Healthy Breakfasts for Kids
Mornings can be a crazy time when you have kids! But we can help your busy family get more organized and make healthy choices for breakfast as you all try to rush out to work or school. But as tempting as it may be to grab a sugar-filled cereal bar or to skip breakfast entirely, (which is what many families end up doing) try to plan a few extra minutes into your evening routine to make time for a quick and nutritious breakfast. It is worth spending the extra few minutes the evening before to make sure your kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they head off to school . Here are some quick and easy ideas for your family:
- Get the right mix. A good way to remember what to include in a healthy breakfast is to be mindful of the phrase “three or more before you head out the door,” says Toby Smithson, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies. Smithson advises choosing one from the three food groups–protein, whole grain, and fruit–to create a healthy breakfast. (A good on-the-go breakfast would be string cheese, whole-wheat crackers, and an apple, for instance.)
- Give them small portions. Another helpful tip: Think quality, not quantity, says Smithson. Instead of a whole piece of toast and scrambled eggs, try smaller portions – a half slice, slices of fruit and a few spoonful’s of eggs is sufficient for a first grader.
- Use a muffin tin. A great way to visualize portion size is by filling up a muffin tin cup or reusable silicone muffin cups with cup up cheese, fruit, or other breakfast foods.
- Make it the night before. As much as you can, make some breakfast items the night before. For example, you can boil some eggs or make some oatmeal and put these items in the fridge for the next morning.
We hope that these tips help your family – feel free to share in the comments below and tips that help your family.