Happy and healthy breakfast foods for kids

By IANSlife

Breakfast is the most crucial meal of the day, and starting your day without one is like trying to fly a kite without wind. A nutritious breakfast is essential for children not only to start the day right, but also to recharge their batteries after sleep, as their brains and bodies are still developing.

The most difficult task for parents is to ensure that their children eat a nutritious breakfast. About 20 to 30 percent of young people miss meals, so breakfast for them should be quick, easy, filling, and above all delicious.

Here are some delicious and healthy breakfast options for your kids:

. Wheat Bran Pancakes – Pancakes and waffles are the breakfast of champions (when it comes to fixing our taste buds), but everything doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Wheat bran, along with atta and oats, is a great substitute for maida. Just change the grain and add a lot more fiber and protein to your child’s breakfast. You can sweeten the dough with honey, jaggery and bananas instead of sugar like well, with a little cocoa powder.

. Quinoa Upma – Like a vegetarian breakfast – why not add quinoa instead of suji to your kids’ Upma? It contains much more protein and fiber as well as omega 3 fatty acids.

. Peanut Butter and Toast – An easy peanut butter and toast combo is great for kids. Make sure to use real whole grain toast and unsweetened peanut butter, topped with a few bananas for extra sweetness. You can even sprinkle with honey or chia seeds for extra crunch.

. Oats Idli – Idlis are a breakfast favorite – why not change the base of white rice to oats with dal, adding more fiber, more protein, and better energy.

. Chocolate Muesli – Chocolate cereals are often loaded with sugar. For older kids, muesli is a much better choice, loaded with whole grains, nuts, berries, and a lot less sugar. It gives energy for the whole day and does not require any preparation time.

Banana Berry Smoothie – In case parents are running out of time to make breakfast, portable breakfasts for eating on the go are a great option. The easiest sugar-free takeout for kids is a simple mix of bananas, berries, oats, and a drizzle of milk. Just mix it all up and it has the fuel you need to start your day.

. Oatmeal: They are easy to prepare and very healthy. Prepare them in mason jars the day before and let your child personalize this dish with their favorite toppings. You should mix about 1/4 cup (26 grams) of oatmeal and 1/2 cup (120ml) of milk of your choice in a small mason jar. Garnish with nuts, grated coconut, chia seeds and dried or fresh fruit. Instead of cooking them, leave the jar in the refrigerator and let the oatmeal soften overnight.

. Pumpkin and Quinoa Porridge: Quinoa is a quick-cooking gluten-free grain, and this breakfast porridge has a healthy dose of vitamin A. Boil one part quinoa with two parts milk of any type and let cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir in a little pumpkin, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and simmer. Garnish with brown sugar, chopped nuts or grated coconut before serving.

. Berry Yogurt Parfaits: Layer protein-rich Greek yogurt with fresh berries and a sprinkle of granola for an easy on-the-go meal.

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