Fuel for School: 10 Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
Morning can be hectic, and while we want our kids to eat a wholesome breakfast, we know sometimes they have to eat on the go. Many families rely on sugary foods that are convenient. We know you are busy, but a nutritious breakfast can make a difference in your child’s mood and academic performance. Here some ideas you can make ahead of time that won’t hurt your budget or schedule.
- Overnight oatmeal. Fill a container with ¾ cup of rolled oats, dried fruit, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, and ¾ cup of the milk of your choice (some people like almond or coconut milk) and place in the fridge at bed time. In the morning, stir the mixture and the oats will be ready to eat. If kids don’t like eating cold oats, you can heat in the microwave for one minute.
- Fruit smoothie. You can make smoothie kits by filling your freezer with bags or containers of fruits and vegetables. In the morning add the produce, yogurt, and water to the blender to make a nutritious, low sugar smoothie. Our favorite combination is spinach, pineapple, and banana.
- Breakfast wrap. Spread peanut butter on a whole-wheat tortilla and roll it up with a banana and strawberries. You can make several the night before for a couple of days of grab and go.
- Granola parfaits. A cup with granola, fruit and yogurt can look like a treat in disguise! Look for granola with low sugar and added. You can also add nuts and seeds to the parfait.
- Healthy toaster waffles. On Sunday afternoon mix up a waffle batter made with applesauce such as the one in this recipe. Make a dozen waffles and store them in the freezer for toasting on busy mornings.
- Breakfast burritos. Scramble a dozen eggs on a Sunday and divide them among 4 or 5 whole wheat tortillas. Add salsa and avocado and you have a healthy burrito for reheating throughout the week.
- Baked eggs. Add your favorite veggies, cheese and six beaten eggs to a greased pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Kids can slices of the baked eggs in the morning cold or warmed up.
- Avocado toast. A great option for those who don’t like eggs, mash half an avocado over multigrain toast and sprinkle with a touch of salt.
- Breakfast sandwich. English muffins are great for pre-made breakfast sandwiches. Make a few the day before with an over medium egg, spinach, tomato and a slice of cheese. Wrap in plastic and store in the fridge for up to four days.
- Breakfast pizza. Who doesn’t want to eat pizza for breakfast? Top pita bread with scrambled eggs, vegetables and other favorite toppings and either broil in the morning or bake the night before.
As kids get older, they can start preparing and tracking whether they are eating good breakfasts. Our We Have Choices Self-Tracker helps them practice good habits! What are your favorite breakfast options? Let us know in the comments!