Want your kiddos to get excited for breakfast? This gluten free kid-friendly breakfast platter is packed full of our favorite breakfast items prepped in advance for hectic weekday mornings. Fresh fruits, protein and whole grains to ensure they are ready for a full day of learning. Serve it up on a large platter like so or keep each item stored individually so they can grab and go in the morning. However, you choose to serve it up, they’ll be sure to thank you!
Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
You’ve heard the saying before, probably from your mother growing up. Now you’re the mom and in the midst of a busy morning- making sure everyone is out of bed, dressed, lunches packed and loaded in the car or bus on time- is NO easy feat. Having a well-balanced meal on the table on top of everything else, can be a challenge worthy of an Olympic gold medal!
My number 1 tip: keep it simple and be prepared.
Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas
On Sundays, I like to meal prep breakfast options for my family that we can enjoy in the hustle of a busy school morning. Hard boiled eggs, freezer waffles, fresh cut fruits, whole grain breakfast bars, berries with yogurt and breakfast meats. Having these readily available to grab and go has been a game changer in our home and made mornings much more pleasant for this mama.
Here is what you can find on our breakfast platter aka tupperware containers in the Clean Eats fridge:
- Pamela’s Whenever Bars, we like them kept in the snack drawer for easy grabbing
- mini waffles, made with Pamela’s baking and pancake mix in advance and then frozen
- steamed eggs, in the instant pot recipe here
- sausage links
- maple bacon
- sliced oranges
- fresh + pre-washed berries
Of course breakfast doesn’t look like this every day, LOL. I’m not super human. I do however keep it all organized and ready to go in the fridge. I store the breakfasts meats, fruit & berries and HB eggs individually in separate tupperware. The mini waffles I freeze and keep in the freezer in a ziplock or stasher bag, they toast up perfectly and are great for lunches too. The whenever bars I keep wrapped and in stock in our snack drawer.
This mini waffle maker is genius and oh so fun. Gluten-free eggos anyone?My kids went nuts for these! I used the PAM-cakes recipe for the waffles on the back of the Pamela’s baking and pancake mix bag. NOTE: DO NOT use the waffle recipe in the mini waffle maker, it doesn’t work as well.
Kids like options
These breakfast platter items can be enjoyed on their own or transformed into entirely new meal ideas. Sure, we serve them as is but we also like to repurpose them from day to day to avoid breakfast burn out. Mix it up, maybe Tuesdays are egg based breakfasts and Fridays you enjoy fruit parfaits. Here are a few tasty ideas we have come up with..
- egg salad avocado toast
- mini waffle breakfast sandwiches with a fried egg, cheese and bacon
- sausage, gruyere and tomato omelets with oranges
- yogurt parfaits made with crumbled whenever bars, greek yogurt and berries
- orange berry smoothies with a side of protein
I’m a big fan of quality and convenience and Pamela’s has so many incredible products to help make our mornings run smoothly. We are all obsessed with Whenever Bars, made with gluten free oats and sweetened with agave and coconut sugar. They are not only delicious but also a smart choice to keep you all on your morning A-game! My favorite flavor is oat raisin walnut spice and my kids fight over oat chocolate chip coconut.
Why is Breakfast So Important for Kids?
I have not always been a breakfast person, which in turn made my kids also prefer to skip over breakfast and go straight to snacks or lunch. We all chose the extra thirty minutes of sleep over nutrition and grabbed a handful of something half healthy as we rushed out the door. I learned quickly how that was affecting their school day and knew we needed a change. We slowly started getting up earlier and started with small plates of well-balanced options. Fast forward almost 15 years later and if any of us skip breakfast now… WATCH OUT!! It is this family’s favorite meal of the day!!
Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but especially for kiddos and teens. Kids who skip breakfast tend to feel more tired, restless and irritable throughout the day. No thank you. What they eat is also important. This is where we come in. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber and protein while low in large amounts of added sugar to fuel their bodies can help boost their attention span, concentration and memory. No brainer here.
Studies show that kids who eat a well-balanced breakfast are more likely to:
- meet their daily nutrient requirements
- concentrate better
- have better problem-solving skills
- have better hand-eye coordination
- stay alert
- be more creative
- miss fewer days of school
- be more physically active
Without breakfast, our bodies don’t get the jump start they need to operate at their fullest potential throughout the day. Encourage your kids to make breakfast a part of their regular routine. Helping our kids learn important concepts about eating breakfast will lay a foundation of eating right for years to come.
Monkey see, monkey do
Let’s not forget the importance of leading by example! Pull up a chair at the table and take time to fuel your body as well. If your kids see you enjoying breakfast every day, they will be more likely to join you. Call it family chat around the breakfast platter!
Here are a few more Clean Eats favorite gluten-free breakfast ideas..
- Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
- Gluten Free Gingerbread Overnight Oats
- Maple Vanilla Chia Parfait
I’ll make it easy for you. Pin it for later…
This is a sponsored conversation written by me in partnership with Pamela’s Products. All opinions expressed are my own.