We’re sticklers for breakfast in our house, because I really do believe it’s the most important meal of the day. Especially for kids, who need food to fuel their bodies, brains and imaginations.
But I’m not gonna lie. Mornings are hard.
We’re usually in a rush, so there’s rarely time to prepare an elaborate meal to start our day off on the right foot, nutritionally.
But these stuffed pita sandwiches can be made ahead of time and zapped in the microwave or oven, if you need a breakfast on the go. Paired with fruit and a glass of Nesquik chocolate milk, you’ve pretty much got all the bases covered — grain, protein, fruits and veggies, and dairy.
These pita pocket sandwiches were a breakfast staple when I was growing up, but I only recently introduced them to my family.
There’s no really a recipe, per se. Everyone gets to decide how they want their pita stuffed. And kids can pretty much DIY their own breakfast with ingredients prepped by mom and dad. (It’s a great way to use up leftovers, too. Bonus!)
Do you remember those chose-your-own-adventure books from elementary school?
Well, these stuffed pitas are a lot like that. Kids get to decide what they want to have in theirs — sausage crumbles, diced ham, shredded chicken, cheese, scrambled egg, green onions, mustard, apples, green peppers and the list goes on.
Just start with a whole wheat pita.
Add a layer of shredded cheese, followed by sausage (or soy crumbles or ham or chicken) and other fillings.
Then top it with a little more cheese.
Put the stuffed pita in the microwave for a few seconds (or the oven or toaster oven, if you have more time) to melt the cheese.
If you don’t have time in the mornings for a sit down breakfast (with a fancy fruit flower garnish), these pitas are portable.
Whenever we have them, I always make up some extra, wrap them in foil and store them in the fridge so we can reheat and go. (They never last long enough here to make it to the freezer.)
Nesquik is a great way to amp up the nutrition and the fun of an everyday breakfast. When combined with 8 ounces of lowfat milk Nesquik Chocolate Powder provides kids 8 grams of protein, plus essential nutrients like iron, Vitamin C, B vitamins, copper and manganese to help with growth and development.
But to this kid, it just seems like a treat.
What’s are your favorite quick, easy and healthy favorite breakfast ideas for kids?