12 Easy and Nutritious Breakfasts and Snack Recipes

It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of theday. It’s our initial brain food that sets the tone for our activity throughout the day. Without it, it’s very difficult to function, let alone learn.

Guest post by Davida from www.thehealthymaven.com


It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s our initial brain food that sets the tone for our activity throughout the day. Without it, it’s very difficult to function, let alone learn.

Yet so many children in Canada start their day without breakfast. In fact, 1 in 6 children are food insecure. Without nutritious food to start their day or keep them fuelled throughout it, it becomes increasingly difficult for children to learn and succeed in school.

We’re fortunate to live in a country, which can help ensure that no child goes hungry but it is not without your help. Several amazing programs including the Ontario Student Nutrition Program have stepped in to make certain that every kid starts their day with a healthy breakfast and ensures they are well-fed throughout the day.

However, these programs depend on your support. The Toonies for Tummies campaign launched by The Grocery Foundation of Canada along with the support of various food and beverage companies hopes to raise over $600,000 to allow these programs to continue to provide children across Canada with healthy and nutritious meals.

Every year in February select grocery stores in Ontario will ask you to consider donating a toonie to help support the Toonies for Tummies Campaign. 100% of funds raised were given directly to the programs that help keep various breakfast and snack programs in your region.

A toonie is nothing compared to most Canadian’s grocery bills, but if you’re worried you don’t have the funds to support these incredible programs, I have your solution.

So many of us depend on packaged snacks and breakfasts for our busy lives on the go. They’re convenient but they aren’t always the most health conscious or budget-friendly. What if I told you, you could cut-costs, eat healthy AND have money leftover to donate your toonie?

It’s pretty simple, start cooking up your breakfasts and snacks yourself! You can easily make big batches and freeze and package them so you can still eat them on the go. You might have to sacrifice a bit more time but what you save in money and the ability to help support children who don’t have access to nutritious food is worth it. With that, I’ve got 6 delicious breakfasts and 6 scrumptious snack recipes to help you get started with your kitchen adventures. All are guaranteed to be filling, easy to make and conducive to your busy lives.

6 breakfast recipes

1. Pumpkin Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies from The Healthy Maven

2. Pomegranate Oatmeal Snack Cups from Fit Foodie Finds

3. Greek Yogurt Blueberry Banana Bread from Nosh and Nourish

4. On the Go Baked Egg Nests from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

5. Homemade Pop Tars (whole wheat) from Food Faith Fitness

6. The Breakfast Smoothie from The Hummusapien

6 snack recipes

1. Brown Rice Krispie Treats from Eating Bird Food

2. Chili Spiced Sweet Potato Chips from The Housewife in Training Files

3. Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Granola Bars from The Healthy Maven

4. Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins from The Lean Green Bean

5. Coconut Oil Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn from Almost Getting it Together

6. Hidden Veggie Two-Bite Brownies from The Healthy Maven

I hope you find a recipe or two in here that you love and can open your wallets to help support those children who may not have access to the same resources that you have.

Help Us Make Breakfast a Reality for a Hungry Child

Chasing dreams should be part of every child’s day. Going without breakfast shouldn’t be.


We are so grateful to Canadians who support Toonies for Tummies during our annual store campaign and, year-round, online.

You may know on April 16th, the Federal Government confirmed plans to support student nutrition programs. Specifically, the budget has announced the creation of a National School Food Program, which will provide $1 billion over five years to Employment and Social Development Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada, starting in 2024‑25.

You may wonder what does this government funding mean specific to the need and our efforts to fundraise?

Without a doubt, we continue to need your support. While many student nutrition program leaders are encouraged by the incremental government support, many have taken to the news and social media to confirm even with this support, funding gaps will persist.

The Grocery Foundation's Vision, that no Canadian child goes to school hungry, remains fully intact. Our work continues and remains vital to support hungry children through their school’s student nutrition program. There is no change whatsoever in our focus, our mission, or our reliance on your support.

The programs we help fund are universal in nature. That means all children who require a healthy meal have access. Those on the front lines of these programs affirm their positive impact and positive halo beyond the day’s nutrition, from attendance, behaviours to the school community and mental health. The programs you help fund also support foundational nutrition knowledge and social skill building, as many programs include mechanisms for student involvement in menu planning, food preparation and serving of food to peers.

Thank you for choosing to support hungry children in your community, nourishing their health, well-being, academic success while fostering their school community. With your continued support, we will continue to help dreams take flight and nourish over 3,000 programs and neighbourhoods, yours among them.