If you are starting to get a rising panic in the pit of your gut at the thought of getting yourself and your kids not only out of your pyjamas, but out of the house and back to school next week, then you are not alone. We have been very fortunate that our sleeping beauties have been lying in until 8.30am some mornings over these holidays!!! So how on earth I am going to get them ready to leave by 8.30 next week is currently beyond me.
I have started thinking of ways to get organised to minimise the inevitable getting ready for school battles. I will admit that I am partially to blame for some morning panics because a) I really dislike getting up and b) I refuse to leave the house without, at the very least, some mascara on.
Aside from getting everyone’s clothes out the night before, having bags packed and beside the front door, shoes and coats ready (I never do any of this by the way, but I know some insanely organised mothers that do…), how about making breakfast the night before? I know it sounds a bit over the top but, trust me, not only is it delicious and healthy but it will literally take seconds to get on to the breakfast table and takes no time to prepare. Here is my yummy recipe for Bircher Muesli. This serves 2 adults so just increase the quantities for everyone else.
- Half fill a breakfast bowl with porridge oats and pour over just enough apple juice (not from concentrate) to cover the oats.
- Add a handful or two of frozen berries, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, stir in a couple of tablespoons of full-fat Greek or Natural yoghurt and a quarter to half a teaspoon of cinnamon and divide between two.
My kids absolutely love this and I find that it keeps me going all morning without the need to have any snacks before lunch. For the grown-ups you could also think about increasing the protein and essential fat (good fats!) content of the muesli by adding pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds, or nuts such as almonds, walnuts or Brazil nuts (you can bash these up in a food bag first). Other yummy additions include ground almonds, goji berries, cacao nibs and grated apple.
As well as being scrumptious, the oats provide complex (slow-release) carbs which help to balance blood sugar and reduce cravings, B vitamins for energy and soluble fibre for healthy digestion. The frozen berries are packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants, particularly helpful for fighting infections at this time of year; the natural yoghurt provide probiotics (good bacteria) which keep your digestive and immune systems healthy; and studies have shown that cinnamon is effective at lowering blood sugar.
Beats a bowl of Frosties any day!