Video:Learn 5 Ways to Add Fruit to Breakfastwith Nadia Chapman
Add fruit to breakfast so that kids can get their fill of vitamins and nutrients before they start their busy days. Here are five fun ways to add fruits to your kids' breakfast.See Transcript
Transcript:Learn 5 Ways to Add Fruit to BreakfastHI, I'm Nadia Chapman for About.com. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Adding fruits to your morning routine can be challenging, and it's even harder to get your kids to eat them. Enjoy these five easy ways to add fruits to your little ones' breakfast.
Use Smoothies to Add Fruit to BreakfastThe first good trick to make sure your kids take in a good portion or two of fruits in the morning, is by juicing and blending. Kids love smoothies, and they love the process of making them too, so involve them in the process.
They can choose what they want in it, and push the buttons on and off to blend it. The possibilities are endless: frozen berries, fresh fruits such as apples, peaches, mangoes, etc. Add their favorite yogurt, some milk, and juice, even honey or almond butter.
You can also serve them a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, or if you have a juicer let your imagination run wild. Kids love juice, and there's some delicious, healthy, 100% pure juices on the market. Just avoid anything from concentrate and with fructose corn syrup. Most of the time, the cloudier the juice, the more nutritious it is.
Top Cereal With Fruits to Add Fruit to BreakfastSecond, top your kids' cereals, oatmeal, and yogurt with chopped fruits. It adds color, texture, and flavor to their breakfast, but most importantly, vitamins and fibers. Try dried fruits too, such as raisins, apricots and chopped dates.
Use Fruits in Baked Goods to Add Fruit to BreakfastThe third way to add fruits is in baked goods, so plan ahead and bake healthy muffins, and delicious breads loaded with fruits like bananas, apples, berries etc.
By baking instead of buying, you make sure the recipe doesn't contain too much sugar and fat, and you can double up on the amount of fruits you want to include in your muffins, and breads.
Top Toast and Bagels With FruitAnother great way to add fruits into your kids' plate in the morning is simply by topping their toasts, bagels, or whole wheat waffles with fruits. There is so many delicious combinations to try. Yes, we all know the famous peanut butter and sliced bananas, but try butter, honey, and sliced strawberries, or your kids' favorite cheese topped with sliced apples.
Surprise them, make it fun, cut the bread with a cookie cutter into a funny shape, or simply just make little squares they can eat one by one. A new-looking breakfast will get them interested.
Cut Fruit Into Interesting Shapes to Entice KidsFinally, it would be ideal if kids would jump out of bed, and ask for a whole apple, or half a cantaloupe for breakfast. Whole fruits are simple, and oh so healthy, so just play with them. Cut them up, poke them into sticks, and have fun with them. Slice your strawberries from the steam to the bottom, leave the top uncut, and gently press on it at the end, it makes a ordinary strawberry look a bit more interesting.
Cut a kiwi in half, and serve it with breakfast with a little spoon, so your child can scoop it up, and eat it. When kids get involve with cooking, they tend to enjoy trying new things, and finish their plate.
Go to the store with them too. Involve them at the grocery by asking what type of fruits they want to eat. And finally, don't forget that kids learn from example so you too should include fruits in your morning routine.
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