Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is important to a child’s health and growth. A nutritious, healthy breakfast is also a great start to the school day your child. It is brain food that they need to be alert and active for the trials of the day.
Most often, it’s hard to get kids to sit down in the morning for a full course meal. But there are other quick alternatives if you find the baby too sleepy for a full meal or if time is an issue. Breakfast can be encouraged if you get a little in practice to prepare the morning meal. Try it once and see what comes of it. Let them know how important their help in the kitchen is really for you. This can also be a good time to get the whole family gathered around the table. It all depends on your family’s schedules and activities.
If you find to get your children interested in a full meal in the morning to be challenging … do not despair. It is very important to at least get them to eat some other quick healthful choice. There are a number of quick options for you to choose from. Consider …
Below are some food choices to get kids moving in the morning
Drinking refreshing smoothie makes it much easier to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and kids love them. Smoothies give you a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. They are also easy and fun to do.
Banana Pineapple Smoothie
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
2 sliced bananas
1 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 cup non-fat yogurt (any flavor)
Combine fresh pineapple, banana, soy milk, yogurt and ice cubes in a blender.
Blend until smooth. Serves about 4
Carrot Apple Juice Smoothie
1 cup carrots minced
1 1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup cold water
Toss all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth
muffins and bagels
for healthier muffins or bagels, of course, you need to bake homemade type. It is best to make it with whole wheat. Homemade bran muffins are good with some butter fat and low sugar jelly or jam and are also a good source of fiber. Apple or pear butter on top will also give you added variety.
Below is a nutritious recipe, I think your kids will take a liking. Who says you can not have pizza for breakfast?
2 English Muffins
grated mozzarella cheese
1 slice low-fat deli chopped ham
2 scrambled eggs (can substitute egg beater)
Cut 2 muffins in half. Top with pizza sauce, grated cheese, chopped ham and eggs. Place the toaster oven for a minute or two. Change the settings to your liking. Offer your child a piece of fruit on the side.
There are many varieties of fruit salads and in fact, they are great anytime of the day .. .not just for breakfast. Fruit salad is very good with some non-fat yogurt dip.
There are many types of casseroles for breakfast. And to make them healthy, you can add any vegetables you like and is highly recommended to add to the daily intake of vegetables. Using turkey bacon or sausage and low fat cheese is ideal when it comes to healthy casseroles. Also, use egg substitute, such as egg beaters will give you less fat and cholesterol. With the pot, you can let them out the night before and pop them in the oven in the morning.
always dried fruits, nuts, dates, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and trail mixes on hand to throw in a sealed plastic bag for those mornings when the time just do not allow for a breakfast meal. Make for sure every child gets one of these bags before leaving the house.
There you have it … just a few ideas to keep healthy breakfast for your little ones. Also … do not forget to eat a good breakfast yourself.