Start Their Day Off Right With Breakfast

Your mother was right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day – – especially when it comes to kids.  A recipe for disaster is loading up on refined-flour pancakes with syrup – – if you even make time for that. Instead, wholesome breakfasts that include  oatmeal,  fruit, milk and / or  hard boiled eggs are power foods that help your family power through their busy days.

 • Breakfast Benefits

When your kids wake up in the morning, their bodies  have undergone a long fast. Break the fast with whole-grain pancakes and oatmeal,  fruit, milk and protein-packed hard boiled eggs. These are foods that don’t require a complicated recipe – – and can be prepped ahead for an on-the-go group.

• Think Outside the (Cereal) Box

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Breakfast for many kids (if at all) is a bowl of sugar-laden cereal. Try to have options ready for your family that don’t require preparing a complicated recipe in the morning. Instead, prepare whole-wheat silver dollar pancakes with a smear of peanut butter ;  instant oatmeal topped with fruit, hard boiled eggs to get your morning cracking; while washing it all down with a glass of milk. Variety is the spice of  life and the morning meal.

• Protein-packed

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Hard boiled eggs  aren’t just for Easter anymore. Kids love to crack into these protein powerhouses for breakfast, too. Eat these with fruit and whole-grains found in oatmeal or wheat pancakes, chased with a glass of milk, and your family has the recipe for a successful day.

• Fruits

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Nature’s perfect snack also works well in the morning. Filled with fiber, juicy fruits help hydrate the body and give it energy to get going. Make sure your kids also have a breakfast that has staying power, too. Complex carbohydrates – –  found in oatmeal and whole wheat pancakes – – and protein – –  found in hard boiled eggs and milk – – take the body longer to digest and leave a child less hungry through the morning. That also staves off a recipe for disaster with a sugar spike, which compromises children’s concentration at school.

• Milk

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Breakfast for kids isn’t just about eating the right foods – – whole-grain pancakes, oatmeal, fruit and hard-boiled eggs – – it’s also about hydrating their bodies, too. Avoid sugary juices in the morning and instead, grab a glass of milk – – cow, soy, almond or hemp – – you choose. But make sure to read the labels to avoid sugar and try to buy organic for a recipe to reduce exposure to hormones or pesticides.

• Let Them Eat Cake…

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You can let your kids eat cake for breakfast – – but it has to be the kind that have whole-grains and isn’t swimming in syrup. A recipe for  buckwheat or ground oatmeal pancakes is great for those with a gluten intolerance. Add a side of fruit, milk or hard boiled eggs – – and that is the breakfast of champions!

 • Grab-and-Go

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Make breakfast easy in the morning for your kids: yogurt parfaits with milk, a cup of oatmeal, whole-wheat pancakes with peanut butter, fruit and hard-boiled eggs can all be eaten on the go.

Take the battle out of breakfast for kids by finding a recipe for success and feed them foods they like: whole-grain pancakes, oatmeal with fruit, hard boiled eggs and milk. A good breakfast will stick with your children as they go to school – – and is a good habit that will stick with kids as they become adults.

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