5 Power Breakfast Ideas for Optimum Brain Health

Thanks to United Healthcare for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely love breakfast! In fact in many ways it’s my favorite meal of the day and I wish mornings weren’t so rushed so I could sit down with the girls and savor a fabulous breakfast with them each and every day.

But lack of time doesn’t mean we skip out on this most important meal.  Taking the time to prepare a healthy balanced meal is the best way I can ensure they’ll get the most out of their school day and get to class alert and ready to learn.

It’s also what gives me the best fuel for my day.

When it comes to breakfast what you prepare has everything to do with your little one’s energy, mood and ability to focus in class.

And, you guessed it, sugar is the worst possible choice, which basically rules out just about every over the counter cereal, even the ones that are enriched with vitamins and minerals.

A healthy breakfast will include lean protein, antioxidant rich foods such as dark leafy greens or fruits, B vitamins and healthy fats.

But don’t fret!  Healthy can taste amazing!

Here are 5 power breakfast ideas your kids are likely to gobble up with delight:

Eggs anyway!

Eggs are a great source of protein, especially in the morning when you don’t want something too heavy. Make sure to choose organic, pasture raised eggs rich in Omegas.  My go-to morning dish is a breakfast scramble. I takes no time to prepare and I can add all sorts of veggies and other protein for a delicious meal. If like me your kids tend to eat breakfast on the go you can wrap their scramble in a warm tortilla for a tasty breakfast burrito.  I always add a handful of greens, such as kale, spinach or arugula, shallots or garlic and whatever other veggies I have on hand, smoked salmon or bacon. The beauty of scrambled eggs or omelets is that you can make something new and exciting every time.


Soft boiled eggs are one of Sabrina’s favorite. A soft boil egg takes two and a half minutes to cook when you start with eggs at room temperature. I serve them with toast slivers with a dab of organic butter and a sprinkle of salt, the perfect little dippers!

Hard boiled eggs are another fabulous alternative that can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed on the go.

Warm Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa bowl with apples, berries, nuts and seeds

On cold days there’s nothing more comforting than a warm breakfast. Although oatmeal was a favorite of mine for many yeas, I’ve now switched to quinoa for two main reasons: Oats are too high on the glycemic index and quinoa has a decent amount of protein (7g per serving).  I make a scrumptious warm quinoa bowl with a drizzle of maple syrup, a little cream and tons of nuts, seeds and diced fruits.

Greek Yogurt Bowl

Greek yogurt is such a delicious, creamy source of protein, with anywhere from 7 to 21 grams of protein per serving, depending on the brand you use and the fat content. Add fresh or dried fruits to a serving of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, a handful of nuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and a spoonful of raw honey if you need a little sweetness and you’ve got an absolutely delicious power breakfast that will lead your little ones to lick their bowls clean!

Protein Smoothies

Morning smoothies are definitely a favorite in our home. They are ready in a flash, taste fabulous and the perfect solution for breakfast on the go. I use a quality organic whey protein powder as my base, almond or coconut milk, add either fresh greens or a greens powder, a half a banana and a 1/4 cup of berries for a little sweetness. The possibilities with smoothies are truly endless and you can customize to your little one’s taste buds. Just a word of caution with smoothies, make sure to go easy on fruits and use a good protein powder.

Nut and Seed Muesli

Bowl of Gluten Free Muesli with Almond Milk

Growing up our go-to breakfast was cold cereal and my favorite was muesli, which is quite popular throughout Europe. Muesli is similar to granola in that it is a mix of whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits, but there is no sugar added and the muesli is raw not cooked.

What are some of your favorite breakfast ideas?

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  1. I’m not a breakfast eater. Sometimes we have breakfast for dinner. I like scrambled eggs with cheese, onion, ketchup and sliced cheese hot dog pieces.Not super healthy, but tasty.

    • We had a young lady visit from Italy a couple of years ago Liz, and after 3 months with us when we asked what she wanted as her last dinner, she asked for our Sunday brunch! Breakfast for dinner is fabulous! Add some dark leafy greens to your scrambled eggs and they’ll be just as tasty but a lot healthier 😉

    • It’s nice to have beakfast ideas sounds real good

  2. Lynsey @MoscatoMom says:

    Yum, I love ALL of these. I just discovered quinoa like a year ago – LOVE that stuff. My most common “go to” is basked omelets – put whatever you would normally have in your omelet in a muffin tin and bake until top turns brown. PERFECT breakfast and easy to reheat every morning 🙂

  3. Judy Thomas says:

    This is really good to know.I don’t normally eat this but I am changing my mind. 🙂

  4. Michelle says:


  5. Pamela Gurganus says:

    This was a great read! I’ve always known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but never really thought of it in terms of what I was eating in order to optimize brain function! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’m gonna try these soon!

  7. Quinoa isn’t something I’ve considered for breakfast. It is so filling & full of protein.

  8. Wow, these all sound really good! I want to try the yogurt bowl 🙂

  9. I make peanut butter chocolate chip muffins for my teen out of peanut butter powder and protein powder with whole wheat flour. Tasty and filling!

  10. Darlene Wright says:

    These all sound great! I like to make egg muffins, just mix eggs and green, red peppers, onion, little cheddar cheese, pour in muffin pan and bake 20 minutes. Makes enough to warm up during the week. Thanks

  11. I’ve been wanting to try Quinoa. Looks like it would be filling & being one that doesn’t like to eat breakfast but totally needs too I appreciate all your tips. Thanks. 🙂

    • You are most welcome Andrea. I do hope you start eating breakfast regularly… Getting into the habit might a bit challenging but once you get used to it you’ll wonder how yo ever made it through your day without 🙂

  12. These are great options for breakfast. I love oatmeal myself!

  13. Eggs are my favorite breakfast option! And if I am not in the mood for those, I do a Greek Yogurt & Fruit smoothie – SO yummy!

  14. I have to admit I’m not a regular breakfast eater. But, I must say these dishes all look so good I just might be motivated enough to become one!

  15. laurie damrose says:

    I like the Quinoa with fruit ,it’s so good.

  16. I love the quinoa bowl idea! I’ll be honest and admit that I’m so bad about eating breakfast but I’m trying to do a better job!

  17. I have all of these, so I feel pretty good!! I like making pancakes with ground flax seed, I had that today!!

  18. I start every weekday morning with a protein shake! On weekends, it’s grits and eggs!

    • Most of my weekday mornings also start with a shake because it is such a fast and convenient way to get that healthy start. Grits and eggs sound fabulous. I usually pair our eggs with sautéed potatoes or sweet potatoes.

  19. I just made a batch of homemade granola to add to my yogurt in the mornings. It’s so yummy. But I’d love to try that quinoa. It looks delicious too.

  20. John Thuku says:

    Those are great ideas. I have try these.

  21. I’ve just started getting into breakfast scrambles. They really hit the spot. I like fresh fruit with oatmeal too, but I’ll try the quinoa too!

    • Breakfast scrambles are so much fun aren’t they Liz? You can really add whatever you’re in the mood for so they always hit the spot. I hope you enjoy the quinoa as much as we do. Have you tried adding a scoop of protein to your oatmeal? That’s one way to enjoy what you love without worrying too much about the sugar. Add a few nuts and seeds as well for protein and healthy fats.

  22. I have to go and get eggs at Whole Foods, because I’m really picky with my eggs. Eggs, spinach and cheese is one of my faves for breakfast.

    • Yay Lisa! You should be picky with your eggs 🙂 I’m grateful I have a nursery down the street that has chickens that run around all day and are only fed an organic herbs blend. I only get my eggs from them now that I have double checked their feed and the conditions in which they are raised. It’s the next best thing to having chickens at home 🙂

  23. breanna pollard says:

    this looks all so good!

  24. Thanks for the information. My husband has problems with his sugar and I feed him oatmeal just about every morning.

    • Oh wow Denise, that probably is not the best breakfast for him unfortunately. Try the quinoa as a substitue and make sure to add some seeds and nuts. If your husband is okay with protein powder you can also add a scoop to either warm quinoa or oatmeal to increase the protein and balance out the carbs a little. It’s mazing how powerful a few changes in diet can be, however, when it comes to blood sugar problems. Best of luck to both of you.

  25. Those are ALL great ideas! The Greek yogurt bowl sounds the best- I want it now!

  26. Sarah L says:

    I like smoothies for regular breakfasts and omelets or scrambles when I feel like cooking.

    • That sounds a lot like how we handle breakfast in our home Sarah, though I’ve learned I need to give the girls a variety of options or they get bored, hence to yogurt bowl and quinoa bowl which have both become weekday favorites.

  27. Shannon says:

    What great options, thank you for sharing all of these with us.

  28. I am usually don’t eat breakfast for breakfast but I do love eating breakfast for dinner. All of these look like great choices.

  29. Theresa says:

    Wow these are all just great recipes! It’s a real challenge to get my family to stop and slow down enough to eat a good breakfast before they race out the door – even on the weekend. I am going to try all of these and hopefully they will have full bellies and lots of energy all day. 😉

    • That sounds like a fabulous plan Theresa! My bunch can get pretty wild as well but I know I will pay the price later in the day if they don’t start with a healthy breakfast so I am a but of a drill sergeant in the morning 😉

  30. I love a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and butter. It holds me until lunch time, and helps me reduce cholesterol.

    • Oh that sounds so decadent and delicious Karen. Oatmeal tends to keep us feeling full because it’s a slow release sugar and does have a fair amount of fiber. It’s one o my hubby’s favorite foods before he goes on a long bike ride. No butter or cream for him on those days, though. I love oatmeal but I need to balance out the sugar with some protein.

  31. Thank you finding the tme to do this offer. Love new breakfast ideas my family loves breakfast. Thanks again

  32. Becki24 says:

    Mmmm those eggs look delicious!!!!

  33. These are great options for breakfast. I start my morning with a granola bar and fresh fruits.

  34. the warm quinoa bowl looks delicious and would be great on a cold winter morning

  35. Michelle says:

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

  36. Lori Pouncey says:

    Thanks for reminding me how easy and important protein smoothies can be ☺

  37. YOLANDA DAVIS says:

    I’ve never really been a breakfast eater, but after reading this i’ll be trying harder.

  38. Cathy Philipps says:

    These are great ideas! Im always looking for healthy breakfast ideas!

  39. Pam V H says:

    Every 3 days I make a big batch of steel cut oats, and refrigerate them in a casserole dish. Every morning my husband and I heat it in the microwave, and add stuff like blueberries, cinnamon, or other fruits.

  40. Jerrica Evans says:

    Oh my those sound delicious, now I’m hungry!

  41. The smoothie sounds delicious

  42. Meredith says:

    I love having beans for breakfast. My favorite right now is black beans sauteed with sweet onions and seasoned with a bit of ground black pepper.

  43. Susan Broughton says:

    I have never been much of a Breakfast eater but these recipes are really delicious looking its enough to make me start eating Breakfast!

  44. Judy Schechter says:

    I love scrambled eggs and cheese omelets! Your breakfast scramble looks delicious! Thanks for the great breakfast ideas!

  45. Michelle says:

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

  46. Maria Morais Sarmento says:

    Thank you for the amazing suggestions! We use to make some of those back home and really enjoy a breakfast omelet 🙂

  47. Maria Morais Sarmento says:

    Protein smoothies are becoming a habit and I am really starting to say goodbye to my everyday bread in the morning 🙂

  48. Natalie says:

    I would love to try the supergreen scramble. It looks great!!

  49. My favorite healthy breakfast is eggs scrambled with sauteed onions, mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes (all organic!)!

  50. crystal sheckles-gibson says:

    I like to make a homemade version of McDonald’s breakfast burrito. I just sauté diced onions and bell peppers. Add some eggs and Jimmy Dean sausage crumbles and just scrambled them together. Top with a couple slices of American cheese and mix together to melt. Divide it up between flour tortillas and roll them like a burrito. They are great made ahead and just reheated.

  51. Lisa Brown says:

    love eggs and yogurt in the morning

  52. My power breakfast is a bowl of oat bran with walnuts and a glass of almond milk.

  53. Laura Farnworth says:

    Breakfast wheat bisk with yogurt and berries. or porridge oats warmed with milk and honey

  54. these are all great, I often scramble an egg and add onions and broccolli 🙂 yum!

  55. Hina momin says:

    My power breakfast is a boiled egg and a glass of almond milk.and dry food and food something like orange juice carrot shake etc 🙂

  56. claire woods says:

    I do try to eat eggs.

  57. Rebecca Brewer says:

    I love quinoa, what a great idea to use it for breakfast.

  58. Susan Jordan says:

    Yea we love to put a few green, peppers, onions, whatever in scrambled eggs- the more the merrier! Really adds Flavor!

  59. Tricia Hope says:

    I just discovered quinoa a year ago.Gonna try it at breakfast,for sure!

  60. Scrambled eggs with Spinach and any other veggies I have laying around thrown in are my favorite breakfast!!!!

  61. Esperanza Gailliard says:

    I think breakfast is an important meal even if you have a high powered smoothie and a nut bar have something! Great post~

  62. great beakfast ideas! 🙂

  63. I guess I’ll go with that Scrumptious Super Green Scramble. Looks tasty and my daughter loves eggs! 🙂

  64. terry myers says:

    Is banana and peanut butter sandwich good for you

  65. Nikolina says:

    Love all the options (except smoothies – not a fan), but eggs look the best! 🙂

  66. p annette skeans says:

    Im not big on eggs but do eat them. We love breakfast for supper also

  67. donna porter says:


  68. Jasmine Stanford says:

    I can’t seem to eat breakfast, I think I might try the smoothie, with berries sounds amazing

  69. I love your breakfast options! When I don’t have a chance to have breakfast I find that I lag through the morning and crash and burn before lunch.

    • That makes a lot of sense Kamla. If I ever skip breakfast I feel ravenous by mid-morning and am likely to eat whatever I find which may not be the best fuel for my body or brain. A good breakfast gives me clarity as well as energy. Glad you like these options!

  70. these are very great options

  71. My son loves 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast or an after school snack. We call it brain food 🙂

  72. Joy McFalls says:

    can’t wait to try these. I’m sure my 5 year old will love them also

  73. Mmmm. I love scrambles!

  74. Karen M. says:

    I just recently started replacing my morning oatmeal with quinoa. It sticks to my ribs and I don’t get hungry until lunchtime.

  75. cgould4178 says:

    I’m always looking for breakfast ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  76. sandy weinstein says:

    i am not a big egg eater but i eat oatmeal almost everyday. i am not a big breakfast eater though, but i sometimes eat oatmeal or cereal as a snack or another meal. in the summertime i do make smoothies to eat. i use lots of fruit, almond milk. i like to add fiber, wheat fiber to my smoothies and oatmeal since i have a digestion problem..

    • Those sound like yummy options Sandy. See if you can add a little protein with those, even if it’s in the form of a protein powder. There are many healthy options on the market. If you have problems with digestion I would recommend you take a pro-biotic. It does wonders and helps to minimize inflammation.

  77. Betsy Barnes says:

    This is a very helpful post. I usually have yogurt with some fresh fruit for breakfast 🙂

  78. James Donovan says:

    Very useful

  79. Gail Williams says:

    I always eat Gluten-Free and these 5 breakfasts are my way of having breakfast. It makes me feel better in every way.

  80. Jennifer Shelton says:

    Great ideas to get me going in the morning 🙂

  81. Susan Smith says:

    I usually eat eggs with bacon, yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast.

  82. Emily Endrizzi says:

    These are some delicious ideas. I’ve never tried quinoa before, but it looks quite yummy. Some good and healthy breakfast choices here. Thanks for sharing.

  83. Out of the 5 power breakfast ideas, I would prefer the greek yogurt bowl! Those are the best!

  84. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I would love to try these!For breakfast if I don’t feel like cooking anything I would eat a bowl of oatmeal with apples & cranberries.

  85. Ronald G says:

    I am 63, and haven’t eaten breakfast (and often no lunch) as my hunger has really declined. Even though I heard and have been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I have disregarded it..I hadn’t thought of some of your ideas for breakfast but, maybe trying some easy ones, like smoothies will get me off on the right track…thank you

  86. I really need to start getting in the habit of eating a good breakfast, these are great selections! Thank you for posting these!

  87. Jessica Day says:

    Among these 5 option I have only tried muesli and not with the same ingredients. I usually eat a cup of tea or no fat milk with some biscuits or a light cake homemade. Love banana bread! One day I’ll love to try having scrambled egg for breakfast, or just eggs… here in Italy is unusual to have them for breakefast.

    • Oh breakfast in Italy… What a dream Jessica! I grew up in France and eggs are not exactly a typical breakfast food there either.. but now that’s I’ve adopted the habit I absolutely love it!

  88. Yumm. I Love eggs :9

  89. Thanks for the quinoa recipe. I’ve got a box of it in my pantry that I haven’t been sure how to use.

  90. Jennifer Herman says:

    Great info – thanks for sharing it with me!

  91. John Herman says:

    Sounds great!

  92. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    I’m not a big breakfast person but I am trying. Thank you for posting.

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