Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
June 13, 2019
Tad will be starting Kindergarten this fall and I am SO excited for him! Heck, I am sure a lot of mamas are ready for their kiddos to head back to school! Ha! As much as I am ready for school to start, I do know that our long, leisurely breakfasts we enjoy will no longer a thing. We will have to be on a schedule and stick to it. So, I’ve come up with some helpful breakfast shortcuts that I use to keep our mornings running smoothly. By having a variety of quick ideas to choose from, I can count on my kids being well-fed and never bored!
- Make plenty of hardboiled eggs ahead. Cooking them in a muffin tin—yes, a muffin tin!—is one of my favorite tricks. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, place a whole egg in each cup of a standard-size muffin tin and bake for about 28 minutes. Then, remove the eggs from the tin and put them in an ice bath (a fancy way to say ice water) for 10 minutes. You’ll have a week’s worth of ready-to-go protein at a moment’s notice.
- Stock your fridge with homemade breakfast sandwiches. I make ours with English muffins, scrambled eggs, and various combinations of cheese, bacon, spinach, and chicken sausage. Wrap the pre-made sandwiches in plastic, wax, or parchment paper and throw them in the freezer, so they’re ready to heat up in the microwave or toaster oven whenever you need a quick morning meal. (About 8 to 10 minutes in the toaster oven and 4 to 5 minutes in the microwave will do the trick!).
- Have GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ pouches on hand. These delicious pouches, which are made with real yogurt and fruit, are perfect for mornings when a nutritious grab-and-go breakfast is necessary. Bonus: They’re a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and each pouch has four grams of protein. They’re heat treated, which means they don’t even need to be refrigerated! You can store them in your pantry, at room temperature. How “cool” is that?! Just pair with fresh fruit and you are good to go!
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Muffins. These muffins are a super delicious, nutritious way to start your day! My littles are always asking for seconds! This is another item that can be made ahead of time, and heated for about 10 seconds in the microwave to serve warm, or about 45 seconds if microwaving from frozen!
- Baked Oatmeal Cups with Blueberries (or berries of choice). If you’re rushed in the morning, you’ll love these baked oatmeal cups with blueberries, banana, and eggs for added protein. They’re perfectly portioned servings of oatmeal in handy to-go muffin form. Grab one or two on your way out the door and you’re set!
- Overnight Oatmeal with Peanut Butter. I am sure cold oatmeal isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind, but trust me! It is delicious! Tad loves to help me make it! All you need is one cup of rolled oats, one cup of almond milk (or milk of choice), and one teaspoon of peanut butter. Combine ingredients in a mason jar, shake well, and place in the fridge overnight to have breakfast waiting in the morning.