Quick and Easy Ideas for Before-School Breakfast
1) Muffins. Whole wheat with blueberries or bran with raisins – but make them at home. Store-bought muffins are packed with added sugar, sodium and preservatives. And they're often oversized, which adds unwanted calories. Prepare them on the weekend – and enlist your kids to help – and they'll be ready to serve on those school day mornings.
2) Yogurt. Let your kids choose low-fat or low-sugar yogurt in flavors they enjoy, then add granola, blueberries, strawberries, banana slices, slivered almonds, or other tasty toppings.
3) Good old oatmeal. It's one of the best breakfasts you can give your kids. Be sure to liven it up with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a handful of fresh or dried fruits, a swirl of applesauce or a drizzle of honey!
4) Smoothies. Whip up a delicious, drinkable breakfast with orange juice, fresh or frozen berries, a small banana and low-fat vanilla yogurt. Serve with a slice of whole grain toast.
5) Breakfast burrito. Just like the ones at the drive-thru… only healthier! Scramble eggs, low-fat shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of herbs. Toss in some crumbled turkey bacon to keep calories to a minimum. Wrap them up in whole wheat burritos. A great choice for breakfast on-the-go!
6) Peanut butter. It's a great source of morning protein. Spread it on half a bagel, a rice cake, on apple slices or celery sticks. Or microwave a frozen pancake, spread it with peanut butter and wrap it around a banana.
7) Breakfast pizza. Split an English muffin and spread with low-fat cottage cheese or vanilla yogurt. Then let kids create their own "pizza" toppings with kiwi, strawberry or banana slices, blueberries, granola, dried fruit, sunflower seeds or chopped nuts.
Recipes compiled by iMOM staff.