4 Fast and Yummy Breakfast Ideas

During hectic school mornings, sometimes breakfast just has to happen on the go. Try these four quick and healthy breakfast ideas!
By Marge Perry

Ages

3-10

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For most families, breakfast isn’t so much a meal as it is food that is eaten quickly on the way to school. But that doesn’t mean your child has to be nutritionally short-changed. 

An ideal breakfast provides a combination of protein and healthy carbs (whole grains, not sugar!) to fill your child up and give him energy to last until lunchtime. Oh, and it doesn’t make a mess in the car. We’ve got four great ones below.

Yogurt Parfait (pictured)

Spoon half a container of nonfat Greek yogurt into a clear plastic to-go cup with a lid; swirl in ½ tablespoon honey. Top with bananas, blueberries, and nuts. Repeat for a second layer.

Serves 1. 300 calories, 19 g protein, 4 g fiber

Quesadilla

  1. Top a whole-wheat tortilla with a small handful of shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Cut 1 apple into thin slices and fan over the cheese; top with more cheese and a second tortilla.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium; cook the quesadilla, pressing the top lightly, until the cheese begins to melt; turn and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  3. Cool and cut into 4 wedges. (May be refrigerated up to two days.)

Serves 2. 292 calories, 17 g protein, 3 g fiber

Banana Dog

Place a small banana in a whole-wheat hot dog bun; top with 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter.

Serves 1. 304 calories, 8 g protein, 7 g fiber

Smart Smoothie 

Blend together 6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt, ½ cup nonfat milk, 2 tablespoons almond butter, ¼ cup oats, 2 cups frozen berries, and 1 tablespoon honey.

Serves 2. 293 calories, 16 g protein, 6 g fiber

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