15 Healthy Back-to-School Breakfasts for Kids
While everyone loves bowl of cereal in the morning, sugar-laden varieties are better as occasional indulgences—not everyday breakfast foods. Since we know it can be a challenge to come up with healthy and creative breakfast ideas for kids that they'll actually want to eat, we're sharing our favorite good-for-you ideas that will keep little ones energized and satisfied throughout the school day.
These recipes mean you can give your kids the familiar breakfasts they love with just a few nutritional swaps or add-ins. For example, try making buckwheat pancakes, with both buckwheat and all-purpose flour, rather than the usual buttermilk pancakes. Or try our recipes that add a couple tablespoons of flax seeds to muffin batter or oatmeal for a boost of amino acids.
We're also sharing a few creative ways to serve fruit for breakfast. Sure, eating a whole banana or apple is great but for youngsters who aren't so enthusiastic about enjoying a piece of fruit on its own, try the colorful ideas ahead. Make a fruit salad with citrus and kiwi or top a piece of toast with banana or apple slices and a drizzle of honey or blend up a picture-perfect smoothie bowl. Let children get in on the fun by mixing the fruit salad or layering the ingredients on their toast. There are lots of ways they can get involved in making breakfast (on those days when there is time!).
As they head back to school, it's so important to give kids fuel for studying and other activities. That's why we've made sure these breakfast ideas have plenty of protein, fiber, and healthy sugars. Here our favorite recipes for smoothies, bowls, bars, muffins, and more that even the pickiest eaters will adore.
Family-Style Rolled Omelet with Spinach and Cheddar
Whole-Grain Toast with Yogurt and Pistachios
Whole-Grain Waffles with Sliced Strawberries and Yogurt
Who doesn't love waffles? Kids will never guess that these are packed with wheat germ, whole-wheat flour, and reduced-fat milk, or that they're so are (secretly) good for them. Top the waffles with easy, healthy toppings like strawberries and low-fat Greek yogurt.
Honey Nut Cereal Bar
Wild-Blueberry Spelt-Oat Muffins
Gluten-Free Banana-Almond Butter Muffins
Coconut-Raspberry Breakfast Pudding
Granola with Dark Chocolate, Olive-Oil, and Maple
Many store-bought granolas are made with refined sugar and artificial add-ins. If your family loves granola then try making your own. This sophisticated version features oats, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate. Serve it with milk or yogurt for a filling breakfast. Try our other granola recipes for more inspired ways to start the day.
Tropical-Fruit Juice Salad
Yogurt, Fruit, and Honey Toast
Nutty buckwheat flour, a good source of fiber and essential amino acids, replaces some of the all-purpose flour in these tasty flapjacks. Top them with an egg for a truly hearty breakfast or with berries and syrup if that’s more your kids style.
Kids will love the super-sweet flavor of this creamy yellow smoothie packed with banana, pineapple, coconut, and yogurt. It's a tropical way to start the day!