5 Healthy breakfast recipes the kids can make

Michele Borboa, MS

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Streamline your morning routine and keep your kids well-fed by teaching them how to make their own breakfast. These five recipes are not only kid-friendly, they are healthy and hearty enough for the whole family to enjoy.

Berry smoothie

Berry good smoothies

Serves 2

If you've got fresh or frozen berries, yogurt and some nut butter on hand, your kids have all they need to whip up a healthy breakfast. This berry recipe is merely a guide. Your kids can use whatever fruit is in season and add other goodies of their choice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) blueberries, blackberries, strawberries (or a variety)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk or 100 percent fruit juice

Directions:

  1. Teach your kids how to safely use the blender (e.g., never put their fingers near the blades, keep the lid on while blending...).
  2. Have them place all ingredients in the blender, secure the lid and blend until smooth.

Waffle sandwiches

Serves 2

Keep your kids interested in fixing their own breakfasts by making the usual breakfast dishes new and different. Instead of plain old waffles with syrup, use waffles in place of toast or bread. Challenge your kiddos to come up with the coolest waffle sandwich recipes using fun ingredients, such as: thinly sliced deli meats and cheese, nut butters and fruit, or egg salad leftover from yesterday's lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole grain toaster waffles
  • Your children's choice of fillings

Directions:

  1. Make sure your kids know how to safely use the toaster.
  2. Teach them how to toast the waffles and let them make their own sandwiches.

Cereal plus

Serves 4

Cereal is certainly the easiest of breakfast recipes — pour cereal, add milk, and enjoy. You can make it a healthy kid-friendly endeavor by putting fruit, nuts, seeds and dark chocolate chips on the table. To make it mom-friendly, keep dried fruit, different varieties of nuts, seeds and dark chocolate chips in individual storage containers that are quick from pantry to table.

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 cups whole grain cereal
  • Fresh fruit: banana slices, berries and diced apples
  • Dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, cherries, and currants
  • Nuts and seeds of your choice
  • Dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate bar
  • Milk (regular or dairy-free)

Directions:

  1. Make sure your kids have cereal and milk pouring skills then let them pick and choose their favorite additions.

Breakfast roll-ups

Serves 4

Tortillas, cream cheese, ham and jam are everyday ingredients that your kids can transform into fast breakfast dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 (8-inch) whole grain tortillas
  • 4 to 6 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
  • 4 thinly sliced pieces of ham or turkey
  • Baby spinach leaves

Directions:

  1. Set all the ingredients out on the table.
  2. Show your kids how to lay the tortillas flat and spread cream cheese then jam over each tortilla, leaving a border all around the edges.
  3. Top with ham or turkey, baby spinach leaves and roll up to eat.

Crunchy-topped Greek yogurt

Serves 4

Greek yogurt is power-packed with protein, calcium, and probiotics — making it a must-eat for your growing kiddos. Since unadorned yogurt can seem boring to the need-to-be-intrigued child, let your kids get creative with colorful and crunchy yogurt toppings.

Ingredients:

  • 24 to 32 ounces low-fat Greek yogurt (depending on the ages of your children)
  • Fresh fruit you have on hand
  • Granola or trail mix

Directions:

  1. Dish out the yogurt and let your kids decorate it with toppings.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for SheKnows.com specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at michele.borboa@sheknows.com or give her a tweet at http://twitter.com/micheleeborboa.

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