Food

5 ‘Prepare The Night Before’ Breakfast Ideas For Busy Mums

So we’re heading into week 4 of the school term now, and if you’re a busy Mum you’ll  be starting to find your rhythm. But, if you’re anything like a lot of the Mums I know, you might also be starting to slip on the breakfast routine (not your kids – I know for sure you’ll be feeding them, it’s you I’m more worried about!) As we get busier we should look after ourselves first and foremost, but for some weird abstract reason of nature, we’re the first person that we stop looking after. All goes smoothly for a few weeks but then bit by bit we get worn down. We feel tired, moody, light headed, bloated and we can’t figure it all out – until we get stopped in our tracks by a ‘virus’ which is our body’s way of saying “Hey girl! You gotta look after me or I’m just gonna shut down on you!”. So before we get to that point busy Mama, I want you to start looking after yourself now!

The first thing I want you to do is always have a nourishing breakfast. If you’re really busy in the mornings (like you are , cause you’re a Mum!) then you must fuel yourself accordingly. Now you’re going to say “Oh Nicole, I know but I just can’t find time in the morning to have a nourishing breakfast” to which I shall reply “No worries, let’s prepare it the night before so that all you have to do is grab it and go”. Now I know you have time at night because evening TV is crappy so no excuses!

Here’s 5 of my favourite ‘prepare the night before’ breakfasts:
Chia Pudding
Simply grab a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds and mix with a cup of your favourite milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence. Mix together in a bowl and cover and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with some fresh fruits, a big tablespoon of homemade yoghurt and some crushed nuts/ seeds. Check out Sugar Free Baking for some of my favourite variations. 

Green Smoothie
I prefer to prepare my green smoothie fresh in the morning to get the most nutrients out of it, but you can get everything prepared the night before. Chop everything up and store in a jar in the fridge. Make sure your blender is out on the bench and then all you have to do is whack everything in and drink. It’s seriously a 2 minute job. Here’s my favourite green smoothie recipe:

Handful of  frozen berries
1 Tb flaxmeal (ground)
1 cup oatmilk
1 Tb Cacao
1/4 avocado
1 tsp green powder (Spirulina/Chlorella/ Wheatgrass/Barleygrass)
1 tsp maca powder

Grain Porridge
On a cold morning there’s nothing better than a warming bowl of porridge. These days I prefer to use a mixture of grains rather than just plain old oats. You can use whatever combination you like (or use a pre-mixed one like Red Mills 5 Grain Mix – in most health stores). Here’s my favourite combination:
Millet
Flaxseed
Buckwheat groats
Chia Seeds
Just mix it all up the night before (except the flaxseed) and add you favourite milk. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. In the morning just heat it for a couple of minutes in a saucepan (or take to work and heat in the microwave) . To taste, you can add fruit (blueberries are great) and a little honey if you want it sweeter.
Granola
A firm favourite in our house! Granola is a toasted muesli – you make it with whatever grains, nuts, seeds that you have then add a sweetener like honey or maple syrup to make it crispy and golden when you bake it. Granola is an awesome thing to have on hand for snacking any time of the day. We make up a big batch every week and the kids even take it to school with yoghurt for a snack (minus the nuts). You can find my favourite recipe for it here in Sugar Free Baking. 
Sugar Free Granola from Sugar Free Baking
Bliss Balls
If you haven’t tried these yet then make it your mission! They’re everywhere – health stores, yoga centres, gyms – everywhere! And they’re so easy to make! All you have to do is grab one on the way out the door and it’ll keep you going for a couple of hours! Here’s a basic recipe:

1 cup nuts ( I prefer almonds that have been soaked and sprouted then dried)
Handful of medjool dates
1 Tb honey
1 Tb tahini
pinch of salt
1 cup coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tb coconut oil
1 Tb cacao
Your favourite superfoods added (green powders, maca, cacao etc)
Blend all in the blender then roll into balls and store in the fridge.
If you want more variations on the bliss ball like how to add essences and fruit for a flavour sensation then check out Sugar Free Baking. 

Strawberry bliss balls with pistachio sherbet from Sugar Free Baking
Hopefully now you’re 100 % inspired to make your breakfast the night before so that you’re all ready for a busy day! Look after yourself beautiful Mama, you’re worth it! This Saturday I’ll be down at the Barwon Heads hall with Nerine from Power and Vinyasa Yoga and Harriet from Natural Harry talking all things yoga and breakfast! We’ll be giving you a 100% organic smoothie from Natural Harry to get you started for the weekend. If you haven’t got your tickets yet then get them here NOW! (And bring a friend to make it even more fun!)
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Nut Free Sandwich Free Lunchbox Fillers

Wow this has been quite an experience this first week at school and kinder thing (it’s been 5 or 6 years since I made my oldest son’s lunch!). Standing talking to some Mum’s yesterday I realised just how hard it is to fill a lunchbox when your children don’t eat bread and you’re not allowed egg or nuts at school. Nuts have been my ‘go to’ base for baking since my daughter’s food sensitivities began – this week I was suddenly stumped!
Putting my creative hat to work though I was able to fill the lunchboxes easily. Here’s 2 versions of nut free, egg free, sandwich free lunchboxes. I’ll bring you some more over the coming weeks as I work them out!
Ideas for lunchbox fillers!

LUNCHBOX 1- THE HEALTH FREAK! (my daughter)

  • Chicken & Cucumber Rice Paper Rolls (remember to pack an ice pack when using chicken)
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Watermelon
  • Plain corn chips
  • Homemade yoghurt (recipe in Sugar Free Baking)  in a Sinchies pouch

LUNCHBOX 2 – I LOVE MY CARBS & DON’T DO VEGES! (my son)

  • Refined sugar free/ egg free banana and chocolate muffins (recipe in Sugar Free Baking)
  • Pesto pastry twists (recipe in ‘Transition Your Family to Healthy Eating’ e-book that you receive for free when you sign up to The Happy Parent Project).
  • Watermelon
  • Homemade Muesli slice
I hope these give you some inspiration if you’re struggling with lunchboxes! I feel your pain!

Nicole x