Triumph Dining Early Morning PracticeIt’s 5:00am and you have to get your kid to swim practice or hockey practice or a track meet or some other off-season conditioning for you-name-the-activity. You grab your coffee and run through the drive through for food on your way, right? No. It’s not necessarily so easy if you have kids with special diets. It takes special planning for meals and no one wants to be figuring that out before an early morning practice. What to do?

When the rest of the team is eating their bagels, donuts or sandwiches you and your kid need to plan ahead and pack breakfast and snacks. Here are some of the breakfast items that seem to work well for my household. They are portable, require minimal prep and provide a healthy, filling meal.

-        Chex cereal (gluten free flavors) we like it, dry, out of a baggie or container 

-        Udi’s muffins or cinnamon roles

-        Hard boiled eggs

-        Fresh fruit with cheese sticks or individual packets of peanut butter or other nut butters (Justin’s makes various types.)

-        Yogurt with or without the gluten-free granola topping. I prefer it with Jessica’s Granola. If I’m not going to eat immediately I freeze the yogurt first. Yogurt tubes work well for something that’s more easily eaten on the go.

-        Homemade banana bread. It’s great when sliced and topped with cream cheese.

-        For something warm but fast I like to toast an Udi’s or Against the Grain bagel and add a scrambled egg and a slice of cheese to make a sandwich. I use a small round bowl and microwave the scrambled egg to get it the perfect shape and size for the sandwich. That part only takes 40 seconds in the microwave.

-        In a pinch, leftover rice or gluten-free pasta works great as an easy morning hot breakfast.

What ideas have you come up with?