It’s not always easy to prepare a good breakfast before starting your day – it takes a minute to fry an egg… then 10 to wash up.
But a simple breakfast reduces your crankiness and gives you an energy boost to start the day.
Recent research has also shown that children who leave home without something in their belly are more inclined to be distracted at school. Something as simple as a slice of whole wheat toast in the morning can greatly improve their learning ability, as well as prevent chronic illnesses in adulthood.
Our solution: these yummy toast ideas you can toast to.
How to make it Combine one can of cooked chickpeas with juice rom half a lemon, a clove of garlic (optional), a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, and a drizzle of olive oil. Blend in a food processor to get a smooth paste. For breakfast, serve hummus as a base with some grated carrots or boiled eggs.
Why it’s healthier Not only are chickpeas a great source of fibre, but they are also rich in folate, manganese and other traces of important minerals, like molybdenum for biological wellness and balance.
It’s a great breakfast starter since it gives you an extra energy boost, being high in iron for red blood cell formation, as well as for preventing fatigue. It can also keep blood sugar levels in check so you don’t have energy spikes during the day.
NEXT: Kaya toast with bananas →
How to make it Kaya (coconut jam) is readily available in supermarkets. Add nutrient-rich ingredients like sliced bananas, or experiment with cottage cheese or sliced cheese for extra calcium and a fun spin on sweet and savoury.
Why it’s healthier Bananas are a great source of potassium, an electrolyte that the body requires for organs, cells and tissues to function normally.
Another advantage is its role in growth and muscle-building, so it’s great for kids, too – plus, they’ll love the sweet kaya jam.
NEXT: Spring onions and eggs on toast →
How to make it Spring onion eggs with congee may be a typical Asian breakfast, but you can turn it into a topping on toast instead. Just whip up an omelette and add two tablespoons of finely chopped spring onions.
Why it’s healthier Spring onions are an excellent source of antioxidants, as well as polyphenols, that help keep your child’s immune system in check. They also have an anti-inflammatory property to reduce the risk and symptoms of asthma.
Eggs are a complete protein food that are essential for cell generation to help your kids grow stronger. They’re rich in lutein, choline and omega-3, which help with vision, brain development and memory.
NEXT: Corn, tuna and celery on toast →
How to make it Mix a can of tuna – choose one packed in spring water – with your preferred portion of corn and finely diced celery. Bind them together with a little yogurt or homemade mayonnaise.
Why it’s healthier Corn is a good source of B complex vitamins, minerals like phosphorous, potassium and zinc, and important antioxidants.
Tuna has a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are especially key for brain development in young kids, as well as improving their visual development.
Celery is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It also strengthens the immune system and protects against nerve damage.
NEXT: Sprouts on toast →
How to make it Spread avocado and boiled eggs on toast and top with sprouts. Need some protein? Something as simple as poached chicken goes excellently with this combination.
Why it’s healthier Sprouts contain loads of vitamin K, and offer a healthy dose of key nutrients like vitamin C for a strong immune system and healthy skin. It also contains bone-building calcium and potassium for strong muscles.
As for avocado, we all know how it’s “the good kind of fat”.
NEXT: Hummus on toast →
By Young Parents, January 2017
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