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What to feed the kids for breakfast

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Give your child a tasty start to the day with a healthy breakfast.

In the midst of your morning madness, you might suddenly find yourself wondering, “what to feed the kids?”

Of course you could give them cereal, but that’s likely not the healthiest option. Plus, who wants to be a witness to that inevitable sugar crash? Fortunately, there are tasty, simple and healthy options you can feed your kiddies to give them great starts to their days.  

Looking for a yummy breakfast that is ready in under five minutes and is oh-so-healthy? Look no further – simply place ¾ of a cup of low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt into a cute little bowl or cup. Chop up a cup of pineapple chunks, peaches or papaya – or use all three – and sit it on top of the soft, white bed the cottage cheese or yogurt creates. Then sprinkle 2 tbsp. of toasted wheat germ on top of the fruit and you’re good to go. Not only will this cute parfait fill your children’s bellies, but it will be fun for them to look at, particularly if you present it in a cute, see-through coffee cup.

Pizza for breakfast may not sound too healthy to you, but it can be. And it can also tackle that “what to feed the kids” question that is burning in your brain. However, this isn’t your mama’s pizza. With egg and tomato, this tasty treat gets your kids looking forward to getting up in the morning. 

To start, hard-boil two eggs, then slice them – hard-boil your eggs the night before to save a little time. Pop a couple of English muffins in the toaster, and slice a tomato while you’re waiting for them. Drizzle some olive oil on top of the crispy muffins, then place a slice of tomato and a few pieces of egg on top of that. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top, then season with oregano and salt. Place the pizza creations under the broiler for about five minutes, or until the cheese melts. When they’re ready, you’ll have your kids fed and marveling at your culinary skills.

Get your kids to eat their veggies and have fun too. Sound impossible?

It’s not with this easy and super- yummy breakfast. Simply toast up a whole-wheat bagel, then smear some cream cheese over top. Slice up a cucumber and cut a tomato into small wedges. Arrange two slices for eyes, then the tomato wedge for the mouth. If you’re really feeling crafty, use a small, sharp knife and cut out little cucumber rectangles. Place them in between the cucumber slices and off to the side to look like glasses. You can also place them over the “eyes” for eyebrows. Your child will get a kick out of the silly face and dive right in.

If you’re really pressed for time, go with the old smoothie standby. Not only are smoothies delicious, but they look nice, are uber-healthy and fun to drink. Simply toss 1 ¼ cup of berries into a blender, along with ½ cup of orange juice for sweetness, ¾ cup of yogurt, 2 tbsp. of non-fat dry milk, 1 tbsp. each of toasted wheat germ and honey, and ½ tsp. of vanilla extract. Whiz the mixture until it is nice and smooth, then pour it into a tall glass. Pop a straw inside and your youngster has a nutritious breakfast in no time.

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