By Amanda Wilks
Very few moms have the time or energy to come up with a unique and tasty breakfast idea every single morning when they have young ones to handle and a household to manage. Sometimes the idea of cooking in the morning is almost too much and might leave you wishing you could stay under the covers for a few more blessed hours.
Still, the call of early-rising birds and a hungry toddler are hard to ignore. The importance of children eating proper morning meals has been drilled into the public consciousness over the past few decades, but it’s worth repeating every now and then.
It’s one thing to get your kids to eat early in the day. It’s another matter entirely to feed them something that actually has the nutritional balance they need to make it through the early stages of development as healthy as they can be.
Start Cooking Healthy by Using Durable and Safe Cookware
If you’re really concerned about speed and efficiency, make sure what you cook with can meet your needs. Old stainless-steel pans may work well enough. But you may end up spending the next half hour scrubbing away at cooked-on food that stubbornly clings to scratched pans.
Ceramic cookware is a popular alternative that has the great benefit of requiring less fat and butter to be added during most cooking activities, so investing in top quality ceramic cookware can help keep your kids healthier and get you out of the kitchen faster.
With that in mind, these three recipes are chosen specifically for their ease of cooking and the nutrients they provide.
1.Toasted Oat Cereal, Turkey Sausage, Clementine Slices and Milk
This particular combo hits a lot of strong notes: it has a balanced nutritional package to ensure dietary supplements are unnecessary, most of the food is finger-eating friendly and it’s easily adapted to fit what you have on-hand.
Swapping out the oat cereal for peanut butter and toast can provide extra protein without losing out on carbohydrates. And the fruit option can be substituted with any other natural and finger-friendly fruit you may have handy.
For the more nimble-fingered toddlers with advanced motor skills, you can add the milk to their cereal directly. If you find yourself in a hurry, the dry cereal can be brought along as a snack.
Nothing saves cooking time quite as efficiently as baking something before you need it. Organic breakfast mini-muffins combine several nutritional needs. With the added benefit of being entirely kid-friendly food that can be eaten without assistance.
The tiny size also adds some fun novelty to help pique the appetite of fussy eaters. Making a batch whenever you have free time can lead to several early-morning meals that don’t require much food prep.
Though not all muffin recipes are suitable for children, a natural fruit-based muffin is a solid place to start. And it can easily be paired with milk for a complete meal. Serving dairy milk over non-dairy milk can possibly affect the height of your toddler as they develop. So ensure your young one gets enough to drink throughout the day if their digestive system can handle it.
3. Overnight Oats with Nuts and Fruit
It is tempting to use the instant variety for a quick breakfast but overnight oats are healthier easier too. All you need are some heaping rolled oats, Greek yogurt, unsweetened milk, honey and chia seeds. Mix them all up in a bowl and leave them to sit for at least four hours before serving, but preferably overnight.
In the morning, you simply take them out of the fridge and add your toddler’s favorite nuts and fruit for an extra boost of nutrition and flavor. It can be anything: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apples, almonds, cashews and so on. Just be careful not to overdo it.
It is known that too much of these oversaturate the body with sugar and fats, and you want your little boy or girl to stay healthy. One tablespoon of nuts with five slices of fruit is more than enough per serving. The taste will still be there, and so will the benefits.
Cobbling together a healthy morning meal doesn’t have to be a mind-bending chore every morning.
With a bit of pre-morning prep or a healthy selection of easily-swapped basic foods to mix and match at a moment’s notice, you can get your kids away from the table and keep yourself out of the kitchen as much as possible. You might just find something to eat alongside your kids, too.
For the best overall health of your toddler serve them Organic whenever possible.