Family Breakfast Ideas

In this blog we share our favourite family breakfast ideas.

It’s important to remember that the word breakfast literally means breaking our fast. We don’t typically eat through the night, so our bodies have gone for a long period of time without fuel. Eating breakfast in the morning helps provide energy for both our brain and body. In fact, research shows that eating breakfast can improve our memory and concentration, along with our mood and stress levels. Children should be encouraged to eat breakfast each morning as it can improve attainment, behaviour and has been linked to improved grades.

Besides energy, breakfast is also a good time for us to get other important nutrients into our diets, for example calcium, iron and B vitamins, along with protein and fibre. It can help us to maintain a healthy weight too.

Interestingly, adults and children who skip breakfast are more likely to eat foods high in sugar and fat later in the morning.

What should I do if my little one doesn’t like to eat breakfast?

Lots of adults and children don’t feel like eating much (or anything) in the mornings. Try some of the tips below:

  • Start off with light bites – e.g. half a piece of fruit or a quarter of toast. After a little while our appetites in the morning will increase.
  • Make sure your child has enough time to eatbeing rushed to eat might impact on your child’s view of breakfast and reduce their appetite. To allow them a little extra time, you may need to wake them up 10 minutes earlier than normal.
  • Set the table you could try setting the table up for breakfast the evening before to help save a little time in the morning.

  • Is breakfast club an option? If you really struggle for time in the morning, you could check if your child’s nursery offers breakfast or their school runs a Breakfast Club.
  • Try to keep breakfast interesting! Being offered the same breakfast everyday can get boring and children’s motivation to eat may reduce. It’s a good idea to give children a couple of choices at breakfast time and allow them to choose the one they want.
  • Make the food look appealing include different colours, tastes and textures to make breakfast more enjoyable. Remember if the food looks exciting children are more likely to eat it!

Healthy breakfast top tips:

  • Remember that young children can fill up quickly if they have too much fibre, so it’s a good idea to offer a mixture of white and wholemeal bread.
  • Pick breakfast cereals that are fortified with nutrients, such as B vitamins, vitamin D and iron.
  • Choose cereals that are low or medium in sugar (green or orange on traffic light labelling).
  • Try to serve a fruit or vegetables at every breakfast.
  • Include milk and dairy products, such as yoghurt and cream cheese, at breakfast as they’re a good source of calcium.
  • Always offer a cup of water or milk at breakfast time to help keep children hydrated.

Check out some of our nutritious family breakfast ideas for you and your little ones:

Tasty Toast Toppers

Toast toppers are a great way to add some variety to your morning routine. Check out some of our Recipe videos too for more ideas

Wicked Wraps

Overnight Oats

Check out all our Overnight Oats Recipes here – we have picked out our favourites below

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Brilliant Breakfast Couscous

Yes, we know breakfast couscous sounds strange, but this recipe is honestly delicious and something totally different. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised!

*for children under 5 offer nuts in the form of smooth nut butters or finely ground

Weekend Family Breakfast Ideas

If you have a little bit more time at the weekend, then pancakes are great family breakfast option! Your little ones can help with making the mixture and you can all choose your favourite toppings. Check out some of our favourite pancake recipes here!

Our vegan breakfast muffins are a great weekend treat. This is a fantastic recipe to make with your little ones as they’ll love to weigh out and stir together the ingredients. It’s also a great recipe to help add more variety at breakfast times! Visit our YouTube channel to see the full recipe.

We love this turmeric smoothie bowl! It’s easy to prepare and makes for a perfect summer breakfast. Click here for the recipe card


  1. Saidat on September 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    This is an amazing choices of breakfast for children and adult, it is worth try it.

  2. Debra Lloyd-Bangay on April 25, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Brilliant ideas for kids

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