Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day so starting with a meal that incorporates some fruit ensures a solid beginning. Breakfast with fruit is almost always popular with children – and almost always easy for parents to throw together.
Here a few easy, healthy breakfasts with fruit. Many of them are versatile enough that cooks can vary the fruit by what’s fresh and in season – or by taste preferences – so that the everyone in the family will be tempted with a yummy meal to start the day.
The versatile fruit cup is an easy way to ensure that children enjoy breakfast with fruit. The fruit can be sliced into chunks appropriate for a child’s age. If one child loves strawberries, but his sister hates them, this recipe is easy enough to adjust by simply removing the strawberries and replacing it with another fruit (or extra apples or bananas).
Smoothies taste like ice cream but are chock full of nutritious fruits. Smoothies are also an easy place to hide a few extra ingredients – such as a random carrot or two – for picky eaters.
Oatmeal is a traditional, healthy breakfast, and one that many children don't like. A few pieces of fruit can sweeten the oats and make the dish more pleasing for a child. Add in a slow cooker, and overnight cooking, and the process of making breakfast is also easier on parents.
Some children just love to graze and a plate filled with cheese and fruit is bound to please. Use fresh fruits and vary them by what's in season and by what your children prefer. For an added bit of fun, arrange the cheese and fruit to create a picture (such as a happy face or an animal).
A warm, toasty muffin is a delightful way to start the day, and there's plenty of recipes that incorporate a variety of fruits - raisins, blueberries, apples - to ensure that breakfast begins with a bit of fruit. If a muffin isn't enough to feed hungry children, add some yogurt or a piece of cheese to boost the protein. Leftover muffins (if there are any) are perfect for snacks.
A moist banana bread is another way of making breakfast with fruit - and a prime method of using aging bananas instead of throwing them in the trash. (You can also freeze over-ripe bananas to use in banana bread at a later time.)