With summer comes slow mornings and plenty of time to make everyone a veggie packed, protein filled breakfast they love (ha). School will be back in session before we know it and so will busy mornings...let’s be honest, did busy mornings ever really leave? Between summer camp and dashing out the door to play with neighbors we all need easy breakfast ideas for kids that are more than just sugary cereal or a candy-clone breakfast bar.
Most “quick and easy” breakfasts are packed with sugar and little else. When feeding our kiddos the most important meal of the day we want to be sure they are getting protein, fiber, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. It can sound like a lot to get all those nutrients in one meal, but you don’t need to get them all every time, and it can be easier than you think!
Smoothies are a great go-to breakfast for lots of families. Smoothies, when homemade, can be a great healthy breakfast to get your little one super charged for a super day. Try blending plain greek yogurt, your favorite frozen berries, a banana, some frozen spinach, and a spoonful of flax or chia seeds. You can even add a spoonful of quick cooking oats. Add your favorite milk, juice, or water to make it as thin or thick as you like. (Pro-tip, add the chia or flax to the blender first, otherwise it sticks to the blender walls!) With one super chilly sip, your kiddo is getting protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sip, sip, hooray!!
Who can resist a popsicle on a hot summer (or fall) morning? Try using a popsicle mold, pour in your favorite smoothie leftovers or layer yogurt, granola, and pureed fruit. We love canned, diced peaches, banana, cinnamon, and yogurt mixed together and frozen for a super tasty peach pop!
There is no shame in the toaster waffle game. Toaster waffles or french toast are the ultimate easy breakfast for kids. Elevate your game by toasting two waffles and turning it into a sandwich. Try stuffing them with peanut butter, banana, and honey. You can even smear cream cheese on the waffles and stuff them with tomatoes. Try scrambling a quick egg, adding a little bacon and top it with a drizzle of maple syrup between two waffles. You can bump up your waffles even further by choosing waffles made with whole grains for adding fiber.
Oatmeal is always a crowd pleaser, with its endless options for customization. But you may not have time to stand over a pot stirring for 20 minutes. Overnight oatmeal is a great option for a busy morning because you can make it ahead of time before you go to bed. Simply combine old fashioned oats, milk, and your favorite fruits and nuts. You can even add Greek yogurt for a protein boost. Stir all the ingredients until combined in a jar, then let rest overnight in the fridge. In the morning, a fiber-filled breakfast will be ready when you and your kiddo are.
Sometimes you know the moves for a fast breakfast - toast, toaster waffles, yogurt parfait, or smoothie but it’s easy to get stuck in a flavor combo rut. Try some of these unique flavor combinations to wake up your breakfast routine.
- Almond butter and smooshed raspberries on english muffin, toast, or waffle
- Cream cheese, cucumber, carrot, peas, or bell pepper on english muffin, toast, or waffle
- Scrambled eggs, salsa, on a tortilla
- Banana, peanut butter, rolled up in a tortilla
- Cooked and cooled carrots, canned peaches, banana, yogurt in a smoothie
- Blueberries, vanilla extract, cinnamon, in overnight oats
- Oatmeal with tomatoes, cheddar cheese, chives, and bagel seasoning
If you’re little one doesn’t seem to want to eat before a long day at school or summer camp, check out these tips to get your little one excited to eat breakfast!
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