Helpful Weekday Breakfast Guide for Busy Families
Whether you have younger kids at home who need guidance with preparing a nutritious breakfast before school, or teenagers that are rising and shining independently, this Weekday Breakfast Guide for Busy Families will give you a bunch of ideas. Sometimes just having ideas in the morning helps to fuel up kids and teens for a busy day at school.
Breakfast is so, so important!! Teach your kids the meaning of the word and remind them often. Go ahead and dissect the word, breakfast – ‘break-fast’. My dad loved to preach how important breakfast is for your body. Here is what he would tell us – sleeping all night, your body is deprived of food for many hours…essentially deprived of energy. Give your body that energy back in the morning by eating breakfast! It’s that simple. Kids understand the analogy of filling up a car with gas so it can ‘go’. Our bodies work like machines – we use food as our fuel so we can go!!
In my experience working with kids and teens there are two camps – breakfast eaters and non-breakfast eaters. The non-breakfast eaters either aren’t hungry first thing (I fall in this camp so I get it!) or simply don’t choose to give themselves a little time in the morning to sit down and eat. Be patient and know that even a small glass of non-fat or low-fat milk, or a banana is better than nothing.
There are also two types of breakfast eaters I see – the sweet breakfast eaters and the savory breakfast eaters. In Weekday Breakfast Guide for Busy Families I include ideas for both sweet and savory breakfast eaters! Some of us are a little bit of both.
For kids with a sweet tooth in the mornings:
- Breakfast cereal with nonfat or low-fat milk, and sliced fruit or berries (look for cererals with only 5 or 6 grams of sugar or less!)
- Yogurts, ideally plain, nonfat yogurt with sliced fruit or berries, or a low-sugar flavored yogurt like Oikos Triple Zero
- Whole grain, whole wheat waffles with sliced fruit or berries and a glass of nonfat or low-fat milk (Kelloggs makes Eggo nutrigrain whole wheat waffles – you can find them in the freezer section)
- Home-made simple cooked oatmeal (I cook oatmeal in nonfat milk instead of water) with a touch of honey
For kids and teens who like a more savory breakfast:
- Eggs! in a any style – hard boiled, scrambled, microwaved
- Toasts – avocado toast, toast with melted low-fat cheese and sliced tomatoes
- Plain whole wheat waffles (Kelloggs makes Eggo nutrigrain whole wheat waffles) with a glass of nonfat or low fat milk
- Quesadillas – with melted low-fat cheeses, beans, or scrambled eggs
- Home-made simple cooked oatmeal (I cook oatmeal in nonfat milk to slip in some extra protein and nutrients)
For kids that need to grab something to go in the mornings:
- a banana or small, easy to eat piece of fruit (cutie, plum, small apple)
- non-fat, low sugar yogurt (like Oikos Triple Zero) cup and a plastic spoon
- small cup of non-fat or low fat milk
I love to think about favorites when it comes to food! I think it goes back to when our girls were young and we used to play ‘the favorites game’ in the car – “what’s your favorite___(fill in the blank)”. You can create your own Helpful Weekday Breakfast Guide by finding out what each member of your family loves to have for breakfast – what are their favorites?? This exercise will help you be sure you and your family are well stocked in the morning!
In our family Bob loves warm oatmeal and begs me to make enough for him to have for the week. He likes a warm breakfast. Ava takes after Bob, she also prefers warm and savory and does not care for cereals. Recently she’s been making herself avocado toast almost every day. Her other go-to breakfast is a simple cheese quesadilla. Ley and I go either way – we can do eggs or cereal and we like to switch it up.
How about you? Which camp do you fall into and what do you like to have for breakfast??
This week is going to be all about breakfasts on OvenHug. I have a great egg omelet recipe coming, crockpot oatmeal, and healthy home-made granola! Stay tuned and stay charged in the mornings.