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Reducing Sugar and Fat in Your Child’s Breakfast…While Adding Nutrition and Taste

Wanting more nutrition and taste in your kid’s breakfast without completely eliminating all of the “fun” sugary cereals in your home? There are ways to keep both of you happy by reducing the artificial sugar and flavors with yummy, nutritious substitutes. Flax seeds, fresh fruit, stevia, honey and the odd nut are some ways to get on track. Here’s how you can incorporate the good stuff, sneak out some of the bad…and satisfy your little one in the process.

Let your child choose their favorite breakfast cereal. If it’s sugary, that’s ok. Many children enjoy looking that the boxes and mulling over their choices. Be patient and let them take their time. If you consciously mix up your “healthy” cereals with the sugary ones in the cupboard, your child may surprise you and begin to develop a taste for and/or picking them for breakfast on their own.

After your child has picked their cereal, pour it into their bowl until it is about 1/3- 1/2 full. Depending on your goals, decide on the ratio of “not-so-nutritious” to “nutritious” based on the sugar/color/added flavors of the cereal.

Do your best to “match up” your child’s sugary cereal with a similar healthy, nutritious cereal or fruit. For example:

*Fruit Loops can be paired with whole grain, regular or Honey Nut Cheerios;
*Frosted Flakes can be paired easily with plain Corn Flakes;
*Golden Grahams can be paired with Life cereal;
*Cocoa Crispies can be paired with plain Rice Crispies

You can also mix and match  “healthy” cereals for texture and flavor to keep things interesting, or allow your child to have a half bowl of their favorite sugary cereal, and make up the other half with fruit. Cut up complimentary fruits into small bite sized pieces so it ‘becomes’ a natural part of the meal. The sugar from the cereal will quickly and seamlessly also sweeten any fruit.

Adding a good helping of fruit to a bowl of cereal is a great way to ensure your little one kickstarts their day with a full serving of “nature’s candy”. Adding dried fruit or nuts also packs a bunch of ‘good’ sugars’, nutrients and texture without sacrificing any flavor.

If your substitutions leave your child complaining that the cereal is not sweet enough or just plain bland, add a little stevia (a natural sweetener) or a swirl of honey. While in the process of ‘weaning’ your child from a sugar habit, this can be a temporary, happy medium.

It is possible for you and your kids to be enthusiastic about a delicious, healthy, and easy breakfast! Just change things up and get adventurous…you’ll both be glad you did!

Healthy Recipes Can Taste Good Too

If you can recall the last time you sat down to a healthy meal it may be that what you remember is a plate of food that looked good but lacked flavour and you may also recall that it was somewhat of a disappointment. The bottom line is that if you are looking for healthy food, you will of course want it to taste good and be packed full of flavour and goodness. These days people cry out for healthy alternatives to fast food, takeaways and ready meals that taste as good and luckily, some of the top cooks and chefs have answered the call.

Gone are the days when you have to sit down to a meal that is great for you in terms of calories, carbohydrates and fat but which gives you very little enjoyment, people are simply tired of settling for healthy recipes that lack great taste and fortunately, there are a wealth of resources available that will put you in touch with some of the best tasting healthy recipes around. These days you can perform a simple online search and tap into healthy recipes online that are simple to prepare, only require a few ingredients and can put smiles on the faces of everyone in your family; even the most fussy of eaters.

If you say you don’t have time to spend several hours in the kitchen preparing healthy recipes but you want to be sure that you serve your family the best choices available, there are plenty of healthy recipes written with you in mind. The ingredients in these healthy recipes are chosen from naturally good vegetables high protein, low fat meat selections. You can wow your family and amaze your friends by preparing healthy recipes that are delicious and fast and in the time it takes to change from your work clothes into a cooking apron, you may be able to prepare healthy recipes for diners of all ages, even young children who can learn to avoid obesity by learning all about healthy foods from an early age.

Healthy recipes on the market today are budget conscious as well; in these trying economic times, many people simply cannot afford to invest in expensive seasonings and ultra high quality cuts of meat. Fortunately, there are many healthy recipes that are low budget, quick and easy to prepare, and taste simply fantastic. In fact, many of these healthy recipes taste so good, you’ll wonder if they actually are healthy but know it’s true because you’ve prepared them yourself.

For a whole array of quick healthy recipes, search online and find everything from a quick and easy lasagne recipe to healthy dinner party menus.