Written by: Olivia Cheng
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s even more true for growing children. A nutritious breakfast can provide your kids with a variety of benefits including a healthier weight and better focus throughout the school day.
On the other hand, putting together even a small or hurried breakfast can seem impossible on busy school mornings. If you’re looking for quick ways to prepare filling, healthy meals for kids breakfasts, start with these easy, timesaving recipes.
Peanut Butter Waffle Sandwiches
This creative breakfast recipe is a quick way to put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that’s healthier and tastier than the original. It starts with the basics—bread, organic peanut butter, and your kids’ favorite berry—then switches it up by having you toast the bread in a waffle iron.
While you wait for the iron to preheat, put together a sandwich with the berries in the middle. Place it in the waffle iron and cook to the desired texture. You can make this recipe even healthier for your children by substituting the white bread with whole-wheat.
Waffle Kebabs with Apple
These can be made either with packaged waffles or the bread waffles from the recipe above, and your kids will love the result either way. Toast your waffle until it’s golden-brown and crispy, then sauté a sliced apple with cinnamon for a few minutes to soften them up and integrate the flavor.
Once both components of the dish are ready, simply alternate them using as many skewers as you need. Cut the waffles into smaller pieces to make them easier to eat off the stick. You can also add a teaspoon of maple syrup for a little extra sweetness.
Cheese and Veggie Quesadillas
Quesadillas are a versatile and kid-friendly option, and it’s easy to mix them up by changing just one ingredient or filling each time. This recipe calls for a white cheese like Havarti along with your favorite green—we recommend baby kale or spinach.
Add the cheese and greens to half of your tortilla, then fold it over and put it on a skillet at medium-high heat with some olive oil to keep it from sticking. Flip the tortilla once it’s golden-brown, then leave it on until the cheese has completely melted. To make this an even more filling breakfast, top the quesadilla with a sunny-side up egg.
It’s easy to feel rushed and behind on school mornings, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to put together a healthy and filling breakfast for your children. These three recipes are a great starting point for any mom who wants to give her kids the perfect breakfast on a busy schedule.