3 Fun, Fab Breakfast Recipes for ADD Parents On The Go
BEEP, BEEP, BEEP goes the alarm! You fantasize about hitting the snooze button one more time. Please, just 5 more minutes! Your legs seem to have forgotten how to work and there's a warm dog or cat snuggled up next to you, keeping you comfy and warm. After bedtime tantrums, virtual and hybrid school changes and helping kids with homework, you logged on to Facebook to connect with friends and family. Three hours go by and you finally turned off the screen at 1am and crawled into bed.
30 minutes later, fresh from a quick shower, you've knocked on the kids doors, shouting to get up. You're in the kitchen, preparing a quick cup of strong coffee and scrambling to fix something for breakfast the kids will actually eat. Wouldn't it be nice to have breakfast all ready to go and connect with your kids at the kitchen table, before heading to school or work?
October is National ADHD Awareness Month. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a hyperactive subtype of ADD is real and is not going away. Did you know that 4% of adults experience symptoms of ADD that have a significant negative impact on overall functioning. People with ADD often lose their keys, sometimes several times a day, misplace important materials and information, miss work deadlines, have extreme difficulty going to sleep and snoozing for 8 hours, struggle with physical fatigue, are disorganized, have trouble concentrating and focusing, and often judge themselves for their struggles. They often see other people doing these tasks with ease and wonder why things are so hard for them.
Sometimes, it is mindboggling how many small details and steps are involved in getting out the door and making it to school, work on time. If you, the parent, are struggling with motivation, think how your kids are feeling. Making fun, fab breakfast snacks ahead of time can be a game changer for morning routines!
Fun, Sweet and Tasty Recipes
Here are 3 fun frozen snack ideas for parents on the go! By preparing them in advance, morning routines can become more efficient and less stressful:
1. Frozen Banana Slices and Grapes.
My dad was a full time single parent throughout my teenage years. One of my favorite treats I fondly remember him making was frozen bananas and grapes. Super easy to make, they tasted so good for breakfast or as a bedtime snack. A great alternative to ice cream and processed snacks too! Sticking together once frozen, separate them into snack sized baggies so they are ready to grab and go in the morning.
2. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Smoothies.
One of my favorite smoothie recipes, this shake is full of good things for growing bodies and brains. Dark chocolate chips are MUFAS (mononsaturated fats), the healthy type of fats. Health benefits include lowering the risk for heart disease by lowering “bad cholesterol” levels and help control insulin and blood sugar levels (Mayo Clinic). They also assist with weight loss and decreasing inflammation (healthline.com). 3.No Bake Coconut Cookies (Dr. Axe)
You’ll love these no bake cookies, even if you hate vegan food. Filled with rolled oats, coconut, flax seed, honey, coconut oil, almond butter and vanilla extract, they are filled with all natural sweetness. Check out the recipe below!
2 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats 1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
½-1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
2/3 cup honey
½ coconut oil
1 cup almond butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
Coconut sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)
Himalayan pink salt to sprinkle on top (optional)
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix the oats and coconut flakes well and set aside.
3. In a medium pot over low heat, combine the honey, coconut oil, almond butter, and cocoa, stirring continuously until the mixture is mixed evenly.
4. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract, stirring until well combined.
5. Add in the oats and coconut flakes (and flax if desired), stirring continuously until mixture becomes thick.
6. Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the cookie sheets in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, or until you’re ready to serve.
7. Place the cookie sheets in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, or until you’re ready to serve.
8. Take the cookies out of the freezer and allow them to thaw for 5 minutes before serving. Store any leftover cookies in a sealed container in the freezer.
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Sara is a former play therapist, co-parenting coach, international speaker and Founder of Playful Awareness. With 25 years of experience living in a blended family, she offers fun, humorous, practical solutions to co-parenting dilemmas. She also lives with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and provides peer support and education to parents and families.