Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, the time when we can fuel our bodies for the day ahead and give ourselves the energy and nutrients we need after fasting through the night. Try explaining that to a 3-year old, however, as you might be met with a skeptical look. Kids don't necessarily understand or appreciate the importance of eating breakfast, and a lot of the time, breakfast items aren't overly appealing to their palette.
Finding some quick and healthy breakfast recipes that are appealing to little tastebuds (and don't involve sugary cereals) can be a bit of a challenge. However, these 10 ideas do just that! They provide some variety in your breakfast menu, and there is something here to please all tastes. Even your fussy toddler will be asking for seconds!
10 Cheesy Breakfast And Brunch Egg Wraps
These Cheesy Breakfast and Brunch Egg Wraps from GimmeDelicious.com are so versatile, you're definitely going to find a variety that your little one enjoys. They are complete customizable and you can add in whatever veggies or meat you like. Choose the veggies and meat that you want, sauteé them, and then mix them together with the egg.
At the last minute, once all the items are cooked, you can even add in extra ingredients like avocado or cilantro, avocado being very nutritious and usually quite popular among toddlers. Wrap it all up and toast the outside, before enjoying a nice, warm, gooey, breakfast burrito!
9 Coconut Flour Pancakes
A new discovery in our household recently, coconut flour pancakes have quickly become one of our favorite breakfast recipes. The kids love them so much that we even pop them into their lunches so they can enjoy "breakfast for lunch" sometimes!
There are many recipes on the web for coconut flour pancakes, like this one here. Since this recipe includes several eggs, you can rest assured that your child is also getting a good dose of protein to start their day with. Finish off the pancakes with some fresh berries and maple syrup, and it will quickly become a favorite recipe in your household too.
8 No Junk Apple, Cinnamon, And Strawberry Muffins
If you enjoy a little sweet treat to start your day but are looking for something healthy and satisfying as well, try these No Junk Apple, Cinnamon, and Strawberry Muffins from AMummyToo.co.uk. Sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup along with apples and strawberries, these muffins are definitely not lacking in flavor.
They are sweet enough to appeal to kids, but healthy enough to make you feel good about serving them for breakfast. Another bonus is that they are portable, so on those mornings when you're running late, they can be eaten in the car, if need be.
7 Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars
Dessert for breakfast? Are you serious? It's easy to remember the most important meal of the day when you feel like you're eating a tasty dessert to start the day! These vegan Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars are delicious and completely kid-approved!
With a little cinnamon icing drizzled on top, they quickly fool us into thinking we're eating a junky treat for breakfast. But really, these breakfast bars are wonderfully healthy and full of all sorts of nutritious ingredients, like carrots, almond milk, flaxseed meal, and mashed banana. So many healthy items packed into one tasty breakfast bar!
6 Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles
What a perfect way to eat a healthy breakfast on the go! These Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles from IHeartNaptime.com are super easy to make, very healthy, and can be made ahead of time. If you're making them ahead of time, you can even enlist the help of your kids, so they have a role in helping to prepare the breakfast items. Kids that are involved in cooking and preparing food are far more likely to eat them since they feel proud that they helped.
Using your favorite Greek yogurt as the base, mixed with a bit of milk to thin it out, you can essentially add any fruit that you have on hand. Let your kids choose their favorite fruit and pop them into the popsicle molds. Finish it off with some honey granola, let them freeze, and you've got breakfast to go whenever you need it!
5 French Toast with Berries
Mmmm...French toast. The perfect combination of ooey-gooey goodness, eggs, and a dash of spice. French toast can be customized as well and you can choose to have a hint of vanilla in the recipe, a little dash of cinnamon, or just plain. Either way, they're a tasty breakfast that your kids will surely love.
In a mixing bowl, whisk some eggs with whatever seasoning you choose, dip your favorite crusty bread into the batter, and fry them in a frying pan until nice and crispy on the outside. Serve them with some fresh berries and maple syrup, and you've got an easy, healthy, and yummy breakfast that everyone will enjoy.
4 Oatmeal With Fruit
Oatmeal sometimes gets a bad rap for being bland and boring, but it really doesn't need to be! There are lots of ways to make oatmeal tasty, and its health benefits are something to consider too. Oatmeal is known to lower cholesterol, and oats are very rich in antioxidants and fiber.
Our favorite way of making homemade oatmeal is to bring 3 cups of water to a boil with a dash of salt. Add in 3/4 cup of oats and 1/4 cup of Red River cereal (it is really nutritious and gives the oatmeal a lovely flavor). Let the mixture boil for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Serve with your favorite fruit and even a little spoonful of brown sugar for some sweetness.
3 Toasted Western Sandwich
Quick and easy, and totally customizable, this Denver Omelet Sandwich from TheSpiceKitRecipes.com is an easy choice in the mornings. The eggs have a wonderful flavor since they are mixed with peppers, mushrooms, and a little bit of opinion. If you like cheese, you can add some, too.
Toast some bread to make your sandwich, and put some of your cooked egg mixture in the middle. Follow this recipe or improvise with your own preferences. Either way, this breakfast sandwich is a tasty meal you can take on the go with you, and it's one that your kids will surely enjoy.
2 Breakfast Smoothie
There are so many smoothie recipes out there that there will definitely be one that your kids will enjoy. Smoothies are also a great way to sneak some extra fruits and veggies into your kids' breakfast. Start with your base, some kind of milk, whether it be almond, coconut, or cow's milk. Add in some veggies like spinach or kale (although kale is easier for young palettes to detect!), then some fruit like 1/2 a banana. Scoop in a spoonful of peanut butter, and you've got a delicious peanut butter and banana smoothie (and they'll never even know the spinach was in there!).
Another option could be to add berries and some yogurt to your milk base, for a creamy, delicious berry smoothie, full of vitamins and antioxidants. Adding in some nuts or oats can add substance to the smoothie, and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
1 Mini Omelet Cups
These little darlings are completely customizable, and your kids can even help throw them together. Make them ahead of time by getting the ham cups and veggies put together, mixing the eggs together, and storing it all in the fridge until morning. Find the recipe here at myfoodandfamily.com.
While they can be a tad messy for eating in the car, these egg cups are relatively portable and quick to eat on those busy school mornings. Pop in some veggies to add some extra nutrition, and your kids will be starting their day with a good dose of protein and veg to get them started on the right track!