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Food Groups Matter
It’s not just about throwing together easy foods, but making sure your little ones gets the nutrients they need from a variety of food groups. As a rule of thumb, I make sure at least 3 food groups are represented in any of my kid’s breakfasts. Choose from dairy, whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean protein. The more food groups you can include, the better.
Quick Recipe Ideas
Simple, no-fuss recipes you can throw together in less than 10 minutes.
- Peach Pie Smoothie
- Mixed Berry and Banana Smoothie
- Scrambled Egg Wrap
- Eggs In A Basket
- Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal
30 Minutes or Less
If you’ve got a few extra minutes or want to make a more leisurely breakfast on the weekends, you still don’t need to slave over the stove.
- “Hot Chocolate” Banana-Nut Oatmeal
- Yogurt Breakfast Split
- Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
- Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
- English Muffin Breakfast Pizza
Make-ahead breakfast goodies can save you time during the weekday rush and make you feel good about what your kids are eating. Pair any of these with a glass of milk and fresh fruit and you’ve got a balanced good-for-you meal.
- Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (pictured above)
- Breakfast Cookies
- Apricot Oat Bars
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins
Stock up on healthy packaged foods so you always have options on hand, even for the most hectic mornings.
- Healthy breakfast bars
- Kid-friendly yogurts like Chobani Champions and Stonyfield Farm Organic Yo Kids Squeezers
- Whole-grain cereals like Barbara’s Multigrain or Original Puffins and Cheerios
- Kefir like Lifeway ProBugs
- Grab-and-go packaged cheese like Organic Valley Stringles, The Laughing Cow’s Mini Baby Bel and Alouette Cheese Original Portions
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »
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