Quick & Nourishing Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Two children are making cupcakes in a kitchen.

The breakfast of champions…that’s what we all want for our kids. But with hectic lives and busy schedules, we often fall short of providing those nourishing (but simple) meals that we’ve carefully crafted in our heads.

I’m here to help you deliver vitamin-packed, energizing breakfasts for your little ones. Read on for our tips and tricks and give your kids a head start on the day!

Kids love happy faces and dried fruit is perfect to put a smile on just about any breakfast item – from oatmeal or waffles to cereal and yogurt.

Fresh Fruit, Nuts and Seeds

Stock up on fresh apples, bananas, figs, coconut flakes, walnuts, cashews, chia, sesame and flax seeds. They go with nearly everything! Add fresh fruit, nuts and seeds for extra nutritious cupcakes, pancakes, waffles, crepes, French toast and breads.  Bonus: they do double duty for energy-packed breakfast bowls.

Make it Fast

Use your muffin pan for mini breakfast quiches. They’re portable and storable! Keep them in the freezer up to month or in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Grab English muffins or toast, sliced avocado, cheddar cheese and eggs for a microwave sandwich that not only packs a nutritious punch, but is also ready in under 5 minutes. 

A plate of food with eggs and bacon on it.
Seasoned Avocado w/Egg and Bacon
A bunch of food that is on the grill.
English Muffins w/Cheddar Cheese, Tomatoes & Green Onions

Breakfast bowls with oats or quinoa, Greek yogurt, and berries, bananas, nuts and seeds makes for an instant breakfast that delivers nutrients and long-lasting energy.

A bowl of oatmeal with bananas and blueberries.
Oatmeal w/Berries, Nuts, and Bananas
A bowl of yogurt with strawberries and granola.
Greek Yogurt w/Raspberries

Prep for Success

Write your weekly menu on a cute chalkboard or whiteboard with colorful markers. Planning in advance lets your children know what to expect, and they can help make weekly choices.

Prepare fruit bowls the night before.  Fruit pieces are perfect for tiny hands that aren’t quite ready for hot foods or sharp utensils and fruit pieces pair nicely with healthy Greek yogurts.

Boil a dozen eggs once a week. Peel and store them in the fridge for breakfast-on-the-run or protein-packed snacks.

Be Creative

Cut a hole in a piece of bread, cook in a skillet and fry an egg inside the hole!

Cut out shapes (hearts, flowers, etc.) with cookie cutters for homemade waffles and toast.

Make infused butters / jams ( blackberry, maple/honey butter, fig jam etc.) for extra-yummy toast, pancakes, waffles and bagels.

Vegetables aren’t just for dinner! Grate veggies (zucchini, squash, carrots) and add leafy greens (spinach, kale) to make vitamin-enriched smoothies.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make it special, and you’ll be instilling healthy eating habits effortlessly.

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