4 Ways to Pack Healthy Breakfasts the Kids Will Love
With these healthy breakfast ideas, you'll have mornings mastered! Here are several simple ways to pack healthy breakfasts that will satisfy everyone. Kids love these grab-and-go breakfast treats because they're yummy. Parents love them because they're loaded up with healthy ingredients -- and so easy to make!
1. Keep It Smooth
These healthy smoothies are smart on-the-go options for busy families. They pack in lots of wholesome ingredients -- fresh fruit, yogurt, even healthy greens -- into a highly portable breakfast treat. Kids can't get enough of them.
This smoothie recipe slips a hearty helping of fruits and veggies into the morning meal. "This is an easy way to get kids to eat their veggies," says animalluver. "If you want a more fruity taste, exclude the yogurt."
"This recipe is super versatile, and you can change it up depending on dietary needs or personal preference," says Lisa Marie.
Here's a filling, fruity breakfast in a glass. This creamy smoothie combines strawberries and bananas with rolled oats and soy milk. "A fast vegan smoothie with a deep pink color and a rich, creamy texture," says ASTROPHE. "Perfect for people in a rush in the morning. You don't have to give up a good breakfast when it's this fast to make!"
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2. Muffinize It
With these recipes, the healthy breakfast food is also the container. You'll make these single-serving breakfasts in a muffin pan. They're also super-smart make-ahead breakfast ideas. Make and bake your muffins on the weekend, and they store in the fridge for a week -- or longer in the freezer.
It's never too early in the day to sneak in a little spinach! "These low-carb egg and cheese veggie muffins are perfect for on the go," says Paula Todora. "You can make them ahead and reheat in the microwave a few seconds."
Made in advance, these omelet muffins are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast. They're super versatile, too. The recipe features ham and red bell peppers. But try them with other ingredients you love: ham or sausage, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, kale, whatever you like. They also freeze and reheat well.
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3. Bake into Bars
Here's one more quick-and-easy way to ensure you make healthy choices even on the busiest mornings. These bars get it done deliciously with healthy ingredients like nuts, oats, dried fruit, and dark chocolate. Package up these bars on the weekend, then hand 'em off as the kids roll out the door to school.
Smart for play groups, even smarter for quick breakfasts. "This is one of my family's favorite recipes," says ka me ka thee. "I make it at least once a week. They are easy, delicious, and nutritious. I have played with the ingredients, and they are always good."
Good news, there's zero added sugar in these dark chocolate bars. Just chopped Medjool dates, almonds, cashews, shredded coconut, and unsweetened, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. "If you compare these bars to similar fruit/nut bars sold at the store, I think they taste better, are nutritionally superior, and probably cheaper to make at home," says Chef John. See how it's done!
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4. Wrap It Up
Here's another quick way to keep things portable. Roll up healthy ingredients in a simple, travel-ready wrap.
"My daughter loves bananas, and I made a way for her to get a good breakfast by adding some simple things and of course FUN!" says Mae. "Even kids as young as a year old can help make these! Other things can be added. Have fun with it. If needed, you can subtract the peanut butter and use more honey."
BONUS TIPS: Keep It Convenient
Reuse and Recycle. Store your breakfast goodies in dishwasher-safe reuseable containers with lids. For quick breakfast smoothies, choose containers with reusable straws and tight lids.
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