Kids are picky eaters; there’s no getting around it. While it’s so tempting to go for an easy fix and just give them a bowl of Fruity Pebbles every morning, you have to realize that this is not healthy for your child. Cereals are highly processed and they are almost 100% refined carbohydrates. Cooking breakfast for your kids doesn’t have to be a production number each time. In fact, you can whip up a healthy meal in as little as 10 minutes! Check out these healthy breakfast ideas for kids.
-Ham and Egg Panini
Ingredients: cooked ham (you can use any kind of ham like turkey, prosciutto, smoked or farmer’s ham), 1 large egg, salt and pepper, 2 slices of gluten free bread and a slice of low-fat cheddar or Swiss cheese.
Directions: 1.) beat the egg in a small bowl and add a dash of salt and pepper 2.) put a few drops of olive oil into your nonstick skillet, pour in the egg and scramble until fluffy. 3.) transfer the cooked egg to the sliced bread then top it with ham and cheese 4.) put the other slice of bread on top and then grill it in a Panini press for 2 to 6 minutes depending on how brown you want the bread to be. If you don’t have a Panini press, you can just grill the sandwich on your skillet.
-Homemade Granola Bars
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup dates, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup almond or sunflower seed butter, 1 cup chopped roasted almonds (unsalted) and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.
Directions: 1.) put the dates in your food processor and process until it forms a dough-like consistency 2.) pour the honey and almond or sunflower seed butter into a small sauce pan and warm over low heat until well-combined. 3.) combine the oats, almonds, dates and cranberries in a bowl and then pour in the honey and nut butter mixture 4.) mix everything together and press the mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper 5.) cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow everything to set in the fridge for 20 minutes before chopping the bars.
*This is a great make-ahead recipe that the kids can eat as a snack.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup blueberries or any fruit that your kid likes and 2 teaspoons wheat germ.
Directions: place yogurt in an ice cream/dessert dish and top it with fruits and wheat germ. That’s it! It couldn’t be easier than that.
While making breakfast every morning may not be an option, having these breakfast ideas for kids could help you on those days you can’t make a cheese omelet with fresh squeezed orange juice and gluten free toast!
Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.