Kid-Friendly Breakfast Options

I feel the most important meal for kids is breakfast. They get rushed off in the morning and are expected to have energy and patience all day while they learn. That certainly can’t be done with a big bowl of sugary cereal or a cinnamon bun in the morning. Way back before I had kids, I was a teacher. I saw the difference between the kids that had a nutritious breakfast and the kids that did not. I taught kindergarten for a year and I used to get in trouble because I let them rest their heads on their desks in the afternoon. Most of them fell asleep. Poor babies needed a nap. Guess that’s why I’m not a teacher anymore. Lol.

But there are so many options for breakfast. It just might take a little time to make ahead each week.

I made a list of some of my favorite kid friendly breakfast items that will give your kids the energy they need to keep their brains on point all day. Most of these can be used for  lunch or snack as well!

  1. Eggs: When I eat an egg or two I am full for hours. It gives me energy and prevents me from snacking like I usually do.
    • Hard Boiled Eggs: I usually hard boil 6 at a time. These can be eaten with just salt and pepper. I love them dipped in mustard as well. That’s usually my mid morning snack while I’m rushing around. My son loves deviled eggs. Take the yolk out and mix with a little mayo, salt and pepper. Put the mixture back in the middle of the egg and sprinkle with paprika! Hard boiled eggs can also be used in salads or to make a quick and simple egg salad. I also love chopped egg and avocado. Chop one of each and stir together. Sprinkle with Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning and that is it!
    • Egg Muffins: My son Dominick has two for breakfast and sometimes two before bed. He’s growing and always hungry!
  2. Muffins: The muffins we buy at the store have some scary ingredients.
    • Whole Wheat Banana Muffins: These are filled with great ingredients and taste delicious! I have to hide them from my husband because he will eat the whole batch! My son Matthew has one as a snack in school and two for dessert.
    • Pumpkin Muffins: It does not have to be Halloween to enjoy pumpkin muffins! If bananas aren’t your thing, all you need is a can or two of pumpkin…
  3. Bring on the smoothies! I am a big fan of smoothies. I love that you can customize them with what you like. They can also be prepared in freezer bags and placed in the freezer. All you have to do is dump it in the blender and add your choice of water, milk or juice!
    • Triple Berry Smoothie: This is my go to smoothie that everyone in my family enjoys. I love that there is a big bunch of spinach in it!
    • I also make a very simple kid friendly smoothie some mornings that both of my boys love. No spinach, but a great big serving of fruit!
      • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1 cup of watermelon
      • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of orange juice
    • Smoothie Bowl: If sometimes your kids need a little bit more crunch to their breakfast, you can make a smoothie bowl. We enjoy it with peanut butter and granola with some sliced bananas on top. Simple and delicious.
    • Strawberries and Cream: The perfect deconstructed smoothie for your picky eater.

 


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  • And if you are in the market for a muffin pan, this would be perfect!
  • This Ninja Blender will make your life a lot easier when you start on your smoothie adventure!

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Triple Berry Smoothie

Happy New Year! I wonder how I got through my days before smoothies… It is such an easy meal or snack. And they always make me feel good. I try to prepare our smoothies for the whole week so we can grab them on the go, in the morning, or whenever we need a quick meal.

There is one thing you will definitely need before you get started on your smoothie making skills. You have to have a good quality blender. I LOVE my NINJA! I have the old model and love it.

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Triple Berry Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Spinach or kale or both(I use spinach)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Chia seeds(Or Flax seeds or both)
  • 1 Banana(I keep plenty in the freezer peeled and cut in half, so when I need them I have them.)
  • 1 cup of Mixed Berries(I get the big bag of triple berry blend at BJ’s. You can use whatever variety you like. There’s tropical blend or just strawberries. Sometimes I put the fruit that is gonna go bad in a day or two in the freezer and use that.)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of Almond milk( I can’t live without the Califia Toasted Coconut. It’s really tasty and healthy)

Optional ingredients:  

  • 2 tablespoons of 2% Greek yogurt- (plain, vanilla or coconut)
  •  1 scoop of protein powder
  • a splash of leftover coffee
  • 1/4 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons of nut butter(I prefer almond or peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions

  1. Dump all of your ingredients in your blender and blend until it is a smooth consistency.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love these:

Acai Bowl

Homemade Bagels

Make Ahead

Pumpkin Muffins

Can’t Have a Party Without a Punch

 

A month or two ago my husband and I headed to one of my favorite spots. A used bookstore. 😳I really do love it🤷🏻‍♀️. I went straight to the cookbook section and ended up purchasing two books. One of them is The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook. It’s over 400 pages of recipes from 1959! I was actually surprised by a lot of it. This must have been the era of jell-0. So many recipes included jell-o. A lot of the recipes I would never make. But some of them I would! I can’t even tell you how many recipes for punch were in there. One for every occasion including Valentine’s Day and weddings! So why not a punch for our Easter Day Scavenger Hunt? My son Matthew read through all the punch recipes in the cookbook and narrowed it down to four. He’s my little health-nut and was pretty shocked at how many included jell-0 and added sugar. Once him and I got over how much sugar punch has, we picked the perfect recipe to recreate. They called it pink lemonade. We changed it up a bit and made it into a punch. And honestly it looked beautiful. We all enjoyed it. It was delicious and refreshing for a perfect Easter Day. This can really be served on any occasion through spring and summer. Maybe Mother’s Day. Kids or no kids…

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Pink Lemonade Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate(12 oz.)
  • 3 cans of water
  • 2 cups of cranberry juice
  • 1-2 cans of blood orange soda(I used San Pellegrino blood orange soda)
  • 1 jar of maraschino cherries
  • 1 lemon
  • A lot of ice

Directions

  1. Pour lemonade, water, and cranberry juice into your favorite beverage dispenser.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Add all the cherries and about half of the juice from the cherry jar.
  4. Add a lot of ice to keep it extra cold.
  5. Pour blood orange soda in to make it nice and bubbly. The more you add, the more bubbly it will be.
  6. Stir gently and add more ice.
  7. On top, add thin lemon slices to garnish.

Enjoy!

 

Tropical Delight

Tropical Delight

My 11 year-old Matthew is picky, but also enjoys healthy food. He loves smoothies, but they have to be made his way! He came to me one day with his recipe he calls Tropical Delight. He wrote it all up and told me to put it on my blog. So we whipped it up in the blender to see how it was. It was delicious! We served it with a spoon to get all the crunchy granola in each bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen fruit(We used a combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • About a 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of honey(optional)
  • Your favorite granola(We used a combination of two)

Directions

Blend all ingredients except granola in the blender.  Adjust the almond milk to make it the consistency you prefer.  Pour into your glass and top with granola.  Serve with a spoon and enjoy!

 

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