By Vicki Little
Sometimes I wonder what breakfast time was like back in the days when 9-5 schedules were the norm. I am guessing this time period is where those television breakfasts come from. You know, where the whole family is sitting down to a relaxed meal with eggs, bacon, and fresh-squeezed juice. These days, I would prefer for my kids to get those last five or ten minutes of sleep than wake up to eat while my cooked breakfast is still hot. There are so many options for a healthy breakfast that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Here are 5 quick breakfast ideas to get everyone’s day started off right!
1) Yogurt Mix: Yogurt is known as a great and quick breakfast, but often kids don’t share the enthusiasm for it. Putting some blueberries, granola, bananas, raspberries, or strawberries in it is a great way to make it more tasty and fun…and filling. You can use plain or greek yogurt, or even get a little fun with flavored. You can even switch up the yogurt or cottage cheese if your kiddo likes it. Let your children choose their mix-ins and they will have fun making their own breakfast!
2) Toast and Bananas: If you want to make this just a bit healthier, choose a bread with more whole grains and wheat rather than just white bread. Spread a layer of peanut butter over the toasted bread, slice bananas on top, and get even a little more sweet with some drizzled honey over the top. My youngest is five, and she can make the whole breakfast herself using a butter knife and an oven-mitt to take the toast out of the toaster. It keeps her busy while I take a quick shower and gives her a feeling of independence!
3) Breakfast Pizza’s: Many kids will enjoy this no matter how you make it because they just want to be able to say they ate pizza for breakfast! Simply take a bagel half or English muffin, spread cream cheese on it, and top with blueberries, strawberries, peaches, bananas or the fruit of your choice!
4) Morning Trail Mix: Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, but it is hard for some adults and children alike to sit down and enjoy a large meal. You can still sneak in all the necessary nutrients and protein by putting together bags of morning trail mix filled with granola, dried fruit, nuts, and whole-grain cereals.
5) Back to Basics: Waffles, pancakes, and french toast are timeless classics for breakfast, but they don’t need to take up valuable time in the morning. Make a batch on the weekend, freeze them, and then they can be microwaved quickly in the mornings. Add some peanut butter or whipped cream with some fresh fruit and they are quick and tasty with an easy clean-up!
Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids. A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. When she isn’t writing or trying to keep up with her kids she can be found volunteering, reading, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.
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