Health, Food & Nutrition

3 Great Breakfast Ideas

Three nutrient-dense – and delicious – recipes for breakfast.

Get the eggs and start breakfast with these recipes
Get the eggs and start breakfast with these recipes

Breakfast can be a challenge for parents and kids whose appetites are affected by stimulant medications. If you’re struggling with morning meal-planning, try these non-traditional but nutrient dense and high calorie breakfasts. Remember, don’t worry about fat-it’s important for your child to consume sufficient calories especially if he’s unable to eat large portions.

Impromptu Kid Style Breakfast Pizza

3 English muffins 1 cup shredded cheddar cheeseSausage or other cooked meat topping1 cup spaghetti sauce2 tbs. evaporated or dry whole milk

(Makes three servings)

Toast split English muffin until crisp. Add two tablespoons of evaporated or dry milk to one cup spaghetti sauce and heat. Spread the mixture on the muffin. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and meat over sauce. Heat in microwave or oven until cheese is melted. Serve with whole milk.

Major Nutrients:
Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C, Potassium, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Carbohydrates

Leftover pizza from dinner also serves this purpose well.

Quick Huevos Rancheros

Ingredients: 6 eggssalt1/4 cup heavy cream2 tbs. evaporated milk or dry whole milkbutter1/2 cup spaghetti sauce with vegetables (primavera)cheddar cheesesliced ham or other lunch meat

(Makes two to three servings)

Directions: In a medium size bowl beat eggs, adding salt, cream and evaporated or dry milk until light and frothy. Melt butter in an omelet (or frying) pan and pour in egg mixture. Saute eggs until firm on pan side. Spread spaghetti sauce, cheddar cheese and meat on top. Fold fried egg in half over sauce/cheese/meat mixture. Cover pan and reduce heat. Cook three more minutes over reduced heat. Serve with whole wheat toast, apple juice, and milk.

Major Nutrients:
Protein, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Riboflavin

On the weekend, try adding sauteed fresh vegetables such as green peppers and onions to the tomato sauce.

Breakfast “Sundaes”

2 scoops vanilla ice cream2 cups instant oatmeal prepared with cream instead of waterStrawberry (or other fruit) preservesSliced banana1/4 cup brown sugar2 tbs. dry whole milkChopped pecans (optional)

(Makes two servings)

Prepare instant oatmeal and divide evenly in two bowls or sundae dishes. Scoop ice cream on top of cereal. Put teaspoon of preserves on top of ice cream. Surround ice cream scoop with bananas and nuts. Sprinkle with dry milk and brown sugar.

Major Nutrients:
Protein, calcium, carbohydrates, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin A, Iron, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin D

Add any fresh fruit your child prefers. Peaches, raisins, apples and pears work especially well. Nuts and dried fruits are especially nutrient and calorie dense.