I thought instead I better jump in here with some useful information for a change.
Healthy breakfasts for the kids. I can't say enough about how important it is for your little darlin' to start his or her day with nutritous, substantial food. Essential.
Why do kids need to eat a healthy breakfast?
- Nutritious foods are "brain foods," so kids will stay more alert and perform better in school
- Eating early keeps weight under control by kick-starting metabolism
- Better nutrition means less sickness
- Kids will have "full feeling" longer with a low-sugar breakfast
- Economic value of eating at home
Now, I hear what you're saying, and don't think I can't see you shaking your head over there on the other side of my computer. But there isn't time. There just isn't tiiiime, if only we had time to fix healthy breakfasts, but we don't. No time at all.
Go back and read my fancy bulleted list. Healthy breakfasts are important, worth making the time. I've put together a list of quick, healthy breakfasts that will help you send your kiddies on their way when time is short.
- Whole grain cereal with milk, topped with fruit (choose cereal with whole grain as first ingredient)
- Yogurt parfaits (layer yogurt/fruit/granola or whole grain cereal in a clear up, because even little kids appreciate presentation)
- Whole grain waffle, topped with fruit and 100% maple syrup (a little goes a long way) OR whole grain waffle topped with peanut butter
- Breakfast bar (choose lowest-sugar option, again choose a whole grain option), fruit and milk
- Oatmeal and boiled egg
Some of you may need tips on motivating kids to eat breakfast.
- Present several options, and let them choose
- Discuss the night before what they might like for breakfast
- Consider filling out a menu for the week
I'm all about the lists today!
Got any questions? I'll be glad to tackle them for you. Also, stay tuned... I'm doing a fancy product review soon. I'll also post a few pics from the birthday chaos. Don't worry. One of them will not be my bruised tailbone.