Many teenagers today lead jam-packed lives, including school, sports, community service, jobs and extracurricular activities. What your teen eats in the morning will contribute to how much energy she has as she starts her day. Help your teen eat nutritiously and feel good by providing a variety of tasty breakfasts that meet her fuel needs and fit her lifestyle. Post a typed, clip-art-enhanced list of ideas for breakfasts on the refrigerator so your teen can't complain that she doesn't know what to eat.
Stock the pantry and the refrigerator with options for on-the-go breakfasts. These kinds of breakfasts are particularly appropriate for teens who chronically oversleep or who have early-morning obligations, like swim practice. On-the-go breakfasts should require little or no preparation. For example, make blueberry oat bars, fruit smoothies with protein powder for long-lasting energy, hard-boiled eggs, premade egg burritos that can be reheated in the microwave and scarfed in the car, or tempting yet nutritious "breakfast cookies" with oats, nuts, wheat bran and chocolate chips.
Nourish your teen with a big, filling breakfast if the weather is cold -- winter often makes people crave warm, filling food -- or if he has a strenuous schedule. Hearty, healthy breakfasts few teens will be able to resist include oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries, buckwheat pancakes with fruit and yogurt or whipped topping, or eggs scrambled with turkey sausage, bell peppers, onions and flavorful salad dressing mix.
Fill the cupboards with breakfasts that teens can make themselves and eat quickly. This is a good idea if your teens are in charge of feeding themselves in the morning and are disinclined to cook. Quick, yummy breakfasts include high-fiber, low-sugar cereal with milk or yogurt, pre-made ham and cheese croissants, oatmeal made overnight in a slow cooker, or baked peanut butter oatmeal with milk poured over it.
Coax breakfast-dodging teens into eating something in the morning by having ingredients for light breakfasts on hand. Light breakfasts may simply consist of small portions of regular breakfasts -- such as a mug of cereal rather than a whole bowl -- or utilize light yet healthy foods. For example, proffer a cup of vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries and a sprinkling of crunchy granola, which provides calcium, protein, fiber and antioxidants. Top a toaster waffle or a single slice of whole-grain toast with peanut butter and serve it with a glass of milk or orange juice.
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