4 Back-to-School Breakfast Shortcuts

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Ready or not, whether you welcome or dread it, it's here. It's time to get back into the school routine. Most of us need all the help we can get with that, and no one needs the guilt that comes with worrying if your kids are eating well before starting their busy days. Here are four ideas to get them out the door with full stomachs:

Shortcut No. 1: Make the most of your limited time in the morning by thinking about breakfast when you're cooking dinner the night before. Cook extra chicken, ham, bacon or steak for additional, filling protein to add to scrambled eggs or an omelet the next morning.

Shortcut No. 2: If you're having a breakfast-for-dinner night, double the pancake or waffle recipe and freeze the leftovers (be sure to let them cool first). Another breakfast is down with just a quick toaster or skillet reheating.

Shortcut No. 3: Get your kids out of the cereal rut by making yogurt parfaits, which can be ready to eat just as quickly. Layer protein-rich plain Greek yogurt with granola, their favorite fruits, nuts, plus honey or fruit puree.

Shortcut No. 4: Add toppings like chopped or sliced fruit, granola, nuts, shredded coconut, flax or chia seeds, peanut butter, jelly, cereal or yogurt to a ready-made breakfast pastry.

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