I read an article on Life Extension, which talked about scientific studies that linked a healthy breakfast with higher scores on achievement tests. The article went on to recommend that the whole family begin to boost their brainpower with a healthy breakfast.
So far so good – I’m totally on board! Especially for kids, they need to fuel up before leaving for school so they can think and concentrate and learn. It’s true for us as adults as well. They went on to say that since everyone has a hectic schedule, they would provide a few very quick to prepare or make ahead recipes and suggested preparing them together as a family. I think that’s a great idea and anytime you can get your children involved in creating healthy meals, they will have some ownership in them and be MUCH more apt to eat them.
They offered these suggestions: Nutty Breakfast Parfaits prepared with Homemade Yogurt, Spiced Hot Chocolate, Crockpot Oatmeal, Spinach Pie, Blackberry-Banana Breakfast Smoothies and Cheese and Fruit Kabobs and you can look at the recipes in the article. I always carefully look at recipes and see where I can make them even healthier.
I would probably substitute steel cut oats for the regular rolled oats in the crockpot recipe; I would most definitely NOT use Splenda or any artificial sweetener in any of the recipes. If you need a zero calorie sweetener I would use Stevia instead. Instead of brown sugar you can substitute real maple syrup, raw honey or Lakanto.
I would substitute either plain Greek yogurt or Amasai for the fat free plain yogurt in the first recipe. Greek yogurt has more protein and a creamier texture than regular and Amasai comes from truly organic, green fed cattle that don’t produce the beta casein that causes most digestive problems for dairy. If you try to make your own yogurt with their recipe be sure to use organic milk.
One thing they omitted, in my opinion, are eggs! To me they are a nearly perfect food and you can make them so many different ways, there’s sure to be something your child would enjoy!
I used to make my kids a “face.” One slice of whole grain bread with a circle cut out of the center with a biscuit cutter or glass. Lightly toast the bread in a pan with some coconut oil, break an egg in the hole and cook until done. Decorate the face with olive eyes, a red pepper mouth, shredded cheese hair – be creative! They will love it.
A friend of mine used to let her children tend their own gardens each summer planting whatever veggies and herbs they wanted. Then she would beat an egg or two and put it in a ziplock bag. Let her children pick whatever vegetables and herbs they wanted for their omelet and put it in their bag and drop it into a pot of boiling water to cook. Then they had their own personal omelets!
Whatever breakfast you choose, just make it the healthiest, real food, properly cooked and make it fun so your children begin developing a healthy relationship with food and begin a healthy breakfast habit.