By Jen Hartman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Hi there friends, it’s Jen. I’m back this week with more healthy living help for you and your family.

Last week we talked about how to encourage our kids to eat in the morning. As a mom of three (with one particularly picky eater!), I understand how challenging it can be around the breakfast table.

If you haven’t had a chance to try the three strategies I shared for helping kids eat healthier, I encourage you to check them out first. Often, a little tweak to our routines can make a big difference!

I also listed three food groups we should aim to include in our kids’ breakfasts: protein, complex carbs—like whole wheat toast, English muffins, oatmeal, whole grain cereal with little added sugar—and fruit or veggies.

Today, we'll take a closer look at how to implement these tips.

Here are eight breakfast ideas, including a few recipes, for you to try and see what works with your little ones.

  1. Make-ahead egg muffins. This recipe is a great base, and can easily be adapted for your favorite veggies and meats. I typically double it and freeze extras for rushed mornings.

  2. Frozen whole grain waffles. We always keep these in stock at home. Try topping them with peanut butter, a drizzle of honey and banana slices. Or serve with yogurt and berries.

  3. Whole grain cereal. Be sure to choose one that is lower in sugar. Serving with milk increases the protein content.
  4. Nutty toast. Serve whole grain toast with peanut butter or almond butter. Top with fruit or put a serving on the side.

  5. Breakfast bars.  Make these on the weekend and serve with a glass of milk for a satisfying breakfast. You can also keep some prepackaged granola or fruit/nut bars on hand for rushed mornings. Just choose ones with little-to-no added sugar (skip the chocolate and go oat or nut-based).

  6. Yogurt. Choose one that is low in sugar and higher in protein. Greek yogurt is a great option. Let your kids toss in whole grain cereal or fruit. If parfaits aren't their thing, serve with a slice of whole grain toast and their favorite fruit.

  7. Egg burritos. Use whole grain tortillas to wrap around scrambled eggs (add whatever toppings you like such as veggies, cheese, turkey sausage, salsa, etc.). You can even make these ahead and freeze for a no-prep morning.

  8. Smoothies. For the kid who just doesn't want to eat breakfast in the mornings, offer them a nutrient-rich smoothie. Try blending Greek yogurt, milk, strawberries, bananas, and peanut butter (or peanut butter powder) for a protein-packed, nutrient-rich morning drink. The best thing about smoothies is you can alter the fruits and flavors for even the pickiest eater. If you are looking for smoothie recipes, go here!