Friday, March 29, 2013

Breakfast For Champions

I believe that the mother’s food philosophy is usually passed on to her children. As a foodie, I want our toddler to enjoy a delicious and nutritious variety of food. One of the commitments I made as a stay-at-home mom is to teach him how to love and appreciate natural and home-cooked food. Yes, preparing healthy food is a commitment.  Aside from the effort involved, it also takes a lot of love and patience to train your child to get the hang of eating healthy food. Occasionally however, I allow our toddler to have some special treats like cupcakes, chips and pizza, but only in small quantities. Some parents choose to wait until their toddlers reach 2 or 3 years old, which is ok. But for us, allowing him a taste of these treats will train his palate to different tastes.

The meal I always look forward to is breakfast.  That is why, I always make sure that our son would also enjoy breakfast as much as I do. It seems convenient and practical to just serve him cereals, which I do sometimes. But more often, I come up with some yummy specials that make him choose to drop his toys every time I say, “Breakfast is ready!” Here are a few of his favorites, which are all easy and simple to prepare:

1.  Tomato, Spinach and Cheese Omelet (or what I call TSC)

Ever wondered why Popeye’s muscles grow big whenever he eats spinach? That’s because spinach has tons of nutritional value, including Vitamin K, A, Folate and Magnesium. This is one super food that any mom should teach his kid to eat. Eggs and cheese are good sources of protein. While tomatoes are also a packed with nutrients, it is high in water content making it a filling food. This has been my power breakfast because it is loaded with nutrients and will give you a feeling of energy boost to give you a head start.

Ingredients: 1 pc. Fresh Egg, beaten
                      ½ slice of low fat quick melt cheese
                      Spinach, ½ cup chopped
                      Tomatoes, 1 pc. cubed
                      Prepared pesto in olive oil, 1 tsp.
                      Pepper to taste
How to Prepare:

Microwave: If you are in a hurry, you can make this breakfast in just a minute. Just mix in all the ingredients and place in a microwaveable ceramic bowl. Put a cover on the bowl and cook in the microwave at medium high for 40-60 seconds.

In a Pan: Heat a teaspoonful of pesto in olive oil. Add in tomatoes, spinach and beaten eggs. Add pepper to taste. Remove from heat and immediately top with cheese.

2.  Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes w/ Peanut Butter

Ingredients: 1 pack of Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
                     1 pc. Fresh Egg
                     Cooking Oil
                     Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter, about 1 tsp.
                     1 pc. Cavendish Banana, sliced
                     Light Maple Syrup


How to Prepare:

Follow package instructions to prepare pancake mix. Cook pancakes on a non-stick pan over low heat. Immediately spread peanut butter on top of freshly cooked pancake and top with banana slices. Drizzle with maple syrup

3.  Sweet Potato with Yogurt

Ingredients:  Sweet Potato
                      Cinnamon Powder
                      Low-Fat Plain Yogurt

How to Prepare:

Boil sweet potato until desired texture is achieved. If you are feeding a toddler, avoid over-cooking the sweet potato so he can get enough practice in chewing. Peel, slice/ cube and sprinkle some cinnamon powder. Top with yogurt.  

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