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




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


  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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