Map Out a Plan for Breakfast

We all know how hectic school mornings can be. With rushing to get dressed, packing up homework and special projects, making lunches, and getting everyone out the door, we can run out of time to serve a nutritious breakfast. 

Who hasn’t tossed their child a quick breakfast treat just to stay on schedule? 

So, here’s a great tip: Add a breakfast plan to your calendar each week. Think of a selection of nutritious breakfast options and pick them up during your regular grocery run. Bake or cook some options on a Sunday afternoon or evening and freeze them for the week ahead. Then, add a five-day breakfast menu on the calendar. Now, instead of stressing in the middle of morning mayhem about what to serve, you can just glance at your calendar and you’ll be ready to go! 

This is important not just for organizational purposes but also because we all know how essential a wholesome breakfast is for our kids. 

So, try a weekly breakfast plan. Here’s a template to work with: 

Monday: Cereal. Look for cereals with fiber and whole grains. The fiber and whole grains help kids feel full and focused when they get to school. One example of a whole-grain cereal that’s high in fiber is Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats®..

Tuesday: Fruits. Chop or slice your child’s favorite fruits ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Serve up with toast or yogurt on the side. Need ideas for fresh-fruit breakfasts? Pinterest is a wonderful source. Just search on “fresh fruit’’ and you will have more ideas that you can use. 

Wednesday: Homemade granola bars or muffins. There are many online resources that provide nutritious versions of traditional breakfast fare. For example, you can make a batch of granola bars with oatmeal and fruit on a Sunday night. Then, freeze or refrigerate them, and serve them during the week. For other make-ahead options, check our Power Breakfasts section on the School Family Recipe Share.

Also, there are many make-ahead breakfast choices using Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats®, like this recipe for banana muffins with strawberries  or this blueberry bars recipe. 

Thursday: Eggs. Make egg sandwiches on whole-wheat bread or mini quiches and freeze or refrigerate. Thaw the night before and serve. This Pinterest board has many fun make-ahead egg dishes.

Friday: Kid’s choice. Take your child grocery shopping and help them select a healthy breakfast item. This will help them feel part of the process and they’ll be more likely to eat what they’ve picked out.

*Kelloggs’s disclaimer: USDA recommends consuming a minimum of 48g of whole grains a day. Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® cereals contain at least 42g whole grains per serving.

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Plan Ahead with Simple, Tasty, and Fun Breakfasts

Parents often start the school year with every intention of providing their families with breakfast in the morning. But all too often, they soon find themselves struggling with their kids about what they will and will not eat.

To avoid the battle at breakfast, it helps to have a plan in place before the school year begins.

  • Keep it simple. Breakfast doesn’t need to be complicated. Breakfasts can be simple, tasty and even fun. The morning meal can be made more interesting by giving traditional items a tasty twist, such as sprinkling a mixture of fresh fruit and raisins onto yogurt.


  • Offer choices. Come up with a series of fun breakfast choices. Think of mixing and matching different ingredients. This will keep breakfast interesting for your kids and you won’t need to figure out what to serve in the middle of the hectic morning routine.


  • Involve your kids.  Let them in on the breakfast planning. If they have some ownership in the menu, chances are they’ll be more interested in eating the meal. If possible, have them help prepare breakfast items that can be made ahead of time, such as preparing a fruit salad in the evening for breakfast the next day.


  • Respect your child’s morning mood. Figure out how to best pace your morning to maximize breakfast time for your children. Some kids do best when they eat first and then get dressed and ready for school. Others need to be completely ready for school before they can even think about eating.  

To get started, consider some of these fun breakfast recipes:

  • "Wafflewich with Nutella®: Spread a whole-grain waffle with Nutella® hazelnut spread, sprinkle with diced fresh fruit, and top with shaved coconut. Top with a second waffle, cut in half, and serve sandwich-style.
  • Best Banana Smoothie: This smoothie is simple! Just blend a banana with a cup of vanilla yogurt, milk, and a touch of honey. Substitute other fruits to make a variety of smoothies.   
  • Grab-N-Go Granola Bars: A nice combination of oats, cereal, nuts and fruits that’s baked and then served. These bars also freeze well.
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