Easy Breakfast Ideas for Busy School Mornings

Easy Breakfast Ideas for Busy School Mornings


family eating breakfastAs a mom with five kids, I know first hand how chaotic mornings can be. It's enough just trying to get kids up and ready for school, but add packing healthy packed lunches AND preparing a balanced breakfast?

No matter how large your family or chaotic your schedule, there never seems to be enough time to start the day with a healthy breakfast, but it is SO important. Numerous studies show a link between eating a healthy breakfast and higher achievement on standardized tests, better concentration and classroom behavior.

Eating breakfast benefits the whole family because adult breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories, less saturated fat and cholesterol and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers.

Breakfast is a must to help our kids succeed until lunch.  A good rule of thumb is to build a breakfast that contains at least three out of the five food groups:  Dairy, Vegetables, Fruit, Grain or Protein.  Below are some quick, nutritious breakfast ideas following the "3 out of 5" rule that I rely on to get my kids out the door with full bellies and brains eager to learn.

Frozen Banana on a Stick - Put a banana on a stick, dip it in yogurt and then roll it in granola. Place on wax paper and freeze for 1-2 hours. Make these the night before and then there will be no time needed in the morning to prepare. (Dairy; Fruit; Grains)
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Apple Bagel Sandwiches - Cut a bagel in half, add one or two slices of an apple, top off with a slice of cheese then place in the oven at 375 degrees for ~ 5 minutes. (Dairy; Fruit; Grains)

Egg Burrito - Take one whole-grain tortilla, add two scrambled eggs, sprinkle cheese, roll up and enjoy! Add peppers or top with salsa for an extra vegetable boost. (Dairy; Vegetables; Grains; Protein)

Oatmeal - Always a quick and nutritious choice, oatmeal is especially delicious when made with milk and topped with berries, raisins, bananas or other fruit. (Dairy; Fruits; Grains) 

See how easy breakfast can be? Click here for more healthy breakfast recipes that are quick and kid-friendly.

Debbie Asada is a credentialed health teacher with a degree in dietetics and is completing her master’s degree in education. She loves to spend time with her five children, ages 3-18 and teaching them the joys of cooking. Foods that she can’t live without are pomegranates, feta cheese and pizza.

 

References:

1. Taras H. Nutrition and student performance at school. J Sch Health. 2005 Aug;75(6):199-213. 

2. Giovanni M, Agostoni C, Shamir R. Symposium overview: Do we all eat breakfast and is it important? Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2010 Feb;(50(2):97-9.

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