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
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.
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
The options are endless! For variety, mix in apples and cinnamon, or bananas and peanut butter, etc.
Stuff a whole-grain wrap with eggs or beans, cheese, vegetables and salsa for a delicious breakfast burrito.
Open-faced 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
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.
Blend plain milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. For an added punch of nutrition, add vegetables, such as spinach or kale.