Tongue Wagging Breakfast Puppy
This playful puppy breakfast was quick and easy to prepare. We used toasted whole wheat bread with oats, almonds, raisins and a natural fruit leather for this fun breakfast. If your little one doesn’t like dry toast, you can spread jam in place of the fruit leathers, or spread peanut butter on the plate for dipping.
Bee Creative Tip: Have healthy foods like dried fruit and nuts on hand, and you can quickly transform your kid’s breakfasts.
Fooducate is a free app for your iphone or android device that you can use when you are shopping for your kids. Trying to decipher product marketing, package descriptions, and nutrition labels can be confusing, but with fooducate you simply scan the bar code on the package and the app will give detailed product info and healthier options within the same category.
"Each product is automatically graded (A-, B+, C, etc…) by a scientific algorithm based on its nutrition facts and ingredient list. Fooducate recommends minimally processed, real foods, that are naturally rich in nutrients and antioxidants." - source: fooducate
image source: fooducate.com - Scan & choose healthy groceries
Tummy Growling Breakfast Bear
This easy and quick breakfast was made with a whole wheat pancake, natural peanut butter, tangerine slices, banana, blueberries, and raisins. We cut a circle out of our homemade fruit roll-ups for the bear’s mouth, but you can use any fruit or berry you have in your refrigerator.
Bee Smart Tip: Make your pancakes over the weekend, refrigerate, and you will have quick breakfasts ready during the week.
Your wee super hero needs beta carotene and vitamin A for super vision, but she might not have the chompers for crunchy carrots or a tolerance for the slight bitterness they maintain when cooked. This very easy, scrumptious soup gets a bright sweetness from cinnamon, cloves, ginger and orange, and it has a soft texture that all ages can appreciate. Plus, the bright, fun color will make
little eyes smile.
Ingredients (bonus for organic or locally grown!)
• 2 lb. bag o’ carrots, washed and chopped into 1-2 inches pieces (try leaving them unpeeled—guess what, doesn’t hurt a darn thing!)
• Half an onion, sliced
• Couple inches of raw ginger root, peeled and minced
• Quart of vegetable broth
• Cinnamon and cloves (the more, the better, I say) and a bit less nutmeg
• Cup of pure orange juice (no sugars or fake sweeteners, please!)
Throw carrots, onion and ginger into a large pot and stir on high-ish heat until the onions go clear and the kitchen smells delicious. Add the broth, cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are super soft. Toss in spices and orange juice and puree—immersion blenders work fine, but the ginger pieces call for a food processor if you don’t want baby girl to hit a spicy chunk here and there.
This tasty potion is warming during cold months and light and wonderful
at room temperature in spring and summer.
Article by: Sarah Smarsh
Sweet and crunchy homemade apple chips with cinnamon.
Check out our article on the health benefits of apples!
Time for breakfast, honey bear!
This healthy breakfast was made with our peanut butter balls recipe, dark chocolate chips (for eyes, nose, and belly button), almonds for the bear’s feet, pretzel sticks, banana slices, and honey.
We got to the core of the question.
It turns out that the apple has a lot to offer. Here are a few benefits that we liked, particularly for the kids.
• They keep you full—Apples are packed with fiber. It takes our bodies longer to digest fiber than more simple materials like sugar or refined grains. Therefore, apples will keep kids feeling fuller longer than sugar-filled breakfasts and snacks.
• They boost immunities—Apples are a good source of vitamin C.
• They’re good for your brain—Studies have shown that apples can improve your memory (and may reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s)
• They can help breathing problems—According to the BBC, five or more apples a week (less than an apple a day!) has been linked with better lung function. High apple consumption is associated with good lung health and a reduced incidence of asthma—both for kids/adults, and for the babies of women during pregnancy.
Banana chips are a great heart healthy snack to take on the go. They have a natural sweetness that kids will love along with many health benefits like improving
mental focus and healing scraped knees!
Try dusting the bananas with cinnamon or cocoa powder before drying to add more flavor. These healthy snacks can be enjoyed on their own or you can use them as a topping for greek yogurt. They are also a great addition to homemade trail mix.
Bee Smart Tip: If you do not have a dehydrator, you can achieve the same effect by baking your bananas if the oven.
This breakfast screams ice cream cone—from the muffin that looks like a scoop of chocolate ice cream, to the “whipped topping” made from greek yogurt. A drizzle of sweet honey perfectly complements the tangy yogurt, while adding a nice “caramel sauce” effect. No ice cream cone is complete without a cherry (or raspberry) on top!
When we serve this, we fill the cone with fresh fruit and top with one of our chocolate-beet muffins. After admiring its beauty, kids can dump the cone out and eat it all together. If your kids aren’t fans of plain (or vanilla) yogurt, mix the fruit and yogurt together before filling the cone. You can also top with granola to add some texture, fiber, and whole grains to the meal.
These little guys will be all the buzz at breakfast. Kids love that they are bite-size and chocolaty, and parents love that they are packed with protein and fiber to get the morning started off right.
To make the bees, use your favorite peanut butter balls, or just try our recipe. We rolled the bees in unsweetened coconut to add some texture and natural sweetness…and to make them look fuzzy. We gave them slivered almond wings, Nutella stripes, and mini dark chocolate chip eyes.
Here are a couple of tips:
- To color the coconut, add about a tablespoon of dry coconut to a plastic bag, drop in a couple drops of food coloring and a couple drops of water, and shake.
- Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread found in the peanut butter aisle. Put a spoonful of any chocolate spread in a plastic bag, cut the corner, and pipe onto the bee.
A quick glance at the nutrition facts will tell you that coconut is very high in saturated fat and fat calories…so is coconut bad for your health? Coconut is high in saturated fat, but over half the fatty acids come from lauric acid which is beneficial to our immune system. These fats speed up our metabolism and provide a higher energy to calorie ratio than other fats. Recent studies have shown coconut is considered to be a healthy food (although George Burgess may disagree-see below) and here are some more benefits of coconut:
- Raises HDL (good cholesterol)
- Provides quick energy burst
- Reduces “sweet” cravings
- Softens skin
- Is Gluten free
These are a great alternative to fruit snacks, and they are very easy to make. We used: bananas, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, unsweetened applesauce and freshly squeezed orange juice (additional sweeteners are not necessary). Choose fruits and berries your kids like — blend together — then spread the puree into a dehydrator. All you have to do now is wait…about 8 hours.
Tip: Use frozen fruits. They are almost always cheaper, and usually have more nutritional value than “fresh” fruit from your grocery store.