5 Worst Breakfast Foods For Kids Plus DIY Healthier Options
1. Pancakes. Who hasn’t tried Kellogg’s Eggo Pancakes with Aunt Jemima’s Syrup? Sure, they are convenient and an American breakfast staple, but they are one of the worst options for breakfast. Refined carbs, artificial ingredients, dangerous chemicals, preservatives, and if you add the fake syrup you will get lots of high fructose corn syrup on top of it. What a disaster! Same applies to their frozen waffles. Healthier option: you can choose organic pancakes or waffles made with whole grains and add honey or maple syrup instead. Best option: You can make your own pancakes like my recipes 2 Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes or Banana Pancakes. They are both made in minutes using only 2 ingredients. Add fresh fruits, nuts, or a little honey or maple syrup, and start your kid’s day the right way with no processed foods.
2. Sugary cereals. The worst cereals are sadly geared towards children. Popular brands like Froot Loops, Captain Crunch and Apple Jacks are 40 to 50% sugar by weight making them the same as eating candy. I don’t think any parent would like to feed candy for breakfast to their kids. These popular cereals are also full of chemicals, GMOs, and artificial dyes. That fruit loop bowl in the picture looks nothing but artificial to me. Want more information on this topic? please see my post 5 Processed Kids Snacks You Should Avoid.Healthier options: choose a cereal that has less than 5grams of sugar per serving and is made of 100% whole grains. Plain Cheerios contains only 1 gram of sugar per serving and their first ingredient is whole grain oats. Gereral Mills claims they are also non-gmo. Best option: You can make Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with only a few healthy ingredients. Adding quick oats is a smart way to include a healthy cereal in your kid’s breakfast.
3. Muffins. Loaded with unhealthy oils, refined flours and sugar. It’s like eating cake for breakfast. How can you offer a healthier muffin? Make your own and add some veggies. My kids love homemade muffins. They are so easy to make and you can experiment with different fruit and veggie combinations. Healthier option: Choose muffins that are made with whole grains or gluten free varieties, and fruits. Best option: Healthy Zucchini Carrot Muffins or Super Healthy Banana Muffins. Your kids will be very excited about their muffins in the morning.
4. Granola/Breakfast Bars. Marketing and labels will fool you into thinking these bars are a good option for breakfast but the reality is most granola and breakfast bars are just made with refined carbs, sugars, preservatives, and may be no better nutritionally than a candy bar.Healthier option: Look for breakfast bars made with nuts and fruits. I like KIND Bars because of their cleaner ingredients and good flavor combinations. Best option: Try making Almond Bites. Only 3 ingredients and packed with nutrition to start your kid’s day full of energy. They are super easy to make and there is no need to bake them.