Starting Kids Off on the Right Foot

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is or whether or not kids are in school, it’s important that they are fed a good breakfast to start their day off right. The tough thing for many people is adjusting to feeding kids breakfast while they are on summer break because many kids eat breakfast at school now. The good news is that feeding kids a good breakfast doesn’t mean that you have to spend an hour preparing it. Below are some breakfast ideas to help you get your kids started off on the right foot this summer.

  • Toast with Fresh Fruit – Keeping fresh fruit on hand is a must for those with kids. Fruits provide so many nutrients that kids (and even adults) need, including important antioxidants which help in keeping our immune systems strong. Plus, most kids love the taste of fresh fruits. You may think that a bowl of fresh fruit for breakfast isn’t going to be very filling. If this is the case, simply add a piece (or two) of whole grain toast with jelly to the plate.
  • Fresh fruits are great foods and are very versatile as they can be eaten at practically any time of the day whether it’s for a meal, a snack or as a side dish to a meal. Due to this versatility, consider purchasing some of the pre-cut fresh fruit at the grocery store (still in the produce section) and bringing it along with you on trips. For example, you may have to leave early for a wedding and don’t want to stop at McDonald’s along the way. If you have some fresh fruit, your kids can eat that at the hotel (or wherever the wedding is) before they slip into their formal suit/tuxedo or flower girl dress!
  • Healthy Bowl of Cereal – When I say, a bowl of cereal I’m talking about healthy cereals…not the sugary cereals that line the majority of the cereal aisle these days. One of my favorite cereals is Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, but my four year old enjoys some of the healthy cereals containing granola. Just be sure to read the over the nutritional information thoroughly before purchasing any box of cereal for your kids to eat. If it’s full of sugars, skip it and choose another because sugar is not going to help your kids throughout the day.
  • Yogurt, Cheese and a Bagel – This one sounds a little odd, but it makes for a quick, well-rounded breakfast! A small container of yogurt (greek yogurt is supposed to be a healthier choice) with a stick of cheese is a great way to start off the day. Since the density of these two items isn’t that heavy, adding a whole grain bagel topped with a fruity cream cheese finishes off the meal perfectly!

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