Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day
April 28, 2009
The idea of skipping breakfast doesn't come up in our house. Both of my children wake up hungry and eat before changing out of their pajamas. While we've been known to indulge in Krispy Kreme every so often, on the whole I like to make sure that breakfast is healthy -- better: healthy and fast!
Here are a few ideas for making sure you start the day out right. All of these suggestions are kid-tested, and all of them include good nutrition for staying power through the morning.
- Milk and cereal, upgraded: Make sure it's a healthy, whole grain cereal with milk (whole for toddlers, lower fat for older kids), then top with fresh fruit like bananas, strawberries, blueberries or peaches. It's easy to forget the fruit, but you'll be missing out on a great opportunity to get them some vitamins first thing in the morning!
- Eggs in a basket: Cut a hole in a slice of bread, then fry an egg inside. Use a jar lid or drinking glass to cut a circle, or bust out the cookie cutters for even more fun -- we've done heart-shaped eggs and star-shaped eggs with great results. Don't toss the bread cut-outs! Toast, add butter and spreadable fruit, and you really have a complete breakfast.
- Fruit smoothies: Smoothies are a beautiful thing, since you can hide just about anything behind the fruity delicious taste. I make ours with ice or frozen fruit, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juice/water/milk to taste. I also throw in some vitamins, and my super-healthy neighbor adds wheatgrass and protein powder with good results.
- Fruit-and-spice oatmeal: Plain oatmeal just doesn't do it for me or my kids, but I can't take a food that's so healthy and add butter either. Instead, we use fresh fruit and spices -- apples and cinnamon is the classic, but you can also do blueberries with honey or peaches with cardamom.
- Mini-bagels with cream cheese: There's not much to say about this classic combination of carbs and protein! I like the mini-bagels for mini-people, though -- there's less waste and the kids think they're cute.
- Omelettes: Whether you stick with plain eggs with cheese, or manage to sneak in some veggies and/or meat, omelettes can pack a great nutritional punch. Make prep quicker by keeping chopped vegetables in the refrigerator -- this makes salads and quick veggie snacks easier too!
What other breakfast favorites does your family have?
Nicole is the Charleston City Editor for The Savvy Source. You can read more of her work every day at Being Savvy Charleston.