Back-to-School Breakfast: Make the Grade with Eggs

Benefits of Adding Eggs to Your Diet

by: Erica Ehm

When it’s time for the kids to head back to school, you’re thinking about stocking up on school supplies – and if you’re like me, you’re also buying them some new clothes, hoping that they’ll adjust well to the new teacher, new friends and new subjects.

What about back-to-school breakfast? We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you factor it into your back-to-school planning?

At my house, we organize our mornings to make sure that the kids get a good breakfast in – and more often than not, that breakfast includes eggs. If you’re the same, you’ll be pleased to know that research has confirmed what moms have known all along: a good breakfast that includes eggs can help kids perform better in school. 

Eggs give kids brain power and help to increase kids’ attention span. (Yes, this can work for moms too!) And with increased attention comes better memory, problem-solving skills, school attendance and test scores. Protein keeps kids feeling full longer, so they can concentrate in the classroom and their lessons – not on rumbling tummies.

Eggs are quick and easy to prepare and they are a great alternative to sugary breakfast cereals. If you want to give the kids an A+ breakfast, look no further than two eggs and a slice of whole grain toast. This gives your little ones 15 grams of protein and only 3 grams of sugar, providing the head start they need.

Here are some interesting facts about eggs:

Did you know…

  Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein, because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are considered the "building blocks for the body" because they help form protein.

  Hard-cooked eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. Try cooking up a dozen on a Sunday night. They make great snacks, or take them to work with some salad greens and you have an incredible protein-packed lunch!

  Eggs should be stored in their original egg carton. The carton protects the eggs and prevents them from absorbing strong odours and flavours of other foods in the fridge through the thousands of tiny pores in the shell.

  There are no nutritional differences between brown eggs and white eggs.

  Eggs contain choline which has been recognized as an essential nutrient by Health Canada to play a strong role in brain development and function. One egg provides HALF your daily requirement of choline.

  Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D - a.k.a. the sunshine vitamin.


I shot some videos in the kitchen with my kids making some of our family's favourite fast breakfast recipes!

Watch my son Josh and I make scambled eggs and cheese
Watch my daughter Jessie and I make our famous french toast
Watch my  husband and I have a cookoff with a microwaved poached egg vs. an egg over easy

Click here for Erica's fast family fave egg recipes!



Want more egg-cellent egg recipes that can be whipped up quickly? You'll find more here.

Erica Ehm has gone from rock'n roll to rocking the cradle. After a decade starring on MuchMusic, she had kids and is the founder of and the Ehm & Co, a digital agency focused on moms. Erica's two teens Josh and Jessie, and hubby Terry help her put life into perspective.