11 Healthy Breakfast Recipes Kids will Love
by Minette Riordan
We are committed to sending our kids off to school every morning with a healthy breakfast that is not too full of sugar and has some healthy fat and protein mixed in. My kids would love to eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast every day, but their teachers would not appreciate that.
Having a balanced breakfast helps kids stay focused throughout the morning. Since I know they are usually getting some kind of sugary or salty carbohydrate-loaded snack mid-morning, I make the extra effort to prepare a more balanced meal at breakfast.
Here are 11 of our favorite family breakfast recipes. Some are quicker than others. Find the ones your family likes. Most kids are happy to eat the same foods over and over!
Add some peanut butter instead of syrup for extra protein or serve with a couple of slices of pork or turkey bacon.
Babble.com offered a nice selection of healthy breakfast recipes along with this one. It’s worth checking out their article, too.
I love this idea and might make some tonight to have on hand for the first week of school. I am not sure I would use basil for breakfast but the great thing about quiche recipes is how flexible they are! My kids love sausage and spinach quiche.
I haven’t made these but my kids love pancakes and these are full of whole grains.
No recipe needed. Don’t use the instant kind, it’s full of sugar and chemicals plus it’s more expensive. Oatmeal is so easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Top with some milk or yogurt and fruit. Serve with 2 breakfast sausages.
Here’s a simple recipe. Granola is super easy to make and way healthier than the fat and sugar laden kind you buy at the store.
7. Fruit Smoothie with Protein Powder
Find a vanilla flavored protein powder that you like. Whey is a good choice if you don’t have a milk allergy. We use a Raw Protein powder that is gluten and dairy free.
Minette’s Smoothie Recipe
1 cup frozen or fresh berries
1 cup raw spinach (trust me, your kids won’t know it’s there!)
1 cup water or milk (I use coconut milk)
A few drops of Stevia
Optional: I also like to add a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of flax seed oil
8. Bagel or English Muffin Sandwich – great for on the go!
- Scrambled egg and cheese
- Turkey or ham and cheese (if your kids don’t like breakfast foods, let them eat lunch! My daughter has been known to eat soup, pasta and salami and cheese for breakfast.)
- Bacon and egg
9. Breakfast Tacos – my kids love these so much we sometimes have them for dinner
- Scrambled egg with a slice of bacon and a little cheese
- Scrambled egg with sausage and spinach and cheese
11. French Toast
Minette’s Fast French Toast Recipe
Serves two: easy to multiply or make for one. My daughter eats one slice and my son, too, so this is our recipe. If my husband wants a slice, I add an egg.
¼ cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon (we love cinnamon, start with 1 tsp. if this sounds like a lot!)
2 tsp. or more of butter for the pan
3 slices of whole grain bread
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a flat-bottomed bowl or baking pan. If I am making a lot, I will use a cookie sheet or my 9×12 pan.
Place slices of break in egg mixture and coat completely on both sides. If you have time, allow them to soak for a few minutes.
Preheat the pan and melt the butter until almost brown. Brown the slices of French Toast on both sides, it only takes about 2 minutes for each side, depending on how crispy your family likes their French Toast.
If I have left over egg mixture, I will sometime pour it right on top of the toast in the pan to make sure my kids are eating all of the eggs. Great way to get protein into your kids if they don’t love eggs!
If your kids love French Toast Sticks, cut the bread into rectangles before soaking in the milk and egg mixture. Serve with a small amount of syrup in a bowl for dipping. Kids love finger foods!