Whether sweet or savoury, for appetite-less morning grouches or starving whiz kids - a healthy breakfast on a normal weekday must above all be easy to handle, to spoon, drink or eat in bite-sized pieces with your fingers. Even the classic sandwich becomes more appetizing this way. Cut rolls or slices of bread into small pieces, dab little decorations of honey, soft fruit or chives on them - and the bland jam, cheese or sausage sandwich becomes an interesting tower for the youngest. However, for it to contribute to healthy eating, it needs good ingredients above all.
Basically, dark bread is healthier than light, so rye better than wheat. In ground form, wholemeal bread is also suitable for small children. The mix of whole grain cereals, fresh fruit or vegetables and milk is considered the optimum. Whether someone likes it sweet or savoury, the wholemeal bread is first spread with neutral quark or cream cheese. Some then top the whole thing with slices of banana or strawberry or with honey, others with salt and pepper, chives or cress. All the prerequisites for a healthy breakfast are already in place.
Hot breakfast is becoming more and more popular in the wake of the enthusiasm for fitness and health. Not only all types of preparation of eggs and egg dishes are meant. Above all, the classic porridge is coming back into fashion. It is now no longer called gruel or porridge, but porridge. The classic porridge recipe from Scotland is made with oats, but there are also modern versions with spelt or millet. The combination of cereal and milk is considered the most complete for a healthy breakfast. If you don't like or can't tolerate milk, you can also swell the cereal with warm orange or grape juice. Finely chopped fruit and natural yoghurt add a fresh touch to this satisfying porridge. Soaked dried fruit, raisins, nuts and seeds are also an asset to a healthy diet, as are many spices, especially foreign ones. With turmeric, for example, the porridge can not only be dyed yellow, but can also be given a savoury twist. For sweet variants, generally be sparing with sugar: vanilla, cinnamon, agave syrup and honey are considered healthier alternatives. Finally, sprinkle on a little cocoa powder - this works wonders for children.
To entice children and teenagers to eat healthy, little tricks help. Kindergarteners and elementary school students are happy about bread decorated with a face of fruit or raw vegetables. Older children and teenagers accept healthy food more easily if it comes in the form of their favorite food. Try an egg burger, for example. To do this, whisk eggs, salt lightly and fry in a small pan in a little fat until high and thick or then cut out rounds and place between halves of a toasted wholemeal toast roll. If you like, you can vary the egg with pieces of tomato, chives, cress, lean diced ham or similar. Lettuce leaves, slices of cucumber or tomato and perhaps a few thin slices of crispy bacon make the breakfast burger perfect.
For younger children, a healthy breakfast often comes in the form of small skewers with mozzarella balls and mini tomatoes, and many also love cheese cubes and grapes. For sweet-tooths, simply skewer fresh fruit, such as banana slices and strawberries.
Easy and simple to eat for both small and large family members is a wrap, a wrapped dough patty. You can make it yourself or buy it ready-made and just heat it briefly without fat in a coated pan in the morning. Then just spread some butter on it, or honey, jam, cream cheese, herbs, grated cheese, thinly sliced cooked ham, chicken or turkey breast ..., roll it up, cut it several times and serve it as a snack. Use skewers or toothpicks to hold the rolls together better. If you want to fill the wrap more generously, for example with lettuce and pepper strips, just cut it in half and wrap one side in aluminium foil so that the cut is visible. A sophisticated variation is to spread the patty with a combination of peanut butter and mild ajvar.
Liquid food in the form of smoothies and yoghurt drinks can be combined perfectly and varied as a health shake with milk, buttermilk, (fresh) juices and fast-swelling cereal flakes. The smaller the children, the sweeter, i.e. riper, the fruit used for a healthy breakfast should be. Bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango and pineapple are ideal, as are any combinations of these. Carrots, on the other hand, are not usually well received by children. Berry fruit can also have been frozen. And garnished with a thick drinking straw, the shake tastes even better to children.