Recently, someone asked me how I meal plan for three meals a day.
My secret is that I absolutely DO NOT plan for three meals a day.
I meal plan for dinners.
For breakfast and lunch, we have a few options that are always available and I just make sure to keep those items in stock.
The three big girls pretty much take care of their own breakfast before school.
Tally, who is four, needs more help and I usually get her breakfast ready while I’m working on my breakfast. Or, if she doesn’t want to wait, her sisters will often help her out too.
On the weekends, I usually make something more fun for breakfast (the girls’ favorite is puff pancakes which I’ve made nearly every weekend for the past two years), but for school days, I’m not planning or making any breakfasts.
If you’re looking for breakfast ideas for kids, I hope this will be helpful.
Breakfast Ideas for Kids
Here are the options we keep on hand for breakfast:
- Yogurt and Granola. I buy big tubs of plain Greek yogurt (my girls think sweetened yogurt is a MAJOR treat) and then I make a batch of homemade granola every couple of weeks (this is my all-time favorite recipe). They can add nuts or mini chocolate chips or fruit or a spoonful of jam or whatever they’d like to it.
- Oatmeal. My girls eat a LOT of oatmeal. Occasionally, I buy those little packets, but mostly they just put a scoop of old-fashioned oats in a bowl, cover it with water, microwave it for 2 minutes and then add a spoonful of brown sugar and some milk. (Tally is particularly fond of Cream of Wheat, but none of the other girls are very into it).
- Scrambled eggs. My three older girls can all make themselves a scrambled egg or two. Add a squirt of ketchup and they are good to go.
- Toast. Star, especially, LOVES toast and eats a few slices of whole grain toast for breakfast most mornings with butter and jam.
- Cold Cereal. Honey Bunches of Oats is the cereal of choice at our house most of the time and if they’re in a hurry, this is their go-to choice.
What does breakfast look like at your house?