What are some good, easy breakfast ideas?

Real Mom Problem

“Our daughter really loves cereal, but I really don't like her having too much sugar on school days. I'm curious about other quick things I could offer her -- any ideas?”

by 2Busy4Choas 2Busy4Choas

Quick Tips

  • 1. Offer options that include protein and fiber to keep them full
  • 2. Let your kids pick out dishes they like that are healthy and portable, like smoothies or hard-boiled eggs
  • 3. Try making meals like pancakes ahead of time and reheating in the morning
  • 4. Be creative and consider non-breakfast foods like leftover pizza or hummus and crackers

Real Mom Solutions

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids in school! See what simple and satisfying breakfasts these moms suggest.

Prep Grab & Go Meals

  • Apr1l

    Boiled eggs are good and easy.

  • chris13

    Banana bread is a good breakfast food or after school snack food.

  • Barabell

    During the school year, my son eats breakfast at school, but I'll buy cereal bars or the small 100-calorie snack packs for something to eat before he gets on the bus.

  • mommasaint

    On the weekends I make huge batches of French toast, pancakes, waffles, burritos, and more, and freeze them so the kids can just pick something out of the freezer and warm it up for breakfast. That way I don't have to cook every single morning!

  • bizkit_fanky

    My daughter usually eats in the car on the way to school. She likes Pop-Tarts, dry cereal, sausage and biscuits, egg sandwiches, toaster strudels, waffles, and breakfast burritos. I bake the biscuits the night before so all we have to do is heat them up in the morning. We do microwave sausage and bacon, and frozen waffles. I have her food warming while I brush her hair or she gets her shoes on and then we are out the door. She usually takes the little bottles of Sunny Delight. If we are out of those, I just pour juice in a cup with a lid the night before so we can grab it and go in the morning.

  • Tracys2

    Don't forget yogurt for breakfast. They have it in tubes and there are a million ways to eat it. And cheese, which can be on bread or by itself just sliced. Not messy at all!

  • skittles2011

    One thing I've found that helps me get out the door quickly is making pancakes and muffins on the weekends and freezing them. Then all you have to do is reheat on school day mornings.

  • Karen_S

    We do "nibble bowls" that have nuts, a cereal that is easy to eat dry like Cheerios, fresh fruit (or if I'm running late, dried fruit), and sometimes cheese. It's super fast because all you have to do is throw it into a bowl, no prep, and it's balanced and healthy.

  • dballa

    Off the top of my head, some good, easy breakfast ideas are breakfast burritos, Pop-Tarts, frozen waffles, cereal bars, granola bars, banana or other fruit, muffins, bagels, and egg and cheese sandwiches. If you prefer them to be healthier, make them from scratch ahead of time and heat them up.

  • bleumonster

    Some good, easy breakfast ideas are boiled eggs, Lunchables (either pre-packaged or homemade) breakfast burritos, Go-gurts and fruit, breakfast bars, etc.

When in Doubt, Try Peanut Butter

  • Karen_S

    Sometimes we do a peanut butter and banana roll-up: take a whole wheat tortilla, spread some peanut butter on it, put a peeled banana on it, and roll the tortilla around the banana. Half is enough for my daughter, and it's not too messy in the car, with the peanut butter on the inside.

  • Pukalani79

    My kids used to eat toast with peanut butter on top on the way to school. It can be a little messy at times, but they get protein and carbs.

  • ruby_jewel_04

    One of our favorite breakfasts is a whole wheat tortilla, spread with peanut butter, sprinkled with raisins, with a banana wrapped in it.

Try Non-Traditional Breakfast Foods

  • bleumonster

    Don't assume that you have to have traditional breakfast fare just because it's morning -- leftover pizza is very portable!

  • Tracys2

    My son hardly eats anything for breakfast but yogurt. Sometimes I let him have non-breakfast foods like hummus or peanut butter and crackers, just to get something healthy in him. Nobody will ever know that he ate a lunch food!

  • Tracys2

    My kids prefer eating non-breakfast foods, so I'll do peanut butter and jelly or let them have some hummus.

Try a Liquid Breakfast

  • kelliewhitney

    For us, smoothies (made at home with yogurt, milk, strawberries, a banana and a touch of honey) are a godsend for breakfast.

  • 0123456

    Smoothies are a good, easy breakfast. This is my son's favorite: A whole frozen banana, Greek yogurt (more protein), peanut butter, milk, and a little Nutella. My daughter's favorite is frozen strawberries and blueberries with pineapple juice.

  • Jinx-Troublex3

    It's not the greatest, but you could try the Carnation Instant Breakfast mix or PediaSure if your child will drink one of those in the morning.

Other Kids' Health Categories