Breakfast is touted the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, a lot of kids start the day with the wrong kind of breakfast – one filled with sugar. Cereals might seem like the easy solution, but they aren’t a health food.
So, what is something you can serve up without much trouble? Here are ten breakfast ideas for kids that are highly nutritious, filling and nothing too complicated to cook up in the early hours of the day.
1. Slow cooker oatmeal
Oatmeal is an excellent choice for the morning, and if you have a slow cooker, you can get the porridge ready while you sleep. All you need to do is combine ingredients such as oats, walnuts, milk and bananas with some spices and place in the slow cooker. Cook on low heat and in the morning, you have a beautiful porridge ready to eat.
2. Granola and yogurt
Instead of opting for the sugary cereals, pick the healthier version with granola. Create a lovely breakfast by layering the granola at the bottom of a glass and topping it with sugar-free yogurt. For example, Turkish yogurt is a good pick. Add a splash of honey, and your kids will love eating this tasty and pretty serving of calcium-rich food.
3. A fruit smoothie
Smoothies are a big hit among kids, and they are very nutritious when mixed with organic ingredients and without any added sugar. You can use any berries and fruits your child enjoys, along with a probiotic such as coconut kefir. If you add chia seeds to the smoothie, your child will benefit from the added protein and fiber.
4. A breakfast burrito bowl
Breakfast food doesn’t have to be boring – you don’t need to just settle for toast and porridge. A burrito bowl is a perfect example of this. You simply need to combine ingredients such as healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil), some veggies (pepper, avocado, zucchini, tomatoes) and a protein source (chicken, chickpeas, tofu). Heat up your ingredients with some spices (cilantro, salt, turmeric, cumin), and you have a tasty breakfast for kids.
5. Scrambled eggs with zucchini and a sausage
You’ll back a bunch of protein with this meal. You can start by cooking up some zucchini in the pan. You can use just a tiny bit of fat and a sprinkle of salt, cooking the vegetable until soft. Remove and cook up the sausage in the same pan. The sausage will add a bit more fat in the pan on its own so no need to add extra. After the sausage is cooked, remove and cook up the scrambled eggs with a tiny bit of additional fat, if needed.
6. Scaled down huevos rancheros
Eggs are a perfect breakfast food, and you should serve them up with a difference. If you enjoy the Spanish huevos rancheros dish, you can scale it down for your kids for an easy breakfast. All you need is a bit of salsa and a few wholegrain tortilla chips. Scramble your eggs, fold in the salsa and crush the chips on top.
7. Breakfast skewers
You could also serve up some Italian breakfast skewers for something rather different, but stunningly tasty. These skewers have plenty of protein, a lot of vitamin-rich vegetable sand a touch of sweetness. You can do the preparation the night before and just pop them in the oven in the morning.
8. Toast and pumpkin butter
Skip the chocolate spreads and make your own pumpkin butter. Pumpkin is super nutritious and served with a wholegrain bread it creates a healthy start for the day. You can even add a few slices of apple on top of the toast for a slightly sweeter version.
9. English muffins with eggs
Buy wholegrain English muffins or bake them up yourself. Have hard boiled eggs ready in the morning. Slice up your muffin, top with a slice of tomato and the eggs, and sprinkle some Parmesan on top and pop in the oven or the microwave. Tasty and simple!
10. Wholegrain pancakes with nut butter
Cook up some whole grain pancakes and serve them with healthier nut butter, such as walnut butter or almond butter. If you use organic products with no added sugar, you will have a breakfast that’s high in fiber and healthy fats. If you want, you can even cook the pancake batter the night before or fry the pancakes ready and merely re-heat them in the oven before serving.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be annoying or painful. A lot of the above ideas can be prepared the night before, or they just take a few minutes to make in the morning. If you don’t like cooking things like nut butter on your own, you can buy great organic products online. Check offers with OZCodes when buying organic food to ensure you can find healthy and affordable produce.
Remember to get the kids involved in designing the menu based on your suggestions! This ensures they feel more engaged and in charge of the food they eat.