It’s that time of year again: You need breakfasts that are quick to make and eat, lunches you can pack the night before, and after-school snacks that will keep kids going strong till dinnertime. To get the school year off to a healthy start, we’ve rounded up some great ideas and easy-to-make recipes that will help get you and the kids out the door on time.
Breakfast in a Hurry
Yogurt parfait: Layering plain or vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit and granola makes this fun breakfast a complete — and filling — meal.
Pumped-up pancakes: Add some shredded kale and apples to your regular pancake batter for an extra dose of nutrients.
Overnight oats: Prep these the night before and your kids can dig in as soon as they get up.
Breakfast burritos: These wraps are a hearty and healthy breakfast — perfect for kids who are extra-hungry in the morning. And if you’re really in a rush, simply wrap a scrambled egg in a tortilla and hand it to your kid on his way out the door.
Pasta salad (pictured below): This is a great make-ahead recipe that can fill lunchboxes all week long.
Sampler platter: Finger foods are especially appealing to little hands, so put together a mix of cheese cubes, deli meat slices, raw veggies, crackers and a dip (such as hummus or ranch dressing).
Banana walnut smoothie (pictured below): This healthy smoothie is indulgent enough to make your kids feel like they’re drinking a milkshake.
Graham crackers with peanut butter and banana slices: This combo makes the perfect power snack, with just enough sweetness.
Trail mix: A blend of your kid’s favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit makes a great on-the-go snack when shuttling between after-school activities.
Energy balls: Replace the cliched cookies and milk with these protein-packed no-bake treats.