Do you struggle to make your child eat his breakfast? These tasty yet healthy breakfast recipes will ensure that your child eats his breakfast with gusto.
Breakfast literally means breaking the fast that starts from the previous night's dinner. Not for nothing do dieticians and nutritionists go blue in the face proclaiming that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast should never be missed, least of all by children, for whom it is an essential energy source for the body.
Research shows that eating a healthy breakfast daily can drastically increase a child’s alertness and attentiveness, while reducing his risk of obesity, diabetes and other major heart diseases throughout life. Breakfast skippers, on the other hand, tend to develop deficiencies of protein, calcium and other micronutrients.
What Is a Healthy Breakfast?
Breakfast does not need be a complicated affair. Since it should consist of 1/3rd of day's nutritional requirements, it should be a mix of carbohydrates, fibre, protein and fat. Consider these examples: cottage cheese, jelly sandwich, any fruit juice, cheese, crackers, yoghurt, a cereal topped with fruits and nuts, an egg preparation, milk, or just a stuffed paratha with curd. None of these items need elaborate preparation.
With some time on your hands, try these novel breakfast recipes for kids -
New Breakfast Recipes and Ideas for Kids
Lecturing your restless and pre-occupied child about the health benefits of breakfast, probably would not work in getting him to eat all that you put down in front of him. You have to be sneaky and prepare items that seem different and unique, yet have healthy stuff hidden in them.
Children get bored of the same food easily and therefore, you need to do all you can to avoid monotony. For instance, you can experiment with different types and sizes of bread. Colour always appeals children. Therefore, top your breakfast recipes with cherries, berries, grapes and other colourful, eye-catching items.
Try some of the following healthy different ideas for breakfast for your kids that require very less preparation time, yet appeal to your kids because of their unique appeal.
1 packet flaky biscuits
1 1/2 tea spoon Cinnamon
3 tbsp melted butter or margarine
Heat oven to 450 degree. Separate biscuits and divide into halves. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each piece into melted butter and then roll in the sugar mixture. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown.
Potato Dippy Dip
1 medium-sized sweet potato (raw) peeled and grated
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4th cup flour
Mix ingredients. Heat approximately one tablespoon of oil. Drop spoonfuls into the pan. Cook for about two minutes on each side, until turns golden brown. Serve with applesauce. Children love to dip it in applesauce.
5-6 medium size apples
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Wash apples and cut into quarters and place them in a saucepan. Add water and cook them covered until the apples become soft. Put the apple mixture through a sieve. Transfer back the syrup into the saucepan. Add sugar and let the juice simmer.
1/3rd cup frozen orange juice concentrate
6 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced in 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/2 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
Heat orange juice. Add banana pieces and cook for three minutes. Add vanilla and cinnamon and stir for another 2 to 3 minutes until the moisture is absorbed. Serve warm. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with nuts before serving.
3 small oranges
1 tbsp Wheat germ
1 tsp Peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp honey / sugar syrup
Peel and cut orange pieces into halves. Cook wheat germ in oil until brown. Add peanut butter and stir until melted. Add sugar syrup or honey. Stir until wheat germ gets coated completely. Place it on a small plate and cool the preparation. Sprinkle over orange slices and serve.
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen banana chunks
Place all the ingredients in a blender and make it a smooth paste. Add chocolate syrup to taste.
You can even make simple toast more healthy and exciting for your kids by preparing the following healthy toppings:
Make a mixture of two teaspoons of cinnamon and half cup of sugar. Sprinkle over a buttered toast.
Combine one tablespoon of orange juice, one tablespoon of orange rind and half-cup of sugar, put this on a half-baked toast and return to the oven. It will become a chewy topping.
Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of lemon rind and 2/3rd cup of sugar and put on a toast and bake.
A good breakfast is connected with improved performance in school and growing brainpower for your kids. A healthy breakfast habit can build the foundation for a lifetime of good health. It can also provide for some good family bonding. Parents themselves must never skip breakfast, so that their children follow suit. Is your child a breakfast skipper? What do you do to ensure that your child eats his breakfast? What yummy (yet healthy) dishes do you prepare for your child’s breakfast? Discuss here.