In the previous post I listed several alternative packaged foods that could be purchased free of artifical food dyes. I know that many parents buy food containing artificial dyes because the foods are “fun” for kids, featuring cartoon characters on the box or bright colors. But there are other ways to make breakfast fun! I’ve listed some ideas.
1) Yogurt parfaits–server plain regular of Greek yogurt mixed with honey (kids over age 1) in fancy glasses. Set out bowls of fresh berries, nuts such as almonds, and homemade granola so kids can make it the way they like. Like an ice cream bar, only for breakfast!
2) Homemade granola is easy to make and fun for kids to help. Mix 3 cups of old fashioned oats with 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 melted butter or coconut oil and 1/4 cup each of honey and real maple syrup. Mix in any nuts and dried fruit you like and bake at 250 for 1 hr and 15 min, stirring occasionally. Perfect for topping yogurt or as an alternative to store bought cereal.
3) Make a double batch of waffles and freeze the extras in Ziploc bags, then heat in the toaster, just like frozen waffles and top with fresh berries.
4) Make plain oatmeal and set out fruit, nuts, brown sugar and cinnomin so your kids can mix in what they like.
5) Make Smoothies! Blend 1/2 a ripe banana, 1 cup frozen berries or mango, a large handful of raw spinach and a few splashes of juice. Add plain yogurt and/or 1-2 TBS wheat germ, if you like. Taste super delicious and you can’t even taste the spinach. Plus it’s fun for kids to fill the blender with what they want. Serve with a crazy straw for extra fun.
Make homemade pop tarts. Get the recipe here http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/04/homemade-pop-tarts/
This is just a few of my family’s favorite easy and healthy breakfast ides.