30 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas for the Whole Family

by | Apr 28, 2024 | 0 comments

The morning hustle is in full swing. You’re trying to make sure that your kiddos are dressed, have clean teeth, and that they have all of the essentials in their backpacks in time for the bus or summer camp.

And then, there’s breakfast. Ugh. 

What in the heck are you supposed to feed your brood, when one of them struggles with very picky eating and your other is thrilled to gulp down your latest fiber-packed smoothie that rivals any Jamba Juice concoction?

Good news friend: I’ve got 30 healthy summer breakfast ideas for you and your whole family to enjoy (and for you to feel good about feeding your kids).

Hi! I’m Marissa, a family nutrition expert, corporate wellness dietitian, and mom to two girls. I love helping families raise competent and intuitive eaters—and helping people reach their personal health goals with sensible and sound guidance.

In this article, I’ve collaborated with my network of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) friends to present 30 healthy summer breakfast ideas, aiming to help you nail your morning routine and foster habits that energize you for the day ahead! You’ll not only discover a variety of new recipes but also gain insights into what constitutes a truly “healthy breakfast.”

I want this green smoothie recipe!

What’s the secret to making a “healthy breakfast?”

While we want to avoid rigid dietary rules, I’m all about providing a little guidance. 

For a busy family like yours, navigating your daily routine and personal health goals, and ensuring everyone gets what they need can sometimes (often!) be a challenge.

That is why I love to help my clients find a healthy balance of ideas that satisfy the following:

  • They’re nutritious
  • They’re delicious 
  • They’re easy!

Let’s break this down further.

What truly matters is how food can be both enjoyable and nourishing, creating a satisfying breakfast experience.

What is nutritious? 

When I think about “nutritious foods,” my mind goes to offering a variety of nutrients, while aiming to create family meals without pressure

At its core, “nutritious” means that your breakfast usually includes a variety of nutrients: carbs, protein, and fat… But, there are a lot of “right” ways to put this goal into practice.

This may surprise you, but in my professional opinion, “processed” foods can also support your family’s overall well-being. 

Think back to the initial example I shared where one of your children might not like a whole lot of foods while the other is on her way to competing in Top Chef.  

A bowl of cereal fortified with vitamins and minerals might be an excellent nutritious option for the former child, whereas, the latter child might want a bite of your savory miso oats. 

What is delicious? 

As a dietitian, I never want you to force down foods that you don’t enjoy, even if they’re “healthy.” I actually don’t love overnight oats – and that’s okay!

It’s important to enjoy what you eat!  Try to experiment with different flavors and textures without guilt or restriction.  

Above all, honor your personal preferences and body cues, recognizing that being satisfied mentally and physically is how we improve our health.

What is easy?

For parents and caregivers, “easy” might mean cooking recipes that aren’t complex.  It might mean you’re not spending every waking hour in the kitchen. It also might mean you are down for meal planning because you know it is a time-saving hack that works for busy lifestyles.

When it comes to easy meals, I personally prioritize convenience without compromising quality. I aim to serve meals that align with my family’s nutrition goals, but that also respect my time constraints.  

So, whether you’re dealing with little ones who turn up their noses at anything green or teenagers who need a hearty meal to fuel their busy days, there’s something here for everyone.

School’s out!  So, let’s dive into these summer breakfast ideas! 

(Although, any of the recipes I’ve shared can be eaten year-round!)


I love smoothies for their ease, but also for families who might struggle with time and getting enough to eat in the morning.  Plus, you can pack in all sorts of boosters, such as flax seeds and nut butters, which help increase satiety, palatability, and essential nutrients. 

P.S. Picky eating tip – if your kiddo isn’t wild about the texture of smoothies, try freezing them in a popsicle mold. They might just love them!

Smoothies for People Who Don’t Like to Eat Breakfast

Colleen Wysocki Woods, MS, RDN, CLC, owner of Zest Nutrition Service, recommends a breakfast smoothie “for people who don’t like to eat breakfast.” You can check out her nutrient-packed summer breakfast ideas; there is even a citrus hemp recipe that is super creative! 

The REVV Health Berry Smoothie

I am obsessed with my own REVV Health creamy and yummy, icy, and cold smoothie that keeps me satiated throughout the summer months (although smoothies year-round work, too!) 

Grab n’ Go

Many of the below ideas are also of a grab-n-go nature. But if you really want to walk out the door and bring something on your commute, these summer breakfast ideas do the trick! 

3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Bars

Elysia Cartlidge, MS, RD, owner of Haute & Healthy Living is your spot for family-friendly recipes. Great for the big kids, adults, and your little BLW’er, these yummy and nutty bars have no added sugar and are a great way to start the day. 

Photo courtesy of Elysia Cartlidge, MS, RD. Used with permission.

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bites

Walk out the door in the morning and don’t forget to take these along by Christie Gagnon, RD, LD, owner of Hoorah to Health.  These are done in 15 minutes and are great for breakfast (and snacks!)

Photo courtesy of Christie Gagnon, RD, LD. Used with permission.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins

Muffins can be nutritious, delicious, and easy, and these by Sarah Alsing, MS, RD, owner of Delightfully Fueled, are no exception. If you’re looking to incorporate summer seasonality, you can always swap bananas out for berries or other stone fruits. 

Breakfast Meatballs for Baby-Led Weaning

Meatballs for breakfast? Oh yeah! Shannon Aleise Garcia, owner of Kiss in the Kitchen (KISS) – where her dad always told her, “Keep it simple, Shannon,” makes these simple savory treats easy-to-eat solid foods. Dinner for breakfast might be a great way to start the day! 

Eggs galore

Don’t have time to fry an egg?  Not a problem; many of the recipes below are of a make-ahead variety.  I have noticed egg bakes last longer in an air-tight container, such as the ones featured on my favorite things list.  Depending on the recipe, you can freeze or refrigerate egg breakfasts with an easy reheat in the morning. 

Mini Veggie Strata Muffins

Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, Med, RD, LD, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition, figured out how to get your sourdough obsession into a little bite-size fix, that emphasizes protein and veggies and considers how to integrate all cultural food preferences as a factor in her recipe development. 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, Med, RD, LD. Used with permission.

Breakfast Casserole with Hashbrowns

Shannon Aleise Garcia, owner of Kiss in the Kitchen really puts it all together with this delicious, nutritious, and easy recipe, that you can make ahead and serve up for the whole week. I particularly like how versatile it is.  Don’t want the bacon?  Substitute with turkey bacon.  Want to remove the dairy? You can replace the Colby-Jack with a non-dairy alternative or just skip it entirely.  Easy.

High Protein Cottage Cheese Egg Bites

Sarah Alsing, MS, RD, owner of Delightfully Fueled, has your workweek covered with these mini egg bites. Load them up with whatever veggies you’d like and store them for the week!  

Easy Baked Eggs (dairy-free)

These dairy-free grab n’ go muffin tin eggs by Kristi Ruth, RD, CNSC, LDN, owner of Carrots & Cookies are a hit for kids and adults, and she’ll give you lots of tips in this one from cost-saving ideas to recipe variations.

Spinach Feta Egg Bake

Your make-ahead brunch idea for the family is right here.  Lizzie Streit, MS, RD, owner of It’s a Veg World Afterall, came up with your Mediterranean-inspired egg bake.  She offers substitution and addition ideas, along with great ways to store and reheat this lovely family-friendly idea.

Photo courtesy of Lizzie Streit, MS, RD. Used with permission.

Overnight oats

You can’t go to a dietitian’s blog and not see some form of oats or overnight oats – it’s bound to be there. Why? Because oats are a wonderful whole grain, full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are truly easy to make – especially if you make them the night before with these overnight oats recipes.

Blueberry Overnight Oats with Protein Powder

Wa Na Chun, RD, owner of One Pot Wellness, has an overnight oats recipe with no added sugar, and it is packed with protein and high in fiber.  For an easy, nutritious, and delicious way to start the day, here it is.  

TIP: Wa Na reviews what to keep in mind with texture and the ratio of liquid – don’t miss this one.  

Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats with Honey and Pistachios

Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, owner of Street Smart Nutrition, put together the combo of a summer time chill and in-season peaches that just works.  You’ll learn a lot about pistachios and get some ideas about how to use peaches both fresh and canned.  I’m salivating already! While you’re over there, don’t miss out on Cara’s Berry Cherry Almond Overnight Oats, too!

Photo courtesy of Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD. Used with permission.

Nutella Overnight Oats

Something new to the overnight oats scene: add some Nutella! Kathryn Piper, RDN, owner of the Age Defying Dietitian, gives some tips and variations with this idea, and it looks so delish.

Strawberry Cheesecake Oats

Is this creative or what?  Bailey Franklyn, RD, owner of Harvest Table Nutrition, combines high-protein cottage cheese and cream cheese with strawberries and other delicious, nutritious, and easy ingredients for a slice of strawberry cheesecake overnight oats. 

Easy Blue Chia Seed Pudding

In place of oats, try overnight chia seeds (loaded with omega-3 healthy fats, fiber, and protein) and grab this recipe by Tori Vasko, RD, owner of Easy Chickpeasy. How does she get it so blue? You’ll have to check out her recipe to see. 

Photo courtesy of Tori Vasko, RD. Used with permission.

Savory oatmeal

I’ve always been a huge fan of savory oatmeal, and there are a ton of incredible ideas now.  Take what you need below!

The REVV Health Oatmeal Cups

These REVV Health oatmeal cups were inspired by Bob’s Red Mill grab n’ go cups, and while you can make them sweet by adding cinnamon and fruit, I absolutely love adding nuts, a crack of sea salt, and even some nori strips to get a “toasted” savory experience. 

Jalapeño Cheddar Savory Oatmeal

Maya Oueichek, MBA, RDN of Mayazbites knocks savory out of the park.  It has everything you would want in a filling breakfast, being fiber-packed, full of protein and adds a savory kick with jalapeños, green onion, and garlic.  You’ll also want to check out her homemade fermented hot sauce for an optional add-on. Yum.

Sweeter oatmeal 

Not in the mood for savory?  Here’s a little sweetness to start your day.  Oatmeal is super easy, if you can’t tell it’s one of my own family faves, and can be eaten any time of the year.  But what I love about the following recipes is that they really emphasize seasonal fruit. 

Easy Banana Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries

Baked oatmeal for the win. It’s so easy to warm up or eat cold and store for later. Kristi Ruth, RD, CNSC, LDN, owner of Carrots & Cookies adds a whole lot of flavor with minimal ingredients. 

Photo courtesy of Kristi Ruth, RD, CNSC, LDN. Used with permission.

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal 

Summer, fall or otherwise, if you’re into oatmeal, you will love this one by Tori Vasko, RD, owner of Easy Chickpeasy, for its simplicity and customization. Try Tori’s idea of using aquafaba to create a fluffiness to those morning oats. 

Photo courtesy of Tori Vasko, RD. Used with permission.

Baked Peach Oatmeal

Nothing screams summer more than peaches and this baked oatmeal is worth trying by Christina Iaboni, owner of Christina Iaboni Healthy Living, offering nutritious and delicious recipes to elevate your summer mornings.

Healthy Baked Peach Oatmeal

Nope, not a typo. Peaches in summer are to die for. Lizzie Streit, MS, RD, owner of It’s a Veg World Afterall, adds walnuts and bananas into this recipe and makes it extra crispy.

Photo courtesy of Lizzie Streit, MS, RD. Used with permission.

After some avocado

These breakfasts go beyond your standard avocado toast. Let me show you the versatility of avocados in meal preparation. Avocados offer endless possibilities to elevate your morning routine.

Easiest Avocado Toast with Tomato

Make it easy in the morning with this avocado toast by Kristi Ruth, RD, CNSC, LDN, owner of Carrots & Cookies. As always, Kristi will also give you some recipe variations so you get about eight ideas for the price of one.  

Balsamic Strawberry Avocado Toast

You can literally taste the balsamic drizzle with this one by Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, owner of Street Smart Nutrition. Don’t forget to check out her other variation on this delicious, nutritious and easy summer breakfast idea, caprese avocado toast with pesto and balsamic glaze.

Photo courtesy of Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD. Used with permission.

Avocado Pancakes with Cornmeal & Lime

These pancakes by Lizzie Streit, MS, RD, owner of It’s a Veg World Afterall, offer such a cool twist on the traditional sweet pancake.  I love the idea of a creamy avocado, which adds richness while the cornmeal offers texture. Zing with a lime, mwa!

Photo courtesy of Lizzie Streit, MS, RD. Used with permission.

Weekend brunch

If you want crowd-pleaser brunch for your friends and fam, try these indulgent and healthy summer breakfast ideas.  Again, you can make them year-round, but I also love using berries and blackberries in the summer when they are less expensive and fresh.  Alternatively, you can try what Andy Mathis, MS, RDN, LD, does of Beautiful Eats and Things, with frozen blackberries. 

5-Ingredient Skillet Blackberry Sweet Rolls

Andy Mathis, MS, RDN, LD, owner of Beautiful Eats and Things, shows us that you can take summer seasonal faves, such as berries, and use the frozen version in the wintertime to create a nutritious, delicious, and easy meal.  

Strawberry Oatmeal Bake

How beautiful is this one by Shannon Aleise Garcia, owner of Kiss in the Kitchen, this works for brunch but also for the busy camp or school week where you need to grab n’ go something cold (or hot – an easy warm) that is full of flavor, but also fiber, protein and carbs.  I love how easy this is to make.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Aleise Garcia. Used with permission.

Triple Berry Dutch Baby

Amy Lawson, RD, LDN, owner at Thrive Nutrition RDN, gives you the scoop on how to make this nutritious, delicious and easy dutch baby, and she even has a video of where you can swap items in or out to fit your preferences and health goals. 

The Best Banana Oat Waffles

Nkechi Ajaeroh, MS, RDN, owner of Nkechi Ajaeroh, has such gorgeous recipes, it is hard not to want to dive right into her photos.  This banana oat waffle is your weekend crowd-pleaser, but seems to be something that can easily be made in advance and served up during the week, too. Check out her Greek yogurt oatmeal pancakes with strawberries while you’re there!

Photo courtesy of Nkechi Ajaeroh, MS, RDN. Used with permission.

Strawberry Blueberry Galette With Rhubarb (Easy & Gluten-Free Crust

The Real Food Dietitians is where it is at. I cannot ever get enough of their recipes, and this summer breakfast idea will wow your brunch table. You cannot go wrong with these summer berries and tart rhubarb – loaded with antioxidants. Don’t forget to check out their incredible recipe repertoire here for amazing year-round meal ideas for the whole family.

Photo courtesy of The Real Food Dietitians. Used with permission.

That’s a wrap!

Remember, the best strategy for having a healthy breakfast may be totally different from your family and anyone else’s. That’s okay! The best nutrition plans are unique and personalized to your family’s values, taste buds, schedule, and grocery budget. 

There are so many “right” ways to make a wholesome hearty breakfast that is healthy for your family. 

Pick the breakfast that works best for you and enjoy!  

Would you like help with breakfast? Book a call so that we can work together to find your personalized, unique plan for your family to eat healthy breakfasts this summer and beyond.


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Marissa Beck, MS, RDN, Founder of REVV Health, is an award-winning dietitian and recognized nutrition counselor with over 13 years of experience.

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