Healthy breakfasts for kids don’t need to be complicated. These 5 breakfast ideas for kids are perfect for busy families.
If your household is anything like mine when my kids were growing up, the daily dash to get everyone out of bed, papers signed, book bags ready and the gang out the door can be wild. This rush also makes a healthy, nutritious and filling breakfast seem like an impossibility. But with just a bit of planning and our healthy breakfast ideas for kids you can send your children on their way with something nutritious and delicious. They’ll be able to perform their best, and you will feel better knowing they had more than a sugary start.
With school back in session, we’re sharing 5 healthy, easy, on-the-go breakfast ideas for kids to get them off to a healthy start. Each one is packed with fiber, protein and slow-burning carbohydrates to keep them full until lunchtime. Serve these at home, or hand them to your children as they head out the door. They make great breakfasts for busy adults, too.
- Egg Burrito: Crack an egg in a pan along with a bit of cheese, and scramble. Fill a tortilla with the mixture and some salsa. Wrap the burrito in foil and heat it in the toaster oven. It’s ready when they are. Add veggies for nutritional boost. Get the recipe.
- Breakfast Parfait: Kids love the idea of dessert for breakfast. Layer fat-free yogurt, berries and granola cereal in a clear cup. This parfait is pretty and easy to eat with a spoon while waiting for the bus.
- Trail Mix: Mix shredded mini-wheat or other healthy cereal in a plastic bag with raisins, craisins or other dried fruits, almonds and pretzels or popcorn. Be creative. This makes a great pre-sports practice snack for kid’s gym bags, too. Add a few dark chocolate chips for a special treat.
- Waffle with Banana and Peanut Butter: Take two frozen whole-grain waffles and boost their staying power by adding a smear of peanut butter and some sliced banana in between. What kid won’t love that?
- English Muffin Breakfast Pizza: Pizza’s not just for dinner! Try combining two classic kid favorites. Add tomato sauce, a scrambled egg, cheddar cheese and turkey pepperoni to a whole-wheat muffin. Make it the night before and pop it in the toaster oven, so it is ready when they are.
Healthy breakfast done! Now, all you have to do is figure out what to serve for dinner.
Stacey Kendrick, MS, is a health educator with more than 20 years of experience in wellness and population health. She spent much of her career at Vanderbilt’s Faculty/Staff Wellness Program and currently works in Strategic Marketing at Vanderbilt. She is mother to two adult daughters. In her free time, she teaches healthy cooking classes, runs, gardens and enjoys backyard bonfires.