|The Favorite Son finishing homework before school. Sometimes, you have time to|
make breakfast. Sometimes, you don't.
How pretentious is it to quote yourself?
Every couple of weeks, grab a dozen bagels. Rather than buying plain bagels, though, choose bagels that have a little substance. Blueberry, cheese, cinnamon-raisin, pumpernickel, and whole wheat, among others, often contain fewer calories, offer a variety of tastes, and provide nutritional benefits not found in the plain kind. Then, take five minutes to slice the bagels in half, place four to six of the sliced bagels in a large zipper-lock freezer bag, and they’re ready to toast on the morning after the power surge that reset your alarm clock or when you find indisputable evidence that your golden retriever wasn’t able to digest the chocolate bar your three-year-old son fed her the previous evening. Serve toasted bagels with almond butter, butter, cream cheese, hazelnut spread, or peanut butter, and garnish with two or three apple slices, banana slices, grapefruit chunks, grapes, orange wedges, or strawberries.
If you don’t even have time for that quick breakfast solution, there’s nothing wrong with sending your kids out the door with a granola bar and a piece of fruit in hand. Even when the pressure is on, you can feel good about the fact that you were able to begin your day—and theirs—with a healthy, filling breakfast.