Whether you homeschool or send your kids off to school, breakfast is and always will be the most important meal of the day. How can a busy, over-scheduled Mom make something that is healthy, tastes good and can be done with minimal effort? Simple. Try any or all of the 5 ideas below!
5 Quick and Healthy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love
1. French Toast with Cinnamon Apple Fries. My girls love this breakfast. All you need to do is make a quick french toast and cut up an apple.
How to: slice your apples (1 per person) to look like french fries and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. If you feel like your apples will brown, drizzle with some fresh squeezed orange or lemon juice. I prefer orange since it is less tart. My french toast is simple: eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and heavy cream (how much depends on how many you are feeding. I would say 2 eggs, 1/4tsp vanilla, 1/8tsp cin. and 1 tsp cream per 2 slices of bread). Mix well. Dip bread until well saturated and then put on hot, buttered frying pan. Lightly brown each side. Dust with powdered sugar.
Time: this breakfast takes me 15 minutes to make.
2. Frittata Cupcakes. These are very yummy. The best part is that you can make the mixture the night before. Simply make your favorite frittata recipe (or look one up) and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, scoop the mixture into a paper lined muffin/cupcake pan and bake until set. When you are done, you have these delicious, healthy and visually appealing “frittata cupcakes” that your kids are sure to love! This breakfast has it all; eggs, veggies, milk and Momma’s love! I do so many types of these. Just find variations that your kids will like.
How to: depends on the recipe you choose.
Time: if you make them the night before, just enough time to bake… 20-30 minutes. You can pop them in the oven, set the timer and multitask.
3. Cinnamon Apple Pancakes. This is another favorite for my girls.
How to: I usually buy a premade pancake mix. I do make them from scratch from time to time. However, when I am in a time crunch (most mornings), I go for the premade. First thing I do is make the apple mixture: 1-2 apples, peeled and diced. Heat skillet and add 1-2 Tbsp. butter. Add apples, 2tsp ground cinnamon and saute until apples are soft and yummy. Meanwhile, whip up some pancakes. Portion out the pancakes and top each stack with a little pat of butter, a couple scoops of the apple mixture and a little squirt of canned whipped topping and a dash of cinnamon. Serve with glass of milk. Bam. Yummy time!
Time: 25 minutes.
4. Eggs in a Nest. This is my little one’s favorite. I have my own little spin on egg in a nest.
How to: you will need a cookie cutter. Then, per person: one slice of bread, one egg, 2 tsp butter, 1 tsp honey and 1 cup of red grapes. For the cookie cutter I use whatever tickles my fancy that day. In the pic is a heart shape one that I did. However, I have also used stars, circles, seasonal shapes, etc. After I choose my cookie cutter, I cut out the shape in the center of the bread. and set aside the shape. Then, I add butter to my non-stick skillet. Once pan is hot and butter is melted (you can use cooking spray, if you prefer), I add the bread and then crack open the egg into the center. Once I know the bottom is cooked (about 2 minutes or so), I flip it and lightly brown the other side. I also add the shape to the pan and toast each side. Once egg is cooked, I place it on a plate and drizzle it AND the toast shape with a little honey (my oldest LOVES this… however, my youngest ONLY wants the honey on the shape, not the egg in a nest portion). I serve it with grapes… or another fruit if I am out of grapes. Grapes are a favorite in our house, so use what works for your kids.
Time: 15-20 minutes.
5. Breakfast Parfait. This breakfast has all the components for a healthy breakfast in one delicious glass of goodness.
How to: if you do not have parfait glasses, any tall glass/cup will work. You will also need; yogurt (your kids favorite flavor), granola (store bought or homemade–your choice), fresh berries and mint leaves. Each parfait should have a couple scoops of yogurt in bottom, then fresh berries, then granola, repeat until you get to the top. Top should be yogurt with one or two fresh berries and a mint leaf. Very elegant and tasty breakfast that will make the kids think they are getting dessert for breakfast!
Time: 10-15 minutes.
These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. I am sure you can and will come up with some fun and fabulous breakfast ideas of your own. Starting your children out with a healthy breakfast will help them have a better day at school!
Please share your own ideas below! I would love to hear them!
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