Power Breakfasts

As parents, we've all heard results from studies that show how important breakfast is for our children. Being properly "fueled" by a healthy breakfast gives kids the stamina and brain power they need to learn effectively and get through their school day. The dilemma, of course, is getting kids to take the time for breakfast, and then finding something quick, tasty, and healthy that they'll eat. The recipes featured here in our Power Breakfasts section—which range from nutritious fruits drinks to granola bars to pancakes—offer many options for you and your kids.


Best Banana Smoothie

Best Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is simple! Just blend a banana with vanilla yogurt, milk, and a touch of honey, and you have a delicious drink. Substitute other fruits to make a variety...
Hashbrown Potato Quiche Lorraine

Hashbrown Potato Quiche Lorraine

Breakfast Brunch Casserole

Breakfast Brunch Casserole

Since this recipe must be refrigerated for one hour (or overnight) after being assembled, it's a terrific make-ahead dish. Simply pop it in the oven to bake, and it'll be...
Eileen's Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

Eileen's Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for school-age kids. To beef it up, we take plain ol’ pancakes made with flour and eggs, and we add a boatload...
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

We’ve been cooking up makeover recipes for well over a decade, and this recipe is by far the most popular with our families and our online community to date. All of our...
GoodNCrazy Sunday Afternoon German Pancakes

GoodNCrazy Sunday Afternoon German Pancakes

This recipe comes from SchoolFamily.com's GoodNCrazy Mom, aka blogger Carissa Rogers. Rogers writes in this blog post about the role these pancakes play in her busy household,...
Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

The ingredients listed here are ideas for various lunchbox snacks. Small servings with many choices works for kids because variety is key to healthy eating. Providing your...
Mom’s Mango Smoothie

Mom’s Mango Smoothie

Move over milkshakes. There’s a new kid-favorite beverage in town: fruit smoothies. This refreshing and nutritious mango smoothie is so simple, most children will have...
Pineapple Kabobs

Pineapple Kabobs

This recipe is super easy and tasty. Make a platter for a party or make a few for your child's snack. Mini kabobs look fancy and are fun to make—even little fingers can...
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

The nutritional merits (or demerits) of store-bought granola bars can vary considerably, so we decided to create our own. The nutrition in these bars is through the roof—we’re...
Kiwi Wraps

Kiwi Wraps

These wraps can be served as traditional wrap sandwiches or they can be sliced into pieces, like a sushi roll, for bite-sized treats.
Nutella Wafflewich

Nutella Wafflewich

Breakfasts can be simple, tasty, and even fun. The morning meal can be made more interesting by giving traditional items a tasty twist.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

This is a terrific recipe for any day of the year, but is especially well-suited to Halloween! Start the day off right with a festive breakfast of bagels, pumpkin cream cheese,...
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Though pancakes taste best fresh from the griddle, they can be frozen, thawed, reheated, and enjoyed at a later time. To freeze, place cooled pancakes between layers of wax...