Getting kids up, and out the door on busy mornings can be difficult and stressful. In addition to making sure you have the sneakers, bathing suit, book bag, and cuddly best friend - you have to figure out breakfast ideas for kids. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for good reason. Active kids, especially playing outdoors in the summertime or learning new things when school starts, need fuel for their bodies and brains.
Make your kids a balanced plate, when you can.
You may be familiar with the MyPlate, a visual cue for how a plate should look at most meals and snacks. The simple idea: make half your plate fruits and vegetables, a quarter grain (half of which should be whole), a quarter protein, and add some calcium rich foods. We know breakfast doesn’t always fit into the pattern of a typical meal. Grab and go is king when it comes to breakfast. Think bagged mini muffins, toaster pastries, sugary cereals, salty fast food breakfast sandwiches, or over sugary yogurts. But grab and go doesn’t have to make you say “whoa!” - you can make it your own! Breakfast ideas for toddlers or kids can be simple and delicious!
Protein is a key nutrient to a healthy body. Protein is what gives our body the fuel it needs to make muscles and keep up with vital processes. The most common breakfast protein is eggs, but what breakfast for kids is protein rich without eggs? Tons. This is especially important if you have a little one who can’t eat eggs. Milk, and some non-dairy milk alternatives, are great sources of protein. Plain, greek yogurt is also a great source of protein. Nut and seed butters are another great source of protein. Turkey sausage is a great lower fat way to enjoy tasty sausage and tons of protein. You can also enjoy non-traditional breakfast foods in the morning, like hummus, turkey roll ups, or beans. Some grains are also rich in protein, such as quinoa!
In North America, we tend to think of breakfast foods and immediately go to grains. Cereal, waffles, toast, and oatmeal are all grains that are pretty typical of breakfast. However, we should strive to make half our grains each day whole grains. Oatmeal and brown rice are whole grains and make great hot breakfast cereals. Topping them with berries or seeds is a great way to add an extra food group. When adding food groups together, think about fullness. Adding a protein food to a grain helps your child stay feeling full all the way until lunch time. Snack poppers are also made with whole grains and make a super filling, energizing breakfast when you're headed out the door.
Fruits and Veggies
For a lighter morning eater, fruits and vegetables can be a great way to start the day. Try making a simple fruit salad at the beginning of the week and enjoy it easily each morning. You can top it with yogurt for a protein boost! Cut veggies, like a crudite platter, is another great make ahead. Serve it with a yogurt based ranch dip or hummus for a nutrient dense, light and filling breakfast. Looking for a breakfast for toddlers that is a little more substantial? Try a veggie frittata - this combination of eggs and veggies give protein and fiber to keep little bodies and brains active and focused all day. We like to pair it with something a little sweet, too - French toast!
Healthy breakfast ideas don’t have to be hard
Ask your kiddo what they feel like eating for breakfast that week. Can you work with it? Creative breakfast ideas for kids can be fun, healthy, and delicious!
- Try a “Banana split” with half a banana, vanilla yogurt, slices strawberries, and granola. You can even add pineapple! Add sprinkles for fun!
- Make a breakfast burrito with eggs, beans, and salsa. Wrap it all up in a whole grain tortilla.
- DIY popsicles with a nutritious twist- using yogurt, add fruit, graham cracker crumbs or granola for a cool morning treat.
- Bake banana bread or zucchini bread for a cozy breakfast worth waking up for.
- Get sneaky - make lentil banana muffins for a protein and fiber boost!
Healthy breakfast ideas, easy, with Yumble
If the idea of breakfast time battles with your little ones has you hiding your head under the pillow, look no further. With Yumble, there’s less battles and no wasted morning time. Breakfast comes ready to heat and eat - and it’s just as nutritious (and delicious) as you hope breakfast will be. Meals are delivered on a weekly basis, just pick which meals your child would love and relax. Breakfast is taken care of.
Picking eating? Allergies? No problem.
We understand that some families have to plan around allergies or strong aversions. That's why we made it easy to identify common allergens and avoid them in our meals. From egg free to gluten and dairy free - we have them labeled so picking meals takes seconds. No agonizing over labels.
Note: we are nut-free but do not have a nut-free certification. Therefore we cannot guarantee cross-contamination. To learn more, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
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