In a recent interview with food writer Ruth Reichl, the Wall Street Journal showed how she aims to make breakfast an event every day. According to the interview, Ruth prepares breakfast every morning and one of her “go-to” menus includes pancakes, black beans with a fried egg and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Reading about Ruth’s ritual with her family made me think about how moments like breakfast time are truly what you make of them. I have made some wonderful memories alongside my young nephew during breakfast. From banana pancakes to omelets and even grilled cheese sandwiches we always enjoy the food, laughs and conversation along the way.
With our hectic lives, it’s easy to get too busy and not spend quite as much quality time as we would like to with the ones we love. Beyond the value of the time spent together, there are several nutritional benefits of kicking off your day with a wholesome breakfast.
I thought it would be great to share three quick ideas that make the most out of breakfast — even when you’re short on time!
- Get creative with a traditional favorite. This chocolate peanut butter oatmeal will show your family that breakfast can be an opportunity to try something different and flavorful.
- Try something new. A few glasses of this banana-peanut butter and blackberries smoothie can be made as a grab-and-go breakfast, but making it is what’s really fun. Smoothies are also a great way to introduce your family to fruits they may not eat on a regular basis.
- Make breakfast the night before. Cooking a batch of breakfast bars like these from Let’s Dish Recipes give you a double-dose of quality time. Spend a few minutes the previous evening preparing and give yourself more time to chat about the day ahead the next morning.