Mastering the Morning Breakfast Routine

Breakfast 5 min

Ideas to help busy parents get school-aged kids out the door on time

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
family eating breakfast together


  • Strategies to support a relaxed morning routine
  • Recipes for quick and nutritious breakfasts

Morning Rush

Any parent of school-aged children will likely tell you that weekday morning routines can be hectic. Preparing and eating breakfast, making lunches, cramming homework into overloaded school bags and getting out the door in time for work and school is a lot to fit into a short period of time!

There is no magic fix. As with any problem, the best solution often means planning ahead and getting organized. Think of the morning routine and list each step in chronological order. Share the tasks with your family and ask for helpers and input. It is a lot easier to delegate a task or two when it is part of an established and consistent routine.  

It is important to make time for breakfast on busy mornings. Your child needs to refuel their energy levels to take part in learning and activities at school.

Ideas for Success

  • Keep the kitchen stocked with nutritious options. A complete breakfast should include foods from all 3 categories in Canada’s Food Guide (Vegetables and Fruit, Whole grain foods and Protein foods).
  • Prepare as much as possible the night before. Pack school bags, assemble lunches, and prepare breakfast foods.
  • Try make-ahead breakfasts such as overnight oats made with milk and topped with fruit or breakfast parfaits made with yogurt, fruit and oats.
  • Set alarms 10 minutes earlier to leave more time for breakfast.
  • Teach kids to prepare their own simple breakfast.
  • Serve leftovers for breakfast.
  • Choose items your child can take with them that can be eaten at school if they are not hungry at breakfast time.

Quick and Easy Breakfasts

  • Fruit and yogurt smoothie with a whole grain muffin
  • Scrambled egg, cheese and bell pepper wrapped in a whole grain tortilla
  • Whole wheat English muffin with nut butter and sliced banana
  • Whole grain cereal with fruit and milk
  • Banana rolled up in a whole grain tortilla spread with yogurt or peanut butter

Managing your family’s morning routine can be taxing. It takes a bit of organization, but a little planning goes a long way. This will allow more time to ensure children have time to eat.

For make ahead breakfast recipes, order our Overnight Oats or Breakfast Parfait Meals in a Jar resources.



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