Getting kids in the right mood for school can be a bit of a nightmare, especially after six weeks of summer. There are bound to be a fair few grumbles and late mornings as they struggle to get back into the school routine, not to mention short attention spans in class as they try to wake up.
This is why a good breakfast that is chock full of energy is a good idea. Setting your kids up for the day with a hearty meal can help them wake up, focus more at school and ensure they get through to lunchtime with no rumbling tummies.
Of course, dealing with getting them up and out of the door can be hard enough without also having to make breakfast from scratch. To help get them – and you – ready for school, here are some great, healthy breakfast ideas that are quick or that can be made ahead to save you time and keep the kids happy:
Breakfast burritos are a lot of fun, something different and are great for making ahead. You can even freeze them individually so you can get them out to defrost overnight, ready to microwave in the morning if you know it’s going to be a mad one.
You can put loads of different things in a burrito, meaning you can tailor them to what your kids will eat. A great mix is scrambled egg, sausage, onions and peppers, which all go well together and can be frozen. Opt for a wholemeal tortilla for extra fibre and you’re good to go. The little ones can even help you make them!
The Purple Pumpkin Blog has a great recipe for a healthy turkey burrito that could be just the thing for early mornings.
Fruit is a great option for breakfast, but it isn’t always the most filling option or the most exciting. Apple sandwiches are a quick and easy way to make breakfast more interesting and ensure your kids get everything they need to get them off to a good start.
Simply core your apple and cut it so you have circular apple slices. Add peanut butter and a sprinkling of granola before popping another apple slice on top. This also works as a great snack so could be ideal for a little extra at break time.
This is one of the simplest breakfast ideas as you simply pop your oats, yoghurt and milk in a bowl, jar or tub before bed and then they’re ready in the morning. You can add other flavours like fruit, cocoa powder, peanut butter or spices, such as cinnamon, to mix things up a bit.
On cold mornings, you can also microwave them to warm everyone up before you go out the door. If you make the overnight oats in portable pots, they are also the ideal on-the-go breakfast – just don’t forget the spoons!
Have a look at these recipes from Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen for some great inspiration.
A yoghurt on its own isn’t the ideal breakfast, but popping a few little extras in can help create a fast and simple breakfast that is packed with energy and really satisfying. Just like overnight oats, they can also be made the night before and put in the fridge ready to go.
You can use sugar-free flavoured yoghurt or natural yoghurt for parfaits, meaning they are easy to make with whatever you have in your fridge. All you need to do is add chopped fruit and granola to your yoghurt, maybe adding a little honey for sweetness. You can also add nuts, seeds, blended fruit and anything else you can think of to make this easy breakfast more interesting for your kids while still being healthy.
Eggs are a great way to start the day but we don’t all have time to make an omelette from scratch in the morning. This is why omelette muffins are a great idea, as you can make a big tray of them, wrap them individually and freeze them ready to microwave in the mornings.
Just mix all your ingredients together with seasoning, portion the egg mixture out into a greased muffin tray and bake until firm. You can include grated potato, cheese, onion, peppers, mushrooms, chicken, sausage and anything else you can think of! This is a great breakfast to make just in case as it will be a lifesaver on really busy mornings.
Rather than stocking your cupboards with breakfast bars from the supermarket, which can contain a lot of hidden sugars, make your own for those mornings when you have only minutes to spare.
Not only can you make breakfast bars in a range of flavours, they are also great for hiding healthy ingredients that your kids might not usually voluntarily eat. This means you can pack in a whole host of goodness and they won’t even know!
Give this recipe from My Fussy Eater a try and you’ll probably be surprised at how much your little ones enjoy your homemade breakfast bars.