Healthy Breakfast For Kids – Grab & Go Layered Jars

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Healthy Breakfast For Kids – Homemade Granola Bars

 

Rushing to get out the door in the morning is a daily struggle for us. We call it ‘organized chaos’ because we’re always rushing around and trying not to forget anything, which makes mornings really hectic.

But on weekends, when there’s more time (and less stress), I like making elaborate breakfasts that involve my kids too!

These recipes are perfect because you can use them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – so tasty your kids will love these dishes at any time of day.

Healthy breakfast choices don’t have to be bland. In fact, they can be tasty!

Here is a  favorite option that your kids will love:

Grab and Go Layered Jars

A healthy breakfast meal is a grab-and-go layered jar. They are delicious and easy, especially to do meal prep because they’re in jars.

Just add layer after layer until the jar is filled with their favorite goodies!

This healthy meal can be whatever ingredients your child prefers, so it’s quick, easy to clean up for any age group. Most grab-and-go layered jars are overnight oats.

These are a few different recipes to shake things up. Consider giving these healthy breakfast jars a try. They are delicious, with minimal effort to grab and eat.

Different Types of Layered Jars Include:

  • Cottage Cheese, Graham Cracker, and Canned Peaches
  • Greek Yogurt, Chocolate Chips, and Peanut Butter
  • Banana Bread, Frozen Banana, Baked Oats, and Yogurt
  • Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit, Nut Butter, and Granola
  • and many more…

 

Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit, Nut Butter, and Granola Layered Jar

 

    Healthy food is not complicated, and it does not have to be boring. This recipe will provide your kids with a healthy breakfast that meets their needs for a good start in the morning. So give our recipes a go and see how happier they are about eating healthy at home or school every day.

    There are Two Undisputed Truths About Breakfast.

    -One is that it’s an important meal, possibly the most important meal of the day.

    -The other truth is that it’s also the hardest to eat, especially a proper breakfast, with adults and children rushing to get ready for work and school.

    While adults can often get away with eating a simple snack or ignoring breakfast entirely, it isn’t so easy for children. They’re growing and developing, so they need that boost. The younger the child, the more important the day’s first meal is, but the fussier. Young children, toddlers especially, love routine.

    As a parent, that works in your favor!

    This means that not only can you feed your child the same few breakfasts over and over, but also they prefer it that way. Find out what your child likes to eat and pick out three or four breakfast dishes that you can rotate through over the week.

     

    Breakfast to Pre-Cook and Freeze

    Whole wheat flour pancakes and waffles are a great compromise between parents and children.

    You can cook a batch on the weekend and store some in the freezer for easy reheating. If that isn’t an option, you can buy them at the supermarket, but skip the Eggo waffles for something a little healthier.

    Egg muffins are a great way to enjoy a breakfast staple without having to cook a whole meal every morning.

    Make a batch when you have the time and store them in the fridge. Of course, they won’t keep as long as something would in the freezer, but you’ll at least be set for a few days.

     

    Healthy Toddler Meals

    Once your child hits 4 years old, they’re officially out of the toddler stage. This means that their eating habits aren’t going to be that different from yours. Cereal, baked oatmeal, and even traditional breakfast foods like eggs and potatoes are all excellent options.

    A healthy breakfast can be an easy meal for your busy mornings with these breakfast ideas. You will find yourself looking forward to your next morning treat: no more sugary cereals or a boring egg sandwich. Instead, new food can be easily changed to keep things exciting.

    The good idea is to consider what you want to avoid and apply those same rules to your child. Aim for fewer carbohydrates and sugar and more protein and healthy fats.

    Need kids’ school lunch ideas?

    Lunch ideas for toddlers

    FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Is Peanut Butter a Good Idea for a Healthy Breakfast for Kids?

    Peanut Butter is a good source of protein. It has a high amount of healthy fat.

    Are Overnight Oats Healthy?

    Overnight Oats can be high in sugar; it just depends on the ingredients.

    Is Cottage Cheese a Healthy Breakfast To Eat at Home?

    Yes, it is a healthy breakfast that can go with many ingredients.

    What Do You Give a 4 Year Old for Breakfast?

    A 4-year-old will eat just about anything exciting or fun. So keep things interesting, and they will eat.

    Is There An Ideal Breakfast?

    While the ideal breakfast for many people consists of eggs, bacon, and the works, this isn’t appealing for some children, nor is it practical for working parents. Fortunately, there are many options for simple, healthy breakfast dishes that are quick and easy to make.

    Oatmeal is a classic healthy breakfast, and overnight oats can be packed with fruit, yogurt, and other things that taste great and bring much-needed elements like Vitamin C and protein. Then, of course, there’s always cereal.

    Most cereals marketed towards kids are packed with sugar and devoid of any healthy ingredients, but there are plenty of better options out there, as long as you’re the one choosing, not your child! You can even use almond milk or something similar if you’re looking to cut out dairy.

     

    Final Thoughts

    If you’re looking for some ideas on what to make your kids eat in the morning, these recipes are a great start. They may be healthier than what they’ve been eating, and it will show when their face lights up with excitement over breakfast instead of dread.

     

    ENJOY!

    Dr Dina Kulik - Kids Health

    Dr. Dina Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

    Written By: Dr. Dina Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

    Dina is a wife, mother of 4, and adrenaline junky. She loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experience. More About Dr Dina.

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