A balanced breakfast is an important way to start the day, especially for children. However, cooking a healthy breakfast doesn't have to become a tedious chore. Clever use of convenient mixes, sauces and seasonings can turn even the dullest morning meal into a quick and tasty treat for the whole family. Keeping the process quick also helps prevent you from becoming bored with the same old cooking routine.
Turn toast and eggs into a portable, easy-to-eat breakfast sandwich to provide your little ones with a healthy start to the day. A fried egg and cheese between slices of whole-wheat toast echoes the flavor of a fast food breakfast without all the extra fat. Top with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise to create a traditional breakfast sandwich, or add ranch dressing and bacon for a rich breakfast sandwich.
A breakfast burrito is a quick breakfast dish that kids can enjoy on the way to school. Try scrambled eggs, sour cream and salsa or a creamy chipotle dressing wrapped in the tortilla for a southwest breakfast. Mix scrambled eggs, hash browns, chopped lunch meat and shredded cheddar cheese in the tortilla for a filling farmer style breakfast. Wrap the burrito in a piece of wax paper, restaurant style, to help prevent the spills when your little one eats on the go.
French toast is not only a satisfying breakfast dish, it has ample protein due to the egg batter. The dish is also handy for using up bread too stale for sandwiches. Serve whole-wheat French toast with sugar-free maple syrup and a fresh fruit side to stick to a healthy menu. Go for a more indulgent breaking of the fast with cinnamon French toast covered in maple syrup, cinnamon applesauce, chopped walnuts and a dollop of whipped cream.
While hot cereal may receive moans from kids about looking like mush, there are several ways to dress up the healthy breakfast. Grits mixed with dried fruit, nuts and maple syrup provide a hint of sweet to the meal and plenty of fiber. You can also get kids enthusiastic about hot cereal by letting them stir strawberry jam and milk into the cooked oatmeal for a swirled berry breakfast.
Quick breakfasts don't have to be fattening or unhealthy, especially if you own a blender. Blend blueberry yogurt, bananas, strawberries and ice for an easy breakfast drink with fiber and protein. Freeze small amounts of chopped fruit in plastic containers to prepare individual smoothies ahead of time. Throw the frozen fruit and some yogurt into the blender to have a healthy kid's breakfast in less than a minute.
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