Breakfast, as the cliche goes, is the most important meal of the day. For kids, it couldn’t be more important. A good, healthy breakfast could be the difference between a day of focus and success at school or a day of grumpiness and sluggishness.
But how can a parent juggle a busy morning of getting kids ready, yourself ready and somehow get to school and work on time?
Check out this simple breakfast that kids love and grownups don’t have to fret over.
This is one of those breakfast recipes that is really more of a technique than a set-in-stone way to prepare something. We’re going to show you how to make an owl, bear and cat toast. But you could use all kinds of ingredients to create breakfast beasts.
You could get creative with whipped cream, nuts and seeds or any kind of fresh fruit. You could even go savory with scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes or sausage. You and your kids’ healthy breakfast ideas could be as expansive as the animal kingdom.
Kids can help as much as they able to while making these toasted critters. In fact, a 2012 Canadian study shows that kids are exponentially more likely to eat fruits and veggies if they help in the preparation of their meals.
And remember, these breakfast beauties aren’t going in frames; they’re going in tummies. So if your 2-year-old says 6 raspberries on top of a toast is Spiderman, and he’s wolfing his breakfast down, just go with it.
Sliced bread or English muffins
Step 1 Toast your toast or English muffin.
Step 2 While toasting, slice the strawberries and bananas
Step 3 Spread a layer of peanut butter or cream cheese on top of your toast
Step 4 Using the picture as a guide, arrange your fruit to look like either the owl, cat or bear.
Step 5 Chow down on your cute toast animals!
For more tips on healthy eating and feeding picky eaters, check out our post on Superfoods.