In the hustle and bustle of the mornings when you are trying to get your kids out the door, it is important to ensure they have a healthy, nutrition-packed breakfast that will start their day off on the right foot. Eating a nutritious breakfast sets the tone for the day and helps maintain your child’s blood glucose levels, and jumpstarts their metabolism. Apart from providing your kids with energy, choosing breakfast foods that are excellent sources of important nutrients, such as calcium, iron & B Vitamins as well as protein and fiber, is a top priority for all parents! I am a firm believer that everything is okay in moderation – but read those ingredients and nutrition labels, and make sure you are informed of what it is exactly your child is consuming. While some options may seem like obviously poor choices, here is a list of 20 of the worst breakfast foods for kids, some of which might surprise you.
1. Granola or Cereal Bars
Grocery store shelves are lined with a myriad of granola bar products, but before tossing a box in your shopping cart, be sure to read the ingredients list. Although they may be a good source of fiber, they are often very high in calories, saturated fats, and loaded with sugar.
A good rule of thumb is that if the ingredients list contains more than five ingredients you don’t recognize, it probably isn’t the healthiest food. The fewer the ingredients the better! A healthier alternative, time permitting, would be to make your own homemade granola bars. Whip some up on Sunday, and they will be ready to grab-and-go all week!