Quick and easy back-to-school breakfast ideas

School is about to start again! Another year, another time for exciting milestone moments in your family life. If it is close to the first day of school, there are most likely two type of situations that are happening. There is either excitement in your household about school starting up again. Or, there is complete dread coming from your child or children about the idea of going back to school. If you have kids that are opposites, both of those feelings actually may be going on. No matter how they feel though, a brand new year has started, and your house may be full of emotions from your kids- and from you!

Plus, a lot of us try so hard to make that first morning perfect.

We want to dress our kids nice, make sure they have their school supplies, and make sure that everyone actually wakes up on time! Especially that third one. How easy is it for those not-even-three-months-of-summer to teach us easily to fall out of early morning habits? I feel like as we get so ready for that first day, sometimes it ends up with us just scrambling and trying to get everything together. Because of that, one thing gets easily skipped: back-to-school breakfast ideas. 

What seems like will be a perfect morning ends up with everyone running around, quickly grabbing anything they can to eat before running out the door. What if you had some quick and easy back-to-school breakfast ideas? That would be one huge way to calm down the chaos that is the first day of school.

Are you in need of quick and easy back-to-school breakfast ideas?


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How do I pick these back-to-school breakfast ideas?

The best way to do that is start surveying the week before what your children gravitate to the most during breakfast. What things are they eating for breakfast? More importantly, which breakfasts are they actually finishing? Your child will focus so much better on that first day of school if they actually finish their breakfast. There are countless of studies that show how well your children will do throughout the whole day if they start with breakfast. 

This is crucial because sometimes we want to be that perfect Pinterest parent. We want to try to make that cute, perfect breakfast. You know what I am talking about, those breakfasts where we can snap a quick pic at the end and post it to our Instagram about how well the first morning of school went. Maybe that is cutting the pancakes like a certain shape, or going above-and-beyond your normal breakfast meal. There are a few issues with that however.

Why to pick “quick” and easy back-to-school breakfast ideas?

  • There is almost always one thing that goes wrong on the first day of school. Spend your time efficiently.
  • An elaborate breakfast may not be finished, and your child may not be able to focus until lunchtime
  • Kids may not like the meal, which ends up in the same issue as above
  • Kids may spill- a quick breakfast means a quick cleanup if needed

Back-to-school Breakfast Ideas: The Top List

Shakes and Smoothies

Breakfast shakes and smoothies provide a delicious way to turn breakfast into a sweet (and healthy) treat. There are tons of recipes online for creamy fruit smoothies and yummy shakes. 

Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to enjoy the likes of a peanut butter and chocolate shake before heading off to school. Don’t forget the whipped cream! Wait for the joy on your kid’s face when he comes back home and tells you that his friends were jealous that he got a shake for breakfast. It doesn’t matter that it was healthy;  it will become one of the best back-to-school breakfast ideas in your household.

However, there are easy ways to make this healthy. If your kids do not watch you make this, it is very easy to slide in carrots or spinach without your child even noticing or tasting it!

Apple Sandwiches

Say good-bye to traditional bread, which sometimes can make your child lag quickly into the day. Instead, say hello to tasty apple sandwiches. Core and thickly slice your favorite variety of apple. Spread peanut butter on one slice. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola clusters. Top with a second slice and enjoy! This is such a healthy way to start breakfast with a treat that your children will ask for more of.

Mug Muffins

Just like mug cakes, mug muffins let you create baked treats in the microwave in a matter of minutes. It can be as simple as plain muffins served with jelly on the side. But, why not jazz things up a bit with add-ins to include fresh fruit, cheese, nuts or even chocolate chips? Yum!

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos are a classic (portable) breakfast for kids who don’t have much time to eat at home. Simply cook eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and veggies like tomatoes and bell peppers. 

Mix everything together and wrap this filling into tortillas. Store individually-wrapped burritos in the freezer. Thaw and adequately heat in the microwave, for a quick breakfast on the go.

Banana Bites

Banana bites are a fun breakfast treat for younger kids who say “no” to almost anything. Simply slice up a banana, cover it in peanut butter or chocolate syrup. For added flavor, drizzle the bites with honey and roll them chopped up nuts for a level of crunch. 

Yogurt and Cereal Parfaits

The possibilities for yogurt and cereal parfaits are almost endless! They are a great alternative to cold cereal on its own. Simply layer your favorite yogurt, cereal and fruit and you’re good to go.

As you can, breakfast doesn’t need to be drawn-out and complicated, especially when you opt for some of the suggestions mentioned above. Ready… set… eat!


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