Tips For Making a Healthy Breakfast For Kids
The morning is a very busy time for moms who have kids to get ready for school. What are your tips for making sure you still have time to make a healthy breakfast for your kids before they head off to school?
I love this question, because I've just recently eliminated all prepared cereal from my shopping list (even the "best" is pretty processed and if you look at the price per 100grams? Well it was the most expensive thing I was buying). I switched to bulk grains. Millet, Barley, Brown Rice, Steel Cut Oats, I just throw it in the pot and cook it up sometime the day before. In the morning, I reheat, topped with whatever the kids are in the mood for (honey, nutella, fruit, or something savoury). The fibre content of these natural grains blows Raisin Bran out of the water, and many like Millet and Quinoa are very high in protein and amino acids. And reheating it takes barely any time at all. And the cost can't be beat! Healthy, cheap and easy (and with four kids, that's the frugal mom's trifecta!)
I make up a double batch of pumpkin pancakes on the weekend (1 can of pumpkin, double recipe of whole wheat pancakes, a little cinnamon and nutmeg) and freeze them. During the week, I can pop them into the toaster oven and spread them with some sunbutter or peanut butter. Quick, yummy and can be taken on the go if necessary.
My boys loooooove 'egg in a basket' in the morning: heat up skillet to medium heat, cut hole in middle of piece of bread (the more whole grain it is, the heartier the flavor!) put bread onto lightly oiled skilled, crack egg into hole, put bread from hole on side to also toast -- allow to cook egg in middle, flipping before toast burns...cook lightly (unless your child likes fully cooked yolk) on other side and serve. When they were little, the kids liked dipping the little toast circle into the yolk. When they were older, they just loved the flavor. I loved the ability to do 3 at once and in less than 5 minutes. you can use cooking spray, olive oil or butter depending on where you are with those. All are yummy!
We like smoothies. Anytime we have bananas that are getting too ripe, I throw them in the freezer. We enjoy trying new combinations. Smoothies are healthy quik to fix and can take them on the go.
homemade fruit smoothie and a slice of whole wheat om multi grain bread/toast
Preparing a bowl of fresh cut fruit for the next morning so while she is getting reading she is eating her fruit.
these must be most American ideas I think as not heard of half the stuff, my children wouldn't eat quiche or sandwiches for breakfast either. Has to be toast and marmalade or cereal. At the w/e might be eggs and/or bacon
Chicken breakfast sausage from Whole Foods with a bowl of oatmeal made with apples, raisins, chia seeds and coconut oil. My boy loves it!
always have instant oatmeal (variety pack) on hand. all you need is milk/water (prefer milk) and microwave it for 3 min. that's all! and it is very healthy!
My 4 year old daughter will usually eat breakfast at school but I hate having her leave the house on a completely empty stomach. She will rarely ever finishes cereal before it turns to "mush" and at that point she refuses to touch it. So I have found that it is easier to give her milk in a spill proof cup and a bowl of dried cereal (high in fiber not in sugar) to snack on throughout the morning while she is getting ready for school. It usually takes her a full 1/2 hour to get through it all and its easy enough to take with her on the way to school if she has not finished it all when its time to leave. No mess, and she is getting to school with something in her stomach instead of an empty belly.
Make eggs with ham in a muffin pan on the weekends, freeze them. Then microwave on week days and put it on a english muffin.
My boys love eating cottage cheese with fruit (blueberries, strawberries, etc.) One of their favorites
I have some pre-made muffins and portion sized baked oatmeal ready to go in the freezer for crazy days. On Mondays we usually have left over pancakes ready to warm from the morning before. On other days I make sure to get my boys breakfasts ready to serve as I get mine (I am up earlier than they are). This makes wake ups a lot easier and the rush to get out to school a lot faster as things are set and ready for the moment they sit in heir chairs!
my kids were refusing to have breakfast at one point..untill i put my foot down and said they can't go to school till they have it...they either have weetabix, ready break, fresh fruit smoothie or if running late a cereal bar with milk...
My kids love quiche and you can make them the night before if you prefer. Get pre-made crust mix eggs and then add different ingredients like chicken & broccoli, mexican-ground beef and tomatoes,I also add flax meal for added nutrition. Just layer you ingredients in pie crust and whip up 5 eggs and pour over top bake for 35 minutes at 375.
My kids also love tortillas with scrabbled eggs and bell peppers with sausage.
Oatmeal with frozen berries is very healthy and fast.
Oats is quick and my 8 year old likes it.
pancake or course with syrup
His favorite is egg sandwich
Young kids experience a phase where they take a long time to eat their food because they're busy exploring their newfound powers of communication (read: talking) or the chemistry of mixing foods they shouldn't be mixing (ketchup with milk). They're also at a stage where they like to dawdle, and everything seems to take twice as long to accomplish: getting up from bed, finishing their milk, putting on socks/shoes. While breakfast is an important meal, I am realistic about how much and how fast I can get Aidan (3 years old this 15 February) to eat first thing out of bed. So I make sure he gets enough nutrients in as non-messy and easy to eat way as possible.
One option is 1/3 bowl of whole-wheat Cheerios with milk (I usually pick cereals that have less than 7g of sugar and with at least 1g of fibre. I also give a small portion because it takes Aidan ages to get through a big bowl and cereals get soggy real quick.) Then I give Aidan a slice of cheese and half a banana, two things which he likes. Sometimes he skips the banana but these are healthy additions that can be easily snacked upon in the car on the way to school.
Another option is a glass of milk, a tub of yoghurt with diced fruit which he likes and whole-wheat breadsticks/fingers (which he can in the car on the way to school if he has the appetite for it).
Sometimes an egg sandwich is easy to put together. Before Aidan wakes up, I simply hard-boil an egg and steam two slices of whole-meal bread. Then I mash up the egg with 1/2 a teaspoon of mayo, and a dash of honey mustard and sandwich it between the bread. If he doesn't feel like milk, I give him a tub of yoghurt or add a melted cheese slice to the egg in the sandwich. He gets OJ to wash down the breakfast (I'd squeeze the OJ before Aidan wakes up too) Both the sandwich and OJ are easy to pack for the ride to school too.
Hope this helps.
Saw this on facebook take a waffle cone and fill it with mixed fresh fruit.
my 3 boys, 14, 5 & 2 get shakes every morning with the shake mix from www.landofthefit.com I mix either strawberry & bananas or other berries, all frozen. I get fresh fruit and veg from the farmers market and freeze a weeks worth. sometimes I will also throw in a carrot or Kale and they have never noticed. We have even thrown in Cheerios to the blender.
I try to make things ahead of time as much as possible. Weekend pancakes are made in a huge batch and frozen. Bran muffins are another option. We also make a smoothy of oatmeal, banana, peanut butter, milk and flaxseed. I'm going to try the frozen banana trick for those that someone else mentioned.....great idea.
I don't know if you have ever heard of doTERRA CPTG Essential oils. But their company makes something called a Trim Shake, it is intended for weight-loss; however our whole family loves them. They are super healthy whey-based shake that our sweeten with Stevia, so no sugar at all - you can add milk, almond milk, coconut milk, I don't recommend water as they are pretty high in fiber. You can also add fruit and make a smoothie that really sticks with them. If you want more info check out: http://www.thinkdoterra.com/19664/Buy-Products.html
All of these ideas sound delicious but seriously, with 3 daughters and trying to get out the door before 8.30 for kinder and School who has the time to Cook these meals. Might try some of the ideas for weekends though....
Multi-grain bagles with cream cheese, lox and capers are a hit with my 11yr-old. Greek yogurt with fruit is an easy sell to both kids. The 8yr-old likes eggs. Egg in a basket (sunshine toast at our house) is a quick go-to most mornings. We also do smoothies and oatmeal a lot.
No sugar cereal is best and is pretty tasty when you add on some apple juice sweetened cranberries on top. Add a tsp of ground flax, hemp seeds, and or chia for a protein and omega packed bowl of cereal. Oatmeal loaded up with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and raisins - yum! Or wholegrain bread, again, watch the sugar, with natural almond butter and bananas on top. Healthy muffins are great too.
With six children (four of mine, two of his - we're a blended family) we're constantly looking for ways to make breakfast time less chaotic. The simplest way we've found is porridge (or oatmeal, as it's known in the states) in the crockpot overnight. A variety of toppings on the table for everyone to help themselves and everybody's (reasonably!) happy. Not quite what my Scottish family would approve of, though - back home it's served with nothing but a pinch of salt. Yeuch!
My Boys created the "Micro K-egg"
~Scramble one egg & tsp of water, (or we use egg whites, no water needed)
in small shallow microwavable bowl, sprayed first with Pam
Add if desired: salt, pepper, cheese, onions, tomato, spinach, ect...
~Place in microwave with safe cover
~cook one minute
~Remove and pop out of bowl. Put ketchup on top = Micro K-egg
Or we put the now scrambled mini omelet it between to organic frozen flax seed waffles or Bagel thins toasted
~Add 2 slices of Canadian bacon cooked in pan (one minute)
You have a Micro K-egg sandwich to go!
We also make "Toad in the Holes" which I see several moms do as well.
The final quick breakfast we like are Protein Shakes:
Chocolate Almond Milk
1/2 frozen banana
3-4 frozen strawberries and My Magic Bullet, these cups can travel if necessary too!
There are so many great ideas on here. However, I have 2 picky eaters, they don't really like breakfast. 1 also has serious food allergies. So no peanuts, almonds or eggs. That cuts out a lot of these great ideas. They both do oj and vitamins. They won't do cereal and milk or milk and something else. 1 eats fruit but no veggies and 1 eats veggies and not fruit. Very frustrating. They do leave the house with some food; dry cheerios or a pop tart. I hope a lot of this pickiness is age related as I have tried many things. Maybe now that it is summer, I will discover something new. Still love your ideas.
My 4 year old likes hard-boiled eggs and she has called them "farm eggs" for some reason since she was 3. You can hard-boil several at a time, and keep them for almost a week in a covered bowl of water in the fridge. But-I usually just peel them and put them in a ziplock in the fridge and they last a couple days that way. When my little one knows "farm eggs" are in the fridge, she won't leave them alone. Less than 100 calories but lots of protein and if you pair that with a slice of wheat toast and a half cup of OJ, that's a nice breakfast.
My oldest daughter (15) does not like the yolk, so she eats two hard-boiled egg whites. Still healthy and actually cuts out a lot of the fat, but also some of the protein. But being a teenager, I have to fight her to eat healthy enough since she likes junk food and sometimes doesn't eat enough (if that makes sense) and she's an athlete who weighs a grand total of 100 pounds...getting proper protein is a struggle at my house for this one! :)
Another suggestion is to make homemade waffles and they freeze wonderfully after cooled...you can store them for a long time in a ziplock bag. I make 3-4 batches at a time (takes forever, I know) but then you save tons of time in the AM...pop in toaster or nuke for a few seconds, add preserves and REAL butter and voila! It's healthier and cheaper than the store-bought by far! And my kids prefer my waffles to Eggo or any other brand...So there! :)
I'm a big fan of sneaking in extra goodness into everyday foods. For boxed pancakes, I'll add frozen blueberries and flax seeds. To their scrambled eggs, I add chopped baby spinach and flax seeds. For breakfast sandwiches, instead of bacon, I'll put in avocado or tomato slices (although nothing really replaces bacon, this is a tasty substitute that adds flavor and texture). For more healthy food ideas, check out: http://littlebellymonster.com
my 4 yr old daughter likes to eat strawberries, grapes, apples, or even a fruit cup with boiled egg whites. my two boys (6 and 2) eat fruit cup and multi-grain cheerios, honey nut cheerios or oatmeal. but i must admit my boys love sausage for breakfast, so i may serve them that with fruit and toast 3 times a week. i need to try the smoothies. we are often running late and something they could have in the car would be great.
My boys have a Carnation Breakfast Essentials (no sugar added) shake every morning which has as much protein as an egg made with 1% milk. They also eat a Trader Joe's breakfast bar. This seems to give them the nutrition and energy they need in the AM. The only problem is the cost..$4.99 a box for 8 shakes. Otherwise seems to be a healthy choice.
I have aslo found that making up a simple pancake batter the night before, and having a few toppings ready, anything they like, I like banana and strawberries, my kids prefer syrup/honey, or traditional lemon and sugar! I use 8 ounces flour, pinch of salt, squirt of flora cuisine, 2 eggs, and a pint of milk. When whisked, store in the fridge overnight, and just give another quick whisk in the morning. Quick-fry and serve! They love them, they eat a decent portion, and they give them that all important energy boost for the walk to school!
Any moms of teenagers out there? My son is 14yo and has to leave at 7:00am, school starts at 7:15am. He is no hungry at this hour but I manage to make him drink either hot or cold chocolate milk. I heard that kids and adults have that for breakfast in France. By the way his school 'lunch' is at 10:50am
omlettes! It takes 3 minutes to prep and cook and there are so many options. pair this up w some turkey sausage and a few pieces of fruit.
My son likes scrambled eggs with sausage and sometimes with hashbrowns.
I have tried the homemade oatmeal/grits and that did not go over well at all. They do eat the instant oatmeal though. Smoothies take too long to make and drink and end up getting wasted during the week. My kids are cereal junkies so I try to buy the heathier choices and only what is on sale. However, I bought nutrigrain blueberry waffles and they loved them. Neither child will eat peanut butter. How weird is that!
I normally give them scramble eggs and some fruit on the side. The protein is very important for their brain development and their muscles so is essential in a good breakfast the fruit has antioxidants and vitamins.
Trying to eliminate cereal. A favorite of my 12 y.o is a piece of toast with cream cheese or nutella and slices of any kind of fruit (instead of sugary fruit juices), if we are running a little late then she has time to eat her breakfast in the car when I take her to school.
My girls grew up on soft boiled eggs. They take 3 - 4 minutes to boil, pan isn't dirty, and with toast (high fiber) and some local jam or preserves they had a great source of protein as well as a complex carb. I found as they grew older they needed some substantial protein besides cereal or oatmeal that seemed to sustain them after about an hour or two (especially during exam weeks!)