It’s easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut, when you’re already so busy finding everyone’s shoes, backpacks, and struggling to stay sane on busy mornings!
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We pretty much always end up serving the same things to our kids:
- Frozen pancakes
- Frozen waffles
- Frozen French toast sticks
- Toaster strudels
I realize that these aren’t exactly 5 star healthy breakfast options (we do serve with fruit), but they are quick, easy, and my kids actually eat them!
However, I recently decided to attempt to add some variety to our breakfast routine, and to my surprise my kids actually ventured out to try new things.
It doesn’t take much effort to make child-friendly breakfasts, a little bit of planning goes a long way! Instead of your same old cereal or plain toast, try these breakfast ideas to encourage good breakfast-eating habits.
- Strawberry banana smoothie (mix or blend: strawberries, yogurt, milk, banana)
- Homemade Blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes
- Yogurt served with berries & graham crackers
- Homemade French Toast
- Bagels with cream cheese
- Breakfast bars (add a side of yogurt and turkey bacon for a complete meal!)
- Homemade cinnamon donuts
- Blueberry smoothie (mix or blend: blueberries, yogurt, milk, banana)
- Green smoothie (mix or blend: a handful of spinach, any fruit for sweetness, yogurt, milk)
- Cinnamon rolls
- Chocolate chip waffles
- Peanut butter & chocolate smoothie (mix or blend: chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, milk, yogurt, banana)
- Energy bites
- Homemade muffins
- Turkey bacon and eggs
- Funfetti Crepes
Fun Kitchen Gadgets to make Breakfast fun for Kids
These fun kitchen and mealtime tools will make breakfast more fun (and easier to prep)!
- Animal food picks (A fun way to pick up food instead of traditional forks)
- Shape cutters (cut fruit, cheese, or pancakes in to fun shapes)
- Mini Donut Maker
- Mickey Waffle Maker
- Happy Face Pancake Griddle
Does it sound daunting to whip these breakfast ideas up from scratch? I thought it would be too, but I’ve found if I make pancakes, waffles, or muffins in bulk and freeze them, it’s not much different from buying the already frozen stuff from the freezer section. The main difference is that it’s healthier, less expensive, and still grab and go on busy mornings.
3 Creative Easy Breakfast Ideas Your Kids will Love
Looking for some adorably creative new breakfast ideas?
The following breakfast ideas are perfect for any day of the week with ingredients that are most likely on hand in any kitchen.
It’s okay to play with your food!
Allowing a child to put together healthy food in a playful way will help build nutritional knowledge, kitchen skills and give the family quality time together without much ado. Children love taking turns preparing these breakfast dishes for family members.
The mess is very minimal, and clean-up is a learned skill, so let the children play! Oh, and parents, keep the camera close by; these make for very cute photo-ops.
Little Boy Blue -This Bagel’s for You
This bagel is simple enough for preschoolers to help make but yummy enough for older kids to get a kick out of while eating. Even if they only have ‘a minute’ to eat, it won’t go to waste.
blueberries strawberries 1 kiwi bagel, sliced in half raisins cream cheese
- Toast and halve bagels.
- Spread cream cheese on bagels.
- Add half of the strawberry (sliced lengthwise) for the nose.
- Add two blueberries for the eyes.
- Slice kiwi in thin circles, cut in half. Use halves for ears.
- Place raisins along with the head for “hair.”
Egg in the Hole
A perfect meal to make when it’s cold outside and a little more time is available. Still, a very quick recipe to make, kids of all ages love this whether they make it or just sit down to eat it.
one slice of bread per person one egg per person butter jam of choice heart-shaped cookie cutter (or cut the heart freehand) optional: blueberries, strawberries, bananas
- Take each slice of bread and punch a heart out of the middle with a cookie cutter.
- Put butter in the pan, place bread in the pan, and saute on one side until golden. Turn bread over, drop a little butter into the heart cutout, break an egg into it, sprinkle salt and pepper as desired. Cook until egg whites are not runny. Don’t forget to saute the heart-shaped cutout in butter and place it on a plate with some jam.
- Serve with fresh blueberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, and a glass of orange juice.
Miss Piggy is simple enough for an elementary-aged child to create but has a few more components than Little Boy Blue. A few more steps, a few more creative cuts with the knife, and voila, Miss Piggy appears only long enough to leave during breakfast’!
raisin cinnamon English muffin (sliced in half), or bagel blueberries for eyes jelly beans for the nose strawberry cream cheese one red apple (most of which will be eaten while making this recipe) fruit roll-up (wide enough to make a bow out of it) strawberries for collar
- Spread strawberry cream cheese on muffin or bagel after toasting.
- Cut thin slices of apple for ears and spread cream cheese on both ears.
- Place blueberries where eyes belong.
- Add a slice of bread or bagel (2-inch diameter) spread with cream cheese for pig-face (see below).
- Add jelly bean sliced in half for nostrils.
- Tie fruit roll-up into bow and place between ears.
- Slice thin ‘smile’ out of red apple skin.
- Add sliced strawberries at the neck to look like a collar.
Breakfast is the perfect time to try some new and fun ideas to get the kids to branch out of the usual food rut.
Give these fun breakfast ideas a try and let me know some of your favorites!
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