It doesn't matter if it's back to school
time, or the middle of the school year, you want to send your child off to school with a healthy breakfast. It's hard to make a good breakfast when morning routines are so hectic, but it's so important. Studies show that children who eat breakfast have better concentration during the school day than their peers. They also perform better on tests.
When children enter middle school, it's especially important that they have breakfast before school. Lunch may be hours away, and kids may have to face a battery of tests and other academic challenges throughout the day. Of course, many tweens say they don't want or need breakfast before school. While it's true that many children aren't hungry in the morning, it's also important for them to eat something before the school day begins. If your child tries to skip breakfast, offer a small portion breakfast, rather than a large, hot meal.
With that in mind, consider these 15 easy-to-assemble breakfast menu ideas for your growing tween.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
3/4 cup of Cream of Wheat with 1/2 sliced banana on top. Serve with 1/2 cup of Milk, and two Turkey Sausage Links.
1 Whole-Wheat Bagel toasted, topped with 2 teaspoons Peanut Butter. Sprinkle a few Raisins on top. Serve with 1/2 cup Orange Juice and 1/2 cup of no-sugar added Apple Sauce.
1/2 cup Oatmeal, topped with Craisins or Raisins. Serve with 1/2 cup Milk and 1 slice Whole-Wheat Toast topped with an All-Fruit Spread.
1 Slice Breakfast Pizza, served with 1/2 cup Orange Juice and 1/2 cup fresh Blueberries, Strawberries or sliced Banana
1 Bran Muffin, served with 1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks and 1/2 cup Milk.
Raisin Toast, topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine and sprinkled with Cinnamon. Serve with 1/2 cup Applesauce or Cottage Cheese and 1/2 cup of Milk.
1 Hardboiled Egg, served with 1/2 toasted Whole Wheat Bagel, topped with finely shredded Cheddar Cheese. Serve with 1/2 cup Orange Juice.
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese topped with 1 teaspoon Toasted Wheat Germ. Serve with 1/2 cup Vegetable Juice and 1/4 cup Sliced Grapes.
1 small container of Fruit Yogurt. Serve with two Turkey Sausage Links, 1/2 cup Orange Juice and 1 Toasted Bagel topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine.
One cup Fruit Smoothie, served with 1/4 cup dry Cheerios on the side to add crunch and texture.
2 Scrambled Eggs, 1 slice Whole Wheat toast, topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine, serve with 1/2 sliced banana, and 1/2 cup 100 percent Cranberry Juice.
Combine 1/2 cup toasted Wheat Germ with 1/4 cup peanut butter. Spread mixture on apple slices or 1 sliced banana (sliced length-wise). Serve with 1/2 cup milk.
2 Pancakes topped with 1 teaspoon Margarine, and 1/2 cup of diced Granny Smith Apple. Sprinkle with Cinnamon. Serve with 2 Turkey Sausage Links and 1/2 cup 100 percent Fruit Juice.
1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with a small amount of sugar. Serve with Whole Wheat Toast topped with 2 teaspoons almond butter, and 1/2 cup juice or milk.
1 slice Banana Bread, 1 orange, 2 Turkey Sausage Links and 1/2 cup milk.