Make it: 3 yummy power breakfasts for junior

Let junior start her day on a bright note with these fast-to-make and good-to-eat breakfasts of champions!

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It’s tough putting healthy meals on the table ― and into your picky eater ― every day of the week. This is especially true on weekend mornings when everything is still a mad rush, junior is fussing and you need a few minutes to blow-dry your hair into submission.

If you’ve found yourself tossing a granola bar at your toddler and calling it breakfast more often that you’d like to admit, then you’d be happy to know help has arrived at last!

These kid-friendly recipes will have you whipping up delicious and nutritious power breakfasts in 30 minutes or less. They are bite-sized for an on-the-go snack and great for lunch boxes as well.


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French Toast

Serves four
Prep time: 25 minutes

Top tip! It’s okay to use whole eggs, although egg substitutes provide protein without the cholesterol in yolks. This can be important even for kids.

Ingredients:
3 eggs or ¾ cup fat-free egg substitute
¾ cup vanilla soymilk
½ tsp vanilla
8 slices wholegrain or raisin bread
Powdered sugar or fresh fruit, if desired

Method:
1. In a medium bowl, beat eggs or egg substitute, soymilk and vanilla with a hand beater, or whisk until smooth. Pour into a shallow bowl.
2. Spray skillet or griddle with cooking spray, then heat skillet over medium heat or griddle to 190 deg C.
3. Dip bread in egg mixture until completely soaked. Place in skillet. Cook about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
4. Sprinkle servings with powdered sugar and top with fruit.

Two more super-easy and delish recipes coming right up!

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Tropical Banana Nut Parfaits

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Top tip! Serving a delightful parfait in one convenient glass is a great way to consume your cereal, fruit and yoghurt. It not only looks great, it’s a cinch to prepare.

Ingredients:
1½ cups strawberry low-fat yoghurt
2 cups Cheerios cereal
1 medium banana, sliced
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 tbsps desiccated coconut, toasted*

Method:
1. In each of the four parfait glasses, alternate layers of yoghurt, cereal, banana and strawberries.
2. Top each serving with toasted desiccated coconut. If your mini-me doesn’t like coconut, substitute with a few miniature chocolate chips instead. Serve immediately.

*Toast desiccated coconut quickly in the microwave by spreading it in a shallow microwavable bowl or pie plate, then nuke uncovered on High for 60 to 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until golden brown.


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Creamy Applesauce Dip

Serves four
Prep time: 10 minutes

Top tip! This fruity dip is great for getting your little one to gobble up her fruit and fibre. Besides biscuits, apple and pear slices, fresh strawberries and dried apricots make delicious dippers, too.

Ingredients

Dip
½ cup applesauce
2 tbsps low-fat vanilla yoghurt
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon

Dippers (choose your favourites)
Animal crackers
Chocolate graham crackers
Vanilla wafers
Sweetened miniature shredded wheat cereal

Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients for the dip in a small bowl
2. Plunge your favourite dippers in the dip and enjoy!

Recipes reprinted from Pillsbury Fast & Healthy Meals For Kids, with permission from Wiley Publishing.

Photos: iStock and Pillsbury Fast & Healthy Meals for Kids.

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