My kids would be happy to eat cereal for breakfast every day of the week, but I worry that they’re not getting enough of the energy and nutrients they need to get a healthy start to the day – and so many of their favourite cereals are jam-packed with so much sugar!
Don’t get me wrong, cereal can be a healthy breakfast option, it’s just that only a select few of the cereal brands on the shelves offer the necessary vitamins, minerals, whole grains and fibres that our kids need, without the addition of spoonfuls of added sugar.
I’ll continue to give my children cereal for breakfast a few days a week, because it’s quick and easy, but I’m hoping to integrate some other, healthier options into their weekly breakfast rotation as well.
In my search for better options, I thought I would share some fuss-free, fun and healthy breakfast ideas that I’ve discovered. I hope to try these for my totally fussy eaters – and now you can too!
Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Overnight Oats
Not only do they look lovely, but you can make a good batch in a hurry, using only 3-4 main ingredients. This take-and-go breakfast in a jar has become a popular choice for both kids and their parents, and there are so many different variations on this recipe that you’re sure to find one that will please your picky eaters.
Disclaimer: I tried my own version of overnight oats for the first time the other day, and to my my dismay, my kids did NOT like them. I don’t think that I used the right balance of healthy and tasty ingredients though, so I’m definitely going to give it another go.
Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Easy Egg Cups
Although picky, my kids actually love having bacon and eggs for breakfast. This cute and quick version can be made in mini muffin tins, and the best part about them is that you can make them ahead, store them in the fridge or freezer, and heat and serve in a hurry! These would be great for grownups too – save your money on the Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites and make your own instead!
Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Peanut Butter Sandwich and Fruit Kabobs
Super simple but I think kids will love the way this breakfast is served. It’s basically mini peanut butter sandwiches and fruit stacked on an easy-to-enjoy kabob stick. This is another one that can be prepped ahead of time and served on the go.
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Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Fun Fruity Oatmeal
Kids will think this take on oatmeal is a total hoot (sorry, I had to). Little ones love food that looks fun to eat, and this fruity oatmeal owl is sure to please. If you’re super creative, you can mix up your fruit choices to create a design that you know they’ll love, or if you’re like me, you’ll just dump the fruit on top and serve, because who has the time?
Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Perfect Parfaits
If I make a parfait in a regular bowl, my kids are less than pleased, but if I serve them in a fun dish with a squirt of whipped cream, they wolf it down! I guess for some kids, it’s all about presentation (and a little sweet topping doesn’t hurt either).
Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Banana Oatmeal Muffin Cups
Just the sight of this picture makes me excited for fall! I love making muffins for my kids because they’re the perfect treat for hiding healthy ingredients, and I know that my kids will love eating them – no matter what I’ve hidden inside.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring, try one of these fun and healthy ideas, and I’m sure your kids will love the change.