It’s 6:22 a.m. and I’ve already been nudged awake three times by four different children. I roll over and ask them for five more minutes–just five–because I’d been up ’til midnight, finalizing assignments and folding neat fresh piles of laundry. And five more minutes of sleep sounds just too, too good to give up. It’s 6:23 a.m. and my tween yells from the bathroom, “m-aaaaaaahhhhhhm! can you come help me curl my hair?” I squeeze my eyes hard, suck in a big breath, then swing my feet over the edge of the bed. Boom. They’ve touched the floor and the day is officially off and running. Forget the extra five minutes for snoozing. People need me, there’re places to go, and we’ve gotta rush from here to there on a wing and a prayer, hoping we’ll accomplish all the day’s duties–from school work to sports. All this awaits. And it’s only 6:24 a.m. Life as a mom is awesome. It’s awesome rewarding. It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome challenging. And, all the time, it’s awesome busy. Rush rush rush, go go go. Someone always needs to be here, or go there, or do this. Carving out time between all of these must-haves to assume a little normalcy isn’t always easy. But, it is possible. One of the ways I reclaim my inner zen, get some healthy food into the bodies of my little people, and turn the morning rush into a moment of mommy magic is to prep Breakfast Bento boxes for the next morning as the kids clean up the dinner table each night. Okay, not EACH night. We’re not always waking up to tidy little containers of beautifully prepped brekkies. But, these simple little morning snack boxes are so easy to put together, and are perfect for mornings when you’re running late, running out the door, or just trying to slow the daily rush to a deliciously dull roar. Wanna get in on the fun? Here are three supremely simple Breakfast Bento boxes you can prep and serve in, like, two seconds flat. Full of fresh yummies, these little babies are the perfect way to start your day off right!
Who says you can’t have ham and waffles on a busy day? Mini slices of ham (cut into hearts with a fondant cutter) and mini waffles await your hungry belly with this fun, simple Breakfast Bento. Fresh fruit and golden-wrapped slices of soft cheese finish it off. Packed in a simple, reuseable sandwich container purchased at my local dollar store, this is one breakfast everyone will adore!
If you’re eating low-carb, you can still have a delightful little Bento Box full o delicious goodies waiting you in the morning! Beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs, and cocoa-almonds help you pack some protein in before the sun rises, and fresh berries add vibrant natural sweetness and flavor!
Got grumpy kids in the morning? Give them a little pep in their step with this wildly easy Fun Time Animal Bento box. Honey yogurt is topped with colorful sprinkles, and served in a mini cup next to a baby banana, fresh cherries, and lots of little animal crackers for dipping! Have more fun ideas for what you like to add in your Breakfast Bentos? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment and tell me your favorite morning pairings, and how you take your day from GO! to Slow with simple ideas and tips. Good morning! Let’s go rock this day!
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