Though your life may be stuffed into a frenzied routine of searching for shoes and lunch-boxes for your children every morning, ensure that you do find time to prepare a healthy breakfast for your children that is rich in vitamins A and C and other nutrients as well.
Scientific studies indicate that children’s performance in school is linked to their nutritional habits. Children who come to school after having a nutritious breakfast are seen to attend school more regularly, develop higher concentration levels and have a decreased chance of becoming obese. This article aims to list some nutritious, filling and tasty breakfast recipes that will bring out the best in your children.
Banana Pancakes with Applesauce
Most children love pancakes for breakfast, but they usually contain too much of butter or oil. If the butter can be replaced with cinnamon applesauce in the recipe, it makes a healthier option. Mix the applesauce with eggs, baking powder, flour, salt and mashed bananas. Use whole wheat flour to increase the fiber content in the dish. Garnish the cooked pancake with vanilla, yoghurt and fresh strawberries. A glass of orange juice rich in Vitamin C served along with the pancakes makes the breakfast more nutritious.
Strawberry Sandwich and Spinach
Sandwiches are just as good for breakfast as they are for lunch. Spreading a thin layer of low-fat cream cheese on a slice of whole-wheat bread and topping it with spinach leaves in addition to sliced strawberries can make a tasty and nutritious breakfast. This breakfast contains large amounts of vitamins A and C. Recommended daily allowances of calcium can be met through drinking a glass of whole milk. It also provides additional amounts of vitamin A which is required to keep the eyes and skin of children healthy.
Smoothie Made of Fresh Produce
A smoothie is one of the best ways to get the good effects of many foods groups at one time. Ingredients such as low-fat yoghurt or low-fat soy milk combined into a smoothie with wheat germ, spinach, peeled apple slices, sliced carrots, chopped strawberries, etc., is a nutritious breakfast drink. You can prepare the vegetables by cutting and peeling them the night before. Another easy option for a nutritious breakfast is a combination of ice, milk and orange juice blended together as a smoothie.
Omelette Made of Egg White and Vegetables
If you are happened to be blessed with extra time during the breakfast hour, it would be more exciting to allow the children to make their own breakfast. Give each of them a sandwich bag filled with egg whites. They may be allowed to choose their own assorted mix-ins from cut vegetables such as broccoli (chopped), onions (sliced) carrots/tomatoes (diced), and turkey roast (cubes). Ask them to put the assorted vegetables in the bag and give it a good shake till it is evenly blended. Prepare each omelet on a skillet, drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with shredded cheese once cooked. It would be most nutritious when served with a glass of grapefruit or orange juice.
If you do not have the convenience of sitting down together and enjoying a great breakfast, the alternative does not mean that you have to send your children off to school with cereal bars or calorie dense toaster pastries. Fruit kebabs are easy to prepare and are a more nutritious alternative. Your children can munch on these kabobs when on-the-go. The kabobs can be made of diced apples, sliced bananas, strawberries, and cheese. It also pays to carry a bottle of grapefruit juice which is rich in Vitamin C content