That doesn't mean, however, that you have to settle for unhealthy fast food or a donut shop breakfast. Try these quick homemade breakfast ideas instead to make sure you're giving your kids the fuel they need to start the day off right.
Fruit Cup1 of 11
Sometimes, simple is best. Dice a selection of your kids' favorite fruits, then toss them into a disposable cup to enjoy on the way to school. Kick up the protein with cheese cubes and nuts. Not only is this an easy and nutritious option, but it will also give an immediate boost of energy to start the day.
Sensational Smoothies2 of 11
A smoothie is the perfect quick and travel-friendly meal. Endless fruity variations are possible, or try our peanut butter-banana smoothie with a handful of spinach mixed in for a sneaky serving of vegetables.
Microwave Scrambled Eggs3 of 11
That's right, you can have delicious scrambled eggs without turning on the stove and dirtying a pan. Just beat two eggs in a microwave-safe container, sprinkle in cheese or diced veggies and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and cook for another 30 seconds at a time until the eggs are set.
Yogurt Parfait4 of 11
Healthy, delicious and only minutes to make, yogurt parfaits are clutch on busy mornings. Simply layer Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola in a disposable cup or Mason jar. If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can even make your own yogurt ahead of time.
Fruit Wrap5 of 11
For a crowd-pleasing twist on tacos (whether it's Tuesday or not), spread peanut butter or almond butter on a tortilla and top with sliced apples, bananas or strawberries. Drizzle with honey for some extra sweetness, then roll and go.
Hard-Boiled Eggs6 of 11
They're the classic make-ahead protein-packed breakfast, and fun to eat, too. Prepare a batch of hard-boiled eggs according to your favorite method, then let the kids peel and eat on a busy morning. If you find yourself with a little extra time, slice and serve on whole-wheat toast.
Overnight Oatmeal7 of 11
Let the kids get creative and put a personal touch on basic overnight oats. Start by combining equal parts old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats with your choice of milk in a mug or Mason jar. Add honey or agave nectar to sweeten the deal. Cover and refrigerate overnight, then have fun with toppings in the morning.
Protein Energy Balls8 of 11
We dare you to find a more kid-friendly grab-and-go breakfast than protein energy balls. Who could resist popping a few fun and nutritious bites of chocolate-peanut butter or pineapple-coconut deliciousness on the way to school? Click below for these recipes and more.
Omega Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies9 of 11
Spend a little weekend time whipping up a batch of these beauties, packed with sweet raisins and heart-healthy fats from safflower oil and flaxseeds. Grab one for breakfast on the way out the door on a busy morning, plus an extra for an afternoon snack. Click below for the full recipe.
Avocado Toast10 of 11
When it comes to savory starts, this tempting toast can't be beat for speed, flavor and health benefits. Top toasted whole grain bread with half a ripe, buttery avocado, either sliced or mashed. Let kids sprinkle with salt, pepper and additional toppings, to taste.