Going back to school is never easy. Mornings can be rushed, leaving little time for a well-balanced breakfast. A recent study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that around 20 percent of kids and adolescents skip breakfast every day.
Kids of all ages need breakfast to fuel their bodies and minds. High protein foods can ensure your kids stay full until lunchtime, while carbohydrates can give them energy to stay focused during the school day (and fully participate in the all-important recess time).
Try These Easy Breakfast Ideas
Getting breakfast ready before the school bus comes can feel impossible on some days. Be ready for the madness of back-to-school time by stocking your fridge and pantry with these simple breakfasts that take next to no time to make.
Whole grain waffle and banana
Waffles get a bad rap. The key is to prepare them the right way (i.e., not drowning them in syrup and powdered sugar!) A toasted, gluten-free, whole-grain waffle topped with banana slices gives kids a good balance of healthy carbohydrates. Add some nut butter (like almond or peanut) for some protein.
Layer gluten-free granola, fresh fruit, and yogurt to create a delicious yogurt parfait! You can quickly prep these ahead of time in a plastic container for a grab-and-go breakfast.
Top a whole grain tortilla with black beans, cheese, eggs, red peppers, and salsa. You can cut the burrito into smaller pinwheels for a bite-sized breakfast that is easier for little hands to hold.
Oatmeal and fruit
Use quick-cooking oats for a hot bowl of oatmeal in two minutes or less. Then, top with dried fruits, nuts, and a drizzle of honey for a warm, satisfying start to the day. (Note: oats are naturally gluten-free, but they may come into contact with grains that contain gluten during processing. Look for specially labeled gluten-free oats to ensure they haven’t experienced any cross-contamination.)
Have some time at night? Prep a grab-and-go cup of overnight oats. Combine ½ cup of old-fashioned rolled oats with ½ cup of milk. Then, add any mixings you want! Try frozen fruit, jam, cinnamon, fresh fruit, nuts, and nut butter to create yummy combinations that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Before going to bed, combine six medium apples (peeled and cut into smaller pieces), ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar or honey, and ½ cup of water (more if your crockpot tends to dry out). Set it on low for eight hours, and voila! You’ll wake up to a healthy, warm breakfast.
Blend up your kid’s favorite combination of fruits, vegetables, and milk for a quick and easy treat! Make sure to add a scoop of NutriTots’ vanilla ice cream powder for a tasty boost of protein. Check out our recipes for different smoothie flavors—vanilla blueberry, strawberry banana, and sun butter banana.
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In addition to being quick and easy, many of these are also great places to hide a scoop of our vanilla ice cream protein powder! Sneak a scoop into your kid’s yogurt parfait, oatmeal, applesauce, or smoothie. If you’re really short on time, toss a scoop into a glass of milk or water for a super quick (and tasty) morning drink.
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