How often do you struggle to find something nutritious for your kids (or yourself) to eat for breakfast? We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what about those who are like me and don’t like eating cold cereal? Do you have a hard time getting your kids to eat whole grains and fruits often enough?
- Kids who eat breakfast are more likely to meet their nutrient intake recommendations over the course of the day than their breakfast-skipping peers.
- Eating breakfast may positively benefit cognitive function related to memory, academic performance and school attendance.
- Skipping breakfast has been linked to increased snacking during the day or higher intake of high fat snacks.
Question: What is the best breakfast to serve my child in the morning?
Answer: The “best” breakfast is the one that will be eaten! Nutella suggests that adding chocolatey Nutella hazelnut spread to whole grains will taste so good that kids will WANT to eat more of the stuff that’s good for them.
Some words from my friends:
- We have special breakfast bowls and spoons. The kids love having their own things to eat out of.
- I make sure there is protein, carbs, and some sort of fat in the breakfast. If I make something they don’t like as much, I make sure there is something else that they like (for my son who doesn’t like eggs, I always add cheese to his eggs and serve it with fruit so he will eat it).
- Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day. My kids love it!
I put this to the test last week when I invited several of my friends over for a Monday morning Nutella brunch. There were 8 adults and 10 children at my house (I got to hold an adorable baby boy the entire time – totally made it worth it for me!). I served whole grain Nutella and strawberry roll-ups, English muffins with Nutella spread, pretzel rods for dipping in Nutella, lots of fruit, and banana-Nutella brownies (a total hit with moms and kids in attendance).
I am a relatively new convert to Nutella. When my sister was preparing to move last year, she gave me a bunch of food that she didn’t want to pack up and take with her to her next house. Among the boxes and bags was a half-eaten jar of Nutella. I gave it a try. It was love at first lick. AJ and Reese were also instantly hooked. My favorite way to eat Nutella is on a toasted English Muffin, although spreading Nutella on a whole wheat wrap and scattering sliced fresh strawberries on it before rolling it all up is now a big contender for the first place spot.
Favorite Breakfast Foods:
(According to my friends at the Nutella Party)
- Fried eggs on English muffins (even better if you add cheese and bacon)
- Blueberry pancakes
- Homemade crepes
- Granola with milk
- Soft boiled eggs with toast fingers
- Yogurt and fruit
What are your favorite things to eat at breakfast, and how do you get your picky eaters to eat the “most important meal of the day”?
Disclosure: I was sent a Nutella MommyParty Kit containing gift bags for my party guests with Nutella samples, recipe cards, tumblers, Nutella spreaders, and coupons. I supplied the rest of the party foods and supplies on my own. I truly am (and already was) a huge Nutella fan, and I do believe I made a few more fans at the party! Thanks to MomSelect MommyParties and Nutella for giving me a great excuse to have my friends over and eat yummy food!
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