Ready, set, breakfast!

Do you want your child to be more involved in the breakfast-making routine — and save you time in the morning? Then make it fun and simple. Kids as young as age 4 or 5 can get their own bowl of cold cereal. Using a toaster or microwave is better for kids age 10 and older, provided they can safely reach the appliances and understand that steam and hot surfaces can burn.

No matter what their age, remind your kids that any breakfast is better than no breakfast! You can encourage them to make good choices by showing them how they can make healthy basic breakfast foods such as eggs, oatmeal (try it with some dried fruit or nuts on top), whole-grain toast or bagel, or yogurt with fruit or nuts. Or let them get creative and come up with and name a new breakfast dish. Here are a few ideas to get them going:

1. Banana dog: Place a banana in a long whole-grain bun and top with peanut butter and raisins.
2. Breakfast taco: Sprinkle shredded cheese on a tortilla, fold it in half and microwave it until the cheese melts; top with salsa.
3. Country cottage cheese: Mix apple butter with cottage cheese.
4. Fruit and cream cheese sandwich: Spread cream cheese on whole-grain bread, then top with strawberries or other fresh fruit and another slice of bread.

–Stephanie Doyle


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