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Top 6 Healthy and Easy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

According to research, children who eat breakfast are physically active and do better in school. This is because the food eaten in the morning helps give them the strength and energy needed to do school activities such as writing, counting, listening, note-taking,  among others. On the other hand, children who skip breakfast tend to feel dull, tired and irritable. Therefore, as a parent, it is important to always serve your child a healthy breakfast.

This post will take you through six (6) healthy and easy breakfast ideas for kids. The breakfast ideas include foods that are rich in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Some of the easy breakfast ideas for kids that are discussed in this post are Nigerian foods, while others are foreign foods that have become widely eaten in Nigeria.

To make it easy for you to prepare the foods for your child, this post also includes the ingredients and the cooking direction of the foods that make up the easy breakfast ideas for kids.

Importance of Serving Your Child a Healthy Breakfast

It has already been stated above that children who eat breakfast are likely to be more active in school. Beyond that, there are other good reasons to ensure your child eats in the morning before going to school. Here are some reasons:

  • Better concentration at school.
  • Improved learning and problem-solving skills
  • Harnessed creativity
  • Better hand-eye coordination
  • Physical alertness

6 Healthy and Easy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

1)   Yam and Egg Sauce

The food topping this list of easy breakfast ideas for kids is Yam and Egg Sauce. The yam is boiled the normal way, while the egg sauce is made using sautéing pepper, onions, tomatoes and eggs. This energetic meal can be eaten not only as breakfast – but can also be eaten at any time of the day.

Yam and egg healthy breakfast
Food source from Sisi_Jemimah

Ingredients

  • Slices of Yam
  • Eggs
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Pepper
  • Carrots (optional)
  • Green Pepper (optional)
  • Salt and Seasoning Cubes
  • Curry/Thyme

Cooking Directions

  • Slice and peel the yams carefully; then boil with water and salt
  • Chop the onions, carrots, pepper, tomatoes and other veggies you want to add
  • In a frying pan, heat some oil; then stir-fry the chopped veggies. Do not add water to it
  • Add the seasoning cubes and other spices you want to add. Stir-fry it for about 1-2 minutes
  • Break the eggs into a bowl; add salt and whisk it thoroughly till it is fluffy enough to be fried
  • Reduce the heat of the stir-fry veggies and pour the eggs into the pan. Stir gently at intervals
  • When the egg is fried, serve it with the yam and enjoy!

2)   Pancakes and Sausage

Another meal on this list of easy breakfast ideas for kids is pancakes. Technically, pancakes can be said to be the “black canvas of the breakfast realm.” The food is a perfect breakfast because it can be eaten with almost anything: mixed veggies, eggs, syrup, honey, sausages … you name it!

Picture source from robertburnsnewport.com

Pancakes are incredibly filling and children love them. Here’s exactly how to make this easy-to-prepare meal for the family.

Ingredients

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Milk (Optional)
  • Sausage
  • Oil
  • Pancake Syrup

Cooking Directions

  • In a plastic or glass bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, and then mix together
  • After that, break the fresh eggs into the mixture
  • Then, add water and mix the pancake batter till it is smooth and without lumps
  • In a frying pan, add a tablespoon of oil and heat for about 50 to 60 seconds
  • Pour a ladle-full of pancake into the heated oil. Remember to set the heat to medium
  • When bubbles form on top and the edges are done, flip the pancake over to fry the other side. Fry it till it is golden brown.
  • Continue this process until the pancake batter is finished
  • When you are done, heat some oil in a pan to fry the sausage. Drain in a stainless sieve and put on a plate

P.S: It is important to note that this meal can be prepared in several ways. You could check here for more pancake and sausage recipes.

3)   Club Sandwiches

Club sandwiches are the best breakfast option for those early mornings when you do not have so much time on your hands. Although they are served mostly in hotels, during flights, and when people are having office meetings, they are one of the easy breakfast ideas for kids. Club Sandwiches could even be a lunchbox staple for your kids to eat at school. The best part? They take less than ten minutes to prepare, and they are nutritive.

Club Sandwiches best breakfast option

Ingredients

  • Bread Slices
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Deseeded tomatoes
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cabbage

Cooking Directions

  • First of all, remove the crust from the bread (this is optional)
  • Use an egg slicer to slice the eggs
  • Mix the mayonnaise, eggs and vegetables together.
  • In another plate, mix the sardine and butter together. The butter helps to mask the strong smell the sardine produces
  • Spread the sardine mix on a slice of bread, and use another bread slice to cover it.
  • Spread the mayonnaise, and then repeat the entire process till you are done with the slices.
  • Cut into a preferred shape and serve to your child

4)   Oatmeal and Raisins

Oatmeal is another food you should consider when thinking of healthy and easy breakfast ideas for kids. This convenient dish is super-fast and fat or protein could be added easily. In addition to that, butter, milk and other variations could be added.  For children, raisins are the perfect additives because of their chewy nature.  Oatmeal and raisins are easy to prepare – they take less than 7 minutes, depending on the quantity.

Oatmeal and raisins
Oatmeal and raisins, food source by under500calories

Cooking Directions

  • Empty desired quantity of oats into the pot.
  • Add water, salt and sugar and stir carefully.
  • When it has thickened, add the raisins, and then stir occasionally.
  • Serve the oats in a bowl and enjoy!
  • For more delectable oats recipe, click here!

5)   Boiled Sweet Potatoes and Corned Beef Sauce

A great meal that should never be excluded on this list of easy breakfast ideas for kids is sweet potato and corned beef sauce. Asides from being lip-smacking, the cooking directions are pretty much straight forward. It is good for days when you just don’t feel like eating yam. Sweet potato could be eaten with pretty much anything, but it tastes a whole lot better when it is eaten with corned beef sauce.

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corned Beef
  • Onions
  • Roughly Blended Pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Curry/Thyme
  • Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt

Cooking Directions

  • Peel the sweet potatoes with a small knife or a potato peeler.
  • Put it in a pot and boil till it is tender. When it is ready, set it aside and put in a sieve.
  • Heat up the oil in a pan and pour the roughly blended pepper into it. Add the chopped onions and stir carefully.
  • Add the curry, thyme and other seasoning cubes.
  • Empty the corned beef into the pot and stir for about three minutes. Do not let it overcook.
  • Serve it with a glass of fresh juice!

6)   Pasta and Bacon

A particular meal that kids never get tired of eating is pasta. Whether it is spaghetti or macaroni, children absolutely love it. Little wonder why it is on the list of our easy breakfast ideas for kids. This pasta variation comes with bacon, and you could easily get it in any store or supermarket close to you.

Kids love pasta.
Picture source from taste.com.au

Ingredients

  • Pasta
  • Bacon
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Raw Eggs
  • Garlic/Ginger
  • Cheese
  • Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt

Cooking Directions

  • Pour the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Drain it and put it in a sieve
  • Cook the bacon in a large pot till it is soft
  • Add the garlic/ginger spices, seasoning cubes with a little oil into the bacon
  • Add the pasta into the pot of bacon, and then break the raw eggs into it
  • Add the cheese into the mixture and stir on medium heat
  • Keep string till the eggs are cooked and the sauce is thick
  • Voila! Your pasta and bacon are ready to be devoured

The above are all the top healthy and easy breakfast ideas for kids. Remember, you can always tweak the recipes to suit your own preferences.