5 Back-to-School Breakfasts

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By Recipe Team on August 12, 2020

Whether the students in your family are learning in a classroom or at your kitchen table, starting the day off with the right breakfast can give their studying a boost. 

"Having a balanced breakfast, especially one that includes protein, helps support concentration," explains Christina Thomas, R.D., Carilion Clinic Dining and Nutrition Services.

The breakfasts below, from the Carilion Living recipe files, all get an A+ for being quick and kid-friendlyno matter what your weekday mornings look like.

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Maple Walnut Granola

An easy alternative to sugary processed cereals—just toss together the ingredients and bake a batch on the weekend. In the morning, serve with yogurt or milk (or the milk alternative of your choice) and top with a handful of fruit for a healthy breakfast in less than a minute.

A bowl of homemade granola.

Banana Muffins

Another make-ahead breakfast superstar. Bake a batch one evening and you can serve them up for the next few mornings, alongside a container of yogurt or a hard-boiled egg (also premade!) for protein. 
Freshly baked banana muffins on a baking rack.

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

It wouldn't be back-to-school season without some pumpkin spice! These easy overnight oats provide everyone's favorite fall flavor plus plenty of protein, thanks to Greek yogurt and ground flaxseed. Just refrigerate overnight, then have your kids pop a bowl in the microwave for a minute or two the next morning. 
Bowl of oatmeal beside two small pumpkins.

Vegetable Frittata

Frittatas can be made the night before, and with any vegetables you have in the house (and that your kids will eat).
Overview of a frittata in a cast iron skillet.

Gourmet Toast

It's time to rethink the notion that toast is basic or boring! This trustworthy morning staple can be topped with so many different ingredients, allowing you to tailor it to your child's tastes while making sure they get a balanced breakfast. You could even make a different toast combo every day of the week, if you want.

Overview of a slice of toast topped with avocado spread and soft boiled eggs, on a rustic wooden cutting board.
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