September is almost over and (most) kids have already been in school for three weeks. Parents are back to rushed mornings making lunches, and rushed evenings getting kids fed, bathed and in bed early. With all the things to plan for and think about, healthy eating can sometimes fall by the wayside.
While I like preparing big breakfasts for Big-A on school mornings (pancakes, cinnamon oatmeal, boiled eggs and toast), some mornings the time just slips away so fast I hardly have time to give him a bowl of cold cereal! I'm always looking online and through my favourite family-friendly magazines for quick, healthy breakfast recipes to fill Big-A's tummy and brain for a busy day ahead.
As a proud #LMDConnector, I was pleased to find out that General Mills has partnered up with the Heart And Stroke Foundation, promoting Get Smart With Your Kid’s Heart! On the Heart And Stroke website you will find information on Healthy Eating and Activities, being Healthy At School and in your Community, as well as helpful publications and links. General Mills is working with the Heart And Stroke Foundation to ensure that kids have a healthy start to each day, encouraging heart-healthy habits in your family.
On the Healthy Eating tab, I found some fun and delicous looking breakfast recipes that any child would love, like Sunshine French Toast, Quinoa Cranberry Muffins, Peek-A-Boo Eggs, and many more. I was immediately drawn to a recipe called Breakfast Fruit Pizza, as it contained refrigerator and pantry staples in my home that Big-A eats each week. I changed the recipe slightly (the original recipe can be found here), and they were a huge hit in my home!
Breakfast Fruit Pizza
1 small whole wheat pita (or 3 mini whole wheat pitas)
1 1/2 tbsp spreadable cream cheese (plain or flavoured)
1/4 cup chopped fresh fruit (I used berries only)
- Lightly toast the pitas in a toaster or toaster oven.
- Spread with cream cheese.
- Top with fresh fruit and lightly drizzle with honey. If you used a large pita, cut into pieces and serve. Mini pitas can be served whole.
Dietary Fibre: 5g
|Use a spreadable cream cheese to avoid tearing the pitas.|
|Always rinse and dry fresh berries before using in recipes.|
|The finished product - delish!|
|Big-A taking a big bite (with Lil-J watching closely)!|
A balanced breakfast high in protein and fibre is ideal for keeping your kids moving through the day, and keeping them full until snack or lunch time. I send Big-A to school with mini whole wheat pitas at least once a week, either in pizza form or topped with cream cheese and his favourite jam. And fresh berries are eaten in our house every single day. This easy breakfast (it really doesn't get easier than this!) is a perfect one for busy weekday mornings, and I will definitely make these on Sunday's when Big-A has early soccer games.
Check out the Health And Stroke Foundation's Healthy Kids site at http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3479025/k.802B/Healthy_Kids.htm for recipes and ideas for keeping your kids heart healthy. And make sure to check out the General Mills website at https://lifemadedelicious.ca/ for more delicious recipes that your family will love.
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