Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Breakfast options that are easy to prepare and appealing to kids, though, are hard to find. If you’re looking for a little inspiration that will leave your kids ready to conquer the day and asking for more, here are 10 fun ideas to test out at the table.
Put your kids to work
Set up a parfait assembly line in the kitchen and let your kids build their own breakfast. Set up yogurt, cereal and fruit stations, and have your kids concoct their own creations. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to teach them how to put together a well-balanced meal using appropriately-sized portions.
Get egg on your face
Or just create an open egg-face sandwich. Top half of an English muffin with a little cream cheese and an egg, and then use veggies to make a face that will greet your kids at the plate. Try hash browns for hair, olives for eyes and a tomato for a mouth.
Offer a sweet treat
Make chocolate croissants for a weekend treat. Just add chocolate chips to the refrigerated crescent roll dough before you roll them up, for a chocolate filled pastry that will leave your kids saying ooh-la-la.
Turn your cereal upside down
Mix up the mornings by changing the way you do things. Just fill your kid’s bowl with sliced fruit and use cereal as the topping.
Flip your meals entirely
Almost everyone loves breakfast for dinner, but how about dinner for breakfast? Use a half of a bagel or English muffin to make personal pizzas that kids will love.
Draw inspiration from outside
Make a peanut butter bird’s nest by mixing peanut butter and Cheerios together and forming a bird’s nest shape with the mixture. Fill with chopped berries and serve.
Revert to the classics
Cinnamon toast and a mug of hot chocolate will comfort your little one before making the trip to the bus stop on a cold day.
Try chips and dip
If you have bagels on hand that are becoming a little stale, just slice, butter and bake for yummy homemade bagel chips. Serve them with yogurt mixed with honey or peanut butter for a fun breakfast treat.
Make an egg scramble with diced ham, turkey, tomatoes, cheese, peppers and any other ingredients that your family might love. It’s quick, easy and packed with protein, which will help to keep your kids on their toes throughout the day.
Serve up cookies and milk
Serving up a few homemade oatmeal raisin cookies with a glass of milk is a nice surprise for any kid. Try substituting some, or all, of the oil with applesauce or pureed pumpkin. This will help sweeten the cookies, too, so you won’t need to use as much sugar.
Above all, working your kid’s favorite foods and ingredients into the morning mealtime rotation is a great way to encourage them to eat breakfast and to show them how to make the foods that they like part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.