The rush of the busy morning often means little time is left for a filling, nutritious breakfast. Studies show that eating breakfast helps kids concentrate better in school, get better scores on tests and helps them maintain a healthy weight. Encouraging kids to make their own breakfast will make mornings run smoother and increase the chances of them eating it. Try these recipes that kids can make for a better start to the day.

Yogurt Parfait

This breakfast is a fun take on plain yogurt and will give kids a boost of calcium, vitamin C and healthy probiotics. Simply layer yogurt, cleaned and washed berries and granola in a cup. The yogurt, berries and granola can all be prepped ahead of time and stored in a separate container in the refrigerator. For a protein boost, try using Greek yogurt.

Smoothies

Kids will delight in drinking these mean, green smoothies that give them a daily serving of fruit and vegetables. Wash and dice strawberries, blueberries and bananas and place them with a handful of spinach in a freezer-safe bag. In the morning, kids can simply dump the contents of the bag with a splash of milk in the blender and blend until smooth. Instruct kids ahead of time on how to properly use the blender and any safety tips.

Toast with Fruit

The whole grains and healthy fats give this breakfast staying power until lunchtime. Kids can toast whole-grain bread and spread it with their favorite nut or seed butter. Add sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey for a touch of sweetness. Most kids can comfortably use a toaster between the ages of five and six.

Cereal

All kids need to do is be able to pour cereal and milk in a bowl for this breakfast. Look for options that are low in sugar, free from dyes and high in whole grains to keep blood sugar levels from spiking and crashing. Try using almond or coconut milk with the cereal for a different lactose-free twist.

Frozen Waffles

Cut up some fresh fruit and store it in the fridge to top these kid favorites. Kids can pop the frozen waffles in the toaster until warm and brown. Top with fruit, whipped cream or a little bit of natural maple syrup. Eat with a previously prepared hard-boiled egg for some protein.