By Chef Selwyn Richards
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That goes double for your children. They need a good start. They need to have energy in their body to learn, play and socialize. You can help them get started with a healthy breakfast. Even busy parents can get the job done.
Here’s how to have a healthy breakfast every day in less than ten minutes.
Step One: Prepare
The weekends are the time when most families get their errands done. That means grocery shopping for the upcoming week. Sit down for a few minutes and plan the week’s breakfasts. Think about what you can make ahead.
Great make ahead ideas include:
>Whole grain waffles — pop them in the toaster in the morning before school. If you flavor them with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, they may not even need syrup.
>Fruity pancakes — pop them in the toaster. Add apple chunks or other fruit to the mix. Then your children can eat them by hand on their way out the door.
>Oatmeal — steel cut oats warm up nicely in the microwave.
Other quick breakfast ideas include:
>Yogurt with granola and fruit topping (You can cut up the fruit ahead of time).
>Egg sandwiches. Try English muffins, a slice of cheese and scrambled or a fried egg.
>Smoothie with protein powder. A smoothie is delicious and with a yogurt base and lots of fruit it can also be healthy. Add a scoop of protein powder to the mix to make sure your children have enough energy to get them through their morning successfully.
Step Two: Shop from your list.
Once you’ve decided what to serve your kids in the morning, make a list of the ingredients you’ll need. Head to the supermarket and make sure you shop from your list.
Step Three: Do what you can ahead of time.
Spend an hour on Saturday or Sunday night preparing some meals ahead of time. For example, you can make a double batch of waffles and pop them in the freezer. In the morning all you need to do is put them in the toaster and serve. Breakfast in less than ten minutes.
Step Four: Commit to the process.
Yes, you’re busy. Find ways that your children can help you prepare breakfast. For example, can they slice fruit? Can they stir the steel cut oats? Can they set the yogurt toppings on the table? Get the whole family involved.
Breakfast is an essential component of a healthy diet. With a little planning and forethought you can make sure your entire family is well nourished. And you can accomplish it without too much trouble, stress or headaches.
Remember, breakfast is important for you too. Be a good role model and sit down with your kids for that first meal of the day.
Selwyn Richards is an award-winning master chef. He is also the President and Executive Chef at The Art of Catering Inc. and is the author of “The Art of Cooking: Soul of The Caribbean”. Chef Selwyn can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone — (905) 619-1059.