Speed up school mornings with these healthy kids’ breakfast ideas
Research shows that giving children a healthy breakfast really does have an impact on their focus and on their energy levels. A recent study of 5,000 children by Cardiff University showed that they are twice as likely to score higher than average grades if they start the day with a healthy breakfast.
We know it’s hard to make healthy choices, especially when you are faced with the craziness of the school run. That’s why all of these recipes can be made in under 10 minutes, or prepared the night/weekend before so you don’t have to compromise on their health.
Feed their brain (and their imagination) with this smoothie
Sweet, smooth and served with a straw. Is it any wonder that kids go wild for smoothies? Taking just a few minutes in the morning to make a smoothie to accompany your child’s breakfast will provide them with a much-needed boost. A simple berry and yoghurt smoothie will always go down well but this brain power smoothie from award-winning family food blogger Wellness Mama is next-level.
Get behind overnight oats
How to stop that mid-morning burn out? The fiber-rich, slow-burn carbs in oats supply a steady stream of energy to keep small bodies going strong until lunchtime. Just make sure you choose whole grain, unprocessed and un rolled oats.
Overnight oats are simply soaked in a milk of your choice or yoghurt overnight in the fridge. All you need to do in the morning is take them out of the fridge and top with whatever toppings your children love. We think kids will go wild for Family Food on the Table’s strawberry overnight oats 2 ways.
Mini muffins can be batch-made, frozen and defrosted the night before - the ideal no-fuss, no-mess breakfast that small hands can eat anywhere - at home, in the car or on the bus!
Like most mums, you are probably looking for extra ways to pack in extra vegetables into your children’s diets. We suggest you try Super Healthy Kids recipe for power packed fruit and veggie muffin for picky eaters - a sneaky way to give them a few extra veggies.
Baked beans with whole grain toast
Beans. They have been around for thousands of years - this is nature’s real “fast food” and what’s even better is that most kids love them. Rich in complex carbs, full of vitamins, protein, minerals and antidoxidants, they are your family’s best morning friend, especially as the weather cools.
Making a batch of baked beans with tomatoes takes no time at all. The Nutrition Mama uses maple syrup to make her toddler baked beans. We think bigger kids will love them just as much and you can whip them up in 10 minutes and freeze them in bags in individual portions saving you a ton of time in the morning.
Fast French-toast gives them extra staying power
A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that children who eat eggs for breakfast feel fuller longer. Eggs are packed with protein and are also a good source of Vitamin D (especially important when there is less natural sunshine). When served with fresh fruit and a little honey or maple syrup, you are giving your kids a really nutritious breakfast, and they only take 5-10 minutes from start to finish.
Food for kids have an easy-to-follow recipe for French toast with fruit. For those times when you aren’t in such a rush, there are easy print-out cards for your children to help make them. To speed things up further, you could prep the eggs in a bowl and leave overnight in the fridge.