~ Complete with a fruit rainbow and a pot of gold … this breakfast idea is perfect for any day that needs an extra-special start! Kids will love how fun this breakfast is – and you’ll love all the great nutrition! They’ll start the day happy and fueled up for action … literally eating a rainbow! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Vegetarian •
The closer we get to St. Patrick’s Day, seems like rainbows are everywhere. All sorts of rainbow foods, especially rainbows shaped out of colorful fruit!
So great, right?!?
Well, yeah! I mean, rainbows are awesome – you can’t argue with that. And fruit is definitely awesome.
Then how does it all seem to go so very wrong?
Most of those promising fruit rainbows end in clouds of Cool Whip or marshmallows … or in pots o’ gold made out of foil-wrapped Rolos.
I got to thinking about this problem, and wondering what healthy golden things could also show up at the ends of rainbows. And then there was that aha moment …
This breakfast idea is basically one of our no-brainer, go-to, super-fast school morning breakfasts – a huge pile of colorful fruit alongside whole grain toast and an egg – all funned up with some luck o’ the Irish. (If you hang around here much, you know that, in our house we definitely “fun things up” whenever possible … completely disregarding the fact that “funning something up” is in no way grammatically correct. So let’s just accept that and roll on …)
That egg – with its golden yellow yolk – makes a perfect pot o’ gold, and has waaaaaay more protein and great nutrition than a foil-wrapped Rolo! The perfect thing to find at the end of an antioxidant-packed fruit rainbow!
Choosing Your Fruit
Let what’s in season or whatever looks good at your market be your guide – we’ve got a whole list of different color-coded ideas on the recipe card, but feel free to get creative and buy whatever great fruit combinations strike your fancy.
Better yet – take your kiddos to the store with you, and let them choose their own rainbow!
If they’re young enough to be engaged by discussions of ROY G BIV, you’ve got a great science lesson on your hands. And kids of any age can get into the topic of “eating a rainbow” and how different fruits offer different nutrients – a nutrition lesson that’s colorful and fun, too!
Making the Eggs
Cook the eggs any way that your kids will like – sunny side up, over medium … honestly, a pile of fluffy yellow scrambled eggs would work here, too. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be fun!
If you’re making a fried egg and it’s a bit too big to let the English muffin peek out from underneath, you can just tuck the whites under a bit as you lay the egg on the muffin, so it’s approximately the right circumference.
Or – you can get fancy with a special egg ring or a perfectly-sized miniature pan, like we did in our photos above. But seriously – don’t sweat it if you don’t have special equipment like egg rings – it’s really not necessary!
Having Even More Fun with This Idea
To make a cute, kid-appealing sunshine (like you see in some of the photos above), we cut out a quick paper sun from some construction paper to place under a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. But again, you don’t have to make this complicated. You can skip the scissors and simply plunk down some juice – your kiddos will love it just the same!
You can even skip the OJ sunshine altogether and move the pot o’ gold egg up top, to the sunshine position … poof! … that golden egg yolk can do double-duty in your little rainbow landscape!
Regardless of what fruits you choose, how you make your egg, or what you do with your sun – the important thing here is that your kiddos will have a great time eating a really nutritious breakfast that’ll fuel them up for the busy day ahead. That, my friends, is really a true pot o’ gold!
More Fun, Healthy Breakfast Recipes …
- 10-Minute Almond Joy Oatmeal from Two Healthy Kitchens
- Granola Cups with Banana Cream from Kelly at Tasting Page
- Waffle Sundae Bar from Two Healthy Kitchens
- Breakfast Popsicles from Kristi at The Classy Chapter
- Easy Tricks for Making Pancake Shapes and Numbers from Two Healthy Kitchens
Fresh Fruit (suggestions for each color)
- Red – strawberries, red raspberries
- Orange – cantalope, clementines or mandarins, mango
- Yellow – pineapple, yellow raspberries
- Green – kiwi, green grapes, honeydew melon
- Blue/Indigo – blueberries, blackberries
- Violet – purple-hued red grapes or black grapes
- 1/2 whole-grain English muffin
- 1 egg
Orange Juice Sunshine
- orange juice, if desired
- Wash and prepare fruit, cutting into bite-sized pieces as needed. On a serving plate, arrange fruit into the shape of a rainbow in order of colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue/indigo, violet).
- Lightly toast English muffin and prepare egg. (You can cook the egg however your child prefers – sunny side up or over easy so that the yolk still looks yellow, or even scrambled.)
- Place English muffin at the bottom of the fruit rainbow as the "pot of gold" and place the cooked egg on top of the muffin. Alternately, you can place the egg muffin above the rainbow as the "sunshine."
- Serve immediately, with glass of orange juice (another option for creating a "sunshine"), if desired.