Kids can be picky eaters; there’s no getting around it.
And while it’s so tempting to go for an easy fix and just give them a bowl of Fruity Pebbles every morning, you know it’s probably not going to do their health any favors; cereals are highly processed and they are almost 100% refined carbohydrates.
But cooking breakfast for your kids doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking each morning. In fact, it’s usually possible to whip up a healthy meal for them in 10 minutes or less!
Check out the healthy breakfast ideas below. Your kids will go crazy for them, we’re sure.
Ham and Egg Panini
Ham or thinly-sliced meat (you can use any kind of meat, such as turkey, prosciutto, smoked, farmer’s ham, etc.), 1 large egg, salt, and pepper, 2 slices of wheat or multigrain bread and a slice of low-fat cheddar or Swiss cheese.
1. Beat the egg in a small ball and add a dash of salt and pepper
2. Put a few drops of olive oil into your nonstick skillet, pour in the egg and scramble until fluffy.
3. Transfer the cooked egg to the sliced bread then top it with ham and cheese
4. Put the other slice of bread on top and then grill it in a Panini press for 2 to 6 minutes, depending on how brown you want the bread to be. If you don’t have a Panini press, you can just grill the sandwich on your skillet.
Homemade Granola Bars
1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup dates, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup almond or sunflower seed butter, 1 cup chopped roasted almonds (unsalted) and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.
1. Put the dates in your food processor and process until it forms a dough-like consistency
2. Pour the honey and almond or sunflower seed butter into a small saucepan and warm over low heat until well-combined.
3. Combine the oats, almonds, dates, and cranberries in a bowl and then pour in the honey and nut butter mixture
4. Mix everything together and press the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper
5. Cover the pan with a plastic wrap and allow everything to set in the fridge for 20 minutes before chopping the bars.
*Ther is a great make-ahead recipe that the kids can eat as a snack.
3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt, 1 cup blueberries or any fruit that your kid likes and 2 teaspoons wheat germ.
Place yogurt in an ice cream/dessert dish and top it with fruits and wheat germ. That’s it! It couldn’t be easier than that.