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Busy Parents, We Got You — Here Are 6 Breakfast Options That Are Quick and Healthy!

Are you a busy parent looking for breakfast ideas? These six breakfast options are great for busy parents who need to feed their kids on the go.


Jun. 6 2024, Published 10:57 a.m. ET

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Busy parents can sometimes find it hard to make quick breakfast meals for their kids. The first meal of the day should be nutritious without sacrificing taste or quality. However, ensuring kids start their day with well-balanced meals can be tough.

For busy parents seeking healthy, kid-approved breakfast options, look no further. Here are some quick and easy ideas to fuel your little ones' mornings.

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Whole grain toast with nut butter is always a favorite.

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A father helps his son spread peanut butter on a piece of toast.

Whole grain toast with peanut butter can make a great breakfast meal for kids who do not have a nut allergy. Busy parents can buy peanut, almond, or cashew butter to add to the toast so kids never get bored. Some retailers also carry cookie butter for those who prefer something sweet. Additionally, the toast can be topped with fruits like bananas or strawberries for an extra dose of healthy goodness.

Grab-n-go with overnight oats.

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Close up of a hand holding cup of breakfast oatmeal.

Overnight oats have quickly become a go-to breakfast choice for busy parents looking to provide their kids with a nutritious start to the day. This simple and effective recipe involves soaking oats in milk or yogurt overnight, resulting in a hearty morning snack. Overnight oats are packed with fiber and protein and offer a sustainable energy boost. Parents can customize these oats with a variety of toppings, ensuring a breakfast that suits their child's taste preferences.

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Yogurt parfaits are sweet and healthy.

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Granola with Greek yogurt and fresh berries on a glass.

If your kid has a sweet tooth, yogurt parfaits are the perfect option. Just layer yogurt with a variety of toppings like fresh fruits, granola, or nuts, and the meal is done. The versatility of this breakfast option allows parents to customize the treat according to their child's preferences. Yogurt parfaits are loaded with protein, calcium, and essential vitamins – plus, they’re delicious.

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Egg muffins can be made in advance.

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A variety of egg muffins is presented on a white tray.

Want to trick your kids into thinking you whipped up a fancy breakfast meal? Egg muffins combine all the ingredients from a sit-down breakfast in a bite-sized portion. Prepare egg muffins by whisking eggs with diced vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Then add bacon, sausage, or ham. Pour the mixture into muffin tins and bake until set. Egg muffins can be refrigerated overnight and popped in the oven in the morning.

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Breakfast bars are a simple and nutritious snack.

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Energy candy bars with different ingredient on the cutting board.

Making breakfast bars may seem more complicated than it really is. These homemade treats contain a blend of oats, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Simply mix the ingredients together, then bake or refrigerate the bars until they are solid. Thanks to their growing popularity on TikTok, breakfast bars have become a favorite for families seeking a fuss-free morning meal.

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Every kid loves breakfast wraps and quesadillas.

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Mexican chicharrón quesadilla with oaxaca cheese and squash blossom.

Nothing screams “cool parent” like handing your kid a breakfast quesadilla to take to school. Just pack whole-grain tortillas with scrambled eggs, cheese, and diced vegetables for a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, and essential nutrients. You can serve it with salsa or add a cup of fruit for a more balanced breakfast.

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