Getting your child's day off to a good start can be a tough task. But kids who enjoy breakfast tend to eat healthier overall, and are more likely to be physically active. Breakfast can also keep their weight in check, help with concentration and keep them from feeling tired and irritable.
Short on ideas? A healthy breakfast should include a combination of protein, fiber-filled carbohydrates and healthy fats. Try to steer clear of sugar-filled breakfast pastries and sweetened cereals that offer little in the way of fiber or nutrition.
Check out these breakfast suggestions to please the whole family:
Whole-grain cereal with fresh fruit and skim or low-fat milk. Choose cereals with at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 8 grams of sugar.
Hot oatmeal made with skim or low-fat milk for a creamier taste and added dose of protein. Make it even more interesting by adding one of the following:
Low-fat yogurt is smooth and creamy and offers protein and calcium.
Nonfat or low-fat cottage cheese is packed with protein and delicious topped with:
Whole-wheat raisin toast, wheat bread or English muffin with:
Whole-grain waffles can offer a dose of fiber without a lot of sugar. Look for 100 percent whole-grain brands in the frozen food case at your supermarket. Just pop one in the toaster and serve with your choice of:
Eggs are a great source of protein and are also quick and easy to prepare. Serve them scrambled, over-easy or hardboiled.
Smoothies are always fun for breakfast and a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into one glass. Create your own using fresh or frozen fruit, low-fat skim or soy milk or yogurt, silken tofu, natural peanut butter and ground flax seeds. Try one of the following recipes:
Strawberry peach delight
Short on time? Don't use that as an excuse to let the kids skip breakfast.