Put a slew of healthful ingredients in your fridge, freezer, and pantry, and you'll always have healthy kid breakfast ideas ready to put on the table (or send out the door) in the morning. Here's a shopping list to get you started:
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Now that you have your pantry stocked with great ingredients, here's how to get breakfast ideas for kids to the table quickly. Or, better yet, let the kids help out: These ideas also happen to be easy recipes for kids to make (provided your child is old enough to operate a toaster).
PB&J Waffles: Toast frozen whole-grain waffles. Top with reduced-fat, reduced-sodium nut butter, raspberry preserves, and fresh raspberries. Another day, substitute fresh bananas and raisins for the raspberry preserves and raspberries. Also try topping the waffles with low-fat cream cheese, fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey.
Perfect Parfaits: Breakfast parfaits are a great way to get good-for-you foods into one colorful, fun breakfast. Simply layer low-fat yogurt with low-fat granola and top with fresh fruit. Add walnuts or almonds, plus a little honey to sweeten. No time to layer it into a pretty dish? No problem. Simply serve a bowl of yogurt with the desired toppings for an easier version of this breakfast for kids.
Eggs on the Quick: Serve hard-cooked eggs from the deli with toasted whole-grain bread and a few slices of deli ham or turkey on the side.
Note: Serve the above breakfast ideas for kids with milk and calcium-fortified 100% orange juice to add more good-for-you nutrients.
When you have a little more time in the morning, remember that scrambled eggs can provide a great anchor to a healthy breakfast for kids. Stir in colorful vegetables, reduced-fat cheese, and/or lean deli meats. Then, serve with toasted whole-grain bread. Or, try one of these breakfast ideas for kids that feature scrambled eggs:
• Super-Quick Breakfast Pizza: Warm a slice of leftover low-fat pizza and top with a scrambled egg.
• Breakfast Burrito Extraordinaire: Whip up some scrambled eggs, throw in a dash of bottled salsa or spicy low-fat cheese, add onions, peppers, or spinach, and wrap the mixture in a low-fat whole wheat tortilla. For the best flavor, warm up in the microwave before eating.
• Waffle Breakfast Sandwich: Make a sandwich from a toasted whole-grain waffle, cut in half; fill with scrambled eggs and reduced-fat cheese, sliced extra-thin so that it melts easily.
If you need healthy breakfast ideas for school—or nutritious foods that can be enjoyed on the go, here are a few options:
Here are a few more hacks for getting a healthy breakfast for kids ready on your busiest mornings: