Breakfast is super important, especially for growing kids. It sets the tempo for an activity-filled day for them in school and provides them with the fuel needed by the brain and body to operate at their optimum.
For a healthy and nutritious breakfast, most folks look for wholesome organic produce or nutrient-dense cereals with a bit of fruit. While there’s nothing wrong with this approach, making a breakfast worth looking forward to with these ingredients is no easy task. On the other hand, you could always settle for greasy bacon with some eggs to the side, or a bowl of Captain Crunch, but this won’t do your kids’ bodies justice or set them up properly for a busy day.
Luckily, this post will give you some delectable breakfast ideas for your growing kids to give them the boost they need to start the day. The article will limit the ingredients to things you’ll easily find in your local grocery store.
Healthy Breakfasts for Growing Kids
As a rule of thumb, when it comes to healthy breakfasts, try your best to go organic. With sales of organic foods peaking at $45.21 billion in 2017, you won’t miss a grocery store selling local organic groceries around your area. Otherwise, let’s get straight into it.
Oatmeal is pretty versatile and available in any supermarket in the United States. Did you know you could cook oatmeal in the oven? In fact, oven-cooked oatmeal is a great alternative to microwave-cooked oatmeal because you don’t have to worry about your oatmeal boiling over. You could always add butter into the mix after popping the oatmeal out of your oven and let your kids add their choice of toppings.
You can also settle for oatmeal bars which you could buy at the grocery store or make them yourself.
2. Breakfast Burrito
You can never go wrong with breakfast burritos mostly because it can be anything you want it to be. It’s also a great breakfast to make with your kids if they have time. Let them experiment with eggs, sliced ham, chopped peppers, and so on.
Most people wouldn’t consider pancakes a healthy breakfast, but it all boils down to the ingredients. Try using almond milk instead of normal milk. Don’t go heavy on the butter, and skip the syrup. Instead, settle for toppings like bananas which are packed with energy.
Remember to cook your pancakes small, so they don’t break when you flip them. Also, remember to cook the pancakes really slow under low heat, so you don’t burn the underside, and lastly, don’t forget to leave some for yourself.
4. Egg on an English Muffin
If you want to be a bit extra, then go for the egg on an English muffin. For the egg on an English muffin to be a real banger, consider using whole wheat English muffins which are available at the grocery store. If you miss them at the grocery store, you can always find them at health food stores across the country.
You can always mix up the ingredients and add any toppings you like; cheese is always a kids’ favorite. This breakfast goes exceedingly well with orange juice. Try it yourself and see.
If you have to work early mornings, then you can always opt for muffins. Muffins are packed with nutrients and taste great. They can also be carried in their lunch boxes or backpacks whenever your kids are in a rush.
It’s always a good idea to make your own muffins so that you can add your unique healthy twist to it. With the right ingredients, you can sneak in a few raisins or dates, and your kids won’t even notice.
Smoothies usually aren’t found in the breakfast table, but it’s high time to switch things up. Smoothies are an opportunity to combine tasty and wholesome ingredients to supplement your kids’ breakfast. There are plenty of smoothie recipes online you could always try.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be unhealthy or boring; these few recipes will help your kids kick start the day in a healthy way.