These are the mornings you have been dreading for the last 6 weeks. You are getting the kids ready for school as well as yourself, and the last thing you want to do is make creative and appealing foods for breakfast. It can be so easy to stick to cereals and toast for convenience and quickness, but there are so many healthy and inspiring options that can be made in 20 minutes or less.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides the body with ‘fuel’ to keep you going throughout the day. It is vital to give your child a healthy start, as the right breakfast will boost energy and concentration levels needed for the school day.
Your child’s breakfast should contain three of the following food groups to ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need to start the day properly:
- Fruit – fresh, whole fruit such as bananas, apples, pineapple. Sliced fruit which can be added to cereal, yogurt or oatmeal
- Vegetables – mushrooms, tomatoes
- Grains – whole-grain breads, dry cereal, bagels, English muffins
- Milk low fat or fat free milk, yogurt or cheese. If your child is lactose intolerant, choose lactose-free products that still have the calcium and other nutrients needed
- Meat and beans – eggs, lean meat, peanut butter, beans
Below are 10 healthy and inspiring breakfast ideas that kids will love waking up to. And they don’t take long to make either!
The Banana Split
This banana split is not as we know it. Slice a banana in half and sprinkle granola over the top, add a dollop of Greek natural yogurt, sprinkle with blueberries and raspberries and drizzle with honey.
Spread wholemeal English breakfast muffins lightly with peanut butter and cover with sliced banana.
Oats so simple!
Porridge with dried fruit, pumpkin seeds or berries. Drizzle lightly with honey.
Eggs, ham and cheese on toast
Scrambled some eggs, combine with some chopped ham and chunks of cheese. Serve on toast.
Banana bran muffins and a berry smoothie
Bursting with fibre and carbohydrates, these muffins will keep your child’s energy levels high throughout the day. Your child can sip their smoothie on the way to school.
Take your breakfast cereal to the next level with gourmet yogurt parfaits. Fill clear glasses with a scoop of natural yogurt and fresh berries or a dollop of fresh fruit jam. Sprinkle your favorite breakfast cereal on top and enjoy!
Chop up some exotic fruits such as melon, kiwi, pineapple and banana and stick them on a skewer. You can provide dips including low-fat yogurt and natural honey.
Wholegrain cereal and chopped fruit
Always choose wholegrain cereals and avoid those with high levels of sugar and saturated fat. Use semi-skimmed of skimmed milk and add chopped fruit for texture, flavor and color.
These wholemeal pancakes will go down a treat. Sprinkle with fresh blueberries for added flavor and nutrients.
Bagels with egg and bacon
Packed with protein, starch and wholemeal goodness.These tasty pancakes can be eaten on the way to school. Remember to grill the bacon and scramble the eggs. Avoid frying.
If you are strapped for time during the manic school rush, pop into your bakery shop for healthy breakfast options that can be eaten on the go.