This post about healthy breakfast foods for traveling with kids is sponsored by Happy Family at Target but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Summer is here for our family and we can’t wait to get out and about. These last two months we’ve had a lot of time at home with illness in the family, going through every item we own as we prepare to move and finishing up our fifth homeschool year. I’m so excited for a reprieve and to be able to be out and about enjoying the warmth of summer.
When we travel, it’s become second nature to be prepared with foods not only for along the way, but also while we are at our destinations. Eating out frequently doesn’t agree with my family so we have learned to adapt. With children, they are hungry often and like to have variety. I guess we all do! That means having a cooler stocked with simple favorites to enjoy.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while many hotels offer “free breakfasts” they are often not on the healthy side or allergy friendly. These are some of the essentials I pack to offer a variety of things for my family to start the day off right (or enjoy as a snack).
10 Healthy Breakfast Foods for Traveling with Kids
- Hard boiled eggs – It is easy to boil a dozen (or in my case sometimes 2+ dozen) eggs. Allow them to completely cool and store in a large baggie or glass jar. TIP: For ease, I have peeled them all ahead of time, however if any water gets into your bag or jar, then you have a soggy mess. Unless they will be eaten the same day, leave the shells on and peel as needed. If kept on ice or in the refrigerator, they can last up to a week.
- Breakfast Muffins – Again, something you can make ahead of time, packed with nuts and fruits or a more indulgent chocolate chip muffin and can easy store them once cooled in an airtight container or large baggie to enjoy for 2-3 days. This is our favorite “naked muffin recipe” to start and then you can add whatever add-ins your family enjoys. TIP: For an extra boost, I add in a couple of tablespoons of a combo of flax seed, chia seed and coconut.
- Breakfast cookies – Anything with a cookie in the title has my kids excited! Breakfast cookies can be made quite healthy and packed with nutrients. They can be made with dried fruits, protein powder, oats, flax and chia seeds and even a few chocolate chips if you dig chocolate in the morning. Paired with a fresh a fruit, they can give you a great start and are very easy to make ahead for trips. TIP: Rather than store your entire batch together, separate into a couple of smaller bags. They stay freshest when they are airtight, so allowing them to not all be exposed to air every time they are opened makes them last longer.
- Baked egg cups – These are great if you are roadtripping and eating breakfast on the go or have access to a microwave and can reheat for a few seconds. Baked egg cups are easy to eat and you can pack with whatever your family enjoys. They can be made simply with eggs and a little cheese or add in spinach, chopped tomatoes, mushrooms or peppers. TIP: If you are going to make these to reheat, bake them in cupcake liners to hold their form so they don’t get smooched together making them hard to eat. Just remove the liner when you are reheating.
- Oatmeal – Overnight oatmeal is so easy to make ahead before you travel. I love my mini mason jars and reusable lids. It’s easy to make a dozen overnight oatmeal jars and keep in the cooler or refrigerator. And if you are looking for something easier, you can opt for instant oatmeal in the microwave. TIP: Once we were stuck with sick kiddos and our microwave wasn’t working. I cleaned out my coffee pot really well and ran hot water only through it. It worked perfectly to make instant oatmeal, although it took a little more time. So even without a microwave, instant oatmeal is an option.
- Yogurt – Yogurt is one of those foods that is good for all times of the day, morning, noon and night. We love yogurt and it makes for an awesome start to the day if packed or paired with protein. Happy Family has launched their first line of yogurts geared specifically for the youngest family members. The Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt Cups are a whole milk yogurt that is an excellent choice for one of your baby’s early foods because it contains nutrients such as calcium, protein, live and active cultures and vitamins. With fun flavors like Pear & Apple, Apple, Mango & Carrot, and Strawberry, Banana, Oats & Chia, Happy Family yogurt products help introduce your child to new textures and tastes. You only need a cooler or refrigerator and they store perfectly.
We love Happy Family products because they are made with:
- Whole Milk Yogurt with Vitamin D
- Mindfully Made with Probiotics
- No added sweeteners
- USDA Organic
- Homemade Larabars – Larabars are simple to make, easy to customize, and awesome to store. When I make batches of homemade Larabars, the kids all love to make their requests. And since they don’t require baking, it’s easy to give each one what they really enjoy. Fruit + protein packed perfectly.
- Banana or Apple with peanut or nut butter – On days when we need something quick, the single packets of peanut butter or Justin’s nut butters are perfect to enjoy with a banana or apple. It less expensive to bring a jar and give everyone a tablespoon, but sometimes convenience wins out too.
- Protein Balls with fresh fruit – This is another recipe that is super easy to make ahead and can store in an airtight container for 4-5 days easily. These balls are delicious and are packed with protein for a great start to the day. Here is one of our favorite recipes: peanut butter protein balls.
- English muffins with peanut or nut butter with fruit – When we have a room with a mini kitchen or full kitchen, English muffins are simple and can be eaten on the run very easily. At home we usually eat them open faced and decorate with fun toppings, but on the go or while traveling, you can packed with a peanut butter or nut butter and banana and eat as a sandwich.
All of these require just a little preparation and forethought, but they make traveling with children, especially children with food allergies so much easier. My bunch tends to get grumpy when they are hungry, so when we travel prepared, we always can start the day off a great footing.
Do you have other go-to breakfasts while traveling?
The all new Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt can be found at your nearest Target Store in the refrigerator section.