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No-Fuss Breakfasts For Rushed School Mornings

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My parents never had to work hard to get me out of bed for breakfast. I’ve always been a breakfast-eater, excitedly waking up before the sun, slipping on my school uniform, and heading to the kitchen. The few extra minutes of sleep weren’t worth the inevitable stomach rumbling if I skipped out on my oatmeal or eggs.

But I'm highly food motivated! Many kids love sleeping in a lot more than pancakes. The catch-the-bus time crunch plus still-sleepy brains make it hard to cook balanced meals themselves. Left to their own devices, they scarf down toaster pastries or sugary bars. But there are ways parents can help keep kids full until lunchtime. For kids to get that boost before classes begin, authors (and parents!) Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh suggest three breakfast strategies to provide long-lasting energy in their latest book, The School Year Survival Cookbook.

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First, pick carbohydrates that have slow-releasing sugar, like oatmeal, quinoa, or whole-wheat bread. “A breakfast laden with sugar gives a quick burst of energy followed by hunger,” they write. You want kids to be full until lunchtime. Second, pairing protein with carbs helps the body absorb sugars less quickly. Add nuts, nut butters, or eggs to oatmeal or Greek yogurt on whole-wheat toast. Finally, breakfasts rich in antioxidants not only help kids in the short term, but can help prevent cell damage down the road. Throw strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or spinach into their muffins or biscuits.

The new school year is just around the corner (or may have already started!), but there’s still time to plan delicious, no-fuss breakfasts that kids will love. Here are 32 recipes to get you started.

A Sweet Start

Sweet Omelet with Berries

Sweet Omelet with Berries by fiveandspice

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory by fiveandspice

Açaí Bowl
Açaí Bowl
Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal by Gena Hamshaw

Chia Seed Pudding Isn't Gross (Here's Some No-Recipe Proof)

Chia Seed Pudding Isn't Gross (Here's Some No-Recipe Proof) by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

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Whole Grain Sweet Potato Muffins

Whole Grain Sweet Potato Muffins by sarabclever

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Polenta

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Polenta by One Hungry Mama

School Morning Muesli

School Morning Muesli by Nicholas Day

Mango Yogurt & Granola

Mango Yogurt & Granola by themessimake.com

My Weekday Morning Rice Pudding
My Weekday Morning Rice Pudding
Quinoa and Oat Breakfast Porridge
Quinoa and Oat Breakfast Porridge
Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust
Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust
Green Tea Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl

Green Tea Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl by Angela Liddon

The Breakfast Hack That Adds More Nutrition—and Flavor—to Any Recipe

The Breakfast Hack That Adds More Nutrition—and Flavor—to... by Alice Medrich

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Savory and Satisfying

Scrambled Egg Muffins
Scrambled Egg Muffins
Breakfast Fried Rice

Breakfast Fried Rice by Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom

Don't Hold The Anything Breakfast Bread Pudding

Don't Hold The Anything Breakfast Bread Pudding by aargersi

Turkish Breakfast
Turkish Breakfast
Sheet Pan American Breakfast
Sheet Pan American Breakfast
Cheddar-Basil Pan Biscuits

Cheddar-Basil Pan Biscuits by Posie Harwood

Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs over Rice)

Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs over Rice) by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Soft Scrambled Eggs

Soft Scrambled Eggs by Merrill Stubbs

How to Make Any Frittata in 5 Steps

How to Make Any Frittata in 5 Steps by Kenzi Wilbur

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Grab-and-go all day

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie by nbert

Spicy-Sweet Carrot Smoothie

Spicy-Sweet Carrot Smoothie by Caroline Lange

Spiced Roasted Cherry Smoothie

Spiced Roasted Cherry Smoothie by fiveandspice

Berry Banana Oat Smoothie

Berry Banana Oat Smoothie by Gena Hamshaw

Hazelnut Butter + Roasted Rhubarb Smørrebrød
Hazelnut Butter + Roasted Rhubarb Smørrebrød
Tahini Toast

Tahini Toast by fiveandspice

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast by Marian Bull

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich
Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich
Ricotta Toast
Ricotta Toast

What do you like to make for your kids at breakfast? Let us know in the comments!


Snack Attack! Survive any snack attack.
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Tags: balanced breakfasts, healthy breakfast, school mornings