- Good news, moms! Instant oatmeal counts as a whole grain! It is high in cancer fight antioxidants and also lowers the risk of heart disease. Make this in a jiffy:
- Mix 1/4 cup one minute oats or one packet instant oatmeal with bananas, raisins, or coconut flakes. Let your preschooler choose fruits so she feels like she has control over her breakfast.
Protein Rich Burritos
- Lots of fiber combined with lots of protein is filling an can provide energy for hours. "When my son started preschool, he was hungry before lunch, so I pumped up the protein," says on San Francisco mom. Try making a burrito with a whole-wheat tortilla with at least 5 grams in fiber, low fat cheese, and a sausage link. If meat or pork are not things you like to eat, try a soy or turkey sausage link.
- "Kids who love carrots and dip might like to dip apples or strawberries into yogurt," says Rose Dunnington, author of Big Snacks, Little Meals. Cut fruit into small chunks and have your child dip them into some plain yogurt. Serve with a side of protein, like an egg or slices of (turkey) bacon.
Ants on a log
- Spread almond, cashew butter, or peanute butter on a banana sliced in half lengthwise, and top with raisins or dried cranberries. Serve with a 4-ounce yogurt.
- "Since both my kids go wild for pancakes, I've started blending fruits and vegetables into the batter to make different colors," says one Berkely mom. Try carrots, mangoes, or berries. Follow pancake instructions, substituting pureed fruit or veggies for water and milk. Mix one tablespoon water with batter until you reach the desired consistency. If using carrots, peel and slice about 2/3 cup, then steam or boil for about 20 minutes. Serve with some sausage.
Jazzed up pizza
- There are endless spin offs of traditional pizza (I like to put marinara or tomato sauce on a sliced english muffin, topping it with low fat cheese, olive oil, and oregano, toasting it in an oven and enjoying).
Spread two tablespoons fruit jam or nut butter on a small whole-wheat pita (leaving a crust at the edges), and top with sliced bananas or strawberries. Or use a base of half a whole grain English muffin, and add cream cheese and almond slices. Another idea: top a pancake with scrambled eggs and slices of chicken sausage.
- "My husband uses cookie cutters to cut shapes in bread and then fills the holes with egg," sasy a New York City mom. "He calls it, hen in the woods, a gingerbread man, or dinosaur. My son loves it." This takes only a few minutes to make. Cut a shape from a slice of toasted wheat bread. Coat a nonstick ovenproof pan with oil spray and bring to medium high heat. Place the toast in the skillet, fill the hole with a beaten egg, and reduce the heat to low. Place the skillet under the broiler for about three minutes, until the egg is completely set.