healthy breakfast 2You want your kids to eat healthy for breakfast, but it can be a challenge to find meals that are both healthy and appealing to kids at the same time. Try these recipes to meet both needs:

Breakfast Quesadillas

Ingredients include: 2 flour tortillas, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 hard-boiled eggs (diced), ½ cup diced ham, ½ cup grated Swiss cheese, and ½ cup grated cheddar cheese. (Optional ingredients include: sauteed mushrooms, onions or bacon.)

Instructions: Melt butter in a pan over medium heat, then place one tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle grated Swiss cheese on tortilla, then layer the diced eggs and ham. Add optional toppings, then a layer of cheddar cheese. Top with remaining tortilla. As soon as the bottom tortilla is golden brown, flip the whole quesadilla over. Continue cooking until second side is golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Kid-friendly Smoothie

Ingredients include: 1 cup frozen or fresh cherries, 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries, and 1 cup of your milk of choice.

Instructions: Mix all the fruit ingredients in a blender. Add milk of choice; continue blending. Serve immediately for a fast and healthy breakfast.

Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients include: ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup (heaping) rolled oats, ⅔ cup unsweetened milk of choice, 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxmeal, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of salt, and 0-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup.

Instructions: Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Close lid and refrigerate for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. In the morning, you can top the oatmeal with your choice of fruit, nuts or granola. Stir and enjoy!

Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients include: 1 cup unsweetened milk, 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 kiwi, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen cherries, and 1 tablespoon honey.

Instructions: Combine milk and chia seeds in a bowl, and let it sit for 10 minutes to create a chia pudding. Put kiwi slices on top of the pudding. Blend the frozen cherries and yogurt in a blender until smooth. Blend in the honey. Add the mixture on top of the chia pudding. Top with fresh fruit and granola.