Before my son started eating real food, breakfasts and lunches for my daughter and myself were usually thrown together with whatever we had and whatever I could think of. Once Wyatt started eating real food, I felt the need to be more intentional with these meals. Add to that the fact that breakfast is our family meal because my husband often isn’t home in time to eat supper with us, and I became more intentional about our breakfast and lunch menus.
I love breakfast foods, but I was finding that most of the breakfast foods that I love took too much time to prepare in the morning or weren’t great for kids to eat. Moreso the former. I went to Pinterest with three criteria: Quick, healthy & kid-friendly. It’s harder than I thought to find food that fall into all three of those categories.
I start breakfast meal planning with a protein. Most good and fast breakfast food is carbs, and while carbs are a part of our meals, I try to be intentional about getting protein for my kids in the morning. Our default breakfast proteins are eggs, yogurt and turkey sausage. My son is especially fond of yogurt and Stonyfield YoTots yogurt is loaded with protein, so he gets a container of that most mornings.
I try to make a muffin or bar during the weekend to have for the week. This week, it was Apple Carrot Zucchini muffins. Other staples are Blueberry Avocado muffins, Spinach Banana muffins and Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars.
We make a smoothie every morning, and the kids get that in addition to their food. We make it with almond milk, greek yogurt, flax seeds, chia seeds, spinach or kale and frozen fruit. It’s a sneaky way to get some veggies in their bellies to start the day.
MONDAY: Apple Carrot Zucchini Muffins & Scrambled Eggs – Currently, my son refuses to eat any kind of egg, but I am determined to get him to eat it, so I just keep putting it on his plate. Not very much because I will inevitably end up throwing it away, but if we are eating eggs, they are on his plate. Because he won’t eat eggs, I add yogurt to his plate for protein.
TUESDAY: Whole Grain Waffle, Turkey Sausage & Yogurt – These frozen waffles are one of our faves. We will sometimes spread peanut or almond butter on them, but my daughter prefers syrup. 🙂 In addition to eggs, Wyatt also doesn’t eat turkey sausage. This is more of a chewing issue for him, so I sometimes give him a pass on this, and just go with the waffle and yogurt.
WEDNESDAY: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Turkey Sausage & Yogurt – For oatmeal, I start with 1/2 cup of quick oats and add a little brown sugar and cinnamon. I add heated up unsweetened applesauce and hot water to get it to a good consistency. My kids can’t get enough of it.
THURSDAY: Bagel w/ Almond Butter & Yogurt Parfait – Mini bagels are the perfect size for kids. A nut butter adds a little protein.
FRIDAY: Scrambled Eggs & Cinnamon Rolls – Remember that ‘healthy’ criteria? That goes out the window for Friday breakfast. Cinnamon rolls from a can are our way of celebrating making it to the end of the week. And again, Wyatt gets a fruit and yogurt pouch because of his refusal to eat eggs.
SATURDAY: Apple Carrot Zucchini Muffin & Blueberries
SUNDAY: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Turkey Sausage & Blueberries
As you can see, there is a little repeat throughout the week, but I feel like we’ve achieved the balance of variety, health & quick preparation.