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10 HEALTHY HIGH PROTEIN BREAKFASTS FOR KIDS
Breakfast cereal: there’s no easier way to get breakfast on the table in the morning. Too bad it’s basically candy masquerading as a “balanced breakfast”.
But I’ll admit, having 4 kids in a 4 years meant that I relied on cereal A LOT to get through the morning.
However, about a year ago I began seriously researching and studying nutrition in order for my family to live a healthier lifestyle. I had just finished reading Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. And as I looked in my pantry, I suddenly saw the supposedly “whole-grain” and “heart healthy” breakfast cereals for what they were: a highly processed blast of sugar carefully engineered to be addictive.
It was time to ditch the breakfast cereal and serve my kids a healthier breakfast that would actually fill them up and give them the energy they needed. The answer: high protein breakfasts for kids!
So I searched for high protein breakfasts that were still easy to make and convenient. Because let’s be honest: no matter how healthy the recipe, if it’s complicated and time-consuming, I’m not going to make it.
And I’m here to tell you that breakfast can be both easy and healthy. Most of the recipes below can be make very quickly.
So check out these 10 healthy and high protein breakfasts for kids!
GREEK YOGURT BREAKFAST BOWLS
The sky is the limit when it comes to greek yogurt breakfast bowls. Start with some full-fat greek yogurt (which is super rich in protein) and add the fresh fruit, granola, or nuts of your choice. Check out all these fun options for your greek yogurt breakfast bowls!
Just one of these tasty breakfast burritos from Once Upon a Chef packs a whopping 30g of protein. Packed with all kids of deliciousness, this finger food will sure to be a hit in any burrito-loving family.
BIRCH BENDERS PROTEIN PANCAKES
Birch Benders makes an array of incredibly delicious pancake mixes. Plus, they’re super quick and easy to whip up! Just add water to the protein pancake mix, cook, and you’ve got pancakes that pack an awesome 16g of protein per serving.
EGG & CHEESE MINI MUFFINS
Egg muffins are awesome high protein breakfasts for kids. While this egg muffin recipe from the Seasoned Mom just has cheese in it, you can add basically any chopped veggie you like! Plus, they are a perfect meal prep recipe. You can make a big batch and pull them out of the fridge as the week goes on.
To make cooking egg muffins (and cleanup) way easier, I highly recommend using silicone baking trays. The muffins pop out very easily and they clean up quickly. (I found myself doing A LOT of scrubbing when I made egg muffins in our metal tins.)
RASPBERRY ALMOND CHIA SMOOTHIE
My kids love smoothies. I find that they’re a quick and easy way to get them to eat a bunch of food that’s good for them. This raspberry almond chia smoothie from Delighful-E-Made is kid-friendly and super delicious.
CHEESY EGG-IN-THE-HOLE WITH BACON
Not only is this dish packed with protein (thanks to the eggs, cheese, & bacon), but kids can help with this easy dish (I’m all about getting kids involved and helping!). They can use their favorite cookie cutter to cut the hole in their bread.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PANCAKES
I was a weird kid and refused to eat pancakes growing up. But my kids, on the other hand, will pretty much eat pancakes in any form that I give them. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes from Peanut Butter & Fitness are protein-packed and super yummy. If you’re a pancake lover, the site is FULL of delicious protein pancakes recipes.
STRAWBERRY BANANA OATMEAL PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Yet another quick and easy smoothie recipe. This simple yet tasty strawberry banana protein smoothie delivers a nice dose of fiber and 12 grams of protein.
GREEK YOGURT FRUIT PARFAITS
This greek yogurt and fresh fruit parfait is not only delicious, but beautiful! Your kids will feel like they’re eating a dessert while they’re eating a nutrient and protein rich breakfast. The recipe calls for nuts, which add extra protein and healthy fats. But only half of my kids will eat them with the nuts!
BREAKFAST EGG CUPS: 4 WAYS
Again, we love egg muffins for breakfast. And these 4 awesome egg cups recipes from Baby Foode are awesome! (The whole site is amazing.) Even the pickiest eater will like one of these four protein-packed variations.
If you want to make life easy, remember to use silicone baking trays!
DITCH THE CEREAL & GO FOR PROTEIN IN THE MORNING
We all want to help our kids develop healthy habits. Beginning your kid’s day with a high protein breakfast is a great place to start. Pick out a few of these high-protein breakfasts for kids and help your kids get a healthy (and delicious) start to their day!
You’ve got this, mama!