If your kids are anything like I was growing up, their favorite breakfasts include a mix of sugar-filled cereals, pastries, and anything that goes well with bacon. That is, if they’re awake enough to want to eat in the first place. As a parent, it’s difficult to know where to draw the line between giving our kids what they want and feeding them what they need, so that their bodies are getting the nutrition that will help them grow, get stronger, and remain healthy. But if you don’t teach them the habits they need to develop now, it will be much more difficult for them to adopt a healthy lifestyle when they become adults. The right type of breakfast includes a mix of protein, nutrient rich carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Here are 9 simple options that are easy to make and will satisfy even the pickiest of pallets.

Smoothies

Smoothies are quick and simple and can be taken with you on days when you need to run out the door. Plus, your kids can sip on them on the ride to school. Blend the following ingredients together to create your family’s morning delight!
  • Berry Banana Smoothie – 1 cup mixed frozen berries, 1 cup low fat greek yogurt, 1 small (very ripe) banana, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional), 1/2 cup ice
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie – 1/2 medium avocado, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 cup nondairy milk, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • Creamy Mango Smoothie – 1 sliced mango, 1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt, 1/2 cup milk of choice, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons of granola to top (optional)
Pro tip: Make a week worth of smoothies in advance by portioning out the ingredients and placing them in small containers in the fridge. You can add the ice when you blend them.

Scoop, Slice, Eat

Some days you may need the kiddos to prepare their own meals. This is especially true if you have children of multiple ages (some that need more attention and others that are independent) or if you have a few extra items you need to get done before you leave the house. That’s when you need to keep it simple. Show your kids how to throw together these tasty grab and go eats.
  • PB & J Apples – This classic snack is great in the morning. Slice up an apple. Spread peanut butter on one slice, jam on another, place them together, and enjoy your PB & J. Repeat till your apple is done!
  • Yogurt Parfait – Scoop 1 cup of low fat yogurt into a small bowl. Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup. Layer with your choice of fruit (we recommend 1 inch of sliced bananas and 1/2 small sliced peach), a few crushed walnuts, and 1/4 cup of granola.
  • Fruit Topped Cottage Cheese – This one is self explanatory. Place 1 cup of mixed berries on top of 2/3 cup of low fat cottage cheese. Enjoy with 1/2 cup of granola or whole grain, unsweetened cereal.

You may find that your kids like these options so much, they’ll start making them for snack on the weekends too!

Leftovers

Our San Jose personal trainers LOVE leftovers. They make the next day’s meal prep a no-brainer. With a little creativity, yesterday’s dinner or lunch can be re-purposed to make an amazing morning pick-me-up for you and the little ones! These dishes hearty, so it feels like a Sunday brunch during your morning crunch ūüėČ

  • Breakfast Tacos – Is there extra meat from last night’s grilled chicken dish, steak dinner, or salmon ceviche? Heat up a corn tortilla on a skillet and fold in the meat. Add a little avocado and some homemade salsa or pico de gallo for extra flavor.
  • Quinoa Pudding – Did you know that quinoa makes a great oatmeal substitute? Place 1 cups in a container with 3/4 cup of milk (your choice), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons maple syrup. Place it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, microwave for 1-2 minutes with 1/2 tablespoon of butter or 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Add a 1/4 cup of berries or sliced fruit and a teaspoon of sliced almonds for added texture.
  • Hashbrown Stir Fry – Got potatoes? Dice them up and throw them in a pan with a cup of your favorite mixed veggies and an ounce of shredded cheese. For more protein, add an egg/egg whites with the stir fry or cook one on the side.

Ultimately, these quick and simple breakfast ideas will help you save time in the morning, so you can stress less and keep your family’s health a priority. After all, if we don’t teach our kids the proper way to eat, who will?

Stronger for Today,

The Method3 Fitness Team

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