Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
This week on The Juice the topic is all about one of my favorite ways to start the day, breakfast! I just adore breakfast. In fact, I have never skipped breakfast, at least not for as long as I can remember. No matter what I always make time for breakfast, even with three kids and very chaotic mornings. I'm simply an owlly bear if I don't. I also make sure my kids eat a good breakfast because I want them to have the fuel they need to get through their school day. That doesn't mean that I make big elaborate breakfasts each day though, far from it. I do however have a few tricks that I use to get a healthy breakfast on the table and fast so everyone can get out the door and where they need to go.
Right now breakfast of choice in our house is yogurt topped with homemade granola. This healthy recipe makes a super big batch that I keep in the cupboard in a Ziploc bag. It's so easy to prepare.
In a large bowl combine:
13 cups of old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts of any kind
1 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
In another microwave safe bowl combine:
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup olive oil
Stir the liquid/sugar mixture together and throw it in the microwave for about 2 minutes on high. Give it another good stir when you remove it then pour it over the oat mixture and stir it really well until all the oats are coated nicely. Spread the mixture onto 2 large baking sheets (lined with parchment paper if you have it) and place in a preheated 300 degree over for one hour. At the half-way point switch the pans top to bottom and give the granola a stir. Remove from oven when the hour is up. Yummy!
The other thing I like to do is whip up a triple batch of pancakes and freeze them in large containers dividing the rows with sheets of wax paper. This makes for a very quick breakfast for the kids to grab in the morning. All they have to do is heat and serve. Last week I made this recipe for Banana Pancakes using whole wheat flour and they were absolutely delicious. The kids gobbled them up and they freeze beautifully.
My daughter (12) also loves eggs but I find eggs take too long in the morning so to speed up the process we cook up a big batch of hard boil eggs the night before, mix in a little light miracle whip and store in the fridge overnight. My daughter then enjoys an egg salad sandwich in the morning served over whole wheat bread or buns. Very quick and easy to prepare.
A favorite of my youngest (3) is rice cakes with peanut butter served with a banana and and orange juice. Doesn't get any easier than that and he loves putting on his own peanut butter...messy but fun :)
My middle allergic son (10) will alternate a breakfast of allergy safe cereal and rice milk with gluten free bread served with maple butter or bacon.
The best part of all the above meals? They are all easy enough for my kids to prepare on their own. I make sure the healthy choices are available for them and they serve themselves each morning. Works for me!
I am constantly bookmarking new healthy recipes to try including many breakfast recipes. On Thursday I'll share with you some of the ones on my "to try list". (Updated: here is the link to my post on many delicious breakfast recipes that I can't wait to try)
Do you make time for breakfast? If so what is your favorite breakfast meal to start the day?