Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
Virtually all breakfast cereals are very high in sugar/carbs and almost all contain processed grains. This means that they are high in phytic acid, which can damage the intestinal lining and lead to tooth decay. Many also contain artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
Even healthy and organic breakfast cereals must be processed in some way to reach cereal form, and virtually all of them have added sweeteners. Some even contain more sugar than donuts!
Couple that with the fact that most cereals are eaten in milk, which can have some problems of its own, and you have a breakfast disaster.
On top of that, many contain genetically modified ingredients in the form of corn products (including high fructose corn syrup), hydrogenated oils, or GMO grains. We feed our poor kids these boxed insulin spikes and then wonder why they have trouble sitting still in school!
(Not so) fun fact: Studies in mice have also found that mice that are fed breakfast cereals die before mice who are given only water. And more surprisingly, mice that are fed the breakfast cereal box live longer than mice fed the breakfast cereal! If you are paying several bucks a box for breakfast cereal, sadly, the most nutritious part might be the box!
Even for adults, popular breakfast choices are often things like bagels, donuts, croissants, toast, cereal, Pop Tarts, etc. Sure, these things are fast and easy to prepare, but have you ever read the ingredients? If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, getting enough protein and fat is even more important!
So what should we eat for breakfast? I suggest a mixture of proteins, good fats, and *gasp* vegetables! This is especially vital for children, whose developing brains need adequate proteins and fats to function.
Think about it: breast milk, which is the perfect food for newborns, is almost 50% saturated fat, yet no babies get heart disease. Isn’t it logical that the need for adequate fat doesn’t just go away once babies wean? The human brain is approximately 70% fat, and since kids’ brains are rapidly developing, they need healthy fats for optimal brain function.
Unfortunately, our fast-paced lifestyles and misguided interest in low-fat diets have put our kids (and us) at a big disadvantage.
If you are ready to give your kids a nutritional boost at breakfast, don’t worry — the healthy options are often cheaper, and can even be easier than cereal. These kid-approved recipes are also great for adults, and ensure enough proteins and fats to make breakfast truly the most important meal of the day.