Breakfast is the most crucial meal of the day, and starting your day without one is like trying to fly a kite without wind. A nutritious breakfast is essential for childrento give them a powerful start to the day, and also to refuel their bodies as their brains and bodies are still developing.
About 20-30 per cent of youngsters miss meals, therefore a breakfast for them should be quick, easy, filling, and, most importantly, delicious.
Aditya Bagri, Director at Bagrry’s in New Delhi shares delicious and healthy breakfast options for your kids:
•Wheat Bran Pancakes – Pancakes and waffles are the breakfast of champions. Wheat bran, along with atta and oats, is a great substitute for maida. Change the grain and add more fibre and protein to your kid’s breakfast. You can sweeten the batter with honey, jaggery, and bananas instead of sugar as well, along with some cocoa powder.
• Quinoa Upma – Like a veggie breakfast -why not add quinoa instead of suji to your kids’ Upma? It packs a lot more protein and fibre along with Omega 3.
• Peanut Butter & Wholegrain Toast – A easy peasy peanut butter and toast combo are great for kids. Use wholegrain toast and unsweetened peanut butter, topped with some bananas. You can even sprinkle some honey or chia seeds for more crunch.
• Oats Idli – Idli’s are an all-time breakfast favourite – why not change the base from white rice to Oats along with dal.
• Chocolate Muesli – Chocolate cereals are often laden with sugar. For older kids, muesli is a much better choice, laden with whole grains, nuts, berries and much less sugar.
• Banana Berry Smoothie – In case parents are short on time to cook breakfast, portable breakfasts for eating on the go act as an exceptional option. The simplest sugar-free, on-the-go meal for kids is a simple blend of bananas, berries, oats, and a dash of milk. Just blend it all together.
• Overnight oats: Make them in Mason jars the night prior, and let your child customise this dish with their preferred toppings. You need to mix about 1/4 cup (26 grams) of rolled oats and 1/2 cup (120 ml) of your choice of milk in a small Mason jar. Garnish with nuts, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and dried or fresh fruits.
• Pumpkin-quinoa porridge: Quinoa is a quick-cooking, gluten-free grain. Boil one part of quinoa with two parts of milk of any type and let it cook for 10 minutes on a medium-low flame. Stir in some pumpkin, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg and allow it to simmer. Top it with brown sugar, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut before you serve it.
• Berry yoghurt parfaits: Layer high-protein Greek yoghurt with fresh berries and a sprinkle of granola for an easymeal.