Breakfast Fixes During Morning Madness

Weekday mornings can be hectic in any household. Kids are scrambling to get out of bed, cleaned up, dressed and out the door to school. But if they don’t get breakfast, they’re likely to have difficulty concentrating.
Breakfast is integral to overall dietary health – here are some quick fixes to a few common concerns from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Problem: No Time!

The morning rush makes sitting down to a hot-cooked meal a challenge, but there are plenty of breakfast options that can be whipped up quickly.

  • Mix low-fat yogurt with whole-grain cereal and serve a glass of orange juice.
  • Blend strawberries, a banana and low-fat milk for a nutritious smoothie. Serve with a bran muffin.
  • Make instant oatmeal; add dried fruit and almonds.

Problem: Picky Eater!

Some kids prefer the same thing day after day, but if what’s on their plate isn’t the most nutritious it won’t do them any favors.

  • Doughnuts are delicious – but shouldn’t be an every morning staple. Try serving whole-wheat frozen waffles with low-fat maple syrup and strawberries. Always make fresh fruit an option.
  • Bacon is a breakfast staple, but is filled with fat. Use Canadian or turkey bacon instead.
  • Buttered white toast isn’t very nutritional. Substitute whole-wheat toast with peanut butter.
  • Kids love sugary cereals that are marketed specifically for them, but they’re not very nutritious. Offer grain-rich cereals and toss some berries on top.

Problem: Not Hungry!

It’s not uncommon for children to claim that they aren’t hungry in the morning. This may be true for them, but it’s still a good idea to eat something in the first hour of being awake.

  • Encourage your child to have a glass of milk or orange juice before they leave, and then give them a bran muffin, whole-wheat bagel or granola bar to eat on the bus or on the way to school.
  • Fortunately, many schools now offer breakfast. Encourage your child to eat at school, when they may be hungrier.
  • Eat breakfast yourself! If you’re eating breakfast every morning, your child will likely follow suit.

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Liz Hayes
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