Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

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It doesn't matter if it's back to school time or the middle of the school year: you want to send your child off to school with a healthy breakfast. It's hard to whip up a healthy, filling breakfast when morning routines are so hectic, but it's so important. Studies show that children who eat breakfast have improved concentration throughout the school day and perform better on tests.

When children enter middle school, it's especially important that they have breakfast before school.

Lunch may be hours away, snack time isn't a thing anymore and kids may have to face a battery of tests and other academic challenges throughout the day. Of course, many tweens say they don't want or need breakfast before school. While it's true that many children aren't hungry in the morning, it's also important for them to eat something before the school day begins. If your child tries to skip out on breakfast, offer a small portion rather than a large, hot meal.

With that in mind, consider these 15 easy-to-assemble breakfast ideas for your growing tween.

15 Easy-to-Make Breakfast Ideas for Tweens

  1. 3/4 cup of cream of wheat with 1/2 sliced banana on top. Serve with 1/2 cup of milk and 2 turkey sausage links.
  2. 1 toasted whole wheat bagel topped with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter. Sprinkle a few raisins on top. Serve with 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/2 cup of no-sugar-added applesauce.
  3. 1/2 cup of oatmeal topped with craisins or raisins. Serve with 1/2 cup of milk and 1 slice of whole-wheat toast topped with no-sugar-added jelly or jam.
  1. 1 slice of breakfast pizza served with 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries, strawberries or a sliced banana.
  2. 1 bran muffin served with 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks and 1/2 cup of milk.
  3. Raisin toast topped with 1 teaspoon of butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. Serve with 1/2 of cup applesauce or cottage Cheese, and 1/2 cup of milk.
  1. 1 hardboiled egg served with 1/2 of a toasted whole wheat bagel, topped with finely shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  2. 1/2 cup of cottage cheese topped with 1 teaspoon of toasted wheat germ. Serve with 1/2 cup of vegetable juice and 1/4 cup of sliced grapes.
  3. 1 small container of fruit yogurt. Serve with 2 turkey sausage links, 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1 toasted bagel.
  4. fruit smoothie served with 1/4 cup of dry Cheerios on the side to add crunch and texture.
  5. 2 scrambled eggs and 1 slice of whole wheat toast, served with 1/2 of a sliced banana and 1/2 cup of 100 percent, no-sugar-added cranberry juice.
  6. Combine 1/2 cup of toasted wheat germ with 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Spread mixture on apple slices or a sliced banana. Serve with 1/2 cup of milk.
  7. 2 pancakes topped with 1/2 cup of diced Granny Smith apples and sprinkled with cinnamon. Serve with 2 turkey sausage links and 1/2 cup of 100 percent fruit juice.
  8. 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with a small amount of brown sugar. Serve with whole wheat toast topped with 2 teaspoons of almond butter and 1/2 cup of juice or milk.
  1. 1 slice of banana bread, 1 orange, 2 turkey sausage links and 1/2 cup of milk.

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