How to Have a Sit-Down Breakfast with On-the-Go Ease
This is the breakfast you think I mean.
And this is the breakfast I actually mean.
Let's ignore the fact that those children are super blond and those parents most certainly are not. The point?
A sit-down breakfast isn't about the food; it's about the sitting down.
I know that mornings are crazy and you're thinking, "That will NOT work in my house," but before you get all Breakfast Judge Judy on me, listen to this week's podcast episode The Lazy Genius Fixes Breakfast. I'm a big believer in making breakfast matter, and maybe you'll give it a try.
But I'm also not insane. I realize that regular mornings don't have space for elaborate recipes or dirty dishes. That's why we're going to focus on the sitting, not the cooking.
How to Find Five Extra Minutes to Sit Down for Breakfast
1. Get up ten minutes early.
Are you sending me death threats through the screen? We all want more time in bed every morning, myself included, but ever since I chose to be a genius about sitting down to breakfast, it was worth the tradeoff of extra sleep. Because let's be honest: getting up early better be SUPER WORTH IT. I don't do it to exercise, meditate, or follow my dreams, but I will do it for breakfast with my family.
And morning minutes are not created equal, so give yourself a cushion. In the AM world, 10 = 5. It makes no sense and also makes total sense.
2. Do just one morning thing the night before.
Make lunch, prep the coffee, choose your outfit, pack your laptop bag, sign the homework forms... anything you tend to do in the mornings, see if it can be done the night before. Breakfast might be worth the trade.
3. Make it important.
As the adage goes, you make time for things that are important. Yes, our mornings can feel overwhelming, but if you start to embrace the spiritual discipline of breakfast, you'll easily find the time inside the overwhelm.
P.S. I get up a little before 6am, my kids get up at 6:30am, and the first round of family leaves the house by 7:40am in case you were wondering. I share a more detailed morning rhythm on the podcast.
On-the-Go Foods Even Though You're Sitting Down
Convenience foods aren't just for feeling rushed. Leverage that convenience to slow down with your people. Sitting down with an on-the-go food still counts.
1. Frozen stuff.
Sweet: fully baked muffins, quick breads, pancakes, waffles, smoothie packs
Savory: breakfast sandwiches, burritos, hash browns, quiche cups, precooked bacon
All can be frozen baked, assembled, and ready to go after a visit to the microwave. Don't have one? Pull out breakfast the night before to thaw in the fridge.
2. Jarred stuff.
Oatmeal, yogurt and granola parfaits, and hash can be made, stored, and eaten or dumped in a skillet for a quick hot breakfast. (Washing a pan takes less than a minute; sometimes it's worth it.)
3. Pantry stuff.
The usual suspects of cereal, PopTarts, and protein bars are great.
It doesn't matter what you eat. Just sit down together when you do it. You might be surprised at how much you love it.
P.S. Don't forget to check the show notes for The Lazy Genius Fixes Breakfast to get some of my favorite breakfast recipes plus a Pinterest board with even more ideas.
P.P.S. If you follow me on Instagram, check out this photo where there are almost 50 comments from fellow Lazy Geniuses on ways to save time on breakfast.