7 Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas To Jump-Start the Day

7 Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas To Jump-Start the Day

Our kids’ schedules are busier than ever. Young minds and bodies need solid nutrition to keep up with the flurry of activity, especially first thing in the morning. 

Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have better concentration, fewer behavior problems, and more energy.  Kids who eat breakfast are also more likely to maintain a healthy weight.  

Unfortunately, this important meal is often missed in the morning rush.

Planning for a healthy breakfast will help your child start the day off on the right foot.   A balanced breakfast includes multiple food groups, providing a mix of healthy carbohydrates and protein.  

Carbohydrates, like whole grains and fruit, power the body and the brain. Protein will help kids maintain the energy level and fullness they need to get them through the morning.  Healthy choices include lean meats, eggs, low-fat dairy, beans and nuts.

Here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas your kids may like:

7 Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

 

Whole grain waffle with peanut butter and banana slices

waffle w peanut butter

Get creative! Substitute the waffle for whole grain toast; the peanut butter for a nut-free alternative, like Sunbutter; and the banana for a filling and fiber-rich fruit, like an apple or pear.

Yogurt Parfait

yogurt parfait

Layer plain yogurt with fruit and whole grain cereal. Put it in a plastic container if they need to eat it on-the-go! 

Oatmeal with nuts and berries

oatmeal with nuts and berries

The options are endless! For variety, mix in apples and cinnamon, or bananas and peanut butter, etc. 

Breakfast burrito

breakfast burrito

Stuff a whole-grain wrap with eggs or beans, cheese, vegetables and salsa for a delicious breakfast burrito. 

Open-faced breakfast sandwich

breakfast sandwich

Who says sandwiches are just for lunch? Take a whole grain English muffin and top it with a protein, like meat or eggs, and finish with vegetables. 

Cereal bar with fruit and milk

cereal bar

If you’re in a pinch, grab a low-sugar cereal bar, a piece of fruit, and milk. Hint: look for cereal bars that are low in sugar and high in fiber. 

Breakfast smoothie

smoothie

Blend plain milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. For an added punch of nutrition, add vegetables, such as spinach or kale. 

To learn more about our Center for Better Health and Nutrition, please visit our webpage or call 513-636-4305.

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Shelly Frank, RD, LD

About the Author: Shelly Frank, RD, LD

Shelly Frank, RD, LD is a clinical dietitian with the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the HealthWorks! programs within Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute. Shelly has been providing pediatric weight management services at Cincinnati Children’s for over 15 years.

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  1. Maran Virumandi May 15, 09:32
    There is a reason why breakfast is considered as the most improtant meal of the day. For a kid, it has serious impacts on their skin and body. Having a healthy and nutritious lifestyle can enhance a child's' skin, body, growth and health.