Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by Annabel Karmel, the British children's chef and kiddie cookbook author.
Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by Annabel Karmel, the British children's chef and kiddie cookbook author. This week Annabel shares breakfast tips for keeping tots fed and full before heading off to school.
Don’t let your child skip breakfast. If your child claims not to be hungry first thing or there is no time to fit in breakfast, think back to the previous evening. When did they last eat and what time did they go to bed? The earlier your child eats and the earlier they go to bed, the more likely it is that they will want food first thing and the easier it will be to get them up 15 minutes earlier. A good tip is to get as much ready the night before so that you are not stressed in the morning. Breakfast need take no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish. Cereal with milk or peanut butter on toast, a yogurt or some cheese, and a glass of fruit juice would provide an excellent breakfast for a child.
If your child’s not hungry at breakfast you can send him off to school with a healthy muffin and a smoothie. Try my Apple and Carrot Muffins.
Eggs are packed full of nutrients and make great breakfast food. How about a Breakfast Burrito – scrambled eggs with tasty extras like ham, grated cheese, or chopped tomato inside a wrap, or try my simple recipe for the Perfect Omelette.
Try to include fresh fruit – toast with peanut butter, sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey, add berries or dried fruit to cereal, see my Granola recipe and find fun ways to serve fruit like melon balls or half a kiwi in an egg cup.
On weekends encourage your child to help prepare breakfast – pancakes, French toast, pancakes, and smoothies are fun to make.
. . . Annabel
Get the recipes for Annabel's Carrot and Apple Muffins, Perfect Omelette, and Granola when you read more