You know how important it is to give the kids a good breakfast. But too often, kids end up skipping that all-important meal. Sometimes it's a matter of not having enough time. Sometimes the kids just aren't hungry, and sometimes they just don't like what you typically serve for breakfast.
I can't help you with your kids' appetites - that's largely a matter of how much and how late they ate the night before. But I can help you with some quick and easy breakfast recipes that are designed especially to appeal to kids. Many of these recipes can be made in advance, too, so all you have to do in the morning is reheat.
This breakfast has "special occasion" written all over it, but it's actually quite simple. Just toast some frozen waffles (I like to use whole grain natural waffles, but use whatever you like), and top with the sweetened cream cheese mixture and some fresh blueberries. It's a nutrient-rich breakfast that's filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, but it tastes decadent.
Scrambled eggs is not only a fast breakfast, it's a healthy one, too. Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, and when you buy omega-3 rich eggs, they're high in heart-healthy fatty acids, too. It doesn't take a lot of skill to make scrambled eggs, just a little practice. Feel like switching it up? Add shredded cheddar cheese, chopped fresh herbs or sauteed onions and mushrooms to this recipe for an even heartier, tastier breakfast.
These bite-sized bran muffins are made with bran cereal, shredded carrots and mini chocolate chips. They're wholesome and tasty and the perfect size for kids to grab as a quick breakfast before school.
It takes about the same amount of time to prepare these smoothies as it does to brush your teeth, and they provide a healthy breakfast the kids will want to eat. The best part is you don't have to wait for blueberry season to enjoy these smoothies - they're made with frozen blueberries. I recommend using organic blueberries.
Why make your own muesli when you can buy it? Well, for starters, you know what's in it. For example, this muesli recipe is chock full of nuts - three kinds - plus dried cherries, puffed rice cereal and cornflakes. Crunchy and sweet, but not too sweet, this cereal tastes great with milk or even by itself, just as a snack.
This yogurt parfait is a wonderfully pleasing combination of flavors. Sweet berries are tossed with a tiny bit of sugar, then served over plain Greek yogurt (full of calcium and protein), then topped with crunchy granola and just a touch of honey (remember the yogurt is unsweetened). The result is like a party of textures in your mouth. And this recipe takes only five minutes to prepare.
Cookies for breakfast? Why not? These breakfast cookies have less sugar than many typical kids' breakfast cereals and definitely have less sugar than a doughnut or pastry. And with oats, walnuts, banana, whole wheat flour and peanut butter, these breakfast cookies have the fiber, vitamins and protein kids need to get them going in the morning.
These waffle breakfast sandwiches take less than 10 minutes to prepare, and the kids can even make them all by themselves. I like to smear homemade chocolate hazelnut spread on these waffle sandwiches, but feel free to use the jarred kind. To make this breakfast healthier, use whole grain organic frozen waffles and top with sliced strawberries.
Dump everything in the Crockpot at night, and wake up to a warm and healthy breakfast in the morning with this super easy Crockpot oatmeal recipe. Important note: Many of the newer slow cookers cook faster than the old-style ones. If you find your slow cooker tends to cook food fast, add a little more water or cook the oatmeal for just 6 or 7 hours instead of 8 to 12.
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