You may have heard a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know the reasons why this is so but I have decided to do that research and supply you with authentic answers next week. However, based on my experiences as a student, I would say that breakfast gives us the energy to get through the day. I realized as an undergraduate that each time I skipped breakfast, I had issues with concentrating in class.
In fact, I would keep yawning till I finally got something to eat. Sometimes, my friend, Amara would ask, “Obi, why didn’t you eat this morning before coming to class?” When I asked how she knew, she would roll her eyes and say, “what do you think? You’ve been yawning all day. Lol”. So I tried as much as possible not to skip breakfast.
For growing kids, breakfast is important. Sending them off to school without a proper breakfast is tantamount to sending a soldier to battle without arms and ammunition. So, they need their breakfast. Even more importantly, they need a healthy breakfast. Providing this may be difficult sometimes, not necessarily because of the unavailability of needed ingredients but because of how quickly time flies in the morning. This is why I have put together a list of healthy, three-ingredient breakfast options that growing kids need for a one-week period. Here they are:
1. Greek Yoghurt, Chopped Fruits and Granola:
This simple breakfast offers nourishment and excitement in every drop. The yoghurt which may be sweetened or unsweetened contains both the fruits and the granola. When your child(ren) tops up on this meal, they are refreshed and energized for the day’s challenges.
2. Toast, Mashed Avocados and Malted Chocolate Drinks:
In most homes, toast and malted chocolate beverages (like Ovaltine, Bournvita, Milo) are typical breakfasts. More often than not, these toasts are slathered with butter or mayonnaise. This week, I’d like you to tweak this breakfast option a little bit by using mashed Avocados as a spread for your toast. Avocados are high fibre fruit and they’re rich in unsaturated fats too. Now, If you added sliced boiled eggs to the toast, the proteins in the eggs and the fibre in the avocados would help with hunger suppression. Hope you can now see that this little tweak has taken your toast to a whole new level.
3. Shredded Chicken Noodles and Fresh Juice:Since the operative word in our breakfast options for the week is ‘healthy,’ today’s noodles candidate is al dente noodles. It is not one of the instant varieties you know. But it cooks in three to five minutes; so, it meets our time-friendly requirement. Cook this meal with healthy ingredients like tomatoes, onions, thyme, carrot, black pepper, and ginger and serve with fresh juice.
4. Peanut Butter with Banana Waffles:
If you’ve not made Waffles at home before, just know that this meal would put your kids and every member of your family in a cheery mood. This peanut butter and banana waffle is yet another proof that the Peanut and Banana marriage is one of the best in food history. The fact that this meal is super easy to make is a bonus. Serve it with a glass of soybean milk and your children will begin their day on the right foot.
5. Fried Plantain, Scrambled Eggs and Malted Chocolate Drinks:
This meal is what I call “oldie but goldie”. Everyone knows it; the kids love it. So, no need for a long talk. Just make and serve it. Shikena.
6. Oatmeal, Chopped Nuts and fruits:
This is another sharp sharp breakfast. Oats are kid-friendly and they’re carb and fibre rich. Thus, they’ll keep the little ones full and energized. The chopped nuts and fruits will bump up the taste and flavour of the oatmeal but you can still sweeten it with honey or maple syrup if you want.
7. Smoothies:This classic breakfast gives you an opportunity to incorporate fruits and even vegetables to your child’s diet. Smoothies are delicious, filling and nutritious. Just use fruits that are in season; a quick blend of mango, pineapple and coconut milk for instance would be a delightful treat for the kids.
In conclusion, the morning rush should not stop you from making healthy, tasty meals for your little ones. So, be intentional and adventurous with those ingredients in your kitchen. Happy Cooking.
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