You already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with an excellent source of protein and choline (to support memory), eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can feed your kids.
Yet what if your kids don’t like eggs, omelets, or a frittata?
Scrambling (no pun intended) to get your kids off to daycare or school in the morning is tough enough.
If your kid refuses to eat eggs or you’re simply looking for egg-free breakfast ideas, the good news is that there are several healthy and easy breakfast options they’ll willingly eat. Here are 9.
1. Avocado Toast
Avocado is chock full of nutrition, and high in fiber and healthy fats. When it’s paired with whole grain toast and vegetables or fruit, it also makes for a healthy and easy egg-free breakfast.
2. Breakfast Burrito
I know what you’re thinking: I can’t get my kids to eat beans for dinner, they’ll never eat it them for breakfast.
Stay with me, mama.
Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber which will give your kids plenty of energy and brain power until lunch time and the more often you serve them—at breakfast or at other meals—the more likely your kids will eat them.
Try putting out beans with their favorite extras: salsa, avocado, cheese and a whole wheat tortilla and let them make their own breakfast burrito or fajita. Or make a batch of bean burgers on the weekend for a quick and easy egg-free breakfast option during the week.
3. Overnight Oats
Cooking oatmeal in the morning takes time but putting together individual mason jars of overnight oats takes just a few minutes. Start with rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) and add milk, fruit and chia seeds and you have a healthy and easy egg-free breakfast ready by the time your kids wake up.
Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein and a parfait for breakfast couldn’t easier. Since most yogurt brands have plenty of added sugar, stick with plain Greek yogurt and add fresh fruit like raspberries and a low-sugar granola for extra fiber.
5. Green Smoothie
I make a spinach smoothie every morning for myself but my kids always ask to have some. Although I never advocate for sneaking vegetables into meals, a smoothie is an excellent way to get in a lot of nutrition in a few sips.
When making smoothies, stick to the 80/20 rule: 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit. Add in a protein source like a nut butter, and chia seeds for omega-3 fatty acids and extra fiber, and you have a healthy and easy egg-free breakfast for your kids.
6. Breakfast bars
Grabbing a protein or breakfast bar is quick and simple, but most bars are high in sugar and contain artificial ingredients.
Instead, make your own breakfast bars with whole ingredients like oats, dried fruit and nuts or seeds.
7. Chia Seed Pudding
High in fiber, protein, and a good source of potassium and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods your kids can eat.
Serving chia seed pudding is a healthy and easy breakfast for your kids and because it seems like a treat, chances are your kids will love it. Add your kid’s favorite fresh fruit and a hint of sweetener and breakfast is served.
An excellent source of plant protein, calcium and iron, tofu is also excellent replacement for eggs. Make a tofu “scramble,” add sliced tofu to whole grain bread or serve solo.
Who says kids should eat “breakfast” foods for breakfast? If your kid enjoys last night’s grilled chicken, salmon or a turkey and cheese roll-up, let it be. Add veggies or a piece of fruit and a healthy grain like quinoa for a healthy and balanced meal.