With just a few weeks until the rush of the school year begins again, it is time to think of the quick and easy breakfast options to grab on the go. Plenty of children and teens still skip breakfast which mean that they are missing out on the key nutrients and energy they need to be at their best for a demanding day at school. So if you constantly struggle to identify the best quick and healthy breakie options for children and teens, here are my best picks.
High protein bread is an extremely nutritious food choice as it is packed full of grains and seeds and when teamed with a nut spread such as Mayver’s which contains no added sugar and you will have a perfect mix of good fats and protein. Add a banana in and you have the perfect quick breakie on the run.
All you need is your favourite milk of choice and some fruit and a blender or mixer and you have a healthy breakfast drink that can be ready in a few minutes.
There is a wide range of yoghurt tubes you can find in supermarkets that target kids but few are low in added sugars. For smaller children Petit Miams are relatively low and Rafferty’s Garden make a No Added Sugar variety. For children aged 10 years and older, one of the Chobani or YoPro tubes are particularly high in protein.
Now there are plenty of breakfast bars and biscuits on the market but there are not many that tick the right boxes nutritionally. Ideally you want a breakfast bar that contains plenty of fibre, wholegrains along with some protein. One particularly good option is the new Uncle Toby’s Breakfast Bakes which contain the same amount of protein as an entire bowl of oats
If you want to get particularly organised you can make your entire weeks’ worth of protein breakfast bites in advance to grab on the way out the door – see recipe below. Alternatively BOUNCE and Smooshed both offer bites which stack up relatively well nutritionally.
2 large bananas, mashed
1 cup rolled oats, raw
1 cup Mayver’s Protein Peanut Butter
1 cup coconut, shredded (for rolling)
1. Combine the mashed banana with the oats and peanut butter in a blender for 1 minute.
2. Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until firm.
3. Roll the mixture into small-sized balls in your hands.
4. Coat the balls in shredded coconut and store in the fridge.
*Susie is currently in partnership with Mayver’s and Uncle Toby’s Breakfast Bakes. The suggestions made in this post remain based on the individual nutritional profile of these products.