Breakfast – The most important meal of the day, as you break your fast from the previous night, i.e. after a gap of 9 – 10 hours. Hence, breakfast should be healthy and wholesome.
“Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.” ref – WebMD
Breakfast scenes two years ago – Getting kids to sit and have a proper breakfast is the toughest task in a mother’s life. I had these toughest three years when little missy would refuse to eat or drink anything in the morning. The breakfast scenes became a daily horror and her little tummy would stay hungry for many hours. However, a little over three years, she showed some mercy on her sobbing mother and the food started staying inside until it got digested. Ever since then, we are having a proper breakfast every single morning.
Many mothers go from the same phase, we feel helpless when kids refuse to eat anything for a long time. However, I personally feel that’s just an age factor. When we consulted the pediatrician for this breakfast issue, their observation was simple. An active kid, eating everything (except breakfast), vital signs fine, weight and height okay – No worries, just give them what they want to eat!
What they want to eat?
You give them the choice and the first reply would be – Pizza, Pasta, Bread-Jam, Nachos, Popcorn, Waffers etc. Healthy food and dishes churn out from home kitchen would be on the lowest fold of the list (or sometimes not even there). If you commit a mistake of asking them – ‘What do you want to eat today in breakfast?’ the answer will put you in further misery. ‘Give the same thing again Mom – chocos, and milk, scrambled eggs, or whatever!’
Didn’t I tell you – Motherhood is the wackiest job on the Earth! Being the mothers of these smart kiddos, even we know a few hacks to turn the junk food into healthy and quick delicacies.
Quick and Healthy Kid Friendly Breakfast Recipe Ideas
1. Veggie/ Eggs burrito or Rolls
We love finger food, and this is one of the best breakfast ideas of wholesome food in the morning. These rolls can also be given in the child’s tiffin box as it’s non-drippy and easy to make in early rush hours.
I prefer the filling of green vegetables like cauliflower, green peas, corn, methi (fenugreek) sabji, cabbage, etc. You can also make paneer (cottage cheese) or scrambled egg rolls. Stuff the filling into whole wheat chapati, add a little tomato sauce and voila delicious roll/ burrito is ready to be gorged on.
2. Vegetable / Paneer Sandwich
This is my personal favorite, and I can have a sandwich in breakfast every day! Make sure you use brown bread or multi-grain bread over the regular. Sauteed mixed vegetables or well washed raw veggie, like – cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, beetroot (blanched), capsicum. Add cheese slices (make sure you use a healthy cheese like goat cheese or low-fat cheese).
You can prepare paneer bhurji and use instead of veggies to make a paneer-grill sandwich.
Pro Tip – Slight grill the sandwich, as it brings nice buttery aroma and enhances the appetite.
Most famous Indian street food – Indori Poha a healthy and super easy to make breakfast dish. ‘Jhat-phat’ breakfast! Poha is healthy and is made out of rice also known as flatted rice. Quick to prepare and easy to digest, plus its super delicious. Our Poha recipe has potatoes, peanuts, onion, coriander leaves and coconut for garnishing. It’s a healthy mix and can be given in the kid’s tiffin also.
Many people deep fry the potatoes and peanuts, but I boil the potatoes and roast the peanuts. Just add these with all other ingredients in little oil garnish with green leaves and freshly grated coconut.
4. Stuffed Paratha
I am born and in North India, hence paratha is something which is tuned into my upbringing. It’s a different story that I love gorging on all those delicious stuffed parathas with homemade butter and curds. There are various options for filling and make yummy parathas – Onion, Paneer, Aloo, Mooli-Gajar (carrot and radish). I bring seasonal preferences for stuffing the parathas like winters call for Gobi paratha. Ajwain-namak paratha is comforting and can be paired with hot ginger tea, (Carom/Caraway seeds)
Missa paratha (mixed) Sattu paratha (gram flour filling) or you can mix fillings based on your taste and preferences. For health and nutrition, I use multi-grain flour with ragi, millet, quinoa, soy, and wheat flours.
These are few that I make religiously and repeatedly! (didn’t I share the love of parantha) Easy to make and wholesome. I roast the paranthas in homemade desi-ghee (clarified butter).
5. Oats and Veggie Cutlets
Everyone love cutlets, especially when you make those funny quirky shapes with kids. I don’t try my hands on baking (read horrible baker), but these cutlets come really well out of home microwave convection oven. Just a little prior preparation and quick choices make this dish come handy at rush hours.
All you need is boiled potatoes, green peas, carrots, beans, corn, coriander leaves, soaked oats, and some quirk to make funny shapes. You can shallow fry these cutlets in a non-stick pan or bake them in the convection oven, serve with mint chutney or tomato sauce. Oats is filled with health benefits, high in fiber mixed with all the vegetables it brings crispy cutlets.
These are just a few of the breakfast ideas that bring up smiles on the kid’s face. Easy to make, and I bet kids cannot say NO to these dishes.
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