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Summer Breakfast Ideas For Little Chefs

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Allison Doerfler,RDN,LD

Summertime adds the additional challenge of planning and preparing meals and snacks for your children while they are home from school. Often parents work during the day and older children are on their own at home with little direction. If your children are younger and require supervision, maybe you have run out of ideas. Either way, starting out with a plan can not only help the budget but help your children consume the variety of foods and nutrition they need to stay healthy. Here are a few nutritious breakfast ideas that children can make requiring very little parental supervision.

Mixed Berry Overnight Oats


  • 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 or 2 tsp. chia seeds (depending on desired consistency)
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup of strawberries
  • ⅓ cup of blueberries
  • ⅓ cup of raspberries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup


In a medium bowl, add the old-fashioned rolled oats, and chia seeds. Next, mix in your wet ingredients (Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup). Combine the ingredients together and then include in your strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight. By morning, you’ll have a delicious and healthy breakfast. Serve cold.

Breakfast Burrito


  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • Two eggs
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pre-cut vegetables of your choice (example: frozen peppers and onions)
  • 1 Tbsp. of milk (or water if dairy free)
  • Pre-cooked meat of your choice (optional)
  • Grated cheese (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Plain Greek yogurt (optional)


Ask a parent for help using the microwave.

Grab a microwave-safe coffee mug and add in your eggs, salt, pepper, milk and pre-sliced vegetables. Stir until mixed well. Place the mug in the microwave for roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds depending on your microwave.

Remove the mug and let it cool while you prepare your tortilla. Using a microwave-safe plate, heat your tortilla in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Remove and let it sit until cool enough to touch.

Next, place the contents of your mug onto the tortilla shell and add your favorite toppings like salsa, cheese, pre-cooked meat of your choice and Greek yogurt. Fold the tortilla like a burrito and enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Banana Toast


  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • Honey (optional)


Ask a parent for help using a toaster and slicing your banana.

Place your bread into the toaster. Once your toast pops up, spread on your peanut butter using a spoon or a butter knife with adult supervision. Layer your banana slices on top of the toast and enjoy! For some added flavor, you can add a drizzle of honey.

For more healthy breakfast ideas your kids can make in the kitchen, contact your health care provider.