The school year is starting again, and while this may mean less time you need to spend entertaining your kids during the day, it also means much busier mornings trying to get everyone ready and out the door. That's why knowing easy breakfast ideas for kids is essential.
Making sure your kids start the day with a healthy meal before school is important, but it can be extremely difficult to make this happen on your busiest mornings. To help those who may struggle to find the time to make a nutritious breakfast for themselves and their family, we talked with Laura Burak, MS, RD, author of Slimdown with Smoothies, and founder of Laura Burak Nutrition.
"There's nothing I love more than showing parents how easy it can be to navigate their crazy schedules by just learning a handful of quick easy breakfast ideas to get each day off to a healthy start," says Burak. "Stocking a few staple ingredients like a whole grain bread or toaster waffle, yogurts, eggs, fruit, and a nut or seed butter is all you need for a variety of quick options that naturally contain a healthy source of carbs and protein to keep your blood sugar stable for hours."
Read on to learn about more easy breakfast ideas for kids on busy mornings, then make sure to check out 6 Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Vegetables.
A simple yogurt cup can be a healthy, quick breakfast on the go, says Burak. "Make sure you pick a yogurt brand that uses less sugar in its recipe, like siggi's, and add any fruit, nuts, or seeds on top."
For more ideas on healthy yogurts to buy, check out The 15 Best Low-Sugar Yogurts, Approved by Dietitians.
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PB and B toast
Another quick and delicious breakfast to try is a piece of toast—as long as you make it more nutrient-dense. "Layer peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter) on whole grain toast with sliced banana on top," says Burak. "And I have to say, this one is my favorite and takes less than 5 minutes to make."
According to Burak, smoothies are always a great option for busy mornings. "Throw any frozen fruit, yogurt, and your milk of choice into a blender, and voila, a quick portable breakfast." And not only is it a quick option, but it gives you plenty of space to add in a ton of your favorite nutrient-dense ingredients. "You can get creative with other additions like nut butters, greens, and even frozen cauliflower," says Burak, "but either way, this option is super easy and nutritious."
If you've never made mini frittatas, you may want to start this school year. They are delicious and can save you a ton of time each morning.
"This idea requires an oven ahead of time, but if you make a bunch at once, you can just heat and eat each morning," says Burak. "Combine eggs with any veggies and cheese, with an option to add cottage cheese or yogurt for even more protein, and bake in muffin cups, then, add a fruit for extra energy and walk out the door in minutes!"
For some inspiration on what to add to your frittatas, try one of these 15 Easy Frittata Recipes.
Toaster waffle or pancakes
And lastly, popping a quick frozen waffle or pancake in the toaster can help save you some time in the morning, it may just require some extra searching to find a brand whose ingredients you trust.
"There are several brands of whole grain, higher-protein frozen waffle and pancakes in the market these days, so simply toast or microwave, add some protein on top like any nut or seed butter, yogurt or cottage cheese, and an option for fruit, and this breakfast is ready to eat," says Burak.