This article is sponsored by our friends at Nature’s Path. All opinions are my own.
These Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids are great for the back to school season. They’re full of flavor, packed with nutrients and free of gluten and peanuts!
Did you know September is Better Breakfast month?
I sure didn’t. But when I found out, I had to create a fun post for you about healthy breakfast ideas for kids because I receive so many questions from all of you asking me what the heck you should eat for breakfast. Well, today’s the day to talk about how to whip up a quick and easy better breakfast, which is exactly what you need for your busy mornings when you’re running out the door to work. Let’s face it, most of us aren’t eating breakfast as a family sitting around the table. If you do, hats off to you! If you don’t, no worries. Nothing to feel bad about. So, who’s ready to talk a bit about how to build a hearty morning meal? These breakfast ideas for kids are sure to please your entire family and they’re also great to serve as an afternoon snack or post-dinner munchie, as well.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
- Almond Butter & Raspberry Jam Open Faced Sammie is a fun way to serve up breakfast. Toast two pieces of gluten-free whole grain toast and spread each half with creamy almond butter. Then, spread raspberry jam on top and slice each piece of toast into 4 equal squares and serve.
- Envirokidz Peanut-Free Bars are the only peanut-free and organic snack bars available for kids. They’re an easy allergy-free (yes, they’re free of gluten and dairy, too) healthy snack for the back to school season. The best part? They’re organic and non-GMO plus they’re lower in sugar and salt compared to the other snack bars that line the aisles of the food stores.
- Avocado Tahini Toast is a simple idea that can be made in less than 5 minutes. Simply mash a whole avocado, spread it on two pieces of gluten-free whole grain toast, drizzle it with tahini and sprinkle it with sea salt.
- Smoothies are one of my favorite go-to breakfast ideas when I can’t sit down to eat. My Roasted Banana Tahini Smoothie is my favorite!
- Baked Oatmeal is super easy to put together the night before a long week ahead and can also be made for brunch on a weekend when you have more time. My Breakfast Baked Oatmeal is an oldie but goodie that kid’s love.
- Almond Butter Bananas are fun for kids to eat with their hands. Slice a banana lengthwise with a sharp knife and spread each inner half with almond butter, then top with unsweetened coconut flakes, slivered almonds and a pinch of sea salt and serve. Nature’s Path gluten-free granola is another fun topping if you have any on hand.
- Envirokidz Amazon Flakes Cereal is an easy choice when you have less than 10 minutes to eat. All you need is this cereal, which is delicious, and your preferred choice of milk such as unsweetened almond milk. I like to add fresh berries as well as chopped walnuts to my cereal to add flavor and fiber!
- Overnight Oats are always a good idea when your mornings lack time! My Morning Chocolate Coconut Oats are easy to make the night before so you can grab and go when you’re hungry in the morning. No morning prep needed.
Now, before you start eating breakfast, there’s one thing missing from these healthy breakfast ideas for kids that I want to chat about because it’s an important topic that all kids and parents deserve.
Self-care starts with a healthy breakfast because when we skip meals, we’re not taking care of ourselves. It may seem like everyone is glorifying being ‘busy’ but that’s not the road to take. That road will leave you nowhere but depleted and frustrated, which is how many people feel day in and day out. So, how do we flip this around? We add in self-care practices to our lifestyle and we start to understand the importance of self-care for busy parents and children, as well. As we all know, children are like sponges. They absorb all of their parents actions and actions speak louder than words!
So, what can you start doing this week to get you and your family on track with feeling good inside and out? Here are a few of my favorite ways that my clients and I wind down and take a breather.
- Set 30 minutes before bed for you to relax and read a book instead of being on your phone or ipad. This will help lower your cortisol. The reason that so many of us cannot sleep is because we’re wired to our electronic devices all day long and we become a slave to them. So much so that we don’t even realize how they effect our sleep. Take time away from your electronics this week and you’ll see you start to sleep much better.
- Start saying “No” to obligations that don’t make you happy or fulfill you. We can’t do everything! So many of us try to do everything but it simply does not work like that because we end up burning out our adrenal glands, which leads to awful hormonal issues like headaches and PMS as well as digestive issues and more. Set boundaries for yourself with your friends and family so that you can have peace of mind.
- Carve out time for yourself alone and away from everyone! We don’t realize how much alone time we need until we start to give ourselves that time and we soon realize that we can’t live without it. So many of us are bombarded all day with emails and colleagues and friends and family that we often don’t get the time to be alone, which means we don’t have space to think clearly and we lose our intuition, which is what’s guiding us in life. Set time aside for yourself and you’ll start to see huge shifts in your entire body- especially your mind.
- Take the time to prepare meals for you and your family. We’re all busy and we all have our own schedules but it’s so important to make time for each other and talk about our day over a meal, whether that’s a family breakfast to talk about the day ahead or it’s a family dinner to talk about what happened that day. Start connecting more with your family and make special date nights on your family calendar so you keep your promise and teach your kids the importance of self-care on a daily basis.
Before I let you run off to your kitchen to prep some of these breakfasts for the week ahead, I want to share a little bit about Nature’s Path’s ecokeepers Nature Discovery Program because I truly believe in educating children on why we support certain brands of food that we eat. Nature’s Path believes in the power of kids to make the world a better place and I couldn’t agree more. As we all know, kids today spend way too many hours in front of screens from TV’s to computers to phones. ecokeepers is a nature-discovery program created to get kids outside and connect with nature. The EnviroKidz brand feeds young minds by connecting kids with nature and animals because it is good for children’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, as well as for the future of our wildlife and planet and I’m all about connecting more people to nature and animals because I’ve seen firsthand how healing it can be to free yourself from technology and give your body a well needed break with nature and animal life, which is what self-care is all about. Taking care of ourselves and our kids so that we can live a healthier and happier life.