Replace Cereal with these Power-Packed Breakfast Ideas
Yes, most kids love cereal, but it's actually one of the worst food products on the market. Why? Most of them are loaded with sugar. Plus, the grains are highly processed in a way that not only strips all of the natural vitamins, but also alters the structure of the amino acids making them toxic. Check out more information on the extrusion process used to make cereal. If that wasn't bad enough, most of them contain GMO's as well.
So what's a parent to do? Here's some tips on how you can quickly get a breakfast on the table that your kids will not only like but that will also give them the protein they need to get off to a good start.
1. Swap out the boxed cereal with homemade granola. This can be as simple as mixing up a 1 cup of nuts or seeds, 1 cup of coconut flakes, and 1 cup of dried fruit. This can be be toasted and seasoned for added crunch and flavor, but my kids love it as is. Here's a recipe for Paleo Granola Crunch to get you started. If you want to toast it, just make it ahead of time to keep your morning simple.
2. Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! It turns out that this traditional morning fare is actually one of the best options for kids. It really doesn't take too much time to fry up a few eggs in the morning, and the extra few minutes will pay back in dividends with better behavior from your kids! If your kids are less than thrilled about eating eggs like mine, then you may have to get a little bit creative. Sometimes simply pouring whisked eggs into a waffle maker to create waffle shaped eggs will do the trick. You can also whip up some Grain Free Pancakes fairly quickly which are just eggs, banana, and coconut flour. They won't even know that they are eating eggs for breakfast! These are fairly quick and easy, but they can also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Another great option is to make egg muffins ahead of time for the week. You can make these with just about any add-ins that you want. My kids love these Mini Eggs Pizzas.
3. Smoothies are another great option for breakfast! You can get a jump start on the fruit and veggie intake for the day and load you kids up with protein by adding in yogurt, nut or seed butters, or even a high quality protein powder. I typically pair a smoothie (spinach, frozen mixed berries, banana, and coconut milk) with a nitrate free sausage patty or bacon. I purchase the Jone's Dairy Farm sausages from Costco.
4. Pudding! Yes, my kids eat chocolate pudding for breakfast. This chia seed pudding is loaded with nutrition and sure to be a kid favorite. My 6 year old daughter has even learned how to make this one for herself.
5. Muffins or Breakfast Cookies! Homemade, nutrient dense baked goods are another kid-friendly option. Who wouldn't want to eat cookies for breakfast! These Paleo Breakfast Cookies are a favorite at my house. The kids also love these super, simple 5 Ingredient Blender Muffins. Both are these can be made ahead of time and either stored in the refrigerator or freezer for hectic mornings.
This month's challenge is to experiment with different breakfast options and get rid of the cereal.
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