Breakfast – 5 healthy ideas to Shake Up Your Wake Up!

Breakfast - Shake Up Your Wake Up. 5 healthy ideas to try at breakfast time.
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Shake Up Your Wake Up - Breakfast Week 2016Did you know that the week 24th – 30th January is National Breakfast Week where we are all encouraged to enjoy a healthy breakfast every day?

I am sure us parents are well aware of the research that confirms breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children, but it is always useful to have a reminder isn’t it? Apparently it is really important to establish good breakfast habits in childhood.

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper”. This ancient proverb makes complete sense as we need the most energy at the beginning of the day, and the least energy at the end.

Breakfast provides so many benefits to health and well being. It provides the body and brain with fuelShake Up Your Wake Up - Breakfast Week 2016. Healthy options for breakfast. after the overnight fast (break-fast). It can provide the energy, nutrients, protein and fibre that are needed after a night’s sleep. Eating breakfast has been proven to improve a child’s academic achievement, cognitive development and even their mental health.

Any breakfast is apparently better than none, although we want to be ensuring that our children start the day off well by providing them with a healthy and varied one. Just think of breakfast as a meal like any other meal and offer your child something healthy to eat. I have been finding out what some of the best options are. We are now much more aware of the huge amount of sugar that is contained in a lot of breakfast cereal. Having been brought up on cereal and toast, adapting is not always easy!

With four children myself, I know how difficult it can be to have the time in the morning, during the madness of the getting ready for school rush, to spend any amount of time on preparing breakfast! Anyway, I have come up with some quick and healthy options you may like to try.

Five healthy breakfast ideas :


Eggs are a good breakfast option, they’re nature’s perfect food as they are packed with great nutrition including essential vitamins, minerals and protein. I know that unfortunately, some children are allergic to eggs but there are plenty of other alternatives.

  • poach an egg and serve it in an avocadoEgg & Parsley Peppers - A healthy start to the day.
  • bake in ramekins and add fresh herbs
  • good old boiled egg with soldiers
  • vegetable omelette
  • fried egg sandwich
  • Eggs in a pepper


Oats are filled with complex carbohydrates, which are a great source of energy, and high in fibre, which is good for digestion. They are a great food to start a child’s day. They are also reasonably cheap. Many people add sweet toppings to their oats but what about savoury?  Oats are so versatile. Why not experiment with oats and come up with your own toppings?

  • Cook the oats according to the instructions (you can even microwave oats with water) and then stir in your child’s favourite savoury combinations!
  • Stick an egg on top or stir in sauteed vegetables.
  • Try adding avocado or cheese, not forgetting of course to stir in some fresh herbs. Some herbs lend themselves well – basil and tomato oats, bacon, cheese and chive oats or coriander in an oats masala.

Breakfast Casserole

I know – this sounds like a nightmare to prepare for breakfast! But, for those of you lucky enough to have a Slow Cooker it is so easy! Make it the night before and wake up to a ready made breakfast!

  • All you have to do is layer these ingredients: ham (or browned sausage),frozen potatoes, onions, green pepper and cheese. Repeat two more times, ending with a layer of cheese. In a bowl, beat eggs and milk. Pour mixture over layers. Cover and cook on low overnight. Voila! Easily adaptable to put in your child’s favourite things.


Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods. The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit. It is full of nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet.  It contains so many vitamins and minerals, fibre and good fats.  It can provide children with the energy that they will need for the day.

  • Mash up the avocado: Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and, with a large spoon, scoop Breakfast Avocado Toast - A healthy start to the day.the flesh into a medium bowl. Add some coriander and lime juice. Mash with a fork until smooth, with a few chunks of avocado. This can then be spread onto bread, toast, wraps etc.
  •  Guacomole
  • Stick a fried or poached egg in it!

Things to make and freeze at the weekend

Spend a little time over the weekend baking with your little sous chefs, not only saving time on a stressful school morning but hopefully encouraging the little ones to want to eat the healthy breakfast that they helped make! Win, win!!Breakfast Scones - Are easy to make in advance and a healthy start to the day for children.

Check out other ideas on my Pinterest board.

Are you stuck in a breakfast rut? Would you consider offering other things for your children at breakfast time? Please let me know your thoughts.


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55 thoughts on “Breakfast – 5 healthy ideas to Shake Up Your Wake Up!

  1. I find breakfast so boring. We usually have porridge, museli or cereal. The thought of cooking before school terrifies me, but I like the idea of a slow cooker meal. I haven’t got a kitchen at the moment, so the slow cooker is pretty much all I have access to, I might give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  2. Had to stop back and say that the egg in pepper is SO AWESOME. It’s easy and it looks great, and it gives the eggs such a nice flavor. It’s going to become very popular on the weekends in my house.

  3. OH I have been seeing this on twitter and instagram I am loving the shake up your wake up slogan too. So true I get in a breakfast rut all the time or lack of breakfast at all. It’s usually a coffee which is so bad because I am always rushing around in the mornings. No excuses it is the most important meal of the day after all. lol Great ideas here. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me and your continual support as it’s getting quieter and quieter on SWM these days I hope it long continues for us all to share. #sharewithme

  4. These are fab ideas for a healthy breakfast. I love that they are fast to make or that you can make them in advance. The slow cooker breakfast sounds amazing! Thank you for linking up with #BloggerClubUK, we really appreciate your support of our first linky & hope to see you again this week x

  5. These are great ideas for breakfast!! I love avocado. It is just so good!! Eggs are always a good option. My girls love it. The scones looks fantastic. Oh I’m feeling hungry now!!! LOL Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

  6. Some fab ideas for breakfast here. I especially like the breakfast casserole in the slow cooker. I’m not a fan of avocados though as to me they don’t taste very nice and are slimy! (Not a fan of bananas either! Lol)

    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday X

  7. You can’t beat dippy eghs and soldiers for breakfast. I also love chopped fruit and natural yoghurt or musli.
    Thanks for linking up with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  8. Some really good ideas here. I think most people get stuck in a rut with breakfast, normally as everyone is trying to rush out the door. I love the idea of the breakfast scones or muffins. I really should try to make these.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  9. Great ideas! I hate breakfast and although I always have it, I really dislike it so I’m going to try some of your ideas this week and see how I get on. I’m lucky that my toddler has taken after her daddy and breakfast is one of her favourite meals! 🙂


  10. My folks really need to eat breakfast during the week! They are so naughty! We go all out at the weekend though when we have time to prepare. Freezing items is great idea! Thanks for the recipes x #TwinklyTuesday #ABitofEverything #BloggerClubUK x

  11. I love your ideas for a breakfast. In our household it’s normally porridge or toast, you have definitely inspired me to become a little more adventurous! Great recipes. #TwinklyTuesdays

  12. I do struggle to get my 2 to eat much breakfast and always feel like I’m force feeding them as they just aren’t often hungry in the mornings. Do you have any ideas for a healthy breakfast type bar/flapjack maybe that is not too high in sugar? Their go to breakfast is usually Ready Brek and Weetabix which isn’t terrible but also not very exciting!

  13. Love these breakfast ideas. A eats so much in the morning compared to the rest of the day so I really need to up my game. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  14. Some lovely ideas. I might try some for myself. I like the idea of making and then freezing at the weekend. We are definitely stuck in a breakfast rut with cereal for the children. I have peanut butter on toast for breakfast which does actually keep me full without snacks until lunch! #KCACOLS

  15. Sara – some great ideas! I especially like the idea of serving poached eggs in vegetables. My two are a little young for most of these and breakfast is a bit of a struggle at the minute but I’ll keep these in mind! #MarvMonday

  16. I like the idea of avocado and coriander, that sounds delicious. Sometimes, if I’m feeling organised I make breakfast muffins on a Sunday and they are great for the mornings. The oats in the muffins fill me until lunch.
    Amanda. #KCACOLS.

  17. These are really great ideas, definitely be trying some of them. I always have porridge and my son has cereal, be nice to mix things up a bit.xx #kcacols

  18. Breakfast is totally my thing. I could eat breakfast for every mean 🙂
    It’s so funny that I found this post because I think I just pinned that egg and pepper recipe the other day – I was planning on trying it out this week! I will absolutely be giving you credit if I blog about my efforts.

  19. Most morning we are in such a rush to get out the door but luckily lately my kids have been wanting some of the smoothies I make for drinking on the drive as I drop them off and then hit the gym. I pack them full of spinach, cucumber, banana, flax seed, chia seed, frozen berry medley, and coconut milk. With a dash a agave light syrup to give a bit of sweetness. They love it! I’m visiting from #KCACOLS 💌Trista,Domesticated Momster

  20. These are brilliant ideas! I really want to start having better breakfasts and do some healthy options for my 11-month-old boy, so I’ll be trying some of these. #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

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