Getting a healthy breakfast onto the table can be so difficult on busy mornings. Enter: These easy make-ahead breakfasts that are both nutritious and kid-friendly!
When you take preferences of little kids into account, and add on the pressure of getting out the door or ready for the day at home, it can make serving up a healthy breakfast that the kids will actually eat a tall order. One thing that can help and that I’ve come to rely on is making part of the breakfast ahead of time at least some days of the week.
TIP: While that might sound like a lot of work, it can be as simple as making a batch of muffins on Sunday or stirring together some overnight oats after dinner.
Tips for Healthy Breakfasts for Kids
One of the biggest challenges with serving healthy breakfasts to kids is getting them to actually eat the food. Here are a few tips for serving up healthy breakfasts to kids:
- Calm the heck down. (Ha! I mean that in the nicest way possible.)
If the environment is generally less stressed and rushed, that can make a big difference in allowing kids to feel calm and safe enough to eat. And if the only way to achieve this is for you to do something ahead or get up a few minutes early to take a shower and have a cup of coffee before the kids are up, that might be work trying!
- Keep food simple.
No one is saying that the kids need a buffet of choices each day and simple options tend to go over better with little kids anyway. Take this chance to make it easier on yourself and simplify what you’ve been doing if it’s been feeling like too much.
- Make a rough breakfast menu.
In our house, we have oatmeal on Tuesday and Thursday so at least two of the days of the week we all know what’s in store and we all eat the same thing. It sounds like a simple thing, but it has helped to calm our mornings so much. Mondays and Wednesdays are eggs, Friday is free choice, and Saturday and Sunday we do more classic brunch foods like pancakes and waffles.
- Rotate foods.
If the kids are insisting on only eating the same thing every single morning, make a point to add in some variety on purpose. See above about making a menu, which is what we did in an effort to avoid having cereal every single day.
- Reduce distractions. I know the temptation of sitting the kids in front of the TV to eat is real, but that’s taking the focus away from their food. If you can limit electronics and all sit together for a few minutes, that might help in any efforts to get the kids to eat.
TIP: Kids thrive on routine. That’s why preschool classrooms and daycares usually have very set schedules. So if the kids know what to expect at meals, that should help them know and learn how to behave. Which can take some of the stress out of it!
Make-Ahead Breakfasts with Eggs
Eggs are a great source of healthy protein and fats for kids (and adults) and are a budget-friendly option to keep in the fridge. Here are 5 ways to make breakfasts with eggs ahead of time.
These have a super moist texture and are a nice balance of protein, veggies, and cheese. They store well in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Simply reheat for about 10 seconds before serving.
A complete breakfast in one bite-size form! Store these in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Simply reheat for about 10 seconds before serving.
With subtle Mexican flavors and a hit of leafy greens from spinach, these savory muffins are a nice breakfast option. Store these in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Simply reheat for about 10 seconds before serving.
4. Hard Cooked Eggs with Toast
Make a batch of hard cooked eggs ahead of time (even if your child only wants the white or yellow part!) and serve it up with a slice of whole grain toast. Done and done! Store in an airtight container lined with a paper towel (to absorb any excess moisture) for up to 5 days.
TIP: Remember that it’s okay if the kids only like the whites or the yolks…that’s normal!
5. Scrambled Eggs with Spinach
I know that it might sound odd to make scrambled eggs ahead of time, but with about 10 seconds of reheating in the microwave, they can be ready for eating. This is a nice option (and hey, throw in a little spinach!) if you have a kiddo who loves scrambled eggs but you don’t love cooking breakfast on weekdays. They’ll store for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Make-Ahead Breakfasts with Yogurt
Buy a quart of plain yogurt and use it in all sorts of ways in these make-ahead breakfast recipes throughout the week—and get a hit of probiotics, protein, and calcium.
Stir together a batch of these overnight oats after dinner and breakfast is ready for the morning after (or the one after that!).
Use applesauce to add natural sweetness to yogurt and oats for a creamy breakfast toddlers will enjoy. (This also works really well for a snack!)
Blend up a batch of drinkable yogurt with fresh strawberries and store in a bottle or jar in the fridge for quick morning meals. Add a piece of toast or dry cereal to round things out.
Skip the too-sweet store-bought granolas and make an easy batch at home using applesauce for flavor. This granola is nut-free and easy to stir together and it lasts for weeks in the fridge.
10. Yogurt and Sliced Fruit
Seriously, we don’t need to overcomplicate things. Plain yogurt (or a yogurt tube or Sweet Potato Yogurt Pudding), some sliced fruit or a banana, and dry cereal is a perfectly balanced toddler breakfast. And easy too! You can wash berries ahead and store in paper towel lined airtight containers to get a jumpstart.
TIP: This Banana Yogurt is an easy homemade fruit option to try too.
Make-Ahead Breakfasts with Muffins and Bread
Making a batch of muffins or quick bread on the weekend or when you have time during the week and serving them in the coming days for breakfast is one of the easiest ways to get ahead when serving healthy meals.
11. Zucchini Carrot Muffins
Start the day with a dose of veggies with these easy mini muffins. They have four types of produce and store well in the fridge and freezer.
This easy Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe is moist (and flourless!) and it’s packed with whole grains and fruit. Plus, it has a texture that’s soft enough for even the littlest eaters.
This easy recipe is a favorite—the muffins are sweet enough to taste like a treat, but wholesome enough to fill up little tummies and provide energy for a few hours. And they hold well in the fridge or freezer.
These healthy muffins store so well in the fridge—and almost taste better as they sit—they are a great make-ahead toddler breakfast option. (You might also like my Flourless Chocolate Protein Muffins with hidden veggies!)
I love to have a batch of muffins in the fridge or freezer during the week for fast breakfasts and snacks, so whenever I have overripe bananas, I turn them in a batch of these super yummy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins! (Looking for a gluten-free option? Try these Banana Oatmeal Muffins.)
TIP: Find my best Healthy Muffins for Kids here.
Make-Ahead Breakfasts with Whole Grains
Start the day with long-lasting complex carbohydrates (and fiber!) with these whole grain breakfast ideas that all store really well for a few days.
Whether you’re looking for a make-ahead breakfast option for your toddler or a relatively mess-free option to give them as you head out the door in the morning, this Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe fits the bill!
Easy, rich with whole grains, and they store well in the fridge and freezer for future meals—these granola bars are a good option for quick breakfasts…especially if they need to be eaten on the go.
You can make this ahead or simply store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and then warm individual servings as needed for about 15-30 seconds in the microwave.
Stir together this wholesome Baked Oatmeal recipe before bed, pop it into the oven when you wake up, and you can sit down to a hearty bowl of oatmeal with the family without any standing by the stove and stirring! (You may also like my Overnight Steel Cut Apple Oats.)
With wholesome ingredients and not a lot of added sugar, you can bake up Healthy Breakfast Bars with a layer of yummy jam to serve for breakfasts or snacks throughout the week. This recipe is naturally egg-free and can be made nut- and gluten-free.
TIP: Here are more ideas for making oatmeal with fruit.
Make-Ahead Breakfasts with Veggies
Serve up a portion of veggies in the first meal of the day to help the kids hit their daily recommended allowance without much effort!
With fruits and veggies and a texture that holds up well in the fridge, this is a great quick bread to make on the weekend and serve all week.
Bright in color and naturally sweet in flavor, these healthy muffins are delicious cold served right out of the fridge.
These healthy cookies are cookies, yes, but are also a balanced breakfast or snack—and a fun change of pace! You can make them ahead and serve them during the week, either cold or slightly warmed up.
We love these low-sugar muffins served right out of the fridge, and they freeze so well!
These are easy to stir together and bake and have a delicious pumpkin flavor.
TIP: Find my master list of breakfast recipes with vegetables here.