Back to School Breakfast Ideas for Teens (and Adults!)

Breakfast gets missed in the rush of school mornings for many sleepy teens.

Here are a few quick breakfast ideas for growing teens that may make your mornings more pleasant:

“I have no time”

  • Fruit and Nuts

Toss a few handfuls of nuts or dry cereal (e.g. Shredded Wheat, Chex or Cheerios) in a cup or baggie, grab an apple and go!

  • Sandwich and Fruit

2 slices bread, 1-2 tbsp. peanut butter (or 1 slice of cheese or meat), 1 banana

Make the sandwich the night before and it’s ready to take on the run.

  • Muffin and Yogurt

1-2 small muffins and a carton of yogurt

Make muffins on the weekend to grab during the week

Try Carrot ‘N’ Oat Muffins or Pumpkin Muffins

  • Trail mix

In a paper cup or small bag, mix:

1/4 cup nuts & seeds,

1/2 cup dry cereal or pretzels,

2 Tbsp dried fruit


“I have 10-15 minutes”

  • Avocado Toast

Slice or mash 1/2 avocado on 2 slices whole wheat toast

If time, top with 1-2 cooked eggs or 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Enjoy with a glass of milk or an apple to complete the meal

  • Smoothie

Blend 1 cup frozen fruit(mango is a favorite at our house), 1 cup milk/yogurt/kefir

(add a splash of water or juice to thin if needed)

  • Leftovers

Think outside the box; a taco or beef stew can make a great breakfast too!


Don’t forget, UW Health has many great recipe ideas from Clinical Nutrition and The Learning Kitchen.

One comment

  • Would love to see some nut-free ideas. Nuts have been a go-to for me as well, but more and more they are being discouraged in the school setting due to allergies.

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