There's no denying it. Kids that eat a healthy breakfast do better in school. According to our About.com Nutrition Guide, "Research studies indicate that children who eat breakfast perform better on cognitive tests and in school."
It's that simple and so true. Give your child the long term benefit of a healthy breakfast before sending them off to school in the morning.
Plan ahead and avoid some of the pitfalls that can ruin a healthy breakfast like serving kids sugary cereals that are high in refined carbohydrates and not much else. Of course junk cereals are heavily marketed to children but that's no reason to make it standard breakfast fare for your growing kids.
Aim for serving your gluten-free kids breakfasts that are high in protein from foods like eggs, Greek yogurt, nut butters and whole-grain cooked gluten-free cereals.
Add lots of veggies to omelets, pumpkin to pancakes, berries to smoothies and hot cereal and homemade granola to Greek yogurt.
Ounce-per-ounce Greek yogurts supply a hefty dose of daily protein. And high protein breakfasts improve concentration, support healthy muscle growth and prevent mid-morning lows that sugary breakfasts can cause.
This smoothie recipe couldn't be easier and it's super nutritious. Be sure to use unsweetened yogurt in this recipe. Instead use stevia, which sweetens smoothies amazingly well.
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Naturally gluten-free eggs are economical wonders. Inside an egg, nature has packaged essential proteins that support healthy immune function, maintain healthy muscle, skin and hair and are necessary for synthesis of enzymes and hormones.
Eggs are also a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin D, the trace minerals iodine, selenium and molybdenum, choline - a nutrient vital to brain function and cellular health and lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that support healthy vision. All important to growing brains and bodies. And because eggs are so fast and easy to cook they really can be considered a breakfast "fast food!"
No matter how you make these delicious kid-friendly gluten-free/dairy-free pancakes, plain, with chopped apples or with chopped pecans, one cup of convenient canned pumpkin puree adds nutritional value to pancakes because it's a good source of beta carotene, which the body uses to manufacture Vitamin A, an important antioxidant, necessary for healthy vision, protein synthesis and skin and muscle health. This makes gluten-free pancakes a more nutritious option to plain pancakes!
Find a quality gluten-free whole grain cereal that your kids like. Whole grain cooked cereals have more protein and fiber and are generally much more nutritious than refined sugary cold cereals. And sometimes, less expensive too.
One of our favorite gluten-free hot cereals is Eco Planet Hot Whole Grain Cereal. Read my review of this delicious, fast and easy cereal. If you can't find it, or a similar gluten-free hot cereal at your grocery, ask the manager to carry it or order it online at a site such as Amazon.com.
Start with fresh eggs and check out our About.Com Local Foods Guide's step-by-step tutorial on how to poach eggs. Poaching is fast, requires no fats to cook and poached eggs are delicious on a slice of gluten-free toast.
Kids love muffins and muffins can be a healthy, busy morning breakfast food, especially muffins made with whole grains, fruit and flax.
Any preparation that you can do ahead of time to make cooking breakfast fast and easy is invaluable. This recipe for gluten-free Belgian waffles falls in the "make-ahead" category and is as deliciously homemade and impressive as it is deceptively easy to make. And of course, kids love big crisp waffles. Serve with a helping of quick scrambled eggs for a satisfying breakfast.
Add warm water to gluten-free oatmeal before you go to bed, store in a wide-mouth thermos overnight and the next morning you will have an "almost instant" super-creamy, more easily digestible gluten-free breakfast cereal.
Flax is a good source of essential fatty acids and soluble fiber and a terrific addition to this easy breakfast dish.
10. More Gluten-Free Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes
Here are more gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast recipe ideas from our talented About.com Food Guides. You can never have too many breakfast recipes for kids!
This recipe for homemade gluten-free granola makes a large 5-pound batch of granola. Make it ahead of time and keep it in bags in your freezer for a nutritious and delicious topping for yogurt or serve with milk and fruit for a kit-favorite, better-than-boxed gluten-free cold cereal.