Rise and shine! Fuel your child’s morning with these protein-rich breakfasts that are sure to keep their bellies full and their minds alert until lunchtime. Amie Valpone, nutritionist and writer, has collected some healthy and tasty kid-friendly breakfast ideas for us. Many of these recipes can double up as yummy snacks that are easy to pack and enjoyed at school for a mid-day energy booster.
Avocado Strawberry and Goat Cheese Toast
1⁄2 ripe avocado, 2 Tbsp. goat cheese 2 pieces of gluten-free bread, 5 sliced strawberries. Mash avocado and goat cheese together in a small bowl. Layer each slice of toast with mashed avocado and goat cheese. Quinoa with Honey, Blueberries and Chia Seeds 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1⁄2 cup Greek plain yogurt, 2 tsp. honey, 1 cup fresh blueberries, 2 Tbsp. chia seeds. Place cooled quinoa in the bottom of a parfait glass. Spoon the yogurt on top. Drizzle with honey and for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat, serve. mixture. Top with sliced strawberries. sprinkle with blueberries and chia seeds.
Almond Butter Apple Bites
1 honey crisp apple, 2 Tbsp. almond butter 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds. Slice apple into 6 pieces. Cut apple into slices. into thirds. Layer almond butter on each apple slice. Sprinkle with ground flax seeds.
1 cup apple juice, 1 cup Greek plain yogurt, 1 cup fresh (or frozen) strawberries, 1 cup fresh (or frozen) mango, 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, 2 Tbsp. sunflower seed butter. In a blender, combine all ingredients and puree until smooth. Transfer to a glass; serve chilled.
1⁄2 cup cooked gluten-free oatmeal, 1 tsp. honey, 1⁄4 tsp. cinnamon, 2 Tbsp. crushed pumpkin seeds, 2 Tbsp. coconut flakes, 1⁄4 cup raspberries, 2 Tbsp. ricotta cheese. Top cooked oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, peanuts, coconut flakes, raspberries and ricotta cheese in a small bowl. Serve warm or chilled.
Open Faced Pesto, Spinach Grilled Cheese
2 pieces of gluten-free bread, 2 Tbsp. pesto, 2 slices organic cheese, 1 cup loosely packed fresh baby spinach. Top each slice of bread with 1 Tbsp. pesto, 1 slice cheese and 1⁄2 cup spinach. Broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
You can easily substitute your child’s favorite fruits, veggies or grains to mix n’ match and create your own fun spin on these classic recipes to keep your kids excited every morning. If your children have food allergies, feel free to substitute almond or rice milk for regular milk and quinoa or rice for gluten-filled grains such as couscous.
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Amie's work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple.