Five Fun & Inexpensive Back-to-School Breakfasts

By Brooke Drake, August 11, 2014, Events & Fun, Save Money

Breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day. However, it can be difficult for parents to get their kids to eat it, especially during the school year. On school days, the mornings can be a chaotic balancing act between getting lunches ready, breakfast made, kids dressed, and everyone out the door in enough time not to be late for school. Breakfast usually consists of dry cereal in a plastic bag that kids eat in the car. This school year, avoid the arguments and skip the plastic to-go bags by serving these fun and inexpensive back-to-school breakfasts.

Five Fun & Inexpensive Back-to-School Breakfasts

1) Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits in a Mason Jar

With three main ingredients – fruit, yogurt and a little crunch like granola – this healthy breakfast option is quick and inexpensive. Plus by serving it in a mason jar, it adds a little something different to a normal meal and can actually be taken on-the-go if needed. Click here for parfait recipes and other parfait combinations.

Five Fun & Inexpensive Back-to-School Breakfasts

2) 1-Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake

This recipe is fast, nutritious, and encourages you to use whatever fruit is on sale or in season. Right now, blueberries and strawberries are on sale, which make perfect additions to the shake. Grab a blender and add the following: a cup of fresh (or frozen) blueberries, juice from an orange (or a splash of orange juice), a few ounces of milk, some ice, and water (enough to blend).

Five Fun & Inexpensive Back-to-School Breakfasts3) American Flag Toast

This patriotic breakfast is festive and can be eaten all year around. Toast some wheat bread and spread fat-free cottage cheese over the toast. Then add some strawberry jam, berries, and bananas for a tasty breakfast option.

4) Homemade Egg McMuffin

Save money and time and make your own healthier version of “McDonald’s Egg McMuffin.” Microwave an egg (slightly scrambled) in a small microwaveable bowl for approximately 1 minute. While the egg is cooking, toast an English muffin with one slice of American cheese on one half. Once the egg is cooked, add it to the muffin and voila – a homemade egg mcmuffin! Feel free to add a slice of cooked Canadian bacon to mirror the real thing. For a healthier option, use egg whites only and a reduced fat cheese slice. 

Five Fun & Inexpensive Back-to-School Breakfasts5) Breakfast Mini Pizzas

What kid doesn’t like pizza? This should be a crowd breakfast favorite. It’s fast and fun to make, and the kids can even help make them. Spread marinara sauce on an English muffin half and top with a scrambled egg and cheese and broil until the cheese is melted.   Click here for the full recipe.

I’m sure that there are plenty of parents reading this post who have great suggestions for fun, tasty, and inexpensive breakfasts that the entire family will enjoy. Share your favorite back-to-school recipes in the comments!

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