he’s my baby. If you were me and you literally had less than three more years of having someone to take care of, you’d roll yourself out of the sack those 10 months out of the year. I’ve got approximately 27 more months of primary care of my man-child and I’m not wasting a minute of it. I don’t think it’s a lot to ask of myself, do you?
But that brings us back to the crux of the problem. The 15 minutes. To eat the most important meal of the day. And it can’t be a toaster strudel. This boy has fancy brains and he needs to feed them. We need healthy options that give the kid the energy required to make it through the day and that he can scarf down in no time flat.
Did I mention he’s growing and continually hungry? He’s a one-man eating machine. I can guarantee that unless you also have a teenaged son you’ve never seen anything like it, and if you do, I can see you nodding.
We looking for four key things when it comes to breakfast:
That’s where the PC Plus app at No Frills comes in. Not only are the prices at No Frills the best anywhere (I’m far too lazy to shop around so the price matching sure does come in handy), but when I use the app, I get points for free groceries. So my boy’s big appetite actually saves me money. You following me?
Would it be weird to say that our breakfast ideas are determined by what’s on special and offers the most bonus points? Not if you’re a points whore like me
So what does he eat? And how fast can I make it? Here are some of our top ideas and how long it takes to rustle them up:
- leftovers from the night before: if any remain after his 10 pm ‘snack’, this is his hands down favourite. Waste not want not, right? And on the breakfast bar in less than 5 minutes)
- egg, peameal and cheese on an English muffin: healthier than the fast food version, I use pre-cooked peameal and a handy breakfast sandwich maker. When English muffins are on special, I buy extra and freeze them. 5-6 minutes.)
- omelette and sliced avocado with hot sauce: when we get our act together, he kinda digs this. Generally reserved for weekends. 10 minutes.
- cold cereal (his last choice, 1 minute to make, 1 minute to gobble)
- steel cut oats (Reluctantly he eats this one unless I load it up with cinnamon, berries, and lots of coconut sugar. A cooked batch provides 3 servings. Douse with unsweetened almond milk before heating. 1 minute to doctor up, 3 minutes in the microwave)
- protein smoothie: this is a popular one this semester as he has gym first period (2 minutes to concoct, 3 minutes in the Blendtec)
- bagel with cream cheese: classic, tried and true, and very portable (5 minutes including toasting)
- toast with piles of shredded cheese on it melted all over my toaster oven (a special gift from my sons, ready in less than 5 minutes)
- ramen noodles (snuck in when I’m out of town. 6 minutes)
So those are my ideas. What do your kids like to eat for breakfast? And don’t tell me you produce a full British fry-up on weekdays. Because then I’ll have to hate you.
Disclosure: this post was generously sponsored by President’s Choice, Loblaw Companies and the PC Plus App. All breakfast ideas and attempts to sleep in are my own.