Backpack breakfast ideas

Backpack Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Research shows that people who eat a healthy breakfast in the morning do better throughout their day.

Have you ever thought about what kind of items you could have for breakfast that would fit into a backpack?  (Or a briefcase for that matter?)  There are a host of different types of foods that are good breakfast foods.

Foods for breakfast may be high protein and low fat leftovers from the evening meal, traditional foods usually served for lunch or foods you make ahead to save time in the mornings.  Prepackaging your own foods can be a big budget saver since commercially prepackaged items tend to have a high price.

Let your student help with selections and packaging.  Try these ideas for your backpack breakfast whether walking to school, riding the bus or riding in a car.


Cereal - we gave our children dry cereal when they were toddlers so why did we stop?

  • Assorted dry cereals are great nutrition.
  • They can be bought in large packages and divided into smaller containers/bags.
  • Cereal also comes in fun packs for a variety, disposable bowls, cereal straws and cereal bars.

Cheese -

  • cheese toast
  • cheese sticks, cheese cubes, cheese sandwich, cheese and crackers.
  • Try a variety of cheeses such as Mozzarella, Cheddar, Colby and Swiss.

Peanut Butter - You just can't go wrong with peanut butter.

  • It makes a great dipper for fruit such as apple slices. Pretzel rods also make a great dipper for peanut butter.
  • Remember peanut butter and banana sandwiches?
  • Toaster waffle with peanut butter spread on it while it is warm.
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always a treat and not just for lunchtime. Why not make pb&j on a flour tortilla?
  • You can make your own peanut butter and crackers.

Bagels - They come in all sizes and flavors.

  • Try the mini bagels with cream cheese and fresh fruit slices. You could even take plain cream cheese and whip your own fresh fruit into it and keep in the refrigerator for a tasty bagel spread.
  • Bagel sandwiches are all the rage at many fast food places. Make your own at home for pennies on the dollar. Precook your sausage patties or bacon slices and have them ready in the refrigerator. You can even make the egg part the night before too. In the morning, just put it all together for your favorite breakfast sandwich.

Pancakes -

  • Cook extras on the weekend and freeze for later use. You can pop them in the microwave and then roll whatever filling you want inside.


For more information, contact:

Nancy A. Freeman, County Director
Harrison County Extension Service 
(228) 865-4227