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Skip the Cereal, Give Your Kids a Healthy Breakfast

July 26, 2010

Many children in our country start off Saturday morning with their favorite cartoon or television show. This is prime time for advertisers to sell the latest trend in children’s toys and foods. The problem is that the latest trend in food is generally an alarmingly unhealthy choice for children. A debate has sparked between the food industry and the federal government about what qualifies as an appropriate and healthy food to advertise to children. According to a recent New York Times article, the food industry began an initiative in 2007, to fight childhood obesity, and are trying to advertise and sell healthier choices for kids.

Unfortunately, the food industry has an odd conception of what is healthy for a child to eat and what is not; Froot Loops with 12 grams of sugar per serving are deemed healthy by their standard. While that amount of sugar is clearly a less than healthy choice for kids, the battle between the food industry giants and the federal government will continue to rage on. 

Although it is tough to fight such a big industry on a topic like this, we can all take our own steps to raise happy and healthy children.

Since sugar-filled breakfast foods are one of the largest culprits of target advertising, we came up with a few healthier options to feed your children first thing in the morning:

  • Avocado on an Ezekiel muffin or whole grain toast sprinkled with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil
  • Raw muesli with fresh berries
  • Oatmeal with organic raisins and a touch of maple syrup
  • Baked apples or pears sprinkled with oats and/or chopped nuts drizzled with honey or maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit smoothies
  • Almond butter and banana sandwiches on whole grain toast
  • Breakfast egg sandwich with a whole grain muffin, turkey bacon and organic cheese
  • Red quinoa with berries and/or bananas, warm milk and honey or maple syrup

What do you serve for your kids in the morning?