There is no doubt that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is not a big scam dreamed up by leading breakfast food manufacturers to increase sales. A solid, well-balanced breakfast sets up children (and adults) for a day of success. Unfortunately, the most important meal of the day is also the most hectic meal as far as allowance for cooking and prep time. And finding healthy breakfast foods for kids is particularly challenging.
Problem: Popular cereals, grab-and-go breakfasts, and even prepackaged oatmeal mixes are quick-and-easy breakfast food, but are often loaded with sweeteners that spike your child’s blood sugar and cause a midmorning energy crash. To sustain an energized morning at school, students need unprocessed nutrition that satisfies their hunger without added sweeteners and preservatives.Further, a nutritious breakfast choice is essential to fuel their focus on all the academic, artistic, and athletic activities they are faced with each day.
Solution: Make your own plain oatmeal and add natural ingredients to include the flavors children love! While making the oats on the stove is the best preparation method, when necessary, using a microwave makes quick-and-easy old-fashioned oats. Simply microwave 1 part oats with 2 parts water and then add supplemental flavors your child enjoys.
Buying Tip: Save money by seeking out the bulk section of your local grocery store ororganic-food store. The amount of oats you can buy per pound in the bulk section is significantly cheaper than what you can buy in a fancy box. Plus, by skipping the box you are helping conserve the environment!
- Add nut butter. Hot oatmeal with a tablespoon of almond butter, nut butter, or peanut butter adds both a deliscious, nutty flavor and extra protein to your breakfast.
- Berry experiment. Try adding berries, banana slices, or apple slices to your oatmeal for increased flavor and extra texture.
- All natural sweetness. Cinnamon, pumpkin butter, honey, or organic sugar-free jam add sweetness that could win over your little one—it is worth a shot!