You have probably heard this before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you have children, you want to make sure their breakfast is healthy and nutritious. You also need to make sure it is something they will want to eat; simply putting a bowl of bran cereal in front of a child is probably not going to do the trick. Thankfully, a few simple recipes can provide your child with a healthy and delicious breakfast to start his or her day.



Whole Wheat Pancakes and Fruit

Healthyschoollunches.com suggests giving your kids whole wheat pancakes and fruit for breakfast. For whole wheat pancakes, you will need one banana, one cup of soy milk, a tablespoon of maple syrup, a cup of whole wheat flour, and two teaspoons of baking powder. In a bowl, puree the banana and mix in the milk and syrup. Next, take a separate bowl and mix in your dry ingredients (the flour, the baking powder, and a pinch of salt). Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth. Once the batter is ready, heat up a griddle on your stove. Pour a small ladle’s worth of batter onto the griddle. When the pancake forms bubbles on the surface, flip it over and cook through.

Serve the pancakes with fresh fruit. You can try strawberries, blueberries, apple slices, or another banana, sliced. Couple this with a glass of soy milk and a glass of orange juice and you child will start his or her day off right.

Smiling Baked Oatmeal

Better Homes and Garden suggests giving your children a smiling bowl of baked oatmeal to start their day. This recipe, courtesy of bhg.com, requires one cup of quick-cooking rolled oats, half of a cup of dried mixed fruit, two cups of milk, one egg, a quarter cup of sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and two tablespoons of syrup. The recipe makes four servings, so you will need four custard (baking) cups. Spray each custard cup with non-stick cooking spray and set them all aside. In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: the oats and the fruit. In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients (the milk and the beaten egg) with the vanilla, the sugar, and the salt. Combine the two bowls and stir until they are evenly mixed. Add the mixture to the custard cups and bake them in a 350 degree oven for half an hour. To serve, form extra pieces of dried fruit into a smiley face. Drizzle with syrup, if desired.

Other Ideas

Remember that eating healthy is not difficult if you use the right ingredients. Use organic or all-natural ingredients, and pick foods that are light in sugar, salt, and fat. Armed with these ingredients, you can fashion any number of healthy recipes. For example, take a piece of wheat bread and cut out the center. Heat a frying pan and spray it with cooking spray. Lay the bread in the pan and crack an egg into the center. Fry the egg in the bread until it is cooked. Serve with a bowl of fresh fruit. This simple recipe is easy to prepare and healthy.