As you well know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. It is the 1st meal they eat after a long night of beauty sleep, and it gives them the nutrients and energy they need for the day. Sending your kids off to school with a full belly is very important as it provides them with the much needed energy to focus in class, and prevents mid morning slump. Kids who eat a healthy breakfast actually perform much better in school and have much more energy to last them til lunch. Moreover, eating breakfast consistently helps kids maintain a healthy weight. That said, you should know that making a nutritious breakfast for kids doesn’t have to be very complicated, or difficult. In this article, we have compiled easy breakfast ideas for kids to help you out;
Smoothies are an excellent way to make sure that your kids get plenty of fruit, calcium and protein at the start of the day. The great thing about having smoothies for breakfast is that you can buy all kinds of fruits at the start of the week, and your kids can choose their favorite combination every morning. Smoothies combinations are very many, but some of our favorite include ;
-Banana, honey and yoghurt smoothies; A deliciously and healthy way for your kid to start the day is with a smoothie that’s full of bananas, yoghurt, honey, and with a hint of cinnamon.
-Strawberry, mango, and banana smoothies; You can add a bit of strawberry, mango and banana to your kids’ morning smoothie.
2. Breakfast Mini Muffins
These are a much easier for kids to pick up and enjoy, and can be made to appeal to nearly any palate. You can consider making egg and cheese muffins, which are not only easy to make, but they will fill everyone up. The egg and cheese muffins pack a powerful nutritional punch, and they taste absolutely delicious. You can make a batch in advance and pop them in the freezer. Whenever your kid needs one for breakfast, you can simply pull it from your freezer, reheat it for a dew seconds, and let him/her enjoy.
3. Fruit Roll Ups
To make fruit roll-ups, you simply need to spread a layer of nut butter, cream cheese or cottage cheese, onto the whole grain tortilla. Top it with fruit, roll it up, and then let your kids enjoy. You can also choose to slice it into much smaller rounds if that is a much easier way for your kids to feed themselves. When making fruit roll-ups, try and pick your kids’ favorite combination.
Omelettes are a great source of energy and nutrition for your kids. Eggs are fully packed with protein which helps keep kids stay full for many hours and boosts their development. The choline which is found in egg yolks, is also great for kids’ brain. The omelettes are easy to whip up, and are ideal for those mornings when you are in hurry. To make an omelete, you need to prepare the eggs, cut up some vegetables to add flavor and color, and cook for about 10 minutes.
Oatmeal is a rather popular breakfast idea for many parents. It’s especially ideal for the busy parents who want to serve their kids a healthy and delicious breakfast without having to spend hours in the kitchen. To prepare an oatmeal breakfast, you need to microwave a bowl of oatmeal with milk and a little of salt. You can then use toppings like rainbow sprinkles, honey, raisins, dollop of greek yoghurt, among others. You can even add in some fresh fruits like berries and bananas, along with some crushed almonds or/and cinnamon.
6. Homemade Granola
This is not only easy to make, but is also much lower in sugar amount as compared to most of the shop bought granolas. Better yet, you can customise your homemade granola with dried fruits, seeds or nuts to suit your kids’ taste. It can also be a fun project where you get to engage with your kids as you prepare it.
7. Breakfast Burrito
To prepare a breakfast burrito for your kids, you need to scramble an egg (or even an egg substitute like soy sausage or chopped turkey), with diced orange, red or yellow peppers, and a little bit of mozzarella cheese. You can then wrap all these in a whole grain tortilla.
8. Fruit Salad
Another healthy and easy breakfast idea for kids which can be customised to suit their tastes, is to make up a batch of fruit salad, and then keep it in your fridge. In the morning, you can serve the fruit salad all on its’ own, or you can serve with a dollop of yoghurt.
9. Banana Sandwich
Consider swapping the high fat, high caloric eggs, cheese and bacon sandwich for a more healthier option; that is a banana sandwich. To prepare it, you simply need to slice a banana down the middle ans spread some almond butter or peanut butter on both halves of the sliced banana to add protein. You can then add 1/2 tablespoon of honey onto the banana slices. Finally, you can sprinkle some nuts, or raisins on top for fiber.
10. Breakfast Egg Cups
Protein packed breakfast egg cups are not only healthy, but are also absolutely delicious. To prepare the egg cups you’ll need vegatables, milk, eggs, spinach, pepper and salt. Bake them in a muffin tin, and add a bit of cheese. This will keep your kids energized all through the morning.
11. Coconut Flour Waffles
These waffles may take a little longer to prepare, although they can be made in advance, and frozen to reheat when needed. The coconut flour waffles actually contain a lot of protein, and have filling fiber and healthy fats to keep your kids going til lunch time. Moreover, they only have a few ingredients, and they taste absolutely great. You can use pure maple syrup or strawberries for toppings.
12. Toast and Honey with Sesame Seeds
You can prepare this delicious breakfast in just a couple of minutes. You simply need to toast the bread, then spread some honey, and finally sprinkle some sesame seeds. The sesame seeds are great for kids health, as they offer many health benefits including being a rich source of protein and essential minerals, like calcium.