Quick Breakfast Ideas for Children

Like many people, you may find it hard to prepare a nutritious breakfast for your child in the morning as you are rushing out the door.

You've probably heard, too, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet much of the American population skips breakfast. Encourage your children to eat breakfast daily while they are young to foster the habit of making breakfast a part of their everyday routine.

Listed below are some quick and easy breakfast ideas for your child (and maybe even yourself!) when you're on the run.

7 Fast & Easy, Child-friendly Breakfasts

  • Monkey taco: Take a piece of whole wheat bread, spread with peanut butter, place a whole peeled banana on top of bread, and wrap the bread around the banana like a taco — no plate required!
  • Hardboiled egg & an apple: Keep boiled eggs in the fridge for a quick 'grab- and- go' protein source.
  • Breakfast in a baggie: Combine some Cheerios or other whole grain cereal, dried fruit, and unsalted nuts in a small baggie and let your child munch without a mess.
  • Tortilla roll-up: Roll up a slice of cheese in a whole wheat tortilla.
  • Yogurt cup: Put 1 cup yogurt in a cup the night before, and before you leave the next morning top with granola--, Voila!
  • Whole wheat toast & peanut butter: Spread toast with natural peanut butter or an alternative like almond or sunflower butter.
  • Better-than-instant oatmeal: Make a large batch of old fashioned oatmeal over the weekend. Portion out into individual bowls and store in the fridge. In the morning, just heat in the microwave...even quicker than preparing instant oatmeal and has less sodium! Top with 2 tablespoons of raisins and dash of cinnamon.