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Quick and Healthy Breakfasts for Kids

Updated on March 26, 2007

We all know it's the most important meal of the day, but please - aren't we busy enough with bathing, letting the dog out, gathering up homework, and getting off to work and school? When morning is crunch time breakfast often suffers, but it doesn't have to. All it takes is a little planning to send your kids out into their day on a full tank. You don't need to set up a brunch buffet. Keep it simple and easy on yourself.

Portable Breakfast Ideas

  • low fat cream cheese on a whole grain bagel
  • peanut butter on toast
  • fruit smoothie made with milk or yogurt
  • breakfast bar - read the label
  • string cheese and a granola bar

Home Breakfast Ideas

  • cereal with milk and fruit
  • eggs, toast, juice
  • bran muffin and yogurt
  • frozen waffles or pancakes with fruit and milk

Cereal – The Reliable Standby

There is an entire aisle at Wal-Mart dedicated to cereal and you can have it in the bowl, sliced a banana over the top, milk poured over top in under a minute. (Provided you've got clean cereal bowls - but that's another topic!) It's Nutrition 101 - be prepared.

Don't run out of your basics. You need boxes in the cupboard and fruit in the bowl. To keep it healthy, stick to unsweetened brands (because even those have sugar) and add your own. Take a break from bananas with fresh berries when they're in season, or stir in strawberry jam instead of honey. Kids love colored milk! All kinds of fruits come dried now too.

Heat Up the Morning

If you're channeling June Cleaver whipping up eggs, French toast, and bacon then by all means, don't forget the fresh squeezed orange juice. For the rest of us, a hot breakfast can be intimidating. However, sometimes kids need something substantial. Maybe they didn't eat much the night before, or it's test day.

If she likes eggs, that's easy. A fried egg is about a two-minute affair. Boiled eggs take longer, but you can let those cook while you're in the shower. You've got to plan a tiny bit ahead for this - I'm thinking about six minutes. Forget scrambled. It takes too long and makes a bigger mess.

Another great hot meal that's also portable is a homemade breakfast sandwich. Buy microwave-able frozen pre-cooked egg patties and sausage patties. Zap and plop on top of toasted English muffins for fast food style at a fraction of the cost and calories. (You can sop up excess sausage grease with a paper towel before making the sandwich.)

Oatmeal is another quickie. Go for the one-minute kind instead of the packets. They cost a fortune, are mostly mush, and full of sugar.

It doesn't have to be difficult. Mix it up so your kids don't get bored. If your family is always running, try getting up earlier. All it takes is fifteen minutes. You can get any of these breakfasts ready in five minutes leaving ten minutes left to eat!

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    Kyle 

    8 years ago

    I just spoke with Select Foods and Wal-Mart is bringing them back in a few weeks in all the stores.

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    Bob 

    8 years ago

    I spoke to the managers in two different Walmarts locally (chattanooga) and was told that Bentonville (Wallyworld home office) discontinued them. I sent and e-mail request and was told: Via form letter "if a product does not maintain a certain sales volume it's dropped." Knowing wallyworld it's revenge on Select Food Products, Inc (Timber Line) for letting Costco sell them. I really like those egg patties!

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    Nick 

    8 years ago

    I heard that the egg patties will be offered at Costco in a larger bag!!! They are still carried by Wal-Mart, but I think only certain locations. LOve those bad boys!!

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    Mlrimer 

    8 years ago

    Wal-Mart in their wisdom has quit caring Timber Ridge, I wrote to Wal-Mart and got some computer generated response, wrote back and have not heard from them, that has been 3 weeks. Gotta love Wal-Mart

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    Linda 

    8 years ago

    I've had these st my daugthers in Texas, came home to Highland,Il my Walmart had the but when I went t purchase again -NO More-seems like that's the continued story for our Walmart. I checked on line and it showed a store 40 miles away carried - went there today & guess what NO MORE. I'm done shopping Walmart, don't care how cheap,they are-seems they don't care about what their customers want, it's like take what we offer doesn't matter what you would like!!!

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    Linda Phelps 

    8 years ago

    I think they have quit carrying them now. I have looked for them all over the frozen breakfast items and still have not been able to spot these delicious egg patties. They used to be right by the sausage patties.

    Does anyone know if they will be coming back or are they gone for good??????

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    retirementhelp 

    9 years ago

    Great Hub! As always well thought out and practical info.

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    Cynthia Walker 

    9 years ago

    I thought they stopped carrying them too, but I found them next to the frozen french toast and pancakes. I use these with the 100-calorie bagels and the fat free orange american cheese. They taste as good as the ones you get at Dunkin' donuts or McDonalds. I love them.

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    Patty 

    10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. I have a great tip for moms posted on my blog as well. It is great for busy moms and easy enough for a pre-schooler to do ?

    http://littlebytesnews.blogspot.com/2008/07/busy-m...

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    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Stingraysrock - thanks for the information. I will be on the lookout for my egg patties!

    Updated breakfast Idea: I have been doing Breakfast Parfait - fruit, yogurt, topped with cereal. Okay, I admit, I copied McDonalds! They have a great yogurt parfait on the menu. Also, I have seen Shrek one too many times, and you know how Donkey loves parfait...

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    stingraysrock 

    10 years ago

    I called Timber Ridge Farms - 763-550-1426 and talked to Scott Roberts asking teh same question; what happened to the egg patties? I was told that the company recently changed to a 9 count bag, down from a 18 count bag and that the product would show back up on the shelves soon. WalMart is the only place that carries these patties accoring to Scott. ANYWAY, guess what? They are back on the shelves in Lakeland, FL.....they are indeed in a 9 count bag, but what is really bad???/ WALMART ONLY DROPPED THE PRICE ABOUT 78 CENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! walmart must be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. I used to live in Bellevue, NE - small world?

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    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Oh that is super sad. However, I find that my Wal-Mart frequently moves these items. I have to ask all the time where they are.

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    Barbara Rue 

    10 years ago

    I have been looking for the Timber Ridge Farms Scrambled Egg Patties at my Wal-mart Store and can't seem to find them anymore. The Bellevue, NEbraska store is the one that I shop at all the time. Has this product be discontinued? It will really be missed if it has been as know a lot of people that bought these. Would like to know if any other store close by carries them.

    Thank you.

    Barbara Rue at brue41@alltel.net

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    Paula 

    11 years ago

    Nice article, with practical ideas. thank you

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