Parents have lots to worry about any given day of the school year. They must wake their kids up on time, make sure they are dressed and have everything they need for the school day, and then see that their kids make it to school on time. For many families, breakfast is unfortunately overlooked on busy school days. Many young students make do with bowls of cold cereal, fruit, or unhealthy options like toaster pastries or fast food. We’ve put together some easy, healthy breakfast ideas for kids along with links to a few other articles with many more possibilities.
There’s a better way to do school day breakfasts without waking up at the crack of dawn and spending an hour in front of your stove. Try the following recipes any day of the week for a more substantial breakfast with all the essential vitamins and nutrients other quick breakfast options lack.
Breakfast Ideas for Kids
Scrambled eggs are a great source of protein that only requires a minute or two to cook, but you can ramp up the flavor and the nutritional value with this 15-minute upgrade to your typical scrambled eggs.
In a large bowl, whisk together eight large eggs, one teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce (skip or add more to taste), a tablespoon of water, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then add about three ounces of thin-sliced deli ham, stirring occasionally for two or three minutes until the edges start to brown. Add a sliced roasted red pepper and toss to combine, and then remove the ham and peppers from the skillet.
Next, scramble the egg mixture in the skillet to the desired doneness, and then fold in the ham, peppers, two chopped scallions, two tablespoons of cream cheese, and about two ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Each serving has about 20 grams of protein, the perfect fuel to start a productive day.
Open-Face Apple Sandwich
This quick and easy recipe creates a fun “open-faced sandwich” any kid will love. Start by coring one of your kid’s favorite apples, and then turn it on its side and slice it into quarter-inch slices crosswise to create apple rings. Arrange the rings on a serving plate and spread your favorite nut butter over them. Peanut butter or almond butter are great choices. Finally, top the buttered rings with your favorite granola, raisins, nuts, and other healthy toppings. You can even create mini apple sandwiches by pressing granola and other toppings between two rings slathered with nut butter for a fantastic source of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients for starting the day right.
More Healthy Ideas
Breakfast during the school days doesn’t need to be quick and unhealthy, nor do you need to spend extra time each morning cooking chef-quality meals before every busy day. You can find lots of other fantastic breakfast recipes online, so start experimenting to find something your kids will love.