Starting the day with foods rich in protein, whole-grains, fiber and iron
give your kids the nutrition, energy, and focus they need to be successful
What's more, kids who eat a healthy breakfast have an advantage against
obesity; they stay fuller longer and are less likely to have mid-morning
hunger pangs that leave them reaching for calorically-dense junk food.
Did you know that approximately 17 percent of American youth are overweight?
If you're trying to limit your child's calorie intake as a hedge
against weight gain, don't skimp on (or eliminate) breakfast. It's
entirely possible for your kids to have a selection of healthy, low-calorie
breakfasts that include their favorites like eggs, cheese and pancakes.
Childhood obesity is a complicated issue that has many causes like genetics,
inactivity and unhealthy eating habits. But when your kids develop healthy
eating habits now, they are likely to make better choices and maintain
healthier weight as they get older. Here are five low-calorie breakfasts
that make room for protein, whole grains and essential nutrients. They'll
keep your kids sated and energetic as you bundle them off to school:
Southwestern Egg Burritos
Eggs, low-fat milk, low-fat cheddar cheese, cilantro, butter, tomatoes,
chunky salsa and fat-free tortillas make this breakfast a quick favorite
among kids. If your kids are hesitant to try something new, let them build
their own burrito with the ingredients so they feel in control of their
Everything-In-One Protein Pancakes
There are a lot of different protein options when mixing up a batch of
pancakes. Use the whole egg, instead of just the whites to get all of
its nutrients and vitamins. Adding cottage cheese to the batter packs
these pancakes with protein and taste.
Cinnamon Roll Protein Smoothie
Does your kid have a sweet tooth? Try this deliciously healthy breakfast
smoothie. Blend with ice cubes so it looks like a milkshake, and it will
surely satisfy even the sweetest tooth in your house. Using protein powder,
this smoothie is packed with 32 grams of protein.
Banana Corn Muffins
If you’re like a lot of families, you’ve thrown away your fair
share of overripe bananas. Instead of reaching for the banana bread recipe
on the back of the flour bag and making a treat that’s full of sugar,
try something healthier. This make-ahead meal puts your forlorn fruit
to good use, while saving time in the morning.
Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Bowl
Fill your bowl with this four-ingredient breakfast. It’s an easy
to prepare meal, high in protein from the eggs, and low in carbohydrates.
Combine eggs, avocado, red onion and red bell pepper for a healthy boost
of energy. You could substitute tomatoes if you prefer them to peppers
Healthy habits start at home, so to try a few of these breakfast recipes
to keep your kids going until lunchtime.
Do you have a low calorie breakfast idea that’s popular in your home?
Share your recipe in the comments below.