These Recipes Help Your Kids Start the Day in a Healthy Way
A good breakfast is a vital part of a child's day, but making sure your kids eat right can be a challenge. In the rush of a busy morning, it can be too easy to fall back on sugary cereals or packaged pastries. While filling, these will fill kids with sugar rather than giving them the balanced, healthy meal they need.
Fortunately, healthy breakfasts for kids don't have to take hours to make or result in flavorless meals that jaded children will reject. These six recipes provide healthy and appealing options for your kids' breakfasts.
1) Homemade Granola
Store-bought granola can be high in sugar, but with this simple homemade recipe you control exactly what your kids eat. The recipe is easy enough that you can even make it together with your children: Mix oats with honey and sunflower oil, and then bake them and add your favorite dried fruit. Mix with yogurt and jam for a simple, sweet breakfast, or just enjoy with milk.
2) English Muffin Egg Pizzas
Eggs are a breakfast tradition, but cooking them in the morning can be time-consuming. Combine sliced, pre-cooked hard-boiled eggs with tomatoes and cheese on a toasted English muffin to make a simple breakfast pizza that delivers a balanced meal of protein and carbohydrates to start the day off right.
3) Crockpot Oatmeal With Apples and Honey
Oatmeal is a hearty traditional breakfast, but even the minutes needed to cook it can be too much on a busy morning. By preparing the ingredients and leaving them in a slow cooker overnight, you and your kids can wake up to a hot, healthy breakfast in the morning. Add apples and honey for an extra sweet crunch.
4) Breakfast Muffin Frittatas
When you have a little more time, you can make these neat little packages of beaten egg with your choice of filling and cook them in a muffin tin. The resulting frittatas are a balanced breakfast that you and your kids can grab on your way out the door.
5) Raspberry and Coconut Breakfast Loaf
Another simple breakfast you can take with you is a hearty slice from this fruity almond loaf. Made from almond flour, honey and eggs, with dried coconut and raspberries for sweetness, it's rich enough to sustain kids all morning. Baked in advance, it lets you grab something for the kids when there's no time to cook without falling back on something packed with processed sugar.
6) Melon and Crunchy Bran Pots
A simple mix of yogurt and bran flakes with juicy chunks of melon for sweetness, this easy-to-make breakfast delivers a quick meal that's high in protein and fiber. The sprinkling of cereal and sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds on the top adds a pleasing crunchy texture.
Dr James Holloway has been writing about games, geek culture and whisky since 1995. A former editor of "Archaeological Review from Cambridge," he has also written for Fortean Times, Fantasy Flight Games and The Unspeakable Oath. A graduate of Cambridge University, Holloway runs the blog Gonzo History Gaming.