Four Easy and Nutritious Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so ensure each meal is nutritious for your little one.

Eating nutritious foods is important for children of all ages, but it’s especially essential for toddlers and preschoolers. According to, a health information website from the American Academy of Family Physicians, poor nutrition early in life can result in children becoming overweight and being at risk of developing diabetes, asthma, depression or even high blood pressure and cholesterol. On the other hand, noted proper eating can help children remain mentally well and physically strong and energetic.

One of the best ways to help your child get the nutrition he or she needs is to start the day off with a balanced, healthy breakfast. With fussy little ones, however, it can be difficult for parents and guardians to find breakfast ideas that are easy to make and nutritious at the same time.

Here are four breakfast ideas that are quick to whip up and healthy for your little one:

1. Whole-grain oatmeal with yogurt and fruit

Cooking Light, a healthy cooking magazine, suggested parents and guardians offer children complex carbohydrates and protein in the morning. Whole-grain oatmeal is versatile and fairly quick to make, but be sure to pair it with a protein like yogurt. Be careful to find a yogurt that isn’t packed with sugar, however.

“Start the day off with a balanced, healthy breakfast.”

Choose a yogurt high in protein, like Greek yogurt, to keep the meal nutritious, and add some fruit like blueberries or bananas to add a bit of sweetness your child will enjoy. Start with small portions, however, because this type of meal can make even an adult full fast.

2. Frozen fruit smoothies

Who doesn’t like throwing a bunch of ingredients in a blender and watching as everything quickly comes together into a healthy treat? Fruit smoothies are a healthy favorite of many, and your little one can get the fruits and veggies they need in an easy-to-eat and good-for-them smoothie. Find a recipe low in sugar. suggested families throw frozen berries of their choice in a blender with orange juice and yogurt, adding some honey for a little bit of sweetness.

strawberry smoothieA smoothie is an easy, nutritious breakfast idea your child will love.

3. Egg-in-toast

This idea comes straight from the Food Network. The network suggested families make egg-in-a-hole for their little ones, which is toast with an egg in the middle. Not on it, but in it. Have your child pick out a cookie cutter – strange shapes like dinosaurs are encourage – and use it to punch a hole in a piece of whole-grain toast. Butter the toast, place on the skillet and break an egg into the hole. It’s fast, easy and, depending on your choice of bread and butter, a great way for your child to get protein and complex carbohydrates in one meal.

4. Egg-and-veggie quesadilla

Make an omelette or scrambled eggs, but instead of placing it next to toast on your little ones plate, consider throwing your egg-and-veggie concoction in a tortilla and quickly making a quesadilla. suggested families make healthy quesadillas if you’re on the go, but jazzing it up to make it a fast morning meal can make this breakfast idea just a bit more fun. If your little one likes some spice, add salsa. If your child can’t eat the whole thing, this breakfast idea holds up well as a leftover.

If you’re having trouble getting started, Let’s Move, the children’s health initiative started by first lady Michelle Obama, offers a sample two-week menu of nutritious and affordable foods that you can download and implement today. You can also download a sample grocery list and pantry staple list to help you find the items you need.