Top 10 Breakfast Ideas
A healthy breakfast increases energy, increases the attention span and helps maintain a healthy weight. Start your kids' day off right with these great breakfast solutions.
Homemade pancake mix is cheaper per pancake than the store-bought stuff, plus you can use whole-grain flour to boost the nutrition factor. Make your own mix in advance, and then it's a breeze to serve your kids a hot breakfast off the griddle in the morning. All-natural maple syrup is a delicious, low-calorie sweetener. (And don't confuse it with factory-made "pancake syrup!")
Running late? No time for a breakfast that requires preparation? Grapefruit is a filling, vitamin-packed fruit that's earned a justified reputation as an all-time breakfast standby. It makes an excellent side dish to any main breakfast course, and in a pinch it can be the star of your meal.
An ideal breakfast is high in both fiber and protein. An egg sandwich fulfills both of these requirements. Although there's room for personal preference both in the style of egg, and the bread it's sandwiched on, you can make it healthier in a couple of ways. Scramble the eggs instead of frying. Use whole-grain bagels or English muffins instead of processed ones. Cheese is optional (but delicious).
A breakfast burrito can be a convenient, on-the-go breakfast solution that still packs a nutritional punch. Make it Southwestern style with eggs, veggies, and salsa. Or go a non-traditional route and make your protein source leftover chicken or turkey.
Here's a way to combine several food groups into one appealing dish. In a glass or plastic up, alternate layers of yogurt, fresh fruit (most berries work well), and granola or a crunchy cereal. It looks as good as it tastes!
Baked French Toast
Who doesn't love the sweet treat of French toast? This tasty breakfast classic is always a hit with the kids, and with a few healthy ingredients, it can be a hit with mom, too. Use whole-grain bread, egg whites, all-natural syrup, and fresh fruit to top it off. Bake the bread slices instead of frying, and you've got a hot and healthy breakfast ready to go.
When people think omelets, they usually think cheese. But it doesn't always have to be that way. Chopped vegetables like peppers, onions, and mushrooms can provide a healthy, tasty zip to this classic egg dish.
This is a fun-to-eat dish that you can assemble the night before, and cook in the morning. On bamboo skewers, alternately place chunks of your favorite fruits, vegetables such as bell peppers, and meats like Italian sausage. Then roast them on a grill or bake them in the oven, and you've got a breakfast treat.
If you've got a blender, you have a delicious and easy way to give your kids a quick breakfast that's loaded with nutrients. Recipes are almost limitless, but most include your favorite fruits such as bananas or pineapple, healthy dairy products like yogurt, and plenty of delicious fruit juice. Don't forget to use a crazy straw!
Whole wheat or raisin bran cereal is a great way to start off your kid's day. It is loaded with fiber and nutrients to keep energy levels high through the whole day. You can customize and spice it up by adding nuts, honey, or your child's favorite fruits.