There’s no way around it: Weekday mornings with kids are jam-packed busy. From getting dressed and brushing teeth to packing lunches and backpacks, there’s never enough time to do it all.
Despite the rush, with a little planning and creativity, you can still carve out time for a healthy breakfast that will keep kids energized, happy and full through their morning. Breakfast is important for adults, too: Recent research shows that eating breakfast may decrease the risk of heart disease.
Here are 25 healthy breakfast ideas to put on the table or take on the go before everyone heads out for the day.
Start your breakfast prep early with these make-ahead items. Prepare a batch and keep them in the fridge for five days or less for optimal tastiness.
1. Overnight Oats
This no-cook method of oatmeal creates a rich, creamy breakfast that allows for a variety of recipe variations. Add in anything from almond butter and bananas to tropical fruit and Greek yogurt.
2. Slow-Cooked Oats
Place your ingredients on the stovetop and let this fiber-rich breakfast simmer on low for several hours. We love adding apples and cinnamon for a warm and comforting spin. Don’t have a few hours? Pressure cookers like the Instant Pot can give that slow-cooked feel in less than half an hour.
3. Breakfast Tacos
Load up whole wheat tortillas with protein-packed scrambled eggs and diced peppers, onions and tomatoes. Reheat these in the oven or microwave until they’re perfectly warm and toasty.
4. Hard Boiled Eggs
Not only is this portable meal good for breakfast on the go, but it also doubles as the perfect after-school snack.
5. Whole Grain Muffins
Top with low-fat cream cheese or your favorite nut butter spread.
6. Homemade Pancakes
Ditch the store-bought mix and try this blender pancake idea: mix together 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 2 eggs and a dash of vanilla.
7. French Toast
Use a high-fiber, whole grain bread (look for one with at least three grams of fiber per serving), and consider a 2:1 ratio of whole eggs and egg whites. Prepare as usual on a griddle or in a frying pan. Top with fresh fruit and a light drizzle of real maple syrup.
8. Egg Cups
These muffin-sized cups are perfect for making ahead of time and can be refrigerated until you’re ready. Egg cups are also a great vehicle for kid-friendly veggies that even picky eaters like! Our favorite add-ons are frozen peas and shredded carrots.
9. Breakfast Grains
Amaranth, quinoa, millet—breakfast grains go beyond traditional oats, but can be prepared nearly the same way for a twist on the expected. Add milk or a milk alternative instead of water for a calcium-filled, creamy treat. (For some recommendations on milk alternatives, check out our FAQs on milk and toddlers.)
10. Energy Bites
If your kid has a sweet tooth, no-bake energy bites could make the perfect breakfast. Balance the nuttiness of oats, flax seeds and chia seeds with honey, chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes.
Only have a few minutes to whip up breakfast on the spot? No problem—these go-to solutions load up on the nutrition and make for easy healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers and kids.
Not only are smoothies quick to throw together, they’re also a great opportunity to get extra fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet. Try a variety of kid-approved superfoods from spinach and blueberries to carrots and dates.
12. Easy Eggs With Fruit
Switch up breakfast in a flash to keep kids from getting bored. Serve sliced fruit alongside a rotating side item such as scrambled eggs, fried eggs or simple omelets. You can make the meal more fun for picky eaters by cooking the eggs in a fun mold!
13. Avocado Toast
Here’s a savory treat that you and your kids can enjoy. Mash up a quarter of an avocado on whole wheat toast. If your little one is up for it, top with additional veggies such as sliced cucumbers, sauteed spinach or sliced tomatoes! The healthy fat from the avocado will keep your kid full until lunch time.
14. Nut Butter Sandwiches
Who says a sandwich is only for lunch?
Perfect to take on the go, this breakfast is even better with sliced bananas layered with your favorite peanut butter alternative.
15. Egg in a Hole
This classic and easy egg recipe is great for toddlers and kids. Use a cookie cutter to cut out a circle from high-fiber wheat bread, and spread coconut butter or drizzle olive oil for cooking the bread and egg.
16. Whole Grain bagel
Spread on some cream cheese, add a few veggies (sliced cucumber and tomatoes are two of our favorites) and then add a pop of protein with smoked salmon or sliced turkey.
17. Chia Pudding
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein, chia seeds amp up a breakfast pudding that’s easily made with almond milk, fruit and even some nuts for crunch. Check out these recipes for inspiration: chocolate raspberry chia pudding or blueberry chia pudding.
18. Boiled Egg and Soldiers
Your kids will love this easy, dippable breakfast! Make a soft-boiled egg to serve in an egg cup and slice a piece of whole wheat toast into “soldier” slices.
19. Fruit Wrap
Spread a thin layer of low-fat cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese or nut butter onto a whole wheat tortilla. Top it off with fruit and roll it up for a sweet breakfast wrap!
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20. Frozen Pancakes or Waffles
Turn to the toaster for this hassle-free breakfast! Opt for whole grain varieties that are high in fiber, and serve them with a side of no-prep fruits like berries or clementines.
21. Nurture Life’s Egg Bite with Mini Pancakes & Sweet Potatoes
To skip the frozen food aisle but still serve up a stack of deliciously quick pancakes, try out our Egg Bite with Mini Pancakes & Sweet Potatoes! Balancing the protein of a prosciutto and gruyere egg bite with fiber-rich sweet potatoes and adorable whole wheat pancakes, this morning delight is ready to enjoy in 3 minutes or less.
Look for whole grain options that are low in sugar and high in fiber. One of our favorites is the Original Puffins Cereal, which has five grams of fiber per serving.
23. Frozen Breakfast Burritos
To increase the nutrition of this heat-and-eat breakfast, go for brands that include more than just eggs and cheese—tofu, black beans and diced vegetables add a nutritious twist. Try Amy’s Breakfast Burrito for a healthy start to your kid’s day.
24. Greek Yogurt Parfaits
Choose wide variety of flavors will keep kids interested, as will a mix of toppings they can take on the go—sliced almonds, cereal, diced strawberries and more. Look for Greek yogurt without any added low-calorie sweetener such as aspartame, stevia and the like.
25. Granola Bars
The ultimate grab-and-go option, KIND Healthy Grain Bars offer fiber and protein in a handheld form. For extra oomph, pack your kid a small container of nut butter for dipping.
Your family can conquer busy mornings with these quick yet healthy breakfast ideas for kids. Take advantage of wholesome store-bought breakfast foods and use your weekends to prep a few make-ahead breakfasts. And when your schedule is too full to even think about breakfast for the week, add a few Egg Bites to your next Nurture Life order!
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