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Saturday, October 12, 2013

21 Easy Breakfast Food Hacks Kids Will Love

It can be quite a challenge to serve up a nutritious breakfast to your kids during the school days. Getting up early to prepare can be hard sometimes. If you feel a little stressed out or want some easy and creative breakfast ideas, below are 21 easy recipes you can try. I'm pretty sure your kids will be surprised and will love them. My favorite one is the Breakfast Babana Split.

1. Oatloaf. Steelcut oatmeal may take longer to make than regular oatmeal, but the health benefits make it worth it the wait. Make a big batch on Monday, refrigerate it in a loaf pan (it will firm up overnight) and slice off sections throughout the week.

2. Breakfast dog. Turkey sausage served in a bun. (Ketchup and mustard are optional.) Familiar food, novel presentation.

3. Greek yogurt sweetened with apple cider. Sick of honey and jam? Try stirring a little cider into your plain Greek yogurt this fall. Top with nuts for a little crunch.

4. Omelette on the go. Fried, scrambled and boiled may be more traditional egg preparations, but did you know you can bake eggs? Whisk together your favorite omelette mixture (eggs, tomato and cheese is ours), pour into silicon muffin cups, bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. They’ll keep for a few days in the fridge.

5. Bean and cheese quesadilla. Why relegate quesadillas to the dinner table? Black beans have both protein and fiber, which means your kids will stay fuller longer.

6. Strawberry coconut Bircher muesli. Mix plain yogurt, rolled oats, coconut flakes and strawberries with any nuts or sweeteners (like maple syrup or honey) your kids like. Pour into small single-serving jars or plastic containers, and leave overnight in the fridge.

7. Breakfast burrito with turkey sausage. A whole wheat wrap stuffed with scrambled eggs with turkey sausage, low-fat cheese and a little mild salsa is a crowd-pleasing breakfast that also happens to travel well.

8. Cream of wheat with rainbow sprinkles. Your kids will find a way to sneak sugar into their breakfast cereal. Why not let them have fun while they’re at it?

9. Ricotta honey toast. Top a piece of toasted whole wheat or multi-grain bread with a smear of part-skim ricotta and honey. The sweet/savory combo is a match made in heaven, plus ricotta has calcium and hunger-fighting protein.

10. Green Dream. Banana makes for a great smoothie base. Combine with almond butter, pear, soymilk and (shhh…) kale, for an unexpectedly delicious nutrient-packed breakfast beverage.

11. Devilish eggs. Slice open hard-boiled eggs (which can be made in advance), slather with mustard and top with a sprinkle of salt for a protein-packed start to your day.

12. Apples with brown sugar yogurt. Dip sliced apples into a mixture of Greek yogurt and brown sugar (about a tablespoon per cup of yogurt). Let’s call it breakfast fondue!

13. Eggy pita pocket. The self-contained breakfast sandwich: Stuff scrambled eggs and any additional toppings (grated cheese, bell pepper, diced tomato) into a toasted pita pocket.

14. English muffin pizza: Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! Top an English muffin with leftover spaghetti sauce and mozzarella (or any cheese, for that matter). Bake in the toaster oven until the cheese has melted.

15. Polenta Napoleon: Complicated in name, but not in execution. Top a griddled slice of polenta with ham or Canadian bacon and a fried egg.

16. Fried rice. Have leftover rice from dinner? Let it spill into breakfast. Sautee some onion in a pan with oil or butter, add rice and beaten eggs and combine gently. Top with greens like chopped chives or parsley (if your kids can stand it) and soy sauce.

17. Breakfast banana split. Just like it sounds—swap Greek yogurt for ice cream and honey for chocolate syrup. Top with crunchy granola or fresh berries. Et voila!

18. Griddled corn muffin. Corn bread is one of life’s simple pleasures. It should be served accordingly— toasted with butter and honey.

19. Mini bagel with tomato and cream cheese. Break your everyday bagel routine with a slice of tomato (and maybe a crack of pepper). It’s a great way to get a jumpstart on your daily Vitamin C intake.

20. Quinoa porridge with blueberries. Instead of cooking quinoa in water, try it with milk. Add cinnamon, blueberries and walnuts for an oatmeal alternative.

21. The Elvis (for beginners). Elvis loved his peanut butter-bacon-banana sandwiches and for a good reason—they’re delicious. For a healthier twist, cut back on the bacon, substitute almond butter and use whole wheat bread. Bonus points for grilling on a panini pan.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info and access to photos to share. Thanks to A Bullseye View. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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