Depending on your kids and your schedule, you’ve likely dealt with the dreaded “morning meltdown” by your child or children. You’ve also likely pulled out your hair trying to figure out how to get your kids to eat breakfast. When it comes to having their kids eat a balanced meal before heading out the door, many parents are stressed – and rightly so. Health experts have long maintained that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so seeing your child leave for school without a full tummy can be more than a little nerve-wracking for parents. The good news is that there are some simple strategies that can be used to get the kids to eat before leaving for the day.Image courtesy of http://www.dessertrecipesforkids.com/
Following are the Top 5 Tips For Getting Your Kids to Eat Breakfast
1) Make it Simple – First thing in the morning, kids are often tired, cranky and not in the best of moods. Same goes for the parents much of the time. Now’s not the time to consider a culinary masterpiece to serve to your child. Make it easy on yourself and your kids will follow suit. For breakfast, consider some easy staples such as oatmeal, toast and scrambled eggs and other comfort foods. Slather everything with butter. Your kids will thank you for it and they’ll likely clean their plates.
2) Give them Options – Kids often turn up their noses at whatever mom or dad puts in front of them. This is often their way of exhibiting some form of control over their environment. To get around this, provide them with options when you’re presenting the breakfast menu. So instead of saying “I made oatmeal for breakfast this morning,” how about “would you like oatmeal or eggs for breakfast today? Which one would you prefer?” You will be more likely to get the buy-in for at least one of these options when you give kids a choice. It works every time
3) The Fast and the Furious – Time is of the essence both mornings so make sure that whatever you choose, it’s fast. Weekday mornings are usually not the time to create a huge spread of food, so don’t sweat it! Give the kids food that both packs a nutritional punch but is easy and quick to prepare as well. These include boiled eggs, peanut butter on whole grain bagels or bread and a healthy granola with yogurt.
4) Make it Fun – Kids can be very particular about what they eat, especially the younger set. If you want to avoid the trauma of trying to get them to eat a full breakfast in the morning then make it fun! A few minutes of creativity can go a long way in getting the kids to chow down and leave the house with a full belly. Consider cutting toast into various shapes, use colourful fruits and foods to make their meal appealing.
5) Hide and Seek – Worrying about whether your kids have left the house with enough nutrition in their bellies is a stress for many parents. How about making sure that they eat something healthy by hiding the healthy stuff in their food? You an make simple oatmeal muffins and add some flax seed, carrot or zucchini; cheesy scrambled eggs can pack a protein punch first thing in the morning, and a fruit smoothie with added peanut butter, yogurt, pureed carrots and more is a great option for kids on the go.
So there you have it. Hopefully these tips will help you get your day started without too much stress. Do you have any additional tips for getting the kids to eat their breakfast? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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