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It’s often challenging to get a good breakfast into our picky little eaters, especially when time is limited. The problem with cold cereal, though it is fast, is it doesn’t stay with us long, and we’re soon hungry again. Don’t get me wrong—if you were to walk into my pantry, you’d find at least 6 boxes of cereal right now. My family loves cereal, and we’d never give it up fully, but we’re trying to use it more for snacks and weekends rather than weekday breakfasts.
Here are five quick breakfast ideas for picky eaters like mine that are healthier than the cold cereal habit:
1. Whole grain pancakes with peanut butter. My family loves pancakes. We eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I make the batter, I double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftover pancakes in packs of 2 or 4 for easy microwaving on those mornings when time is short, but I want the kids to eat something other than cold cereal.
If your kids are like mine, they might leave breakfast meats behind, uneaten. Try using peanut butter instead of butter or margarine to sneak in a bit of protein.
2. Cheesy egg roll ups (but don’t call them breakfast burritos). Spread a thin layer of shredded cheddar on a small flour tortilla. Warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Add a narrow line of scrambled egg down the center (be sure not to over-stuff). Fold one end and roll it up thin and tight. Done.
3. Quick Oats dusted with brown sugar and cinnamon. I know, I know. The sugar, right? I’m okay with it in this case because oatmeal is fiber-rich and contains protein. So if I can get it into my kids with a bit of the sweet, I’m a happy mom.
4. Hard-boiled eggs. What’s easier than pulling a hard-boiled egg from the fridge and throwing some fruit and toast on the plate?
5. Greek yogurt. Like eggs, it’s full of hunger-busting protein. Serve a good-sized portion with a banana or slice of banana bread. Bananas contain a healthy carb that will keep your kids feeling fuller, longer.