If you are missing breakfast, you are missing the chance to kick-start your metabolism for the day. In addition, your children need a healthy breakfast to ensure that they can concentrate during their long day at school. If neither you nor your children are fond of traditional breakfast foods, select options that may seem more like a dessert than a meal.
Light, sweet crepes seem elegant and difficult to make. However, if you can make a pancake, you can make a crepe. Prepare the crepes by mixing together the ingredients as directed by your recipe and cook them on your griddle until they are golden brown. Then remove them from the griddle and top them with fresh fruit, maple syrup, cinnamon, toasted nuts or granola, or even creme fraiche. Avoid adding sugar or whipped cream because these add unnecessary fat and calories.
Parfaits look and taste like a sweet dessert, and your family won't mind that they are healthy. Layer yogurt, granola and fresh fruit in a clear ice-cream dish or a juice glass. Include yogurt with probiotics for more healthful benefits -- your family won't notice a difference in flavor. The sweet yogurt holds together the fruit and granola for a breakfast that tastes more like a sundae than a hearty breakfast. Breakfast parfaits are easy to enjoy on the go as well; simply assemble them in a clear plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
Few people can say no to a fresh, frothy fruit smoothie. Restaurant smoothies can be full of sugar and artificial ingredients, but yours don't have to be. Combine your favorite fruits, ice and yogurt and blend until the smoothie is creamy enough to drink with a straw. Add a fiber supplement each morning if you are taking one, and the thick texture of the smoothie will hide the grit from the fiber.
Cottage Cheese and Fruit
A bowl of cottage cheese is the perfect partner for canned peaches or fresh strawberries or blackberries. Cottage cheese is a good source of calcium, and when fruit is added, you get a serving of vitamins along with it. Choose fruit that has been canned in water or light syrup to avoid adding too much sugar, and low-fat cottage cheese to reduce your fat intake. Aside from being healthy, this breakfast tastes good as well because the slightly sour cottage cheese accents the sweetness of the fruit.
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